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July 4, 2013, Baltimore (MD) Star Democrat: Special education student numbers slightly lower statewide in 2012-13

July 3, 2013, KPLC-TV, Lake Charles, LA: Local families fight for special legislative session

July 3, 2013, NY Daily News: Study links in-vitro fertilization to small risk of intellectual disability, autism

Baltimore (MD) Star Democrat

"The annual summary of students in Maryland public schools shows the number classified as special education students again slipped a bit. When counted for 2012-2013, the total had come down to 102,575 - down from 102,621 the previous year."

"At the same time, the number of students identified as autistic has gone through a noticeable growth. One explanation sometimes given is that more students are diagnosed with autism as a result of an increased awareness of the disability.

"The summary shows there were 2,304 autistic students identified in 1999. By 2012, the statewide total rose to 9,798."

I think they have the wrong headline here. It makes no sense to emphasize this slight drop in overall special ed students, while mentioning the stunning increase in autism as merely "a noticeable growth."

This is really frightening growth for autism and yet, we're mollified with the phrase, ""increased awareness of the disorder." How aware are we going to get when it comes to autism?

There are more than four times the number of autistic students that there were in 1999. What is this "increased awareness" costing the taxpayers in Maryland?

I would like to ask a veteran special ed teacher in MD about what's happening.

KPLC-TV, Lake Charles, LA

Reporter: The Heurtevant family in Sulphur know the challenges of raising a child with a disability. They say those challenges will only get worse if the governor's vetoes remain."

"It's not what his parents, Marc and Kristi, would have hope for, but it's something they say, they wouldn't change."

Dad: "He's a wonderful boy, wouldn't change him. .He's a blessing."

Mother: "Of course, his way of acting out is through aggression, whether he pinches, pulls hair, bites, hits his head on the wall."

This came out on a on the same day the Chicago Tribune KPLC-TV, Lake Charles, LA  put out a story where a dad said, "It's OK" that my son "one in 88."

I would love for these parents to consider what their children will be like at twenty. What if the boy in Louisiana is still pinching, pulling hair, and hitting his head on the wall?

What if the boy in Chicago is still having "a screaming fit at Denny's for no apparent reason."
I feel helpless that we've come to this. I can't begin to post a comment. No one see anything wrong with children like this. Why would they? Doctors aren't alarmed, Officials see no problem with all the autism. The press reminds us daily that autism is a mystery, it's genetic, and it's all just better diagnosing.

The bottom line is: no one cares if your child can't speak and overwhelms you emotionally and financially. That's just what happens with autism. When this generation of disabled children reaches adulthood, will the taxpayers be willing to shoulder the cost of caring for them for the rest of their lives?
 NY Daily News

"An international study of six different IVF methods found risks associated with intracytoplasmic sperm injection, a technique to remedy male infertility, but experts emphasized the risks are very small."
Of course it's only an association, not a cause.  It's only a "small risk" and could hardly explain what's happening to children everywhere.  It does make it look like experts are trying to figure out the mystery of autism, after all, it was "an international study."  Actually, it's busywork intended to cover up the autism epidemic.


Stephen C. Dapson, Ph.D.

Howard County MD school system does not want to identify some children with special needs. My son was not identified as having aspergers until the 8th grade even though the teachers thought he had a problem in the 3rd grade. They did not want to put a "black mark" on his record. Then we fought the school system to get his educational needs (had an IEP) and he just graduated this year with no where to go. He also had a physical problem that they wanted a "cure" for, different bone length in his forearm (Keinbock's like disease).
SCD, Ph.D.

Anne Dachel

Thank you, Stagmom.

No one wants to talk about THE COMING ADULTS. Everytime I see a 1st grader having a meltdown what takes 3 adults to control, I can't help but think, what will this child be like at 20 if their behavior doesn't change?

We haven't begun to see the backlash. I envision that AUTISM will have its own court in the criminal justice system.

Anne Dachel, Media

John Stone


Very good point, and one which also gives the lie to official claims that autism cases always existed in like numbers. So, in 1999 we had less than 10 cases locally in school over the age of 11 and above 100 under, but of course they were all being monitored by the same services and if the cases hadn't been identified by the time their reached their teens everyone would have been in complete state of breakdown - the children, the families, the schools. The reality is that they simply were not there.


Parents often neglect to look to the future because they are up to their eyeballs in the present. What is tolerable in a cute 5 year old means a restraint school at in a growing teen at 15 and possible death for a full grown, strong 25 year old at the hands of a burly caregiver who does not and will never have the patience or love of a parent. And... we know that as kids have grown into teen and beyond - and their behaviors have grown along with them - can become more than that parent (or system such as it is) can manage and parents and caregivers can snap and murder these children. It is a parent's solemn duty to try to address behaviors from the youngest age - and not rely on the docs who say, "Ah, he might outgrow this." If he doesn't you put your child at RISK.


The thing that struck me with the dad saying he wouldn't change his son (who pinches, hits his head on the wall, etc.,) is that I'm pretty sure the son would not choose to live a life where he is in that amount of distress, but unable to express it in more standard ways. So, while the parents may have resigned themselves to this reality, do they have the right to the same resignation on behalf of their child? What if he had visible physical disabilities that could be righted with technology or therapy--if in that case they were willing, instead, to carry him around forever, that may not be the best choice either.


I wonder what all those in-vitro kids and older parent kids and obese mom kids and highway house kids and power line kids and pollution kids and in-utero flu kids all have in common that Amish kids don't have? Hmmmmmmm thinking...thinking.......

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