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If You Can't Take The Heat, Get OUT OF THE CLASSROOM

Fired doorNote: Sometimes it's difficult to know which of our categories to use for posts. This one? Straight into NIGHTMARES.  If you think teachers and paras are any less affected by the diminished neurology  that is the hallmark of today's violence and societal downgrade, think again.  I've seen local women who work with kids post some pretty rotten things in memes and in thinly veiled passive aggressive social media posts.  It makes my blood boil. If you don't want to teach our kids with compassion, kindness and basic decency, I suggest you scurry along to a job at the local garbage dump where you can feel at home among the rotting, stinking trash.  Kim

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Two teachers from Louisiana have been fired for making fun of a severely autistic student.

An audio clip captured the Hope Academy faculty members, who have not been named, apparently mocking and making inappropriate comments about Camden Davis, 12.

The boy's mother, Milissa Davis, sent her son to school with a recording device in his backpack after he became aggressive at home and wet the bed, WBRZ reported.  Read more here, if you have a strong stomach.

She then heard the teacher and the teacher's assistant taunting the young boy.

'You're just writing the word. What is hard about it?' an adult can be heard saying as the boy grunted in response. The adult then imitated the noise. 


NYT's Blase Report on Deadly Food Allergy Increase in Children

Epi-penNote: Where is  the journalism 101 question. WHY?  The MD/author is a pediatrician who also writes fiction, non-fiction and the mishegoss known as American Pediatrics circa 2018 where children are sicker than ever, longer than ever and yet no one seems to care. 

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Anaphylaxis is the scary end of allergy, the kind of reaction that can kill. It can happen almost immediately after the exposure — being stung by the bee, eating the peanut — and it can move fast. In anaphylaxis, your immune system turns against you with a vengeance, revs up and releases histamines and other chemicals that set off a range of dangerous physiological changes.

Your airways squeeze tighter, so it’s harder to breathe — especially dangerous in children, who start with smaller airways. Your lips and tongue and throat can swell. Your blood pressure can drop until you’re in shock. You can also get hives, you can develop nausea and vomiting, all possible clues to the advent of anaphylaxis.

A new report from Blue Cross Blue Shield looked at allergy diagnoses and at emergency room visits for anaphylaxis from 2010 to 2016 among their subscribers, who include 9.6 million children 18 and under all over the country. The report showed an increase in the incidence of children being diagnosed as “at risk” for anaphylaxis over the course of those seven years. And correspondingly, the rate of emergency room visits for anaphylaxis more than doubled, to 3.5 visits per 10,000 children in 2016 from 1.4 in 2010.

Of those emergency room visits, 47 percent were attributed to specific food allergies, largely peanuts and tree nuts and seeds. The other 53 percent were attributed either to unknown foods or “to other unspecified causes.” (Because the study was done by examining insurance claims, the information is conveyed by billing codes; some codes specify “anaphylactic reaction due to shellfish,” for example, but others just say, “anaphylactic shock, unspecified.”)  Read more here.


Michelle Guppy Asks: Is My Suffering Showing?

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Note: Thanks to Michelle Guppy for allowing us to excerpt from her blog From Hell to Hopeism. Her son Brandon is a gorgeous young man with autism who is wracked with seizures. Michelle and her family fight a fight few of us can imagine. I have 3 kids with autism and would struggle to carry Michele's burden. Yes, burden. One of our roles at AofA is to show all sides of autism and to expose the agonizing underbelly of this diagnosis. Few write with the heart and guts that Michelle brings to her blog.  Bookmark From Hell to Hopeism.

By Michelle Guppy

It is bittersweet seeing all the #saidnomother images.

Let alone the 7,000 names written in blood, sweat, and tears on the VAXXED bus that symbolize lives lost or forever altered by adverse vaccine reactions.

The sadness of all such awareness campaigns is too profound to put in words.

And then to add insult to injury upon injury, we have April.  National Autism Awareness Month.  Which for those of us who have seen the truth happen before our very eyes, should rather be named, "National Vaccine Injury Denial Month" where the book "Denial" by Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill is required reading.

I guess with the epidemic numbers of those affected by 'autism' growing exponentially every reporting year - those who even came up with such a month for society to be made aware of such a disorder - had to quickly back-peddle where instead of seeking to understand why - we now have an entire month to "light up" and "celebrate" the "new normal" that is here to stay.

Which is why most like me go into hiding this month.

It's hard to decide which is more unbearable -- living this "Life with Autism, Seizures, and a side of PANDAS" caused by vaccine injury -- or enduring a month that "lights up" and "celebrates" the chronic, painful, life-altering-for-all-involved disorder as if it were no big thing.

Read the full post here.


#SaidNoMother Campaign on Facebook Addresses Vaccine Injury

Said No Mother

Joshua Coleman has started a hashtag on Facebook called "#SaidNoMother in which Mothers and Fathers are creating memes with their child's vaccine injury story expressed in deliberately crushing fashion. If anyone can read them and not feel at least a twinge of sympathy surely he or she is not human. Vaccine injury is so often the butt of late night comedian "jokes" and outright scorn in the media, as if injury can not exist. It exists. From this we know.  Check out the campaign all over Facebook. 

"The four months I had with you was enough," #SaidNoFather Will Zeilinski, Father of Willow, who died following her 4 month shots.

Create your own meme. 

 

 


Put The Needle on the Record - Payola Alive and Well in Pediatrics

1959-7-Nov-PayolaPayola was the  name used when record companies paid radio stations under the table to play records albums on air.  It was a bribe. A record album was a large, grooved circle made of vinyl. A needle with a teensy weensy diamond at the tip sat in the groove and generated music. Now, the needle is tipped with toxins and goes into our children. Payola is alive and well and pharma just keeps churning out the hits. Kim  (PS) Not to be vulgar, but "incentivizing is to pay offs as lovemaking is to....."

From World Mercury Project:

March 08, 2018
Incentivizing Pediatricians to Follow the CDC Vaccine Schedule

Most American families use pediatricians—rather than generalist family doctors—as their frontline children’s health care provider. With the backing of its trade organization, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the field of pediatrics has been booming for some years, ensuring current and future demand for the many doctors-in-training who are choosing pediatrics as their specialty. Pediatricians’ average annual salary (roughly $200,000) may not be competitive with some of the more specialized medical domains, but pediatrics appears to offer high career satisfaction and inducements such as flexibility and part-time work opportunities.

In addition, the 11 well-child visits recommended by the AAP over a child’s first 30 months (with annual visits thereafter through age 21) ensure a steady stream of repeat customers and revenue for pediatricians. In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) vaccine schedule, pediatric practices are expected to administer vaccines (often as many as six at a time) at about half of well-child visits through the adolescent years, making vaccination a foundational bread-and-butter component of pediatricians’ job description. The one problem with this rosy pediatric picture is that some parents do not want to go passively along for the ride.

Read more at World Mercury Project: Incentivizing Pediatricians to Follow the CDC Vaccine Schedule


UC Davis Report on Autism Cost Shocking as "Neurodiversity" Delivers Numbing Catastrophic Bill

Bankrupt-AmericaNote: Dear Neurodiversity advocates. How do you spin this as a gift?  Autism will piss off America just as all of us parents are growing older and planning on how the hell we leave our precious children behind as autistic adults.  THIS is what ignoring and sugarcoating and epidemic will do to a nation.  And it was entirely avoidable if we have been allowed to seek an actual CURE for autism without being told we were crazy people. If researchers didn't have to fear for their careers and so they chose to focus on eye gaze studies until our eyes glazed over. If epidemiologists and psychiatrists hadn't commandeered funding and studies. If pharma hadn't become the greediest most ruthless industry since... forever, denying that vaccine injury causes autism. If the media had any cojones at all and didn't bend over for advertisers and produce propaganda in fictional and news programming. If  President Obama hadn't been fooled by the Neurodiversity movement. If President Trump doesn't start remembering his promises to the community. Ready for the bill, America? You won't be able to pay for the electricity to run those stupid blue lightbulbs when it comes.  Open your wallet - you should have opened your eyes and hearts. Kim

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Autism's costs estimated to be $500 billion, potentially $1 trillion, by 2025


UC Davis health economists have for the first time projected the total costs of caring for all people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the U.S. for the current calendar year and in 10 years if effective interventions and preventive treatments for the condition are not identified and widely available.

Their forecasts for ASD-related medical, nonmedical and productivity losses are $268 billion for 2015 and $461 billion for 2025. The researchers noted that these estimates are conservative and, if ASD prevalence continues to increase as it has in recent years, the costs could reach $1 trillion by 2025.

The study is published online in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

“The current costs of ASD are more than double the combined costs of stroke and hypertension and on a par with the costs of diabetes,” said study senior author Paul Leigh, professor of public health sciences and researcher with the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research at UC Davis. “There should be at least as much public, research and government attention to finding the causes and best treatments for ASD as there is for these other major diseases.”

Leigh hopes his findings inspire policy changes that emphasize early intervention to reduce ASD symptoms, along with employment and other programs that support the independence of adults with the disorder.

“This approach would ultimately save money that otherwise would be spent on expensive custodial care,” Leigh said.

Leigh worked with co-author Juan Du, who received her doctoral degree at UC Davis, to determine the per-person and then total costs of ASD using data on medical services, residential care, special education, in-home care, transportation, employment support and lost productivity. Their information came from a variety of sources, including research literature, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The evaluations included cost ranges that accounted for age, because services for people with ASD change throughout their lifespans, and the presence or lack of intellectual disability (formerly called “mental retardation”), which affects the intensity of services, along with varied estimates of population changes and ASD prevalence.

The team found that the comprehensive costs of ASD will range from $162 to $367 billion for 2015 (with the researchers’ best estimate of $268 billion) and from $276 to $1 trillion (with the researchers’ best estimate of $461 billion) for 2025. The 2015 figures are on a par with recent cost estimates for diabetes and exceed the combined costs of stroke and hypertension. If the prevalence of ASD continues to grow as it has in recent years, the costs likely will far exceed those of diabetes by 2025.  Read more here, if you have the stomach.


Vaccination Future: Inject a Polymer Into the Body with Timed Release Vaccines

Future shockNote: From the "what could possibly go wrong," files.  Imagine injecting a polymer patch into the body that would release vaccination doses as it breaks down over time "...allowing all childhood vaccines and boosters to be given at one time." Into infants. In developing nations. With limited access to healthcare. All at once.  How does any scientist think this is a good idea? Maybe cancer care is next. Show up at the Mayo Clinic, get a bolus timed release dose of radiation and leave with glowing skin.  And you can cook  your dinner in your hand. Lord oh Lordy, Lord.

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From Guardian UK

New technology could allow multiple vaccines to be delivered in single jab

Multiple injections for vaccinations could become a thing of the past, according to scientists who have developed an approach for delivering many doses of different substances in just one jab.

The technology involves encapsulating drugs or vaccines within tiny particles made of biodegradable polymers. Depending on their makeup, these polymers break down at different points in time, releasing their contents into the body.

Researchers say the approach could allow multiple vaccines to be delivered at once and remove the need for booster jabs. It may also prove handy in treatments for allergies, diabetes and even cancer where multiple injections are needed.

Continue reading "Vaccination Future: Inject a Polymer Into the Body with Timed Release Vaccines" »


Florida School Shooting - and the State of American Education

Candle-light-i-will-give-the-light-in-the-dark-djokomuljantoThis is one of the times I wish with all my heart Dan Olmsted was alive to help guide this conversation.  On Wednesday, a 19 year old kid shot and killed 17 students and faculty at a Florida high school. The initial reports show a boy (yes, I know he is a legal adult) with a tragic past, adopted at birth (that's not the tragedy) and then orphaned again as both his adoptive father and mother died. His Mom died just months ago. ( The media seems to delight in calling her death a 'flu" death - had she died of anything else, would that be relevant?)  He struggled in school. He was expelled.  He was in the mental health system. There is even a report that says a family let on that he had been diagnosed with autism.   Lord help all of us. Autism as we know it is not vicious, vengeful rage. Ever.  Our Anne Dachel has been writing about the explosion of violent behaviors in American schools from kindergarten through 12th grade. Shootings are the most violent example - and are all too common. 

Politics. Florida is a red state. Connecticut where I live some 15 miles from Sandy Hook is a blue state. Guns. Meds. Mental health. Second Amendment. HIPAA. Forced over-vaccination. Video games. Lack of ability to cope with adversity. Helicopter parents. Trophy for all sports.  Black box warnings. What else is part of this topic?

I pose a simple question that has no simple answer. "What do you think has happened to American children?"

Don't bother telling us that these are actors and there was no shooting, we won't publish those comments.  

Kim




17 Year Old Man with Autism Spends Night in Frigid New York Temps After Wandering

Tarot_death_02"We'll take these happy endings where we can get them”,  says the news reporter. She means well. And for her, this story is over.  17 year old Michael Barbella was at a bowling alley when he wandered (I wonder how fast he is) away into the cold Long Island, NY night. The report says he was with his mother. Another report says he was with his parents. Michael is prone to wandering according to the story - he even left his home during a Nor'easter - that's a weather event here in the northeast that's half hurricane, half blizzard.

We are glad Michael is alive. But this is far from a happy ending. His parents' worry isn't over. It's groundhog day with autism and wandering. EVERY DAY is a chance for our kids to....die. Drown. Freeze to death. Get hit by a car. A train.  Stranger danger is the least of our worries. Our kids are invisible once they are no longer tots. They look typical for the most part - it's their behaviors that create questions.  If anything, to a stranger they might look "crazy," and ain't  no one coming to their aid.  The village sucks.....   Michael was outside overnight with only a tank top - he took OFF his coat and shirt. Himself. 

Autism is deadly. Exhausting. Imagine his parents' guilt? Who among our readers hasn't had a similar situation? I have.  None of us can predict the future, but we know that some of our kids will die. Because of their autism.


Raging Out

Money waveNote: Domestic violence is not new. Matri- and Patricide seem particularly abhorrent.  On New Year's Eve, also in New Jersey, a teen who is reported to have autism, shot his family members in their  home. I've been trying to find details on this case - Googling Scott Kologi once or twice a week. There's little reported since the first sensational reports. We don't know if autism played a role in the alleged crime.

Here, below, is a follow up to a crime from last Spring, also in New Jersey. This man, Michael Litwornia, has Asperger's Syndrome and his home life was extremely difficult according to the first reports of the stabbing death. 

As a parent who is working with DDS here in CT to ensure safe, life enhancing adult services for my daughter Gianna who is autistic, but has a lower level of need (LON) than her older sister, I know that services and supports can be non-existent for families whose kids don't meet old fashioned ID diagnosis criteria.   I worry for my friends whose kids "can" do so much more than mine, and for whom mental health, behavior and daily functioning skills are impacted by their autism. The trend to make autism a cool diagnosis du decade ain't helping anyone. There is no Good Doctor. There is no Sheldon. These are fictional characters.   And there isn't enough money in the system to mete out support for the tsunami of autism that will be aging out of school in the next 5+ years.

Michael Litwornia was indicted Monday for fatally stabbing his mother and attempting to murder his father, according to reports.

BRIDGEWATER, NJ — A Bridgewater man was indicted for the murder of his mother and attempted murder of his father inside their Washington Valley Road home last year, according to mycentraljersey.com.

Michael Litwornia, 27, of the Martinsville section of Bridgewater Township had stabbed both his mother Helen and father Steve on April 18, 2017.

He was indicted on one count of murder and attempted murder on Monday when he appeared before Superior Court Judge Peter Tober, according to mycentraljersey.com.

...Helen's coworkers later said that Helen and Steve struggled to deal with their son's overwhelming mental problems. He had been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome and had become obsessive-compulsive. Things got worse after he stopped taking his medication, according to mycentraljersey.comRead more here.


Student Violence Against Teachers Escalating

Angry kidOur Anne Dachel is cataloging the changes in schools from institutions of learning to.... institutions. Schools should not be war zones where teachers fear students. Nor should they be prisons where students fear teachers. The changes in behavior among "regular" ed students is as, or more, troubling than in the ever growing special ed population.  I have know several paraprofessionals who have been injured during the course of their work with students on the spectrum and who have had to take worker's comp as a result. I also know stories of kids being terribly harmed by staff - including my own daughter on her school bus 8 years ago. Children are in dire straits. Strait jacket straits. Wake up. We'll have many more stories from Anne. Her compendium grows daily as the reports pour in from local media. National media rarely covers these stories. But in the "it takes a village" world of TV and newspapers, the stories are non-stop. Lord save us all. How will these kids function as adults?

Jan 22, 2018, (Canada) CTV Kitchener: WRDSB teachers faced violence 1,300 times last year

The union representing public elementary school teachers in Waterloo Region says more resources are needed to halt a growing trend of classroom violence.

“We have teachers who are being bitten, who are being kicked, who are being punched on a daily basis,” Jeff Pelich, the vice-president of the local chapter of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, said Monday.

“It’s pretty bad, and it’s escalating.”

Statistics provided by the Waterloo Region District School Board show that there were approximately 1,300 incidents involving student-on-teacher violence in the last school year, up from about 900 the year before.

About two per cent of the 1,300 violent incidents resulted in one or more people needing medical attention, and one per cent led to a leave of absence. The school board says no injuries were reported in 75 per cent of the incidents.

Pelich says violent outbursts in classrooms affect not only the students and teachers directly involved, but also other students who witness the violence firsthand.

He says the problem comes down to a lack of educational assistants and other supports for students with special needs.

“When there is a child who’s presenting in a violent manner, there’s just no one there to help,” he said.

“The child (often) has significant mental health needs that are outside the scope of what teachers are trained to deal with.”

The solution, ETFO says, is for the province to make more funding available.

An additional $6.3 million was provided to the WRDSB this year for special education needs. The Ministry of Education says the money is enough for “about 74 teachers and education workers.”

According to the school board, violent incidents appear to be happening this year at about the same rate they did in 2016-17.

WRDSB spokesperson Nick Manning says issues of violence aren’t limited to special education, and school board data shows that they occur most often after lengthy breaks in the school year, “before we’ve really had an opportunity to put programming in place to support students who need it.”


Young Woman with Asperger's "Discharged" From Baltimore Hospital into Frigid Cold

University-of-maryland-medical-center-officeNote: Below is a rotten story of the unceremonious discharge of a 22 year old woman with Asperger's  onto the freezing streets of Baltimore, Maryland.  At age 22, unless her mother had guardianship, the hospital did not have to share information by law. However, human decency might have been an option. If you have a child with autism and even Asperger's, please consider the legal means  available post age 18 so that you can continue or make or assist with legal, financial and medical decisions for your child.  I'm reminded of a scene from my favorite movie, Parenthood, with Steve Martin. "Friends!?? Friends slow down. They even stop!" (See below.) This hospital was no friend. Expect more of this callous treatment as the medical community is PURPOSEFULLY unprepared to care of our loved ones. Note, the woman is 22, not 42, not 52. 22 years old. The epidemic has started to age out. Here we go...

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From Fox News Baltimore

Baltimore hospital video fallout: Woman who identifies as patient's mom says she was mocked by security

A woman who says she’s the mother of a patient dumped on the street outside a Baltimore hospital in frigid weather this week says she was laughed at and stonewalled by hospital staff while trying to find out about the status of her daughter.

The mother, who spoke to CBS News and identified herself only as Cheryl, said her daughter, Rebecca, is “not deaf, not a prostitute, not a drug addict,” but suffers from bipolar disorder and Asperger’s syndrome. The woman was filmed moaning and pacing around outside the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus on Tuesday after being discharged by workers, in a video that has gone viral.

"The hospital wasn't being helpful," Cheryl told CBS News. "I called the security department [and] they laughed at me. When I told them, 'That's my daughter in the video and I just need to find out if she's in the hospital,' they laughed at me. Every person that I talked to at the hospital either hung up on me or told me to email the hospital, and that everyone was going to tell me the same thing."


Autism and the Scott Kologi New Jersey Slayings Case

Police-Crime-SceneNote: Autism not a defense in Long Branch family murder case, expert says

We're going to watch this case as it unfolds.  Scott Kologi is charged with murdering 4 family members on New Year's Eve with an assault style rifle. Media reports quote family and others as saying Kologi has autism.  The report below is troubling on  many levels. It seems callous in that it discounts his autism as a factor. We know that autism can be a severe disability even if a person seems "high functioning."   Autism is a spectrum disorder. And despite the push to normalize it, make it look like a gift or shiny new blades on a Swiss Army Knife for life, autism is a serious diagnosis that deserves respect. As do those with the diagnosis. Scott Kologi could be one of our own - if he faces adult prosecution, he's looking at either a long prison sentence or, if found mentally ill, psychiatric imprisonment. We are not condoning the crime by any means, but we hope the autism community - yours, ours, theirs, including the Neurodiversity community - will keep an eye on this boy's case. Autism does not mean violence. Our kids should not be cast as criminals or criminally insane.  With his parents dead, who will advocate for Scott? One article said his Mom took it upon herself to reach him to read when fellow students made fun of him. How's that for a warrior Mom? School may have just passed him through the grades. He did not attend his public high school. Not sure how much we will learn, since he is a minor. Stay tuned, and feel free to share any info you might have to add, especially if you're local.  Thanks.

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Kologi has been described as a special-needs student, and being on the autism spectrum, according to media interviews with neighbors, family friends and his grandparents. Bianchi said that even if the boy does fall on the autism spectrum that does not mean he will escape a murder conviction.

“We don’t know what this term ‘autism’ means,” he said. “Everybody’s throwing that out there as if he’s autisitic, therefore it’s a defense. That’s not accurate. Whatever his issues are, they have to be to a point where he does not appreciate the difference between right or wrong.”

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Autism not a defense in Long Branch family murder case, expert says
By Adam Hochron January 2, 2018 10:32 PM
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LONG BRANCH — One of the few things known about the 16-year-old boy accused of gunning down his parents, sister and family friend on New Year’s Eve is that he has a developmental disability. But attorneys representing the accused murderer will not be able to rely on that factor alone to defend him in court.

Scott Kologi is charged with killing his father, Steven Kologi, 44; his mother, Linda, 43; his 18-year-old sister, Brittany; and family friend Mary Schultz, 70.

Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said he intends to try the boy as an adult, which will happen only when a judge agrees to waive the case up to criminal court.

Former Morris County Prosecutor Robert Bianchi said moving the case to an adult courtroom as opposed to keeping it in the juvenile justice system would greatly increase the punishment the boy could face if convicted. An adult convicted of murder would face a minimum sentence of 30 years in prison, while a conviction in juvenile court would result in just a couple of years behind bars.

“Essentially, the difference is that where an adult court is about punishment and deterrence, the juvenile justice system is about rehabilitation of the offender,” Bianchi said. “The idea there is they’re going to try and rehabilitate him as a juvenile offender, as opposed to the adult system … where it’s merely punishment.”  Read more here.

 

 

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New Jersey 16 Year Old Held in Murder of Family Members

WeepNote: Below is a tragic American story of gun violence at the hands of a young male. Of interest to us is that the teen has been said to have autism by a neighbor, and one article in the Press Democrat has the following quote:

Jalen Walls, 18, a neighbor who went to school with Brittany Kologi, told NJ.com that he frequently went to the Kologi’s house. He said their 16-year-old son required special assistance and was cared for by his mother. The teen did not attend the same public schools as his siblings, he said. “But he was fully functional and comprehended what we were saying,” Walls said.

Many of us are intimately aware of the family violence that can take place when a loved one with autism rages. But shootings are in their own category of planning and a huge difference from punching walls or even people.  I think the majority of us would argue that our kids with autism are kind hearted and not prone to vindictive rages.  If medications were in use, could they have caused violent behavior? If medications had been stopped suddenly, could that have been a factor?  Pharma must be held accountable for the "side effects" that wreak havoc on our society.  Medtal illness is a scourge.   This is as sad story no matter the circumstances. We're sorry.

LONG BRANCH, N.J. — A 16-year-old New Jersey boy armed with a semi-automatic rifle shot and killed his parents, sister and a family friend inside the home where they lived, authorities said Monday.

Monmouth County Prosecutor Chris Gramiccioni said the teen will be charged with four counts of murder and a weapons offense stemming from the shooting that occurred late Sunday night, less than 20 minutes before midnight on New Year’s Eve in the shore town of Long Branch.

A possible motive for the shooting has not been disclosed. The rifle used in the shooting was legally registered to a resident of the house, Gramiccioni said.

The teen’s name has not been disclosed, and it wasn’t known Monday if he’s retained an attorney.

The victims were identified as the boy’s parents, Steven Kologi, 44, and Linda Kologi, 42; his 18-year-old sister, Brittany, and 70-year-old Mary Schultz, who lived with the family.

Police responded to a 911 call of shots fired at the home just after 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Gramiccioni said. He described the shooting as an isolated domestic incident and said the teen was taken into custody without issue.

The teen’s grandfather and brother were not targeted and left the home unharmed.

“It’s a terribly tragic incident,” Gramiccioni said.  Read more here.

Charges were expected to be filed later Monday, he said.

The teen is expected to make an initial court appearance Tuesday, and prosecutors were considering whether they would seek to move the case to adult court.


"Constant Race To Keep Ahead of Him," Tot with Autism Drowns

Paul Kevin Rozier

NOTE: Imagine the agony of losing a child, on Christmas no less. Paul Rozier drowned in a nearby pool. A story as oft repeated as A Visit from St. Nicholas is in December. In fact, my "On this  Day" that dumb Facebook reminder of ghosts of every day past, showed a similar drowning in 2014. Where is the outcry from our Public Health officials, our Pediatricians, Nurses, School Teachers and media on the scourge of autism drownings? Where is the demand for a cure so that these kids have a chance at something other than a watery grave with the Sirens’  call? Had this boy died from measles, we'd be on a red alert. There is no BLUE alert for autism. It just happens. What a shame. Time to check out the post Christmas sales. Make sure you get your flu shot. The lack of genuine concern is criminal.

On this day drowning


MILILANI, OAHU -- The body of a missing 7-year-old boy on Oahu was found in a backyard pool at a vacant house Christmas morning, according to police. CBS Honolulu affiliate KGMB reports Paul Kevin Rozier had wandered about a half mile away from his home.

Investigators believe Rozier drowned, and there are no signs of foul play.

His family went out shopping on Christmas Eve, leaving Rozier home with cousins when he disappeared. They say he was autistic, and sometimes left the home.

"It was a constant race to keep ahead of him and to be able to keep him in the house," said Paul Rozier, the boy's father. "Though he was only partially verbal, he was extremely smart."

The boy's family asked for help on social media, so strangers from all over the island came to help look for him.

"His teachers, his therapists and behavioral techs and just random people who heard us calling for him on the street and asked what was happening were searching," said Rozier.  Read more here.


21 Year Old With Autism Left at Hospital for 5 Months in CT

All aloneDO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMASTIME AT ALL?  Below is a story you will see over and over in 2018 and beyond.  Where the hell is our concert? From CT, where I live. My girls have programming thank God. Not every child in CT gets funding. And programs are still hit or miss.  Remember Alex Spourdalakis? Remember Skye Walker? Some adults with autism have vicious, dangerous behaviors - a sad and PAINFUL truth.  And parents are getting older, and exhausted. There are siblings to worry about and  survival triage becomes the goal.  This young man has been shuttled around a hospital for 5 months. It's a travesty.

We need more than a BAND AID.....  Kim

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A young man with autism and an intellectual disability was abandoned by his family in July and has languished at Manchester Hospital, with no medical diagnosis, for virtually all of the past five months as the state’s disabilities agency maintained that there were legal barriers to taking him into state care.

The 21-year-old has behavior problems, and he has shuttled between a hospital room, the busy emergency room, and an area normally reserved for psychiatric patients, according to an advocacy group that has taken up his cause at the behest of a hospital staff deeply concerned that they are not equipped to care for him. On Friday, state officials said they were finally prepared to offer services to the young man.

His presence in the emergency room is indicative of a statewide quandary, as hospitals have become the dumping ground for a growing number of profoundly disabled children and young adults.

The young man was first dropped off at the hospital on July 28 and has been in the hospital since then, except for a 10-day period in which his family took him home. His parents then brought him back to the hospital on Dec. 10, said Nancy Alisberg, legal director for Disability Rights Ct in Hartford. She said it was her understanding that the young man had been aggressive toward his parents and brother.

Alisberg said that while hospitals are seeing more of these cases, this was an extreme example.

Continue reading "21 Year Old With Autism Left at Hospital for 5 Months in CT" »


NYT Reports: A Federal Ban on Making Lethal Viruses Is Lifted

The flyNote: From the "what could possibly go wrong?" files....

A Federal Ban on Making Lethal Viruses Is Lifted

Federal officials on Tuesday ended a moratorium imposed three years ago on funding research that alters germs to make them more lethal.

Such work can now proceed, said Dr. Francis S. Collins, the head of the National Institutes of Health, but only if a scientific panel decides that the benefits justify the risks.

Some scientists are eager to pursue these studies because they may show, for example, how a bird flu could mutate to more easily infect humans, or could yield clues to making a better vaccine.

Critics say these researchers risk creating a monster germ that could escape the lab and seed a pandemic.

Now, a government panel will require that researchers show that their studies in this area are scientifically sound and that they will be done in a high-security lab.

The pathogen to be modified must pose a serious health threat, and the work must produce knowledge — such as a vaccine — that would benefit humans. Finally, there must be no safer way to do the research.

“We see this as a rigorous policy,” Dr. Collins said. “We want to be sure we’re doing this right.”

In October 2014, all federal funding was halted on efforts to make three viruses more dangerous: the flu virus, and those causing Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

But the new regulations apply to any pathogen that could potentially cause a pandemic. For example, they would apply to a request to create an Ebola virus transmissible through the air, said Dr. Collins.  Read more here.


Grim News from CDC as Developmental Disabilities continue to Rise

Lost boyThere wasn't much (any?) fanfare on the local or national news about the grim announcement from America's CDC: NCHS Data Brief ■ No. 291 ■ November 2017 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics Estimated Prevalence of Children With Diagnosed Developmental Disabilities in the United States, 2014–2016

Disability Scoop reports: An increasing number of American children have developmental disabilities, the federal government says, even as autism and intellectual disability rates remain largely steady. Between 2014 and 2016, the prevalence of developmental disabilities among kids ages 3 to 17 increased from 5.76 percent to 6.99 percent, according to figures released Wednesday from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rise stems from an uptick in children diagnosed with a developmental delay other than autism or intellectual disability, the federal agency said.

Take a look at the statistics and charts in the CDC report - the prognosis for males is poor as disabilities are on the rise faster for boys than girls.  If you're a teacher, coach, therapist or any professional who works with kids, what are you seeing in your field? Are the boys less able to perform, function, succeed? What about the girls? I know from my experience teaching karate, the girls overall are more prepared to learn, better able to focus and can process commands and make their bodies do what we ask faster. Choosing left or right arm or leg comes quicker. Making adjustments is easier. Behavior is superior.

The ghost of America's future is rattling the chains. The  media isn't paying attention.



1 in 36: ASD Rate Set a New Record High in 2016

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By Mark Blaxill

The National Health Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) released its latest prevalence rate for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in American children this Wednesday. Their “data brief”, which is based on information gathered in the National Health Information Survey (NHIS), reported an ASD rate for 2016 of 2.76%, or 1 in 36 American children (1).

This is the highest rate ever recorded in a national survey of children in the United States and was an increase from the rate of 1 in 45 children (or 2.24%) reported in the 2014 NHIS survey (2). The ASD information reported in these surveys includes children between the ages of 3 and 17 years of age and any diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder, including Asperger’s syndrome.

This startling new peak received virtually no media coverage and was downplayed by the NCHS, whose headline finding was that--despite setting a new American record with a 1 in 36 ASD rate: “There was not a statistically significant change in the prevalence of children ever diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder from 2014 to 2016.” (1)

Yet this new 2016 rate is a sharp increase from a highly similar 2007 report, the first year in which an NCHS survey included the question, “Has a doctor or health professional ever told you that [sample child] had Autism, Asperger’s disorder, pervasive developmental disorder, or autism spectrum disorder?” The 2007 report, also measuring the rate for 3-17 year-old children, reported an autism rate of 1.1%, or 1 in 91 American children (3).

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The NCHS, like the CDC a department within the Department of Health and Human Services, follows a different methodology in the NHIS than the approach used by the CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Network (ADDM), which last reported an autism rate of 1 in 68 American children for 8-year-olds born in 2004 (4). The ADDM network’s estimates likely include fewer children with Asperger’s (only about 10% of the ADDM cases have an Asperger’s diagnosis), which may explain why NHIS ASD rates have been generally higher than ADDM rates.

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Italian Court Rejects Veneto Regions Vaccine Mandate Appeal

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NOTE: Vaccines have become an offer Italians can NOT refuse - without steep penalties. Disgrazia. Kim

(ANSA) - Rome, November 22 - The Constitutional Court on Wednesday rejected the Veneto regional government's appeal against compulsory vaccinations for school admissions, saying the issues in question were the business of the national legislator.
In its ruling, the top court said making vaccinations compulsory was justified by the fall in the numbers of children that have been vaccinated. The government has made 10 vaccinations compulsory for school admission. Several parents across Italy have seen their children refused admission because they have not had the necessary vaccinations.

There have been public protests against the government move.


Dublin Mom Begging for Placement and Care for Violent Autistic 12 Year Old Son

Irish break your heartNote: Our Media Editor Anne Dachel has been compiling an unending list of autism horror stories from around the world. The truth isn't just stranger than fiction, it's much more frightening.  These posts are meant to shed light on the severity of the problem families are facing. In this case, a violent 12 year old child whose mother is begging for a placement.  Families suffer in silence. Some parents snap and murder their children. 

We had another mass shooting in America yesterday, at a church outside of San Antonio. Last week a man rammed a truck into New Yorkers on a bike path. America has become either numb or blind to the violence. We tsk tsk and offer our "deepest condolences" are "saddened" by so many tragedies.  And nothing changes.  KIM

Nov 3, 2017, UK Mirror: 'He has given me black eyes and attacked me with a knife': Mum pleads for autistic 12-year-old son to be taken away"

The 12-year-old boy suffers from autism and his mum has had to call police to her home more than a dozen times because of his violent behaviour

A mum has launched a desperate appeal to have her son taken into care after she suffered several brutal assaults.

The 12-year-old boy suffers from autism and his mum has had to call police to her home more than a dozen times because of his violent behaviour.

She has been forced to barricade herself into her bedroom along with her three daughters.

The mum, who is not being named, told the Irish Mirror: "He has smashed up my windows and televisions several times.

"I have marks all over my body. I have to highlight this before my kids or me are dead."

Continue reading "Dublin Mom Begging for Placement and Care for Violent Autistic 12 Year Old Son" »


Walking in Quicksand on The Cost of Rejecting a Cure for Autism

NOTE: Thanks to Ashlynn for allowing us to excerpt her blog post below.  I agree with her almost completely. In America, we reject cures every day of the week, because treatments make money for pharma, profit based hospitals, etc.  However, most diseases and chronic diagnoses are at least given the pretense of seeking a cure - Susan G. Komen comes to mind. Thanks, Ashlynn.  K

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In the United States, an estimated $262 billion per year is spent on care and services for people with autism. This number does not include social security and benefit payments. If the startling trend of better diagnosis increased autism rates continues, care of individuals with autism in the United States will exceed one trillion dollars per year before we know it.

The staggering costs associated with caring for people with autism starkly contrast the limited and wasteful funds spent on autism research each year. Roughly $300 million is spent on autism research yearly, 75% of which is paid for by the Federal government.

This means that over $800 is spent caring for people with autism for every dollar spent researching autism. Of course, what constitutes autism research is broad and a great deal of it focuses not on relief from symptoms or preventing autism in the first place, but on genetics, validating the usefulness of applied behavioral analysis, and casting blame on fat moms and old dads. In fact, the research to date has been so underwhelming that the best tips WebMD can come up with for preventing autism are: live healthy, don’t take drugs during pregnancy, avoid alcohol, seek treatment for existing health conditions, and get vaccinated.

While neurodiversity proponents vilify people who want a cure, parents lose sleep over who will provide proper care for their autistic children when they die. With many autistics having no chance of partnering or starting their own families, parents rightly worry what will happen when their children are left in a world without a single person who loves them. The darker side of autism is habitually glossed over in any debate about how money should be spent to help people with autism. Families fight for the welfare of children and teens held in four point restraints in emergency rooms for weeks at a time as they wait for an opening at a facility that can marginally manage their needs. Meanwhile, a vocal minority that remains without empathy for the suffering the rest of the spectrum endures, continues to condemn those of us who want better for our kids.

Actively fighting against relief from the symptoms of autism is more than just cruel. It’s financially unsustainable.


When the Autistic Student is both Too Smart and Too Disruptive

The-Age-Victoria-Newspaper-article-Melbourne-Australia-paleo-diet-the-paleo-network-interview-minNOTE:  How many of you know children like this boy in Australia? Maybe even your own child? My daughter has been in a class that had mandatory evacuations due to massive outbursts. As an autism parent, I empathize. As a parent, I worried about the affect of the evacuations and the violence on my pre-verbal daughter. Autism is rarely presented in such a raw, real manner.  The media tends to push a false narrative about autism, glossing over the struggles for families and outright lying under the guise of neurodiversity. Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill's book DENIAL speaks to this trend.

Too smart, too disruptive: The high-functioning autistic children our schools can't teach

Meet the two sides of Lucas Whittam.

There's the highly intelligent boy, who breezes through a game of memory and will tell you all you need to know about his favourite shows The Smurfs and My Little Pony.

Then there's the explosive side - the boy who hits his teachers and principal, and who, in a fit of rage, once shattered his teacher's glasses. He formed a habit of trashing his classroom in outbursts that were so violent his classmates were evacuated for their own safety.

The nine-year-old has high-functioning autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiance disorder and suffers from anxiety.

He is also very bright, with an IQ of 123, which places him in the 95th percentile.

Students like Lucas are being overlooked in the Victorian education system  - they are too smart for a specialist school and too disruptive for a mainstream school. Many of these students have poor executive functions, which means their planning and organisational skills are inhibited. 

They have the potential to achieve high grades - some of them are gifted - but they have trouble reading social cues, staying on task, and grow bored by the content in their class. However, because their IQ is so high, they generally don't qualify for most disability funding arrangements, which would cover an integration aide or other services. Their high IQ also means they can't enrol in specialist schools, which are mostly designed for students with an intellectual disability.

Lucas' mother, Lisa, now drives four hours a day and forks out $10,000 a year, so her son can attend The Currajong School, one of the only schools in Victoria that caters for children like Lucas.




Children's Health Month Could Be an Hour Long Given State of Pediatric Wellness

A Bad ReactionNOTE: Thanks to World Mercury Project for this sharp look at yet another designated do nothing month. American kids are chronically at dis-ease.   Please take a look at Sarah Bridges' book A Bad Reaction - from Skyhorse Publishing - featured in the article from WMP.


The month of October is recognized as “Children’s Health Month” and here at the World Mercury Project, we are struck by the unhealthiness of today’s children. Chronic and often debilitating conditions such as autism, ADHD, allergies, tics and more now affect our nation’s children in alarming, unprecedented numbers. All too often, parents describe their now chronically ill children as having at one time been completely healthy up until something went horribly wrong. The one factor in declining health most frequently cited by the families of these children is the receipt of vaccines, despite the fact that parents are encouraged to accept that the timing of vaccines is merely coincidental to any chronic condition.

Given the gravity of the health status of so many children today—over half have a chronic health condition in the US—one would think their stories would be making front page headlines each and every day. In an age where the pharmaceutical industry provides a staggering amount of financial support to media outlets around the world, these stories are not finding their way to the public. This is why it is crucial that parents are provided a means to ensure that their family’s story of vaccine injury is heard, and the World Mercury Project is doing just that with the Campaign to Restore Child Health. We encourage all parents of vaccine-injured children to record and submit their stories so we can present them here.

One such story is that of Sarah Bridges and her son, Porter. As you watch Sarah describe what happened in the months and years following Porter’s vaccine injury, keep in mind that Sarah’s story is not an anomaly—in fact, it is echoed by countless families around the country. We cannot let the reality of vaccine injury continue to be buried by those who profit from the perception that vaccines are “safe and effective.” We must all speak up on behalf of our children to ensure their stories are heard and never forgotten.  Read more and watch a video here.


Mother Sets 4 Year Old with Autism on Fire

WeepNote: Under no circumstances do we ever, ever condone or gloss over the horrors of a parent, Mother or Father, harming or murdering his or her child with autism. Not Gigi Jordan, not Dorothy Spourdalakis. Not yesterday. Not today. Not tomorrow.  That said, parents can snap. We are human. Even when we do something inhumane. I worry that the push to gloss autism into a "difference" has meant a lack of concern and real focus on the needs of families.  Between my three girls I have 60 sum total cumulative years of autism experience and exhaustion.  I want to know what happened to this mother  to turn her into a monster. Was she abusing him from birth?  Did his autism play a role? Her little boy was only 4.  Abuse and neglect is not new. Autism as an epidemic is just 25 years old.  Here, the two have overlapped. God rest this boy's young soul.

A Milwaukee woman suspected of killing her 4-year-old son with autism is accused of bounding him with belts and setting him on fire before his death, according to court documents.

Amelia Di Stasio, 23, faces a charge of first-degree intentional homicide in the killing of Antonio Di Stasio, her only child, KTLA sister station WITI in Milwaukee reported Wednesday.

According to a criminal complaint obtained by WITI, Milwaukee firefighters found the child's lifeless body, with his hands bound behind his back with several belts and a garbage bag over his head, in a bathtub after responding to a report of "smoke" at an apartment on the morning of Sept. 28.

"The majority of his body was burned," the complaint stated.  Read more here.


The Good Doctor Meets the Real Patient

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Note: The headline is a play on the  new TV show from abc - The Good Doctor. He's Doogie Houser with autism. Brilliant! Sees medicine in a different way! He's  a magical unicorn doctor!   Real doctors are at a loss as to how to help teens and  young adults with violent behaviors and other conditions of autism. We told you about the nation's first pediatric emergency psychiatric facility recently. It's in San Diego, California. The Golden State is tarnished by Dr. Richard Pan, the pediatician (sic - pediatrician plus politician) whose role it is to force vaccination on every child in the state, followed by adults no doubt. Several years ago, Alex Spourdalakis languished and suffered in a Chicago hospital for weeks and was then viciously murdered by his mother in what may or may not have been a "mercy at wits end" violent episode. How many AofA readers have children who have been out of control violent due to their pain and suffering of autism? Too many.  The article below is from Philadelphia, home of Dr. Paul Offit. The leader in vaccination mandates and injury denial. The irony is startling. Will HE take these patients into his practice?

By Anne Dachel

Sept 26, 2017, Philadelphia Inquirer: With nowhere else to go, patients with severe autism turn to hospitals for help

Teenagers and young adults with severe autism are spending weeks or even months in emergency rooms and acute-care hospitals, sometimes sedated, restrained, or confined to mesh-tented beds, a Kaiser Health News investigation shows.

These young people — who may shout for hours, bang their heads on walls, or lash out violently at home — are taken to the hospital after community social services and programs fall short and families call 911 for help, according to more than two dozen interviews with parents, advocates, and physicians in states from Maine to California.

There, they wait for beds in specialized programs that focus on treating people with autism and other developmental disabilities, or they return home once families recover from the crisis or find additional support. …

Nationally, the number of people with an autism diagnosis who were seen in hospital ERs nearly doubled from 81,628 in 2009 to 159,517 five years later, according to the latest available data from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The number admitted also soared, from 13,903 in 2009 to 26,811 in 2014. …

“Classic autism with challenging behavior represents a large part of the autism spectrum, and nobody is telling their story,” said Parles, who has an adult son on the spectrum.

If more help were available, more families would be able to keep their kids at home safely, she said. …

Continue reading "The Good Doctor Meets the Real Patient" »


School and Hospital Grossly Overstep Their Bounds Restraining and Drugging Canadian 8 Year Old

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When Debbie Kiroff's son disappeared from the teachers' sight, the school called police. But what happened next has her sounding the alarm about the appropriateness of both the school's and the hospital's response. (Submitted by Debbie Kiroff)


NOTE:  My father was born in 1922. He'd have been in first grade in 1928 or so. He used to tell us a story that he could not use scissors well as a tot.  Nor could he ride a bike.  His family was Irish Italian poor, 10 kids. Bikes were a luxury.  Scissors were to make clothing, not crafts. One day, his teacher marched the entire class down the street to my father's house. The teacher knocked on the door. My grandmother, Hannah Veronica Sullivan Rossi answered.  The teacher then proceeded to shame my father in front of his class and his mother, proclaiming that he was deficient in cutting paper. My grandmother took a broom, and beat the teacher with it, shooing her off their porch. End of story.  I miss her.  I think I miss 1928 too. Kim

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A Toronto-area mother is searching for answers after she says her son was taken to a hospital alone in the back of a police car, placed in restraints and injected with a sedative because he was acting out on the first day of school.

Debbie Kiroff says her eight-year-old, who loves cooking, Lego and swimming, has behavioural issues and a severe learning disability. So when the principal at Holland Landing Public School phoned her on Sept. 5 to say his behaviour was "escalating," it didn't come as a shock. 

"They know he's a runner," she told CBC Toronto. "When I first brought him to the school, I said to them, 'He likes to run. That's his release.'"

For Kiroff's son, the frog pond near the school is where he finds calm. "He usually runs to the same spot near the little forest that they go to for day trips."

'Mom, they've already got him in the police car'

But when he disappeared from teachers' sight on the first day, Kiroff says the school called police. What happened next has her sounding the alarm about what she says is a lack of supports for children with difficulties, and she's left with questions about the appropriateness of both the school's and hospital's response.

It all began with an argument with another boy over who should be able to use a computer. 

"He's running around right now, he's got a ruler, he's climbing this, climbing that," Kiroff says the principal told her, asking her to come pick her son up.

Kiroff says she works for Canada Post and had a truck full of packages she had to unload first. In the meantime, she says, she sent her daughter, who had her baby with her, to the school.

While her daughter made her way over, the principal called and said the eight-year-old was running off of school property, says Kiroff.

By the time she got there, it was too late. 

"Mom, they've already got him in the police car. They're taking him to the hospital because he's too angry," she says her daughter told her on the phone.

You don't need my consent for that?'

Kiroff's son was taken to Southlake Regional Health Centre. She says she had to wait 15 to 20 minutes before being allowed inside.   Read more here.


Buckeye Arizona Police Take Down Autistic Teen for Stimming

Teachable-momentsNOTE:  We hope this poor young man is OK.  Autism has many variations, versions and vagaries. The epidemic denialists and neurodiversity whitewashers would have you believe autism is simply a Swiss army knife of unique skills for life and not different from eye color or even race. It's "just" a brain difference. We beg to differ. At all points on the spectrum, our loved ones with autism are in danger. The answer is treatment and maybe even prevention, of course, for the future. But for those here, whom we love and adore? The answer is education. These police officers mistook stimming for a dangerous move. And it's not a stretch to understand how that could happen. If  police tell someone to "freeze" and he keeps moving, he is in mortal peril. Law enforcement doesn't have the luxury of perusing the DSM V for the traits of autism. That said, a bit of empathy and kindness and human thought could have prevented this awful event. Educate the police. Educate the public as to the real life traits of autism - the bad and the ugly along with the good.  Otherwise the Buckeye Arizona teen will always have a bulls eye his back. And so will our children and friends with autism. KR

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From NBC 4 Arizona


Police in Buckeye, Arizona, have released body camera footage of an officer detaining a teen boy with autism who he believed to be doing drugs.

The footage, taken the afternoon of July 19, 2017, shows Officer Grossman with the Buckeye Police Department go to the ground with Connor Leibel, 14. The news release does not give Officer Grossman's first name.

At one point, you can hear Connor tell Grossman "I'm stimming," which is a common technique used by people with autism. The officer didn't understand the word and didn't recognize the boy had autism.

He asks Connor for identification, but the teen says he doesn't have any ID and begins to walk away.

The boy screams when the officer puts his hands on him and they fall to the ground. He also shouts multiple times, "I'm OK!"

The incident started when Officer Grossman saw the teen alone in a park.

The release said the boy was "moving his hand to his face in a manner consistent with inhaling, and then [Grossman] observed the teenager's body react accordingly after that movement."

The officer approached the boy and asked what he was doing, but the teen walked away. That's when the officer "lawfully detained the teenager, causing both of them to fall to the ground," according to the release.


Take The Keys and Lock Them Up. Amer-ican Children.

Seclusion roomOur Anne Dachel is like Dickens' Madame Defarge, knitting a long long list of egregious actions within the ever exploding realm of special education. She has hundreds 0f stories of how school districts are being crushed by the epidemic of kids on IEPs and with serious emotional and mental challenges.  The result is often horrendous care for our children. Below is a sample of her compilation, about the hideous practices of restraint and seclusion.  Just last week on Facebook a friend discovered that her son's new school has a "calm" room. That's a euphemism for a seclusion room.

Sept 14, 2017, Newsweek: WHY ARE SCHOOLS LOCKING UP SO MANY OF OUR KIDS?

If parents were to lock their children in a confined space for a lengthy period of time, it is highly likely that those parents would be arrested for child abuse and their parental rights threatened. (In fact, this just happened in Arizona recently.)

If public schools do this, however, the outcome is quite different.

The use of physical restraints, locked “seclusion rooms,” and solitary confinement for children is rampant throughout the nation’s public schools.

In a comprehensive 2014 analysis by NPR and ProPublica, analysts found that “restraint and seclusion were used at least 267,000 times nationwide” in the 2011-2012 school year. Schools put children in seclusion rooms approximately 104,000 times in that one year.

Continue reading "Take The Keys and Lock Them Up. Amer-ican Children." »


Bergen West Pediatrics Charges $20 If You Decline a Vaccine They Want To Sell You

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UPDATE: We've heard that this  practice is denying the letter. It makes zero point zero sense that anyone would create a fake letter and post it to social media.  The photo is at an angle as if snapped from the side with a cell phone.  They are welcome to chime in to clarify if they so choose.

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Pardon the Trump'ism, but I think we can say safely to this practice, "You're FIRED!"

Imaging charging $20 to a family because they say "no" to a vaccine? Bergen West Pediatric Center is doing just that. How much money do they lose when they don't sell the vaccines that Merck and Insurance companies demand? The rationale is nonsense. Records are already pulled and ready. Verify vaccine? What does that mean? They have the lineup ready for each visit. Voila. Verified. Put them away.  Assess the patient? Isn't that the point of the visit ANYWAY? Patient needs clearly do not come first. There are reasons whereby a parent says "no" to a vaccine including that day's health status, bona fide exemption rights and that basic America tenet called FREEDOM.

From their website, "we are currently accepting new patients."  Indeed.

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More Denial: Some Autism Parents Are Just ASDholes

WeepBelow is a horrible story of a mother charged with murdering her teen daughter with "high functioning autism."The girl's name was Savannah Leckie.

According to the article, it sounds like the girl was more than a handful - and don't we know what that's like? Autism is rarely what we see on sitcoms and news clips of snapshot moments of success. Life is a continuum of struggle, love, frustration, love, hard work, love, sleepless nights, love, staying home, love, limited social life, love, stalled dreams, love. Now, take out the love and what do you have? A recipe for murder. 

This poor young woman didn't stand a chance. According to the AP story, she was put up for adoption as a baby. Her adoptive mother "gave her back" to her birth mother because her fiance did not get along with the girl. (Please review long love filled sentence above.) Her birth mother treated the girl like a war hostage, with cruelty and punishment.

Growing up doesn't mean growing out of autism. I hate to tell you, but our work gets more difficult as school ends, services Denialdiminish, budgets are slashed. The result will be more of this literal insanity - parents killing their children with autism and sometimes comitting suicide afterward.  Denial of the epidemic means trauma and tragedy.

Learn more about the squashing of the truth about the epidemic in DENIAL by our own Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill, available now.

May God rest Savannah's soul. KR

Missouri woman charged with killing autistic daughter [Associated Press]

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri woman was charged Tuesday with killing the autistic teenage daughter she gave up for adoption as a baby, weeks after the girl's remains were found in a burn pit on her remote property and months after the girl moved back from Minnesota, where she was raised.

Rebecca Ruud, 39, is charged with first-degree murder, abuse of a child resulting in death and second-degree felony murder in the killing of her 16-year-old biological daughter, Savannah Leckie. She is also charged with tampering with physical evidence and abandoning a corpse, said Ozark County Prosecutor John Garrabrant. He declined to say whether anyone else would be charged, but Sheriff Darrin Reed said the investigation is ongoing and more charges are expected.

Ruud is being held in the Ozark County jail. A cellphone number listed as hers wasn't working, and the public defender's office didn't immediately reply to a phone message seeking comment.


Dr. Eve Switzer, Meet The Google.

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No, but vaccine injury denial is....

There's a pediatrician in Oklahoma who is one of the chief Twits when it comes to tweeting incorrect information and outright lies and angry attacks on parents of vaccine injured children. Her name is Eve Switzer. We've written about her in the past - when she encouraged false reports to CPS for any parent trying to recover their children from autism.

Ginger Taylor pointed out her latest ignorant Twitstorm on Facebook this week. Seems Dr. Switzer missed the class on vaccine induced brain injury.  Oh wait, there isn't one.
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May we suggest a quick trip to the University of Google, Dr. Switzer? Seems the University of New Mexico was insufficient to the task of educating you.

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Lest you think Dr. Switzer is not an active American doctor, take heart! She performs many important medical procedures! Just look at her profile!  Why, one might even want to call her Dr. Eve of Destruction. At least for skin lesions.... 

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Vaxxed's Polly Tommey Ousted from Australia

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Is this what is coming to America? Australia banned the right to protest 3 years ago. See below. Did you know that?  Polly Tommey and traveling medical warrior Dr. Suzanne Humphries were told they were not able to return to Australia for three years. Authorities confiscated Polly's phone.  Vaxxed is about the CDC Whistleblower who worked on the MMR/Autism studies many years ago and about vaccine safety.  

From the Daily Beast (thanks Adriana for the link): On Tuesday 11 March [2014], the Australian state of Victoria passed a controversial law giving police wide-reaching powers over protesters.

Police can now move on, fine or arrest people they believe are ‘causing or likely to cause’ obstructed access to buildings or impeding the movement of people or traffic, or people they anticipate may become violent. Additionally, courts can issue exclusion orders (bans on being in a designated public space for up to 12 months). Breaching a penalty order can result in two years’ imprisonment.


Italy Mandates Vaccination for School Children

School-system-in-italy-7-728After taking a billion Euro "gift" from Glaxo, Italy now mandates vaccination for its children.

US pharmaceutical giant GSK is planning to invest more than €1 billion in Italy over the next four years, according to Daniele Finocchiaro, CEO of GSK Italia.

The funds won’t be going to “the construction of new plants, but to reinforce product lines and provide more continuity for research and development. Specialization is the greatest weapon we have and—as shown by our acquisition of the vaccine center in Siena—we are aiming for excellence and looking to grow,” he said.

Now watch the school districts change over the next few years as special education, dietary/food allergy and behavior programs become necessary.  

Italy Mandates Vaccines & Implements Fines As Glaxo Promises A Billion Euro Investments

La Scalata della Glaxo (Glaxo's Rapid Rise in Italy)

From MedPage Today:

Vaccines will now be mandatory for all children attending school in Italy through the age of 16, The Washington Post reported.

Approved with a vote of 296-92 by Italy's parliament, the new mandate will require parents to show proof of 10 vaccinations -- including tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, and diphtheria -- in order to be granted admission to preschools. However, vaccinations for meningococcal B and meningococcal C were left off the final list.

The vote comes after Italy's highest court ruled no tie between autism and vaccinations earlier this week...


Shocking Statistic: 22% of Irish Schoolchildren Need Special Education

Sad cloverWhen will the world wake up to the tragedy happening in front of our collective eyes?  Children unable to learn, to function - at all levels, not only autism and its iterations. 22% of Irish schoolchildren are in special education, and the numbers are climbing unabated.  

I teach children karate.  The girls seem to be able to stand still, listen, process and make their bodies do what we ask of them. Many, and I mean many, of the boys can not stand still. Their bodies literally wobble.  They need a command several times to take notice and then require extra processing time to make their bodies move. Left is right. Right is left. Crossing midline is difficult. Staying focused nearly impossible. Army crawling looks like a sea of frozen right legs being dragged. Hopping on one foot a struggle. Even running back and forth in a straight line is a challenge.  Children are simply not the same. And then you have the 20+ men who are shooters. Raging. Unable to find the "this is wrong" button and control their anger. 

When will eyes turn away from the nonsense of "better diagnosis" to the world of pharmaceutical and chemical interventions that are changing the brain for the worse?   Teachers did not suddenly forget how to teach. Parents have not forsaken basic parenting rules. THE RAW MATERIAL is different - the children themselves are not the same.

Kim

From IRISH NEWS.

RAPIDLY increasing numbers of children with special educational needs is causing spending to spiral, a new audit report has found.

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We Know this Product Harms You - Take it Anyway.

HPVSanevaz chartCan you imagine another product in the United States of America where doctors would know that it hurts people - and not just a handful of people-  teens and young adults females - and yet they continue to bludgeon and shame patients into taking the product?  They lie. The doctor below calls Gardasil one of the safest vaccines. VAERS adverse reporting data says otherwise.  Check for yourself at the SANEVAX.org site that tracks HPV vaccine injuries and deaths.   Harming babies who can not tell their parents the agony they feel is one thing - the injuries remain somewhat "hidden." But girls and boys into their teens and 20s can speak freely about their life changes - and they are doing so. It's a sad day when bright kids who made it out of childhood vaccines intact fall prey to teen vaccines.  Adults are next - just wait and see. KAR

The HPV vaccine, commonly given to girls and boys as early as 9 years old, has caused controversy because some people have experienced side effects.

The vaccine aims to prevent human papillomavirus, which can lead to genital warts and cervical cancer.

 
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One mother said after her daughter had the vaccine, it caused side effects so dire that it not only affected her health, but it changed her life.

"It was easy to be her mother. She was an excellent student, straight As. She's a musician. She plays guitar," Tracie Moorman said about her daughter, Maddie Moorman.

After Maddie Moorman received the vaccine, she had debilitating migraine headaches, nausea, insomnia and difficulties processing information, something she calls "brain chaos."

"Everything is just kind of foggy. I'm always in a little bit of a muggy state where my head hurts," Maddie Moorman said.

"I've lost track of how many days of school that she's missed since all of this started," said Tracie Moorman.

She said her daughter is now home-schooled in the afternoons, unable to physically or mentally handle a full day of classes. She said she's also developed several food allergies, too.

"There are 20 foods that I cannot eat," Maddie Moorman said. "Soy, meat, wheat, dairy, nuts. That alone eliminates a lot of food."

She said she has to take 13 supplements every day just to get through the day.

Tracie Moorman said she blames the changes on the HPV vaccine.

"I think that whatever it is in the vaccine that has caused the body to go into chaos has to be eliminated, one way or the other," she said.

Dr. Christopher Harrison has researched the HPV vaccine and said he strongly recommends it to his patients. He said the vaccine's ability to prevent cervical cancer outweighs any reported side effects.

"It's hard for me to see the risk is anywhere close to the benefits we're going to get out of this. It's actually one of the safest vaccines that's ever been produced," he said.  Read more here.



From Hell to HOPEISM

Brandon BW
NOTE: We all know autism warrior parents. I know few women who are as strong as Michelle Guppy, from Texas.  Her son Brandon has severe autism and a life threatening seizure disorder that wreaks havoc on his body and the entire family's day to day - no, moment to moment - life.  She invited me to share this post from her personal blog and I am proud to do so.   Please pop over to her blog and leave a comment there, won't you? And thank you Michelle.

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Of being a bubble-wrapped blueberry... Violet7

By Michelle Guppy

This writing won't be for those who go through life with rose-colored glasses.

It certainly isn't for those who "celebrate" National Autism Awareness Month.

It is for those who dare to take the time to read about the reality that is life with vaccine injury.

Life with autism...  
(Which for the majority, is life with vaccine injury.)

Which for the majority of those I know, is very much the title of my blog in being a lifelong journey from hell to HOPEISM.

I want to share about a brief visit I had with one such warrior mom who I will not identify...

I have to share it because the reality of her life needs to be known because it represents the reality of so very many in this autism community.  The reality of  our lives that is rarely shown because if it were to be rated as a movie, it would have a "graphic violence" warning.  The reality of our lives is so far from what is portrayed, how we actually live, it's pathetic.  That so many like this mom are in every community, is a horrific tragedy of epic proportions.

And yes, I'll say it.

It's a tragedy that overshadows the holocaust.

I do realize that what I'm sharing here, is but the tip of a very large iceberg in how so many of us must live.  As bad as what I've seen, experienced, or know of is, there are those who live with much worse.  How much worse?  That they would murder their children rather than live one more day with no help and no hope that help will ever come.  That they would rather commit suicide because death is kinder than life.  The iceberg of an entire generation of severely affected adults with autism (vaccine injury) will sink this country when the collision comes of when they are left to the state after their parents die or simply cannot care for them any longer.

I was just so moved by the stark reality of what I saw in how this warrior mom must live that I cried on and off the rest of the day.  Not in pity of her, but for the situation she is in.  She is a fighter.  She deserves such enormous respect.  It is the situation that moved me.  The all-too-familiar situation of those who care for adults with autism who are bigger and stronger than they are.

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Best of: Autism's Longest Day... Called Summer

J flintonNOTE: Today is Summer Solstice.  The longest day of the year. Every day can be the longest day with autism, right?  We ran this post several years ago, and like many of our sharp parent perspectives, it's as relevant today as it was then.

By Jennifer Flinton

My 10-year-old autistic son was dis-enrolled from the adaptive summer day camp at our local recreation center today.  This was a camp specifically designed for special needs children; there were actually several kids my son knew from school in the very same camp.  I’m starting to detect an emerging trend here.  “Special needs” doesn’t necessarily apply to my son, who is totally non-verbal and is on the more severe end of the autism spectrum.

This has happened before.  I enroll my son in what seems, on paper, to be an ideal program for him – small staff-to-child ratio, lots of activities to keep him occupied, and most importantly, staff trained to understand and work with special kiddos like mine.  Then, when my son and I go for our first day, we quickly realize that they really didn’t mean kids like him, with often severe outbursts of behavior, self-injurious behavior, and aggression.  They want compliant kids; those kids with special needs who might just be a little physically slower or cognitively slightly impaired.  Those are the kids who look good on the brochure, not my kid who’s red-faced and whose nose is running snot because he’s been screaming for the past hour.

The first experience like this was with a TOPS Soccer group in our hometown of Olympia, WA.  The “cute,” compliant special needs children loved the indoor gym and were eager to participate in the group warm-up activities.  My son covered his ears due to the echoes of the gym, and wanted nothing more than to leave – he kept crying and tugging at me to go.  We gave up after 4 or 5 practices.

The next experience was with a social skills group for ASD children.  The first year we were here in the Austin, TX area, my son did well with this group, so I was the first to sign him up the following year.  I found out a week before the group was scheduled to start (and once it was too late to find another summer activity for him because they were all long since full) that the agency had decided to have a higher functioning social skills group, where they could take community field trips and such, so my lower-functioning son could not participate.  Sorry.

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Dr. Eve Switzer Would Rather We Recover Our Children from a Pond than their Autism

Eve SwitzerNOTE: Our friends at Oklahoma for Vaccine Choice are keeping a close eye on Dr. Eve Switzer, aka "Eve of Destruction" as her draconian disgust toward families facing the challenges of autism rears its ugly head over and over. Can you IMAGINE a medical doctor advocating AGAINST treatment for any serious disability or disease?   Mocking parents for wanting a child to speak, toilet, stop seizures, avoid death by drowning?  Calling child services on families for using medical care for autism?  I'd rather take my kids to BARRY SWITZER for care than this woman.  Kim

Oklahomans for Vaccine Choice wrote this about the tweet:

It is our opinion, that a call to action for all who advocate for children with autism, parental rights and health choice is needed.

This tweet is gaining both national and worldwide attention from an Oklahoma pediatrician who politically advocates for vaccine mandates, sues Oklahomans who disagree and voice their opinion and now this!

What should we do? In our mind, the best approach is a fundraising plan of action and here in Oklahoma! We need prayers and money to fight money!

Help us both with our #YankYen campaign and to defend ourselves against her frivolous lawsuit when we expressed our opinion. Both want to remove non-medical exemptions in Oklahoma and preserving them is our mission.

It is our opinion that Dr. Eve Switzer's lawsuit has no merit. Dr. Switzer has entered the political debate concerning vaccinations and informed consent by making public statements about her own practices as a physician, and by making public statements about prospective legislation concerning the areas of informed consent and vaccination protocol. As a political action committee, we often express our opinion on different areas of health choice, and the area of informed consent is no exception. Our statements in response to Dr. Switzer’s actions and publications, like all of our statements relating to matters of health choice, are simply expressions of our opinions on matters of public concern and, therefore, are not subject to legal action. - Oklahomans for Vaccine and Health Choice-PAC

Any donation helps! $5, 10, 20, or even $40.00 can help so much! And for the month of June, all who set up a reoccurring donation of any amount get a free OVHC t-shirt! DONATE HERE.


Dr. Sean Gallagher Promotes Violence Against Parents

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Dr. Sean GallagherThis young doctor feels it is right and just to hang parents who are pro-vaccine administration choice. I repeat - he is praising hate speech. He condones putting a noose around a parent's neck and pulling out the chair until the neck snaps and the bowels empty. Trust him with your child? Never. He is smarter than you. Wiser than you. And I hope, far crueler than you or I would ever be.

Look at his Twitter name. He must fancy himself to be the real life Doogie Howser. "Look at me! Young! Buff! (the nipple is a nice touch, Doc)  And the part in my hair is deeper than my empathy."

Twitter: Dr. Sean Gallagher

@TheKidKidDoc

Pediatric Resident, Husband, @XavierUniv muskie, Wannabe @WCInvestor; likes Pulm, #Advocacy, and #QI. #Tweetiatrician #FeedTheRoth #VaccinesWork #PutKids1st

Columbus, OH


Kenny Woodd-Cahusac: Autistic Man Age 61, Wanders, Drowns

Kenny WooddNOTE: A sad story to begin the week from The Greenwich Times, Greenwich, CT.  Our kids (hopefully) have a long life ahead of them, despite their autism. Try to teach them to swim. Try to get a modicum of safety awareness into them. And consider a wandering device if they are either prone to wandering, or have enough independence to be out and about on their own.  Brita Darany Von Regensburg, founder of Friends of Autistic People in Greenwich wrote on her FB page:

The autism community family are mourning the passing of a gentle soul in Greenwich, Kenneth Woodd-Cahusac. Kenny was an adult who had a very light form of autism. He lived independently and everyone whom he passed by on his daily rounds along the Post Road and in Riverside loved to see and wave to him. He was found drowned in a shallow area of the Mianus River last Thursday.His sister and I have been in touch from the early days of FAP when we had begun advocating and raising awareness of autism. She and her daughter generously gave of their time volunteering at a FAP event. She mentioned that her brother was a good swimmer but that he did NOT have that fascination with water that many individuals with autism have and generally did not go to the water on his walks. She was very kind in thanking me for having made the entire community including the police more knowledgeable and autism friendly and she praised the police for noticeably doing a wonderful job in how they are dealing now with autism issues. Thank you! And we will miss Kenny!

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"Police are investigating the untimely death of Kenneth Woodd-Cahusac after the 61-year-old man’s body was found Thursday evening on the shoreline of the Mianus River.

Woodd-Cahusac, described as autistic by authorities, disappeared over the weekend and was the subject of repeated searches by police officers and a bloodhound after he was reported missing on Monday.

“The body was located in the shallows near a small private boat dock,” said Greenwich police spokesman Lt. Kraig Gray.

The location is a short distance from where Woodd-Cahusac lived on Cary Road in Riverside."

The Greenwich Police Department Dive Team, along with an investigator from the state Medical Examiner’s Office, retrieved the man’s body.

“The body was recovered safely and respectfully,” said police Capt. Robert Berry. A cause of death — whether by drowning, hypothermia or some other factor — was not released pending further study by the ME’s office.

The body has been positively identified as Woodd-Cahusac, who was partially deaf.


Medical Board Water Boards Vax Injured Child

WaterboardNOTE:  You might think that headline is all wet. But think about it as you read this intense post by Ginger Taylor. She decided to take her pediatrician to the medical board for failure to evaluate him for vaccine injury. She lost. Chandler lost. We lost.  Again and again we're subjected to a Niagara Falls of denial, lies, cover up, push back and refusals by the medical community tasked with OUR VERY CHILDREN'S FATES.  We're drowning in vaccine injury. Water boarded.  There is NO Geneva Convention for us. For our kids. Take the poison. Drink from the "be a good Mommy
 bottle" without any idea what's inside or what will happen. Shut up. Roll up your kids' sleeves. Choke.

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I Brought My Doctor Before the State Medical Board For Failure to Investigate a Vaccine Injury
Ginger Taylor, MS


Two weeks ago, in my letter to the Johns Hopkins Journal, Narratives in Bioethics, I made public the fact that I had taken Chandler's pediatrician before the state medical board for failing to evaluate him for a vaccine injury. It was a journey that started two years ago, and I am just now wrapping up.

Here is both the short version of the story, and the very long version for the true die hards.

This is the question I before the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine:

What is the duty of a physician to his patient when a parent reports a suspected vaccine injury?

Their answer...

The doctor has no duty to the patient.

Well that is their implied answer. What they really did was just make up an excuse to close the complaint and not answer the question at all. But in their refusal to answer the complaint that a physician had failed in their duty to investigate a vaccine injury claim, they establish the standard of care.

The standard of care for reported vaccine injury is... medical negligence. (also blame the mother, but that is just SOP with autism moms now isn't it.)

Thus again proving my assertion, Mainstream Medicine does not take vaccine safety seriously.

That is the short story. Here is the long version.


The Case Against California Senate Bill (SB) 18

Child catcherNOTE:  Thank you to an AofA reader for preparing this document to explain California's newest attempt to usurp parental rights.   SB18 was introduced by Pedia-tician [sic] Senator Richard Pan, whose SB277 removed vaccine choice rights and has kept thousands of California children from attending school.

Part 1

Recently Del Bigtree reported in a Facebook video that he and others concerned about California SB18  met with "Common Sense Kids Action" after the Sacramento protest rally,  at the organization's invitation, to discuss the bill.  Del explained that members of Common Sense Kids Action are the authors of SB18 and that "Pan is the registered author as the politician behind it".  Other groups in attendance expressing concern about the bill included  "A Voice For Choice" "The National Association of Parents" and Parental Rights.org.  California Senator and pediatrician Richard Pan was not in attendance.

 The bill reads as follows:

SECTION 1.

 (a) The Legislature finds and declares that all children and youth, regardless of gender, class, race, ethnicity, national origin, culture, religion, immigration status, sexual orientation, or ability, have inherent rights that entitle them to protection, special care, and assistance, including, but not limited to, the following:

(1) The right to parents, guardians, or caregivers who act in their best interest.

(2) The right to form healthy attachments with adults responsible for their care and well-being.

(3) The right to live in a safe and healthy environment.

(4) The right to social and emotional well-being.

(5) The right to opportunities to attain optimal cognitive, physical, and social development.

(6) The right to appropriate, quality education and life skills leading to self-sufficiency in adulthood.

(7) The right to appropriate, quality health care.

(b) It is the intent of the Legislature in enacting this act to expand and codify the Bill of Rights for Children and Youth of California created by Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 80 (Res. Ch. 101, Stats. 2009), to establish a comprehensive framework that governs the rights of all children and youth in California, outlines the research-based essential needs of California’s children, and establishes standards relating to the health, safety, well-being, early childhood and educational opportunities, and familial supports necessary for all children to succeed.

SEC. 2.

 It is the intent of the Legislature, by January 1, 2022, to enact appropriate legislation to accomplish all of the following:

(a)  Develop and put forth research-based policy solutions that will ensure the Bill of Rights for Children and Youth of California, in its totality, is applied evenly, equitably, and appropriately to all children and youth across the state.

(b) Determine the amount of revenue and resources necessary to ensure that the Bill of Rights for Children and Youth of California, in its totality, is applied evenly, equitably, and appropriately to all children and youth across the state.

(c) Identify and obtain the revenue and resources necessary to ensure that the Bill of Rights for Children and Youth of California, in its totality, is applied evenly, equitably, and appropriately to all children and youth across the state

The Authors

Who is "Common Sense Kids Action"?  The website states:

Common Sense Kids Action fights on behalf of families everywhere -- in our home state of California, in our nation's capital, and in states across the country, where we franchise winning ideas and legislative efforts that help all kids thrive.

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Unthinkable Racial and Disability Hate Crime in Chicago

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You've probably seen this report on Facebook. If not, prepare to lose your last meal. A group in Chicago kidnapped and tortured a man with special needs live on Facebook.  The video is in the link below. I can't post it here.  K

The New York Post Report:

The brutal torture of a special-needs man was livestreamed on Facebook as he was bound and gagged in Chicago.

In the video, several people in an apartment look on, laughing and eating, during the Tuesday attack. The victim, who was viciously beaten, had been kidnapped, news station WBBM reported.

At least four of the victim’s alleged captors were taken into custody Wednesday after the footage began making the rounds on social media, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The footage shows the attackers cutting the victim’s hair with a knife until his scalp bled and slashing his clothes. He was also repeatedly slapped and cigarette ashes were thrown at him.

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How Many Alex Spourdalakis Cases Will There Be Before We Medically Treat Autism?

Alex SIn June of 2013, the realization that Alex Spourdalakis had been killed was all over the news .  Because I have a daughter with severe Autism, the details hit home.  Add in that Alex and his mother lived a mere 7 blocks away from me, something I never knew until it was all over the news, saddened and angered me beyond words. They lived on a busy street above a plumbing company, in the next town over.   I went to the Memorial service as I needed to gather with others mourning the tragedy of all that had happened.  Who could not feel something when the news went viral? -- ANGER< SADNESS< BLAME<DISGUST<.....

Now local news is sharing that Dorothy, Mom and Jolanta, Godmother are coming out of Cook County Jail, having served time for what is being called Involuntary Manslaughter.  More feelings will emerge -  -- ANGER< SADNESS< BLAME<DISGUST<.....

http://abc7chicago.com/news/mother-godmother-plead-guilty-to-involuntary-manslaughter-of-severely-autistic-teen/1646761/

BUT, at the core of all of this is that we keep seeing this theme around the world in increasing MURDER/SUICIDE cases ----  the severe cases of AUTISM need proper MEDICAL care  ---

To see this GI suffering (MICROBIOME) continue with these severe cases of AUTISM helps not one person.  So yes, everyone will have feelings about this court decision BUT the focus on MEDICALLY HELPING these children and young adults should be THE goal .  What do you feel and think?  Please leave a comment and let us know.

Teresa Conrick is Contributing Editor to Age of Autism.


18 Year Old With Autism Restrained - Died

Under_The_Bus_Sign-300NOTE: The moment I read this story I said, "This young man was restrained and choked out."  Now, we don't know that this is the case.  However, 18 year olds with autism are as strong as oxen, and can make even Mom and Dad ballistic when in a rage or fear-based outburst. So how are school personnel, or bus personnel to react?  Often with a heavy, deadly hand. Our bus staff does not have PMT training -  that's how to defend and safely restrain.

I teach self-defense. I am a black belt in two martial arts. I know how to block and put someone into a submission. Most do not. Most who work with your kids DO NOT.  Let the story unfold.  Pray for the family. Pray for the staff. And pray for a CURE to be a top priority of this administration. We need it. Cure by death doesn't work.  KIM

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From NBC San Diego - read the full article here.

An 18-year-old autistic student died Friday while on his way home from school.

San Bernardino resident Anthony Corona died after losing consciousness when school employees "restrained" him following an "altercation," according to the San Bernardino Police Department.

Corona, who attended Bright Futures Academy, a Riverside school serving special-needs students, got into an altercation with another student and school employees on the bus, police said.

The employees and the bus driver, who had exited the freeway to assist the employees, restrained Corona, who at "one point" lost consciousness, according to police.

School employees performed CPR and called for "emergency medical aid." Corona was taken to St. Bernadine's Hospital, where he later died. 

The school issued a statement expressing its "deepest sympathy" to Corona's family, but said signs indicate its employees followed guidelines.


Autism Might Not Speak: But Those With the Diagnosis Can Share Their Thoughts

WeepNote: I am so pleased to share this post from Brooke Potthast and her son James Potthast with you. He uses the Rapid Prompt method of communication. I've seen my girls' flashes of brilliance with this method. The first time you fully realize how smart and engaged your loved one with autism is you feel like the worst parent on earth for never having found a way to unleash their potential in the past.   Please bookmark the Returning James blog here.

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I mentioned in our last post that we had been on a bit of a roller coaster ride with the start of the new school year. One of the difficult experiences was an incident with James and a well loved tutor. The incident involved James being aggressive towards her which is unusual for him. A friend and health practitioner reminded me at the time that the stress and aggression pathways in the brain are closely tied.  It is true for all of us (ie, road rage) but acutely true for people who have autism. I think the stress and frustration of not being able to communicate for years and  years causes aggressive habits to develop and they are hard to break.

James ended up writing about it on the first day back at Literature class when there was a timed essay. The prompt was: “The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it effect you, and what did you learn from the experience?” James wrote about his experience with his tutor and entitled it:

Utter Remorse

My vision turns red. My hands strike out. Hair tangles around my fingers. Cries and demands float through my brain, yet I cannot release my grip. Hands grasp my arms and a male voice cuts through my fog. I look – I see – what I have done. I have failed.

            Most people lack similar experiences so this event might seem like a fictional plot device, but I have a long history of such incidents, although none to this degree. I am autistic so I struggle when most people could cope, and unfortunately my reaction can be aggressive. I am not aggressive. I never intend to hurt anyone, and that distinction usually saves my conscience. Generally, my tutors and therapists impose consequences for my behavior, but then we forgive each other and discuss the cause of my reaction. Autism and communication limitations tend to receive most of the blame so we make a plan and we try again tomorrow.

But this outburst was different.

After I finally learned how to reliably communicate, my goals transferred to regulating my reactions and impulses. For over two years, I worked daily to master these goals and I remained aggression-free for almost one year. That does not mean that all of my interactions with tutors were amicable, but I continuously reminded myself that my impulse to grab remains unacceptable in any situation. All that progress, however, just capsized. I failed the basic rule when I hurt another person – I failed to recognize her humanity.

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Bullying The Elderly: Flu Shot Nurzis

Nurse Flu ShotBelow is a FB post from a friend of AofA. I asked if I could run it in full. Have you been bullied? Can you imagine the elderly person who could withstand this browbeating by a medical professional? On what planet is this taught in nursing or medical school? The dog catcher would be fired for using these tactics....

To all my Autism Parent friends who are Pro Vaccine Choice and/or Anti-Vaccine:

I went with my mother this past week to her routine monthly blood work and mini check up appointment at her Dialysis Clinic (she is in End Stage Renal Failure; has Peritoneal Dialysis 7 night a week at home - done by me), and we were confronted by the Nurse Clinical Manager regarding giving my mother the Flu Shot.

I have NEVER experienced so much medical bullying in my entire life as I did with my mom about this Flu Shot (and I'm a high frequency healthcare consumer due to not only my mother, but my Medically Fragile son who also has 9 pages of active Dxs, including Autism).

I said all the right things, asked all the right, tough questions and got unbelievable answers.... such as, if my mother refuses the Flu Shot she has to:

1). Sign a paper stating that she has refused it against medical advice.

2). She has to wear a mask inside the Dialysis Clinic anytime she is there and there are other Unvaccinated patients present.

3). I too, as a Caregiver, who brings her and am involved in her appointments, will have to wear a mask when other Unvaccinated persons are around, if I am also not vaccinated for the Flu.

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