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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

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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.

Continue reading "Shocking Statistic: 22% of Irish Schoolchildren Need Special Education" »


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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NACCHO Typical Drive By Shooting - This Is Public Health Style

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Thanks to AofA contributor Laura Hayes for sharing a link to a lengthy document about how the Public Health community can set up drive through vaccination clinics in case of an emergency infectious disease situation. Ebola. (No vaccine available.) Zika (No vaccine available.) Flu, Measles, Chicken Pox... (Emergency status is all in the propaganda after all.)  It's called the Drive Through Public Dispensing Planning Guide.

 You can read the document here.

Drive Thru flu shots police

Uh, oh.  Many of us will be considered "problematic," won't we?

Drive through flu shots about us
I tried to find documentation about risk of injury, informed consent, what happens if a person has a seizure while driving away and crashes into an innocent family on their way to Church, you know, something about the real implications of drive through medicine.

Of course, there's at least one person we know who probably thinks this NACCHO document is nifty....  Leave a comment if you get the joke. Although the joke is on the unwitting American public.

Kim

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The Trauma of Orlando

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Managing Editor's Note:  In the aftermath of the massacre in Orlando, I'm brought back to the feelings we had one day after the shootings by Adam Lanza in Newtown, Connecticut, just miles away from my home.  How is this carnage possible?

Both shooters [seemed] to suffer from serious mental illness.  Both had access to weapons of war, not just hunting or personal protection or sport shooting. 

We're an autism-centric news site. But I see a thread connecting the mass shootings that occur all too Rainbow_syringesoften and the autism epidemic.  Shots. With bullets. Shots. With syringes.  Injury. Inaction. Action.

When measles popped up in California, laws were written across the country and many passed (SB277 for instance)  despite the fact that no Americans died. Industry profited. With the shootings, it's the opposite. Lawmakers do not rush to pass new laws. Industry profits.  

Neither media nor lawmakers are willing look to the pharmaceutical industry for their role in the mental health of our citizens.

Industry is bulletproof.

God bless those killed and wounded and their families and friends.  KRS


Michelle Guppy Shares "Life with Autism" in Heart Stopping Photos

Brandon BW

We'd like to you take a look at Michelle Guppy's blog entry Life With Autism In Pictures.  Take a deep breath now, you'll lose it when you start scrolling.

On my "Life with Autism" blog, it is my hope that the words you read are inspirational in some way. But on this blog --- I wanted it to be different. I wanted the pictures to be more powerful than the words. Here will be some of our most powerful pictures in our "Life with Autism" - with only a few words to explain...


John Rappoport: New Vaccines Will Permanently Alter Human DNA

The flyFrom the "what could possibly go wrong?" files, John Rappoport brings us the following:

By John Rappoport.

Consider this article in light of the accelerating push to mandate and enforce vaccination across the planet.

The reference is the New York Times, 3/15/15, “Protection Without a Vaccine.” It describes the frontier of research. Here are key quotes that illustrate the use of synthetic genes to “protect against disease,” while changing the genetic makeup of humans. This is not science fiction:

“By delivering synthetic genes into the muscles of the [experimental] monkeys, the scientists are essentially re-engineering the animals to resist disease.”

“’The sky’s the limit,’ said Michael Farzan, an immunologist at Scripps and lead author of the new study.”

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Show Up at School: You Might be Shocked at What Happens To Special Ed Students

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NOTE: Every picture tells a story.  When I saw this photo, I asked Mom if she would share her story. Your story. My story.  The Cliff notes version? SHOW UP. BE PRESENT. NEVER LET THEM THINK YOU ARE ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL.     

This picture tells a story. This is my youngest child. She is a 15 year-old who attends public school in a self contained classroom. She has autism. She is also moderately mentally challenged. Language-wise, she displays very little verbal communication. Most of what she says is simply scripting her favorite familiar phrases. She can at times be a humongous challenge. But she is also beautiful, sweet, and fun. She is mine. I love her. And I would do anything for her.

On this particular day, I let her teachers know I would be picking her up early from school. But as it ends up, I was 30 minutes earlier than planned.  I got to her classroom and the door was locked. I do not consider that a bad thing.  So I walked down the hall and around the corner to go to the other door guaranteed to be open. This is what I saw: My daughter sitting in the middle of the hallway Indian-style, with her fingers plugged in her ears trying to cope with life in that painful world of sensory integration dysfunction. And absolutely nobody is with her.

 I was startled. I called her name 3 times while racing toward her, and she didn’t react. She was completely in shut-down (meaning she was lost in that autism world of hers.) Once I got directly in front of her, she came back down to earth. She looked at me, popped up, went into the classroom and picked up her backpack. Then she nearly ran out of the building to our car.

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Autism Pipedream

PipesNOTE: Thanks to our loyal commenter and now contributor Linda1 for this unique take on the autism epidemic.

By Linda1

Once upon a time in America, houses did not have indoor plumbing. Later, when plumbing was installed into homes, early pipes were not reliable and often would leak and need replacing. As the manufacturing process improved, so did pipe reliability and leaking was no longer a big problem. Americans were dry and enjoyed a good clean water supply for several decades.

Then one day, a plumber got the idea that if he could put a few microscopic holes in pipes, that those holes would prevent bigger holes from forming and would not only make those pipes last longer, but would also protect homes from flooding. He said it would work because of physics, which he explained was too complicated for the non plumber to understand. Some people remembered the leaking of the older type pipes and thought it was a good idea to have this protection from leaks and flooding. Now, there weren't really too many plumbers in those days. But that was about to change.

The American Academy of Plumbers (AAP) grabbed ahold of this idea and met with government officials. The officials were impressed and saw an opportunity to form lucrative partnerships. They didn't understand the physics, but they accepted the plumbers' explanation because they were the experts. Some master plumbers (MPs) were assigned to high level positions in the American government so that they could oversee this new partnership and make sure that homes across America and even the world would be protected from flooding by this new technological advancement. Called the Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention (CDC for short), these top experts advised government and world leaders about the best way to prevent and treat pipe problems. The CDC had a lot of power and dictated to all the plumbers in the land how to do their job. The AAP went along with whatever decision the CDC made. A special committee made up of plumbing industry insiders was formed. The Advisory Committee on Interventional Pipeholing (ACIP) was tasked with ongoing evaluation and recommendations for the new Pipeholing Program.

It wasn't long before the government and the AAP went into production to manufacture all the necessary special drills and drill bits that would be needed to drill microscopic flood preventative holes in every pipe in every home across America. The equipment was expensive to produce, especially since the special drill bits had to be discarded after only one use. But these partners calculated that the money saved by preventing floods would be far greater than the millions spent on the Program. It was a good investment, they thought. They also knew that they would be able to sell the pipeholing treatments to Americans and planned to export the special drills and bits to all other countries. To guarantee the success of their scheme, they declared that untreated homes would devastate the country's economy, that pipeholing was a matter of national security, and that no pipehole preventable floods should be tolerated in a scientifically and ethically advanced society. They passed laws to make the service mandatory. No one could refuse.

At first, the plumbing treatment seemed to work. With one treatment, most people didn't notice anything wrong, at least not for a while (the holes were microscopic and the pipes were behind walls). But some people noticed that their pipes leaked right away. These people reported leaking to their plumbers and the plumbers almost never admitted that the treatment caused the leaking. They would say that the pipes leaked after treatment because the house was defective, that the pipes would have leaked anyway and that temporal association with pipeholing treatments was coincidental. Many people were ignored when they complained to the AAP and the CDC. The experts insisted that the pipeholing program was backed by solid indisputable science.

Hearing about all the leaking that was now occurring, the AAP, CDC and ACIP got together and declared that one treatment was not enough. They issued a proclamation stating that the occurrence of leaky pipes required more frequent drilling. They added more treatments to the plumbers' pipeholing schedule - every 2 to 3 months holes were to be drilled in all the pipes in homes across America. Now, friends, you can just imagine what happened next.

Houses started to really smell damp. Mold started to grow. Not all at the same rate. It depended on the size of the house, the location of the pipes and what kind of pipes people started out with (some types tolerated the drilling better than others), the climate that the home was located in, the skill of the plumber in using the special drill, and also, importantly, the more treatments a person's plumbing had, the more there seemed to be a swampy, damp, feel to the home. Some of the bits might have been defective and made bigger holes than others, too. It's a mystery because a proper investigation was never done. People called their plumbers to come fix this new problem that people never experienced before, at least not on this scale, at this rate, in America. That's when things got really bizarre.

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Illinois Father Loses Job, Kills Wife, 18 Year Old with Autism, Self

WeepHere is the ultimate in the unthinkable. Dad lost job at 55. Killed wife, 18 y/o w autism, and then self. God bless them and keep us all safe from the depths of utter and total despair. Autism is hard hard hard hard for all. Don't buy the media and book NONsense.  Mom was a crisis worker.   Any of us can be strong, until the day we just can't.

The media is waterboarding America with "autism has always been here and is just a difference" while families choke to death and drown.   It's unseemly in the extreme.

From NBC 5 Chicago

A suburban Chicago father killed his wife and teenage son with autism before taking his own life inside their family home over the weekend, according to police.

Oak Forest police were told Margaret O’Leary Joost called in sick Friday to Advocate Christ Hospital, where she was a crisis worker, and didn’t show up again Monday.

A concerned co-worker went to the family's home on the 6600 block of Courtney Avenue and saw what appeared to be blood seeping out from the garage door, police said.

Authorities responded to the home around 8 p.m., forced their way inside and discovered what Oak Forest Police Chief Greg Anderson described to be a "gruesome scene."



 


New Estimate 1 in 45 American Children Have Autism

Blue tearThis should shock Americans for two reasons. One, the sheer epidemic numbers of this life and demographic landscape altering diagnosis is appalling and unacceptable. Two, the CDC continues to prove its inability to keep track of American medical conditions and provide any measure of protection.  Like school shootings, autism has continued to rage across the nation unabated. Cui bono? Not families. Not the children, many of whom are now young adults.

Detroit News

— The government has a new estimate for autism — 1 in 45 U.S. children — but other federal calculations say the developmental disorder is less common.

The latest figure released Friday is one of three estimates that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gives for autism based on different surveys; the most rigorous one gives a lower estimate of 1 in 68 children.

The new number is from a survey of parents of 13,000 children, who were asked last year if their child were ever diagnosed with autism or a related disorder. The lower CDC estimate is from researchers checking health and school records for more than 47,000 children.

The 1 in 68 will still be treated as the best estimate, said Michael Rosanoff, director of public health research for the advocacy group Autism Speaks.

But the new number supports a belief that 1 in 68 is an underestimate, he added.  Read more at Detroit News.


Georgia Mom in Murder Suicide with Autistic Son

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Cute character with autism from Autism Speaks' New PSA


Welcome to the tribe of the dead. Sound harsh? Good.

Tumblr_nfuntfMoZa1s2wio8o1_500While Autism Speaks treats Autism like a Rankin and Bass holiday special, and the literary world treats it as a National Geographic anthropological cover story, the reality of autism is grim for more Neurotribesfamilies than most of us care to admit.

Yesterday I read a friend's FB post, her son was accepted into a residential program. He has wandered onto a busy highway, been aggressive with family to the point of assault and struggled with myriad health issues. His Mom has worked for over a decade to try to help him.   Few people know what goes on behind closed doors even here in my own home.  Below is a tragic story from Georgia that I fear will become yet another horrific American "new normal," like school shootings.  I never, ever condone harming or murdering our children. I do understand that some families will be so overwhelmed, so set adrift, so exhausted and facing such despair that murder and/or suicide seems the only solution. There but for the grace of God.

Kim

Mother Murders Autistic Son: Atlanta, GA NBC

Detectives said Dustin’s body was lying on a couch and his mother Nina Hicks was next to him on a pallet. Both had gunshot wounds to the head.

Investigators said the mother’s wound was self-inflicted.

“It’s pretty tragic to see that a mom shoots her own child,” Wooten said.

Geraghty lives down the street and learned of his neighbors’ deaths while walking his dog.

“We don’t all know each other very well, maybe, but still – to hear news like this it really makes you stop and think,” he said. “It’s a sad, sad day.”

The scene was just as unsettling for deputies.

“It’s not something that I’ve experienced,” the sheriff said. “Usually in a murder-suicide, it’s couples or significant others in some type of relationship.”

Officials said crews on the scene found evidence that may reveal the mother’s motive.

“Basically, his health issues had gotten worse and she didn’t want to be living without him,” Wooten said.

Read more HERE.


Dark Cloud Over Sunnyvale CA: Neighbors Suing Family with Autistic Child as "Public Nuisance"

WeepNOTE: A family in California is being sued because of their child with autism is, according to the suit, a "public nuisance."  He has severe aggressive behaviors. And while we know that our kids can not function in the world if they harm others, we also know how difficult it can be to address, manage and ameliorate aggressive behaviors even with the best team and interventions. Just imagine how this problem is going to grow when the 11 year old turns 21, 41, 61 along with 1 in 68 peers?  Thank you to AofA reader and CA advocate SP for sharing. We wish the family well. There but for the grace of God....  (California has become very cruel, don't you think?)

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California is leading the way in gross injustice yet again. You may have seen the news articles about this family being sued by their neighbors, who are claiming their son with autism is a "public nuisance".  The Autism Society Bay Area in CA wrote about this terrible story.

Dear Bay Area autism families,
 
We wanted to let you know about an extraordinary, unprecedented lawsuit against a local family that could have profound implications for all of us affected by autism.
 
In June 2014, two Sunnyvale couples, whose homes on Arlington Court flanked a home occupied by a nine year-old autistic boy and his parents, sued the autism family in Santa Clara County Superior Court, alleging a smattering of incidents that had occurred sporadically over the span of about six years. The incidents sound much like those that happen with many autistic children, and include, for example, that the boy had entered a neighbor's garage, had taken a neighbor’s banana, had sought out neighbors' sweets, had kicked a car (no damage), had tossed some objects over a fence, had pulled a child’s hair and had on occasion kicked at people (no injuries), and had tossed a bicycle helmet. The boy was between 3 and 9 years of age, and weighed less than 60 pounds, at the time of these alleged actions.  Read more HERE.
 
From SP:  The family is understandably devastated. They are the type to do the right thing and believe that others would do the same. They moved from their home in the hopes to leave this horror behind, but still, the neighbors are going forward with the suit. The hearing for the neighbors petitions to get the boys medical records (plus IEP's, Regional Center records, even camp records!) is this morning. Can you imagine the precedent this will set? Any disgruntled neighbor can get access to you child's most sensitive records in order to use against you in a lawsuit?
 
This is all to terrible to contemplate, but is the reality for this family right now.

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Open Letter to Governor Bobby Jindal: Call to Action on Special Education in Louisiana

Bobby JindalBy James Grundvig

Dear Governor Jindal:

While your presidential campaign is taking a powder, your state of Louisiana burns. As is with your failing run to the White House, the ‘Pelican State’ ranks 38th in U.S. economy in the first quarter of 2015[1]; ranks 48th in public education by American Legislative Exchange Council (www.alec.org), which also rates Louisiana with a ‘C’ on “Homeschool Regulation Burden” and an uplifting ‘D+’ in academic state standards[2]; and ranks “near the bottom” of Politico’s 2nd annual State of the States of the Union report,[3] measuring 14 economic indicators across all 50 states.

Bravo! What will you do for an encore?

Beyond your name being headlined in articles coming up only twice in the top ten searches of www.politico.com, a political magazine you should care about if you hold serious presidential aspirations, you have torched a red hole in the state’s budget close to a billion dollars, as revealed by The Times Picayune, Bobby Jindal’s Shipwrecked Presidential Campaign: Robert Mann[4].

I would be splitting hairs if I focused only on your (poor) conservative record and (so-called) fiscal acumen. This letter is about Louisiana’s special education in general and autism in particular. As the neurological disorder sits today in your state, autism incidence grows at a staggering rate of 258 percent[5]—that kind of growth must make you envious from an economic vista—according to health statistics compiled by www.statemaster.com. When combined with your failing education standards, it makes a visitor to your state, like me, and those who makeup the close to five million people who live in Louisiana, wonder if you are cut out for the job of being governor, let alone be the next president. Well, are you?

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We Honor Mason Medlam on the 5th Anniversary of His Death by Wandering, Drowning

Mason July 28, 2015. Yesterday was the 5th anniversary of Mason's death. We lost three children with autism to wandering and subsequent drowning last weekend. Where is the public outcry? The media breaking news? The AAP missives warning parents about how to save their kids' lives? Many of us at AofA and the majority of our readers have children, some are adults, for whom wandering, bolting, eloping, call it what you will, is a life threatening cloud that never dissipates. Our hearts and prayers go out to every family who has faced this tragedy.

Managing Editor's Note: We honored Sheila Medlam earlier this week (HERE) for her unfathomable strength following her young son Mason's death by wandering and drowning this past summer. She created a Foundation in his name to protect others. That's the meaning of strength, love and mettle. It moves our community forward and teems with positive energy. It shines in stark contrast to the negative factions who fight and write for base and self-serving reasons. Sheila sent this thank you, and we decided to highlight and share it with each of you, our fellow travelers on this journey. Happy New Year, friends.  KIM

Sheila said:

Thank you so much for recognizing our voices and our passion. It is wonderful to know that Mason lives on through such wonderful people who not only love my son, mourn his loss, but understand how quickly our lives were changed. Over the past few months there have been a few, very few thankfully, that have said, "How could this happen? This family is responsible. This family is negligent." Those few can never understand the pain and sorrow that we live with every second of every day, but all of you do. You have never asked those questions because you see your children in my son's beautiful face and you understand how our world was destroyed in the blink of an eye. It is very easy to share Mason with all of you. I can not bear to let him go. I can not bear to let the world forget him or let his memories fade. He lives on in all of you and I am forever in your debt. Thank you for allowing us to become a part of all of your families. Thank you for remembering Mason and keeping him alive in all of your hearts. You will never know what you have all done for my family. You saved us. You gave us the strength to live when we didn't know how we would be able to. Thank you all so much. It doesn't seem like those words are even adequate for all you have given, but they are all I can offer. We love you all so much. Sheila Medlam and family

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William Coats, Clover Park School District Attorney, Says Disabled 11 Year Old Girl Not Affected By Sexual Assault

William coatsBy Kim Stagliano

Not every story on Age of Autism deals directly about autism. Sometimes we just profile the sheer stupidity and callous disregard of people who should know better.  We did this a few months ago with a State Senator who made a joke of vaccine injury.  On camera. His office read our post and apologized. We ran the apology. No need to link any of it here. Water under the bridge.

Today's  subject is one William Coats, attorney at Vandeberg, Johnson & Gandara law firm, and attorney for the Clover Park School District in Washington State. A family was awarded three quarters of a million dollars in a sexual assault case involving their ELEVEN year old daughter with special needs. Mr. Coats failed to see how an assault could possibly harm a girl whose IQ is below 70. As if low IQ, cognitive deficits, mental retardation, call it what you will, means no emotions or feelings or basic humanity.  It does not.

The district admitted it was negligent in its supervision of the boy, but its attorneys argued at trial that the girl deserved damages of no more than $50,000.

“Given her cognitive ability, it is unlikely the girl experienced many of the psychological issues customarily associated with sexual assault, such as feeling guilty or damaged,” the district’s attorney, William Coats, wrote in his trial brief.

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Plant City Florida Boy with Autism Wanders and Drowns

Plant City Death

Another child with autism has died. Autism is an American epidemic; more so than measles, more than whooping cough, more than crib bumpers, more than [insert fear of the week product with actual liability recall here.]  Many of us live with the fear of our children, from 5 to 15 and older wandering off, bolting into harm's way every single day.

No safety awareness. Not responding to name when sought. No internal "I should get back to Mom or Dad, I've wandered away!" And a homing device that compels them to water.

If you are really and truly against a cure for the children of those of us who would give our souls to the devil for one - I invite you look at this Micnael's face and ask yourself, "What the hell is wrong with me?"  God rest his soul and bring his family solace.

From Bay News 9 Plant City, FL

Deputies have located the body of a missing 5-year-old autistic boy in a Plant City pond.

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National Autism Association: The Leaders in Autism Wandering and Safety Issues

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By Kim Stagliano

A special guest was in attendance at the State of the Union address on Tuesday night.  Her name is Avonte memorial Vanessa Fontaine, and while the name might not ring a bell, you surely remember the name Avonte Oquendo.  Ms. Fontaine is Avonte's Mom. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York  invited Ms. Fontaine to the SOTU address to stand as an example of the tragedy of autism wandering and the lack or protection for our children from toddlers to teens and beyond, and to create awareness and support of Avonte's Law.   We are grateful to Ms. Fontaine for putting a face on the worries and very real fears of so many of us in the autism community.

Long before this evening of Presidential pomp and circumstance, one autism organization has been toiling in the trenches to create not just awareness of the safety issues in autism, but acting to prevent injury and death.  That organization is National Autism Association. They work quietly and efficiently.  Sometimes too quietly - as is the halmark of a "doer" and not just a "Rosie Ruiz."*

We're going to remind you until we are blue in the face, NAA is making a difference for the autism community.  From the NAA blog:

In an effort to gain support for Avonte’s Law, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced Monday that he has invited Vanessa Fontaine, mother of Avonte Oquendo, to attend the State of the Union Address Tuesday evening according to news reports.

Avonte’s Law would offer protections to prevent – and respond to – wandering incidents, namely in the autism community. The legislation would allocate funding towards assisting families of special needs children in need of tracking devices, as well as provide other services, such as first responder training and education.

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Autism Kills From The Outside In: RIP Dyasha Smith

WeepBy Kim Stagliano

I read this story in the NYT with sheer horror, followed by a searing sadness.  A 21 year old student with autism choked to death while at school.   On a muffin.  From the article (which you can read here.):

The New York City Education Department is investigating the death of a 21-year-old student with autism who choked on a muffin at her school in Brooklyn at lunchtime on Tuesday.

The student, Dyasha Smith, was nonverbal and wore diapers, according to her mother, Catherine Smith, 70, who took Dyasha in as a foster child when she was 3 and later adopted her. She said her daughter was supposed to have full-time supervision on the bus and at her school, Star Academy in Cobble Hill.

She said she had told the school’s staff members that they needed to cut up her daughter’s food, because otherwise she would put too much in her mouth at once. “She will take a handful of something and put it in her throat and swallow it at once,” she said, adding, “She’s like a child, like a baby child.”

Does this sound familiar to you? It sure does to me. I cut my kids' food. I worry about every lunch I pack. In fact, just last year, one my daughters choked on her lunch - and a quick thinking, well trained paraprofessional performed the Heimlich manoeuvre on her - saving her life. SAVING. HER. LIFE.  Do you want to know what she was eating? Apple slices. I remember slicing the apple that morning and asking myself if they were too thick for her. "Nah, they seem OK," I told myself.  She almost choked to death.  My daughter.

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Sharyl Attkisson Asks Who Killed Alex Spourdalakis - Award Winning Autism Medical Failure Documentary

SharylNote: Reserve your tickets for the Westbury, NY screening of Who Killed Alex Spourdalakis on November 12 HERE.

Many of you will remember the horrifying case of Alex Spourdalakis, a teen with autism who was held in restraints in a Chicago hospital with precious little medical care.  And whose mother and caretaker, in a moment most of us can never fathom, murdered him brutally upon his release. 

There is a documentary about the tragedy of lack of medical care, parental/caretaker exhaustion and autism called "Who Killed Alex Spourdalakis."  The documentary won New York City Oktoberfest Film Festival.



It is a tough story to tell - to read - to watch.  It was disconcerting to watch the process unfold. So many reached out to help. To no avail. Alex is neither the first nor the last person with autism to meet a terrible death.  His mother is not the first or the last to commit a murder that is anathema to our maternal and paternal souls.

Thank you to Sharyl Attkisson for keeping Alex's memory alive.   I receive frequent emails from parents with nowhere to turn, no one to help as their sons (and daughters) grow older, strong, sicker and their behavior becomes more dangerous and difficult to manage.  There is no system in place for our aging children. The future is bleak - unless we take a hard look at the worst case scenarios - like Alex Spourdalakis' death. Like Sky Walker who bludgeoned his mother to death many years ago.

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Remembering Avonte Oquendo: Tackling Autism Safety

Avonte memorial
On October 4, 2013, Avonte Oquendo eloped from his autism school in Queens, New York and vanished into thin air.  His remains were found in January, in the icy waters of The East River.

Avonte was just one of many children, from tots to teens, who has died as a result of his or her autism. Safety is of paramount important in our community. There are orgs trying to promote safety, encourage programs and spread the world that autism is indeed deadly - from the outside in, which is to say, every bit as deadly as some cancers.

Big red toolbox

Our friends at National Autism Association are leading the way in safety with their Big Red Safety Box program.  That program is currently "open" for families to apply for a FREE safety kit.   Kits are available on a first come, first served basis and include:

1) Our Get REDy booklet containing the following educational materials and tools:

         A caregiver checklist
         A Family Wandering Emergency Plan
         A first-responder profile form
         A wandering-prevention brochure
         A sample IEP Letter
         A Student Profile Form

2) Two (2) Door/Window Alarms with batteries

3) One (1) RoadID Personalized, Engraved Shoe ID Tag*

4) Five (5) Laminated Adhesive Stop Sign Visual Prompts for doors and windows

5) Two (2) Safety Alert Window Clings for car or home windows

6) One (1) Red Safety Alert Wristband

Click HERE to apply for a kit or to make a donation to this life saving program. Thank you.


October 16 Dallas Screening: "Who Killed Alex Spourdalakis?"

Alex
Reserve your ticket today for the October 16 Dallas screening of "Who Killed Alex Spourdalakis?" A unique insight into how ignorance, negligence, and indifference in the US healthcare machine lead to the tragic death of a severely autistic Chicago teen, and a charge of Murder One for his mother and godmother.  

Thursday, October 16 7:30PM - 9:06PM at AMC NorthPark 15 & IMAX   8687 N Central Expy Ste 3000, Dallas, TX, US, 75225

Order your ticket today HERE.  The screening has a ticket sale requirement - please share this info with family and friends and invite them. Thank you.

Visit this site to see if there's a screening in your area - or request one.



Autism Mom Battling Cancer: Community Rallies Support

Melanie
An amazing woman by the name of Melanie Hamilton Baldwin changed the face of autism and cancer culture by telling her story to thousands as "Booty Kicker" in the Thinking Moms' Revolution's book Autism Beyond the Spectrum. Having once beaten breast and bone (hip) cancer; she now suffers liver, spine, and bone cancer in her other hip. For anyone who knows Melanie, two words come to mind. "Faithful" and "Godly." As she struggles to overcome her current issues, her severely affected son Luke, still requires 24/7 care and attention as he is self-injurious and quite ill, suffering the lingering effects of severe autism. Please consider donating generously to help her family care for Luke as she regains her health, and please help their family establish financial security that will help them thrive during her absence.

DONATE HERE NO AMOUNT TOO SMALL.