By Anne Dachel
Read Anne's commentary and view the links after the jump. The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and OurKidsASD, an online supplement retailer for patients with special needs.
25 to 30 years ago, most Americans had never heard of AUTISM. Children who didn't speak, had public meltdowns, or had a history of normal development and a sudden and dramatic regression, were practically unknown.
Fast forward to today. Today, everyone is related to a child with autism or knows someone with an affected child. Autism is everywhere in the news. "Non-verbal" is an accepted condition of childhood. Autism just happens--A LOT---and we don't have a clue why---EXCEPT WE KNOW IT'S NOT THE VACCINES.
ALSO, ...WE'RE NOT TO WORRY, NO MATTER HOW BAD THE NUMBERS GET.
THE MEDIA IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS DECEIT.
We don't hear about people who are "elderly autistic." Or "middle aged autistic people." No one is asking why they don't matter. And if they're not out there, what does that tell us?
Insidiously, we're being conditioned to ACCEPT AUTISM AS AN EVER-INCREASING DISABLING CONDITION AFFECTING CHILDREN.
Here's a sample of what was out Tuesday, May 19, 2015--AND IT'S NOT GOOD NEWS: We're having to "first responders"-- train firefighters and police about autism because they may not be accustomed to those with the disorder, but they'll surely have to deal with them. KESQ TV in Palm Springs, CA doesn't want to inject "chemicals" into her children, but a doctor is right there saying it's perfectly safe to do so. (I was shocked to read that almost all drowning deaths among children under 14 involve those with autism.)
Everyone accepts that autism affects almost two percent of CHILDREN and we are going to have to come up with something to provide for them as adults.
The last article from North Caroline advocates for help for children disabled with autism. It attributes most of the rise in autism to "better diagnostic tools." It says disabled children in NC should "get all the help our state can give."
The glaring omission here is that no one is saying that ASD children in NC should GET ALL THE HELP THEY NEED. A chilling preview of the future as the demand for services simply overwhelms us.
MyPanhandle Panama City FL: Law Enforcement Gets Autism Training
Centers for Disease Control estimate about 1 in 68 children have autism.
This means it's becoming more and more likely that law enforcement will be called for help in a situation involving a person with autism.
Law officers from across the region are putting in extra time to prepare for that possible situation by taking part in the first official autism training class, for law enforcement and emergency personnel.
Many individuals with autism are non-verbal, get frightened by overstimulation, have a tendency to run away, and have a difficult time communicating their feelings, which can make it extremely difficult to know how to help them in an emergency situation.
Class participants learned about sign language and alternate communication systems in case they're faced with a person who is non-verbal.
They were also taught how to properly approach that person and keep them from running away.
Helen Ezell, the mom of four boys with autism. . .
WCSC, Charleston, SC: Charleston area firefighters, police officers learn how to interact with ...
More than 40 law enforcement officers across the Charleston region are learned about autism in Mt. Pleasant.
The training is meant to give people and first responders the tools they need to identify someone who may have autism; that way they can deal with them accordingly, rather than assuming that the person is non-compliant or poses a threat.
Tuesday's training is put on by a police officer from Pensacola.
He and his partner both have children who have autism.
KESQ Palm Springs, CA: Parents, pediatricians disagree on vaccination bill
A decision from the state senate may force some parents' hand, but it likely won't end the vaccination debate.
"I'm not putting chemicals in my children. There's no law that's going to make me put chemicals in my children. Then I'll homeschool my children," Livreri says firmly.
Dr. Montgomery has a different view. "In my personal medical experience, I really think that we need to get everybody immunized. I understand the parents who have concerns about, they want to have their ability to have a personal exemption, I disagree with that personal exemption in most cases, and so it is a balance, but I do think mandating it for school attendance is a way we can get the population immunized."
WCBD TV Charleson, SC: Local first responders get autism training
First responders interacting with people with autism more frequently. Training was held Tuesday for local law enforcement, fire fighters, and paramedics to learn more about autism and how to better respond to situations involving people on the autism spectrum.
About 40 first responders from a dozen different agencies across the Lowcountry attended the training in Mt. Pleasant. It was led by a police sergeant from Florida and a retired fire captain from Massachusetts who are a part of the Autism Society's Safe and Sound Taskforce. They say people with autism respond to situations differently and for everyone's safety, first responders need to be prepared. . . .
He says people with autism also frequently wander off and are drawn to water, which often leads to drowning.
Donohoe says, "It's been reported that 91% of people that drown in the United States under the age of 14 have autism, so we're really trying to get that word out."
Both Sgt. Donohoe and Capt. Cannata have sons with autism. They say this gives them a better understanding of how people with autism react in various situations.
The Tennessean: Gallatin theater's second autism-friendly screening is Saturday
NCG Gallatin Cinema will show its second movie in its series of sensory-friendly screenings on Saturday.
The movie theater, which recently became special needs certified, began this new type of screening last month to give children and adults with autism and special needs the chance to go to the movies. Unlike regular screenings, these movies are shown without previews, sound will be reduced by 50 percent and lights will not be all the way dimmed. Talking and running around the theater during the showing are also allowed.
WBOY-TV Clarksburg, WV Homestead Farm Plans to Open Facility for People with Autism and ...
Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States.
Many children who suffer from autism graduate high school and then struggle to keep a productive daily routine.
One family hopes to change that.
Autism affects one in 68 children across the United States. Homestead Farm Center wants to help those suffering from autism and other developmental disabilities by creating a place where they can work, learn, live and thrive.
"We're giving young adults with disabilities the chance to learn skills and live in an environment that is beautiful," J.P. Burns, who is on the Board of Advisors, said. "They're able to do things that other people do."
Homestead Farm Center isn't built yet and it is still in the planningstages. According to Autism Speaks, this would be the only farm specific employment opportunity and residential community in West Virginia for people suffering from autism. The program's educational and work opportunities would adjust to the specific resident, but would focus mostly on farm work.
Winston-Salem (NC) Journal Editorial: Community, legislative help is welcome
Rates of autism have been going up in the U.S. for decades. Currently, 1 in 68 children has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, according to the U.S. Centers for Dis-ease Control and Prevention. Some of the increase is attributable to better diagnostic tools, but not all. Occurrence knows no creed, color or social strata.
For several years, the rate of autism spectrum disorders in North Carolina has exceeded the national average. The number of students with a primary diagnosis of autism in Forsyth County has risen from 151 in 2004-05 to 471 in 2012-13, according to David Laxton, the director of communications of the Autism Society of North Carolina.
North Carolina is one of several states that have no general insurance provisions for autism. But this legislative session, state Sens. Tom Apodaca and Joyce Krawiec introduced Senate Bill 676, which would mandate private insurers doing business in the state to provide health-insurance coverage for people with autism spectrum disorder and their parents. We hope the full legislature approves this measure.
It's only right that families living with autism, just as those living with Asperger's, attention deficit disorder and other conditions, get all the help our state can give.
The Dachel Media Update is sponsored by Lee Silsby Compounding Pharmacy and OurKidsASD. Lee Silsby is one of the most respected compounding pharmacies in the country and is committed to serving the needs of the Autism community. OurkidsASD is an online retailer for nutritional supplements for patients with special needs. OurkidsASD carries thousands of products from more than 60 brands and offers free ground shipping on all orders.
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which is on sale now from Skyhorse Publishing.