Grace Gay (Joey) grew up in a family full of Ravens fans.
she developed a love of the color purple.
on Dec. 14, Joey’s life came to an end far too soon. She was one of 20 children
killed during the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
"According to the family, Joey was autistic and severely
apraxic. She could not speak, yet she touched many lives around her: teachers,
therapists, friends, neighbors. They all loved and cherished her."
Even though so much coverage hasfocused on the shooter possibly
having autism, it should be pointed out that autism was also mentioned in
connection with the students who died. Joey Gay was said to
have autism and another little boy, Dylan Hockley, was described as having
"special education needs" http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Dylan-Hockley-died-in-Anne-Marie-Murphy-s-arms-4122828.php and
autism was mentioned several times in the story about him, along with a request
to send donations to Autism Speaks.
“A groundbreaking study on young
adults with autism, led by Washington University in St. Louis researcher Paul
Shattuck, PhD, assistant professor at the Brown School, has been chosen as one
of the “Top Ten Autism Research Advances of 2012” by the advocacy organization
“The winning research studies
were chosen by Autism Speaks Scientific Advisory Committee, a team of 16
scientists and researchers. According to the online research database
PubMed.gov, more than 2,700 autism studies were conducted in 2012. Instead of
isolated breakthroughs, many of this year’s top advances represent broad
progress in areas of autism science and involve multiple research teams at
sites across the nation and the world, the group states in announcing the list.
“Shattuck says very little is
known about how life unfolds and what life looks like for adults with autism.
“This study is really breaking new ground in terms of telling the story of what
life looks like as people enter adulthood,” he says. “We chose to focus
purposefully on young adulthood in the first few years after high school
because that really is the beginning of adulthood. That sets the stage.
“‘If young people have a good
launch during those first few years after high school, it sets them on a path
that can spell success for many years to come. If they have a troubled launch
on the years after high school, that can spell a troubled path,’ he says.”
hard to move past the announcement that there were over 2,700 autism studies in
2012. And what stunning progress have they made? No one seems to
know anything about autism---except that vaccines don’t cause it.
absolutely dumbfounding to see. Paul Shattuck has been out there for years
telling us that there’s been no real increase in autism.
his lame explanation for why they chose to focus on YOUNG adults. “Troubled
launch”? I think he knows full well that there’s nothing for young adults
because we’ve never had autistic adults on any large scale in the past. We are
totally unprepared for how autism will impact us. And thanks to fraudulent
studies like this, by the time we finally wake up to the truth, we’ll be too
overwhelmed to deal with it effectively. Meanwhile, thanks to the efforts of
Autism Speaks, America
has no clue what’s going on. We’re told everything’s fine. Experts seem to be
working tirelessly to understand autism. The truth is no one has been able to
tell us anything significant about autism in the last twenty years—except that
the numbers keep going up and up and up.