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AN OPEN LETTER TO AUTISM SPEAKS FROM SPEAKER O'BRIEN

July 12, 2008

Mr. Robert C. Wright
Co-Founder, Autism Speaks
2 Park Avenue
11th Floor
New York, NY 10016

Dear Bob:

We have a collective mission to create a world in which persons with autism have every opportunity to participate fully in society, to live meaningful and independent lives, to receive the respect they deserve and to have the supports necessary for them to reach the innate potential we know them to have. It's never been an easy mission, and it doesn't often permit us the luxury of a pause in the action to reflect on success.

I think last week's signing ceremony for Pennsylvania's Act 62 of 2008 compels us to pause, ever so briefly, to consider the statute and some of its history.

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CADILLAC AUTISM STORY BY STEVE WILSON ON WXYZ ABC DETROIT

Steve_wilson_wxyzWXYZ ABC News 7 in Detroit, Michigan (WXYZ.com) ran a report on mercury, vaccines and vaccine safety. Read the report HERE.  The link to the video is on the right.  Dr. Renee Jenkins of the AAP is interviewed along with others. Thank you to anchorman Steve Wilson.

Anchor Lead:

It’s the controversy that won’t go away. Is the skyrocketing rate of Autism in children due in any way to the mercury long contained in childhood vaccines? It’s an issue our chief investigative reporter Steve Wilson has stayed with from the start…and Steve will science ever answer this one?

AAP's RENEE JENKINS LETTER TO JULIE DEARDORFF

Im_meltingHere is the letter published in the Chicago Tribune, from AAP leader Dr. Renee Jenkins, about reporter Julie Deardorff, who runs the "Julie's Healthclub" blog HERE.  JB Handley wrote about this letter HERE.

Check out Julie's latest post on chelation and autism and the encouraging quote from NIH leader Dr. Tom Insel HERE. Our kids need and deserve research into treatment!

New vaccines are preventing more diseases

July 9, 2008

The American Academy of Pediatrics is disappointed that a premier newspaper like the Chicago Tribune would publish such a one-sided, fear-mongering report as columnist Julie Deardorff's June 27 blog post, "The AAP gets tough on vaccine dissenters."

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TACA's CHRISTINA BLAKEY ON FOX'S MIKE & JULIET

Tacalogo_full_2_2Our sponsor TACA’s very own Christina Blakey will be on the Morning show with Mike & Juliet – Thursday, July 10th. Mike & Juliet is a FOX NEWS channel national morning show.

The purpose is to talk about “FRINGE treatments” and a response to the AP article (dated 7/8/2008) from a parents perspective. JB Handley wrote a piece about this AP article earlier this week, click HERE.

For show times & info:http://www.mandjshow.com/

THE CDC TO STUDY VACCINE INDUCED ENCEPHALOPATHY

Pretzel_logixManaging Editor's Note: Thank you to Ginger Taylor who runs Adventures In Autism for allowing us to run this piece from her blog.

Finally!  The CDC's Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment Network is currently looking for subjects to "evaluate the association between viral vaccines and encephalopathy/encephalitis through a detailed evaluation of children with encephalopathy/encephalitis as well as control children". (HERE)

Their message to doctors: 

"If you have a patient who you think might be eligible for the study, please complete the following two questions and provide your contact information. We thank you for your help in this important study."

This is a HUGELY important subject, one we have been waiting for them to examine, and we want to make sure that they have all the subjects they need for this study, so please take a moment to see if your child might be a candidate. 

Does your child have an encephalopathy?

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CNN: IRAQ REFUGEE AND AUTISM

MustafaDAMASCUS, Syria (CNN) -- Like millions of others, 37-year-old Wafaa al Nuaimi fled Iraq in the hopes of giving her three children a chance at a better life. But what separates her from the sea of humanity fleeing unimaginable violence is her dedication to her 8-year-old son, Mustafa, who has autism.

Read the full article from CNN HERE.

THE STRATEGIC PLAN FOR THE COMBATING AUTISM ACT

Get_involved_2By Jim Moody, Esq.

An “early draft” of the strategic plan for autism research: NO epidemic and NO urgency, NO priority for treatment and environmental triggers, and NO research budget.

The requirement in the Combating Autism Act (CAA) for a Strategic Plan (SP) with a budget for autism research gives the community a unique and unprecedented opportunity to influence the conduct of federal autism research.  The future of NIH-funded autism research will be decided in the next couple months as the strategic plan nears completion and submission to Congress.  The entire autism community must again unite to fight for an effective plan.  An “early draft” of the SP has been completed and will be presented Tuesday morning 10 AM - 1 PM  EDT at a teleconference meeting of an outside “workgroup” for review (register HERE)  and listen here [888-455-2920, code 3857872], and at a public meeting on the NIH campus in Bethesda on July 15 9 AM - 4 PM of the Inter-Agency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), register HERE. 

The community must act quickly and in unity to ensure that the CAA research money is spent in a way that will be of greatest benefit to families already dealing with ASD and to the prevention of future cases.

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AGE OF AUTISM READERS: TELL PEREZ HILTON "THANK YOU!"

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Perez Hilton has a terrific post about NAA HERE!

Please go over to his site and leave a comment thanking him for recognizing The National Autism Association!  Thank you again, Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey for putting autism in the national spotlight. (Someone get Dr. Jenkins a Bromo, won't you?)

COMBATING AUTISM ACT: STRATEGIC PLAN CONFERENCE CALL ON 7/8

Conference_call_2The Combating Autism Act has required the NIH to prepare a Strategic Plan for autism research. There will be a public teleconference meeting this Tuesday, details are below. We urge you all to register and listen in to see how your tax dollars are being spent for autism research. Click HERE to see full invitation.

Date:  July 8, 2008

Time:  10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT

Agenda:  Review and comment on the draft IACC Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Research

Place:  Online conference call with web-based presentation. Audio of this workgroup meeting will be accessible to the public via a teleconference phone link, and web-based access to information will be displayed at the meeting via computer/projector.

REGISTER FOR THE CALL HERE.
Dial in number (888) 455-2920
PASSCODE: 3857872

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NATIONAL AUTISM ASSOCIATION: "BAYOU BOY NEEDS HOME"

Family_2Boy, we really do need a new category called, "Miracles." Wendy Fournier, of NAA, was contacted by Jay Neu, an adoption manager from the state of Louisiana about a boy with autism named Joseph, who needs a home. Mr. Neu read the NAA mission statement and assumed that "our people" could help. This child needs a loving home. Mr. Neu knew exactly where to ask for help. At the National Autism Association.  Read his letter to Wendy and learn how you can help, here:

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LISA ACKERMAN OF TALK ABOUT CURING AUTISM

Lisa_and_jennyBy Kim Stagliano

This article, by Sam Millier of the Orange County Register, California is about TACA's Lisa Ackerman, and the unending work she does on behalf of our kids. Here's a chance to thank Lisa personally, in the comments section. We're proud that TACA has chosen to sponsor Age of Autism. Thank you, Lisa, for all that you do.

It was a sweltering June morning in Washington, D.C., and Lisa Ackerman was at the front of a protest march from the Washington Monument to the Capitol building.

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PENNSYLVANIA AUTISM BILL

PaHere's another news report on the Pennsylvania autism insurance bill.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Map, News) - Parents of autistic children would be able to pay for behavioral therapy and related services with private health insurance starting next year, under legislation that strikes a compromise between the insurance industry and advocates for the disabled.

The House of Representatives on Tuesday unanimously passed the measure, which also would give the state Insurance Department power to approve the proposed merger of Pennsylvania's two largest insurance companies. The Senate on Wednesday night approved the bill 49-1 to send it to Gov. Ed Rendell, who said he would sign it.

"It is a national model, a gold standard" for the coverage of autism-related treatments, Sen. Jane Orie, R-Allegheny, said in a speech on the Senate floor.

Read the full article HERE.

PA INSURANCE BILL FOR AUTISM CAUSES OUTCRY

Liberty_bell_crackPITTSBURGH, July 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Yesterday in a historical and unprecedented move, the Pennsylvania legislature voted nearly unanimously in the affirmative for House Bill 1150 to mandate commercial insurance companies to cover some services for children with autism. The bill, introduced by House Speaker Dennis M. O'Brien, requires insurance companies to cover up to $36,000 of autism-related treatment for individuals less than 21 years old.

Autism Speaks, a national organization that conducts fundraising for research, and their paid lobbyists from Ikon, Inc., made several back-door concessions on the bill without the consent of Speaker O'Brien.

In nearly one full week of roller-coaster negotiations with the House Banking and Insurance Committee, headed by Senator Don White, the bill was stripped of all useful language, leaving Pennsylvania children with autism vulnerable to denials of coverage. House Speaker O'Brien, along with Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell and Secretary Estelle Richman of the Department of Public Welfare joined in condemning the gutting of the bill.

Read the full Yahoo news article HERE.

AUTISM, MITOCHONDRIAL DISEASE AND THE NEW YORK TIMES

Damaged_mito_2The following is from an article from today's NYT. Did Gardiner Harris have the journalistic curiousity to attend David Kirby's lecture at NYU on Thursday night?  You can read the full article HERE.

Federal health officials on Sunday will call together some of the world’s leading experts on an obscure disease to discuss the controversial case of a 9-year-old girl from Athens, Ga., who became autistic after receiving numerous vaccinations.

But the government has so far kept quiet a second case that some say is more disturbing and more relevant to the meeting.

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CDC'S GERBERDING: "MISTAKES WERE MADE"

Mistakes_were_madeBy Katie Wright

Julie Gerderding’s recent admission that much of the CDC’s research exonerating vaccines as a trigger for autism was both shoddily done and politically compromised. It felt like a bittersweet victory. The selection bias errors are numerous and egregious. But I didn’t need Dr. Gerberding to admit the obvious in order to know that the CDC endangered my son and an entire generation of children. Like so many other families, we lived the nightmare after Christian received 7 vaccines in one day, initiating the mental and physical deterioration of my child that became autism.

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GEN RESCUE IN MANHATTAN


We're at Kevin Barry's bar Antartica, on Hudson St. in NYC. So is Gen Rescue.

DAVID KIRBY: BIG CITY, OPEN MIND

New_york_cityManaging Editor's Note: I'll be live blogging from David's presentation at NYU tonight. Go to EVIDENCE OF HARM to see David's lecture schedule.  To RSVP for tonight's lecture send an email to [email protected].

By David Kirby

JUNE 26 - When I first began planning a public lecture in my hometown of New York City, I spoke to NYU Law School faculty member Mary Holland, for advice in securing a venue at that august university.

We settled on a state-of-the-art classroom, on the second floor of Vanderbilt Hall, that could seat 130 people -- though I worried that it might look empty if we didn’t attract more than, say, 30 people or so.

On a Thursday night in summertime Manhattan, even 30 people would be a decent turnout.

At last count, more than 200 people had sent an RSVP, with more expected to show up at the door.

Fortunately, the event has been moved from Room 204 to the Tishman Auditorium, which can accommodate 400 or more.

The warm response has been exciting and heartening. And, as a native New Yorker since 1982, I am proud to say that my hometown appears to be giving the vaccine-autism theory the fair and open hearing it deserves.

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UK'S DR. MIRIAM AND AUTISM

MiriamsidebarThe UK's "Dr. Miriam" discusses autism in her column in the Mirror. Dr. Miriam (Click HERE to see her site) appears to be a cross between the AAP's Harvey Karp, Victoria's Secret (she sells books and pregnancy lingerie) and Dr. Ruth. Thanks to the folks at www.cryshame.org for the link.

From the Mirror UK's article (CLICK HERE): Health: why families with autism sufferers need a better deal

It's now been proven beyond doubt that the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccination does NOT cause autism. Here's what increases the risk:

- Blood ties. It runs in families. For instance, the identical twin of a child with autism has a 60 to 90 per cent chance of being affected. Brothers and sisters of a child with autism have about a one in 10 chance of also having it.

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CONGRESSMAN DAN BURTON AND AGE OF AUTISM

Dan_burtonWe're honored to haved earned THIS mention in Congressman Dan Burton's (of Indiana) blog.

AUTISTICS ON A PLANE! MORE FROM THE "JOY" OF AUTISM FILES

American_airlinesA mother and her toddler with autism were asked to deplane an American Eagle flight, when the child had a meltdown.  I'm sure we'll read about both sides of this story.

Read the story HERE.

HONEY GETS MORE THAN LEMON

How_to_win_friendsBy Julie Obradovic

In the same month the CDC is meeting with experts from around the country to discuss the role vaccinations may have in triggering “autism-like symptoms” in susceptible children with mitochondrial dysfunction, the AAP is gearing up for an all out assault on pesky parents who question vaccine safety. They apparently haven’t gotten the CDC’s memo that, yes, there may be a problem.

In an explosive move by the frustrated AAP, a campaign of coercion and intimidation is about to be launched in the hopes of finally getting parents who don’t follow recommended vaccine guidelines to do what they say without asking questions. Their method?

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THE “DARK AGE OF AUTISM” IS DEAD

Endgame_4This post is from the AUTISM ONE newsletter. Thanks to Ed Arranga for allowing us to run it.

Dear Friends and Colleagues –

THE “DARK AGE OF AUTISM” IS DEAD

Looking back this year’s conference stood in sharp relief to previous years. Earlier years had an element of foreboding.  In fact, for years the first night of the conference was reserved for a candlelight vigil with parents sharing their stories of suffering. It was the equivalent of the autism “wailing wall.” Words were not big enough to adequately articulate the enormity of our anguish.

This year the energy radiated from a different place. The focus was not on surviving the present, but on moving confidently into the future. Before, laughing was also taboo. This year a sense of humor was out and about in full force. From the bright eyes and smiling faces shone a confidence that was breathtaking in its redemption. 

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UPDATE FROM TODD HICKS OF WSAW ON KEITH KENNEDY

Good_news I just got a link from Todd Hicks at WSAW about Keith Kennedy. Read the full article HERE. Or just read this line and smile.

By yesterday morning, his condition was already stable and getting better at a hospital in Minneapolis.

FROM TODD HICKS OF WSAW: KEITH KENNEDY FOUND ALIVE!

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By Kim Stagliano

GOOD morning! Great news today! Thank you to Todd Hicks of WSAW TV for emailing me in the middle of the night to tell me that Keith Kennedy, the 25 year old man with autism who had been lost for over a week, was found ALIVE in Wisconsin.  Read the full story from WSAW HERE.

Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor of Age of Autism and is considering adding a new category to the sidebar called, "Miracles."

SHARYL ATTKISSON OF CBS NEWS HAS...

Brass_ballsEditor's Note: It's time to declare Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News the best mainstream media reporter on the autism epidemic -- breaking the news, asking the right questions, analyzing and synthesizing the data in a way that puts her slothfully incurious competitors to shame. In other words, she's doing her job, and doing it well.

Her recent blog entry, Vaccine Watch, (HERE) notes the upcoming mitochondria conference, deftly summarizes the Hannah Poling case and asserts "the debate has shifted from whether vaccines have any relationship to some cases of autism... to what is the role of vaccines in some cases of autism. And how big is the pool of cases." And she makes this pointed remark:

"If vaccines can trigger autism in any way, directly or indirectly, that contradicts all the rhetoric and dogma heard from many public and government health officials for the past decade. " To use Tim Russert's catch phrase (different network but the same idea): Go get 'em, Sharyl!

AAP: "INSULTING PARENTS WILL INCREASE VACCINATION RATES"

TauntBy Ginger Taylor, MS AM

The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that pediatricians tell parents who don't vaccinate (HERE) their children that they:

Are "Selfish"
Are "Self-Centered"
Are "Complacent or Lazy"
Are often "Emotional" decision makers
Have "Unacceptable attitudes"

But they do not believe that insulting you like this (HERE) is in any way coercing you to vaccinate your child.

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DR. MARTHA HERBERT JOINS AUTISM SPEAKS SAB

Dr_herbertFile this one under "P" for progress, (not pretzels.)  Dr. Martha Herbert has joined the Autism Speaks Scientific Advisory Board.

Martha Herbert, M.D., Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and is a Pediatric Neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is also Director of the TRANSCEND (Treatment Research and Neuroscience Evaluation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders) Research Program.

Read more from the AS site HERE

DAVID KIRBY: HANNAH POLING REALLY DID CHANGE EVERYTHING

DawnBy David Kirby

On June 29, HHS, CDC, FDA and NIH will hold a major public workshop on mitochondrial disorders, autism and “triggers for neurological deterioration.” And to think, just four months ago, any scientist who had seriously proposed a high-profile, marquis meeting on such an esoteric subject would probably have been laughed out of HHS headquarters, and possibly his or her career.

But that was before Hannah and her parents came along.

When news of the two Poling concessions began to emerge in March, officials from the CDC and other agencies were quick to mount a defensive public relations posture, one that still clouds and confuses the importance of this seminal case, but now seems to be lifting like the haze over Atlanta.

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MORE FROM THE "JOY OF AUTISM" FILES

LostUpdate at the end of this post.

Another person with autism has gone missing. Description: Keith Kennedy, 25, is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds. He was last seen wearing an orange T-shirt and blue jeans. "He might not answer to his name." (The quotes are mine. KS)

Contact: Anyone with information about Kennedy should call 715-349-2128.

Helping out: Anyone interested in joining the search can call 715-488-2690.

Bruce and Linda Kennedy tried to take a short break for water and food Tuesday afternoon, but their emotions again overcame them, and they soon rejoined the search for their 25-year-old autistic son.

"It's been hell on earth," Linda Kennedy said of the two-day search for the Roseville couple's oldest son.

Continue reading "MORE FROM THE "JOY OF AUTISM" FILES" »

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE RALLY

Hellraiser_boxBy Harry Hofherr

It's often amazing what you might see and hear while hanging around our nation's capital.

On April 4th of this year, Dan Olmsted wrote a piece for Age of Autism titled, "THE HEAD OF HHS SAID WHAT?" "The Head of HHS Said What?" In that piece he talked about a conversation he had over lunch with a friend who told him Mike Leavitt, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acknowledged that mercury causes autism.   

On June 2nd, my wife, our son, our younger daughter and I were in D.C. for the Green Our Vaccines Rally. While there, we went out to dinner with an old friend and his family. While his neurotypical son patiently tried to communicate with our non-verbal son, my wife and I explained the purpose of our visit.

We detailed to them, again, that the vaccines and the toxic bouillabaisse brewed into them caused our son's autism, and there is indeed an epidemic of autism in the world, caused in large part by toxic vaccines. We told them the current CDC schedule is 37 injections before the age of five, and that one of one hundred and fifty kids gets autism and that one out of six children has some form of neurological damage. I said the government had to know and must be covering it up.

Guess what his response was: "Yeah, they know. Leavitt knows the vaccines are responsible."

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RFK JR. SPEECH AT JENNY McCARTHY GREEN OUR VACCINES RALLY

Dan_and_rfk_2The following provides video of RFK Jr.'s speech from the June 4th Green Our Vaccines rally. It's in three parts. Videography by Brad Woodville, WORLD MERCURY PROJECT. That's Age of Autism's Dan Olmsted speaking with Robert.

Listen for the new word he coins, "BIOSTITUTE." Are you listening Drs. Offit and Biederman?

Each segment runs 6 minutes.




PART 1

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HARVARD'S DR. BIEDERMAN AND DR. WILENS ON "THE TAKE" AT YOUR KIDS' EXPENSE?

BribeBy Kim Stagliano

This is a frightening glimpse into how opportunistic is the Psychiatric profession, which still controls autism treatment for many. Millions of American kids are on Prozac, Risperdal and other powerful drugs recommended by your neurologist, psychiatrist, developmental pediatrician, pediatrician every day for autism, ADHD, bi-polar and other diagnoses because so-called "world renowned" men like Harvard's Dr. Joseph Biederman are being paid consulting fees by the drug companies.  Is that the same as being on "the take?" Not necessarily. Decide for yourself. The NYT reports: 

A world-renowned Harvard child psychiatrist (Dr. Joseph Biederman and his colleague Dr. Timothy Wilens) whose work has helped fuel an explosion in the use of powerful antipsychotic medicines in children earned at least $1.6 million in consulting fees from drug makers from 2000 to 2007 but for years did not report much of this income to university officials, according to information given Congressional investigators.

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KATIE WRIGHT AT THE GREEN OUR VACCINES RALLY

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“I was so thrilled and proud to be there, because I was with my two kids and husband Andreas.  What an amazing event!”

In photo: (L) Scott Bono, Laura Bono, Katie Wright and Lyn Redwood.  Thank you to Christine Heeren of Lighthouse Studios for the sending thus this photo from Katie. 

JENNY AND JIM ON GMA

Abc_news_nowJenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey talked about the rally on Good Morning American before we hit the steamy streets of DC. Click HERE.

SURF AND SKATE LINE FOR AUTISM AWARENESS

LairdhamiltonCheck this out from our sponsor TACA:

Big Wave Surfer Laird Hamilton and Steve & Barry's Launch
The Wonderwall™ Collection, A New Surf & Skate Apparel Line

Line Includes Unique Tee That Will Benefit Autism Awareness & Help for Families

The world’s greatest big wave surfer and epic waterman Laird Hamilton is teaming up with Steve & Barry’s to launch the WONDERWALL collection, a surf and skate apparel line for men that will debut May 15, 2008. A water sports pioneer with an unquenchable thirst for adrenaline, Hamilton is known for pushing the boundaries of water sports with awe-inspiring feats. He was the first to complete a 360-degree loop on a surfboard, created tow-in surfing to tackle huge waves such as massive 70-footers, and made marathon-like paddleboard journeys around the world. The WONDERWALL collection represents Hamilton’s first clothing line, inspired by his sense of style, attitude and overall approach to life.

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ARE YOU HAVING DIFFICULTY OPENING AGE OF AUTISM

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OOPS! CHANGE IN PLANS: BARRY BARNETT SOLVES SWINGSET STRUGGLE IN OHIO

SwingsetThis just in, Barry has been relieved of his job.  Any word if the homeowner got her swingset approval, please let me know.

KIM


By Kim Stagliano

I contacted Mr. Barry Barnett about the Meadowood Lakes Homeowners Association report that a swingset for a child with autism was out of compliance with neighborhood rules, which do not allow outside play apparatus. Mr. Barnett was kind enough to send me this letter (below) to clarify the situation for our readers.

Autism brings with it myriad struggles and the Mom, Mrs. Chapek, who has CP, seems to have to bear more than most of us. Thank you, Mr. Barnett. We appreciate your work to help the Chapek family. 

To whom it may concern;

As you may be aware, the undersigned serves as the managing agent for Meadow Lakes Homeowners Association, Inc. My responsibilities include keeping the residents of the property informed of the various rules of the community. These rules are aimed at promoting the health, safety, and general welfare of ALL residents.

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AUTISM ONE GREEN OUR VACCINES VIDEO COVERAGE

Autism_one Autism One has complete video coverage of the Green our Vaccines rally. Grab some popcorn and click HERE.

JENNY McCARTHY ON FOX NEWS' ON THE RECORD TONIGHT

GretaJenny McCarthy is on Fox News tonight at 10pm Eastern on Greta Van Susteren's, "On The Record," program. Read more HERE.

BARBARA FISCHKIN ON TREATING AN OLDER AUTISTIC CHILD

Barbara_and_dannyBarbara Fischkin has a powerful piece titled, Why An Older Autism Mom Marched With Robert Kennedy Jr., Jenny McCarthy And Jim Carrey At Green The Vaccines running HERE at Huffington Post.

Please leave her plenty of comments at HuffPo.

Here's a snippet:

Late last year we took our son to a doctor who treats environmental toxicity and slowly as he gets cleaned out he is making progress, taking new steps. Literal steps. We can ask him to go upstairs and get his shoes on and he does. We don't have to follow him to the closet to make sure he gets there and gets it done.

He used to have eight bowel movements a day. Since he started treatment he usually has one or two. He seems more focused. His pediatrician who has known him since he was diagnosed saw him earlier this month for his yearly check-up and pronounced him "a different child."

VACCINE INJURIES: BEYOND AUTISM

Rally_weapons_of_mass_4By Beth Clay
June 5, 2008

Yesterday, close to 10,000 families came to Washington, DC to join Jenny McCarthy, her son Evan and actor Jim Carey for the “Green Our Vaccines” Rally.  Many of these families have children who developed an autism spectrum disorder subsequent to a vaccine injury.  After marching from the Washington Monument to the Capitol grounds, these families participated in a rally to demand a safer vaccine supply and schedule. Many went on to meet with their elected officials to ask for their support on the issues.

Since the very first Congressional hearing looking at vaccine injuries, opponents to the vaccine safety discussion accused first Congressman Burton and then the families of the vaccine injured of being “Anti-Vaccine”.  These families would better be portrayed as “Anti-Injury.”

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BARRY BARNETT OF BARNETT MANAGEMENT IN OHIO IS A JERK

Barney_fifeThere. That headline will torment Mr. Barry Barnett on his Google searches for a good long time.  Are you tired of kids with autism getting the short end of the stick? Read this story....

Mr. Barry Barnett is the head of Barnett Management, of Beachwood, Ohio. Barnett Management runs a neighborhood association for MEADOW LAKES in North Ridgeville, Ohio. Mr. Barnett is trying make a mother who has cerebral palsy take down her autistic son's swingset because "play apparatus" is not allowed in the neighborhood according to the association rules. Mom had gotten a verbal "go ahead" from a previous board.  Mom is unable to drive her son to the park.

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PHOTOS FROM THE GREEN OUR VACCINES RALLY

American_flag_rallyGinger Taylor posted 140 amazing photos from the rally at her blog Adventures in Autism. You can find them HERE.  Thank you, Ginger.

FDA DECLARES MERCURY IN TEETH DANGEROUS

FillingsSurely the ADA and AAP are having a confab today on how to spin this news that (shock of all shocks) drilling mercury into human heads may cause neurological damage.  By the way, did your dentist ever tell you that the "silver" fillings were made from mercury? Of course not. Just as your pediatrician never told you he was injecting mercury into your infant. Nor does your OB tell you he is injecting mercury into you and your fetus. Hide. Deny. Spin. Lie. Oh, and first do no harm.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Silver-colored metal dental fillings contain mercury that may cause health problems in pregnant women, children and fetuses, the Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday after settling a related lawsuit.

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JENNY McCARTHY AND JIM CARREY ON PEREZ HILTON

Rally_perezBy Kim Stagliano

Perez Hilton blogged the rally. See the gal in white sunglasses to the left of Jenny? That's me as I followed Jenny and Jim to live blog.  It's kind of fun to be on Perez, as long as I'm clothed, sober, not flashing anything at the camera and not on my way to rehab....

If you have a report and/or photos please send them to me at Kim Stagliano.  Thanks!

CNN VIDEO OF JIM CARREY AND JENNY McCARTHY

Jenny_speaksWatch the CNN VIDEO of both Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy at today's rally.  It's four minutes long, and the last 30 seconds are of rally participants holding up photos of their children.

JENNY AND JIM

Jenny and Jim were inspiring!! Photos to follow.

JIM CARREY SPEAKS AT THE GREEN OUR VACCINES RALLY

Inspired.....

PAUL OFFIT'S NEW TITLE

VocabularyRFK Jr. calls Dr. Paul Offit of CHOP the biggest "BIOSTITUTE" in the country. Good word, yes?

Darn it's hot out here!

Kim Stagliano your live blogger.

DR. BOYD HALEY

To the media here "You are a huge part of the problem."