Jan 16, 2014, CBS 19, Charlottesville, VA: Planning for Future Care of Special Needs Children
Jan 13, 2014, Del Mar (CA) Times: Carmel Valley author releases new edition of award-winning book on autism
In July, Gina Yoder's autistic son, Ben, will become a legal adult. Yoder is in the process of setting up guardianship and conservatorship for him.
"It's not pleasant to think you have to have guardianship of your adult child," said Yoder. "It's not your dream. Your dream is that your children will grow up and be able to handle their own affairs."
But Yoder says it's necessary because she fears she and her husband could lose access to school and medical information once he turns 18.
"To make sure he's protected and that we're able to be kept in the loop, this is something that needs to be done," she said.
Becoming Ben's guardian and conservator will legally allow Yoder to handle her son's lifecare and monetary affairs, even after he becomes of age.
There'll be more and more stories like this coming up. Autism coverage won't be just on autism walks, missing autistic children, school abuse stories, and early diagnosing anymore. As this generation of disabled children ages out of school we'll have to talk about their future. THAT'S THE BIGGEST MYSTERY OF ALL.
Only 1 in 10,000 children were diagnosed with autism when author Chantal Sicile-Kira first wrote "Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Complete Guide." Today, 1 in 88 children are diagnosed with autism by age 8, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Sicile-Kira's son, Jeremy, was diagnosed with autism when he was 3 years old.
Living in France at the time, doctors told the New York native to put her son in a psychiatric hospital. They said bad parenting caused his autism, Sicile-Kira recalled.
"That's what propelled me to write my book," said Sicile-Kira, a Carmel Valley resident. "I knew better, having worked with professionals in the field in the United States. But it really bothered me that all these parents, who didn't know anything about autism, would hear that from their doctor."
I can't stand the stories that admit there's been a massive increase in the autism rate---and that's it. Nothing more is said about it.
Chantal Sicile-Kira's book, What is Autism? Understanding Life with Autism or Asperger's, she said, "The environmental factor could be vaccines. . . "
What? The mysterious cause of autism COULD BE VACCINES? Why isn't that talked about here? Why isn't it on the cover of the book?