May 7, 2014, Jackson (MS) Clarion Ledger: Rankin Co. School District abolishes autism program; parents angry
May 7, 2014, PublicNewsService.org: NV Lawmakers Asked to Increase Funding for Autism Treatment
May 7, 2014, TheStir.CafeMom,com: A Mom of 3 on Why She Doesn't Vaccinate Her Kids
May 5, 2014, WUSA 9, Washington, DC: Arlington autism program may be cut
The Rankin County School District will abolish a key component of its autism program next school year despite protests from parents who say their children have thrived in the specialized environment.
Parents were told this week the two K-6 autism classrooms at the district's Oakdale Elementary School will close and their children will be moved into self-contained settings or transferred to institutions.
The announcements were made individually, at special education meetings scheduled with each set of parents, and came as a complete surprise to everyone.
Within the next few years these stories will be changing. We'll be hearing about YOUNG ADULTS WITH AUTISM IN MISSISSIPPI WITH NO PLACE TO GO AND NO MONEY TO PAY FOR THEM. Will anyone be asking why by then? "The rate of autism has skyrocketed 381 percent in Mississippi in the past nine years, according to data from the state Department of Education."
Everyone is so accepting of this.
Nevada lawmakers are being asked to increase funding to help treat thousands of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.
Jan Crandy, chairwoman of the Nevada Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders, is among those addressing the Interim Legislative Committee on Health Care today in Las Vegas. More funding is needed, she said, because the state is treating fewer than 300 children with autism when there are thousands more who need help.
It's taken years for the people to include the environment as a given. "The environment" will remain the BIG UNKNOWN. It could be lots of things---too many to know for sure. (EXCEPT IT'LL NEVER BE VACCINES.)
There's no comment section here or I'd ask why, if the numbers are really increasing, no one is talking about STOPPING AUTISM. Why is our only recourse to provide treatment for those always here? How long can we continue to sit on our hands, helplessly?
Based on the past increases, the autism rate is predicted to be one in every two children by 2025.
It would be nice if people wanted to protect children from developing autism; here the fear is what autism will eventually cost when these children are adults.
Someone should tell these people that there's no real problem. Autism has always been here like this, we just called it something else.
Way back in 1998, well before Jenny McCarthy took center stage as the anti-vaccine (now "pro-vaccine") mom in the media, a mom in Tampa, Florida, named Sarah Pope "opted out" of vaccinating her first child. A decade and a half later, the author of the site The Healthy Home Economist admits that as a member of a family of doctors and nurses (both her father and brother are doctors of internal medicine, and her mother-in-law is an RN), "it took a lot" for her to reach a conclusion at odds with what she was raised to believe. Nonetheless, to this day, she says she's still "very happy" with her decision not to vaccinate all three of her children, who are now 15, 12, and 9 years old.
Sarah talked to The Stir about how she arrived at what some see as a controversial decision, what she's experienced as a result, and what she has to say to her opposition.
What led to your decision not to vaccinate?
It was a very thoughtful, conscious decision. I didn't do it out of fear. When I decided not to vaccinate, it was basic common sense. Autism wasn't really the hot button like it is now. Forget autism. It goes so far beyond that. That wasn't even on my radar. To me, if you dig into it, it's so obvious not to vaccinate. When I was pregnant, a friend of mine handed me a book about the DPT vaccine called A Shot in the Dark by Harris L. Coulter and Barbara Loe Fisher. I read that book, and it gave me just enough information to go, "Wait a minute ... there's a whole other side of the story here that I'm not even exposing myself to. I need to dig in here, and I need to research further." So I went down the rabbit hole, and I was like, "Wow, there is a lot of stuff here that is not being reported, and that is not being divulged to parents in pediatricians' offices." And it concerned me.
Wonderful to see such a smart mom. I posted comments.
In 2010, Arlington County Public Schools launched the Autism Program for middle school students that parents rave about.
"Practically, universally, the parents think it's a breath of fresh air," so much better than the way it used to be, with only teachers who were not trained or didn't understand the behavioral differences that come with autism, said Paley.
The program has five teachers providing two separate classes on social skills and instructional studies for the students with autism. It also currently has 12 assistants who float between mainstream classes to provide additional support when needed.
The new plan could cut seven of those 12 positions and save $271,000. Paley and other parents say it would make harder for their students to participate in regular classrooms with their peers who are not in special education.
If anyone thinks autism costs TOO MUCH now, wait until we have to pay for the adults.
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