“Levi White cannot use words to communicate. Instead he moans,
grunts, grimaces, stomps his feet and slaps or flaps his hands.
“His mother and two siblings guess what he wants. If they're
wrong, the 240-pound 12-year-old has a meltdown, and no one wants that.”
This is the side of autism we don’t usually see
in the news. A 240 pound, non-verbal 12 year old who has meltdowns is not
an appealing picture and it’s far cry from the smiling little boy interacting
with a speech therapist that we’re used to seeing on 30 second news
clips. Still, we’re not told why Levi is like this or where he’ll end up
someday when mom isn’t able to care for him.
the number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders climbs, so,
too, does the number of questions surrounding this disorder.
what is autism, why the rise in autism spectrum diagnoses and what is coming in
terms of research here in Austin?
Freedom Perkins, pediatric neurologist at Dell Children’s Medical Center
and speaker at the 2013 Central Texas Autism Conference taking place February
2nd joined KXAN to discuss the topic.”
Perkins isn’t alarmed about the numbers. The rate isn’t even mentioned on
the show. He claims it’s just better diagnosing and greater awareness. Of
course, it’s also an ad for his services. It seems we’ve nicely
institutionalized autism and the medical community gets to profit from
it. The suffering of a generation of children and their families doesn’t
been a confusing couple of weeks in vaccine-related news. First came the
results of a recent study which found "no
link" between the current vaccination
recommendations and autism, then the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation
Program (also known as "vaccine court") awarded millions of dollars
to two children with autism for "pain and suffering" and lifelong
injury-related medical expenses.
But I thought they just said there was no link between ... wait, I'm confused.
If vaccines don't cause autism, why did the government pay millions of dollars
to autistic kids as compensation for vaccine injury? I'm no expert, and there's
not a ton of information out there on these particular cases (because access to
medical records has been blocked from public view), but I'm wondering if this
doesn't all boil down to a system of semantics designed to protect the medical
Burtnoticed that while officials
continue to pound the podium and declare that there is no causal link between
vaccines and autism, the U.S. Court of Claim has been quietly compensating
children for vaccine damage that included autism FOR YEARS. This double
speak doesn’t bother the media of course, but it should cause a few parents to
dig deeper into the issue.
of my kids are absolutely awesome. For two of them, Asperger Syndrome is part
of who they are. While I want to help them with the issues that may come with
that, like anxiety, I have no interest in changing the way their minds work.
Their minds are amazing. They are both incredibly smart and thoughtful. My
11-year-old daughter burns with curiosity about the world around her. My
6-year-old son has an attention to detail that will most certainly benefit him
in the work world.
I want them to lose that?”
Gray’s piece on Babble leaves me too dumbfounded to comment. First of all, her
two children with Asperger’s are 11 and 6. I’d like to hear from her in about 8
years with they’re struggling with adolescent and adult issues and mom isn’t
there to help with things. Autism isn’t an asset---it’s a deficit. Something
separates this child from his/her peers. That’s a disconnect that makes life a
struggle. We’re being told here that autism is a new normal….another way of
being. And it’s always HF and Asperger’s parents who talk like this. Yet,
notice the title, “Their Autism.” Asperger’s kids shouldn’t be the poster
children for autism---that’s part of the cover-up and it’s done on purpose.