"What motivates me
to keep lobbying.
"My biggest frustration is seeing the number of children with autism
spectrum disorders who are not getting the services they need. I smile every
day watching my own kids grow and blossom, and the more they progress, the
stronger an advocate I become for those who don't have a voice. I have two
children with autism. But there are 18,000-plus other children in the state of
Utah with autism. How many children are not diagnosed? They deserve someone to
speak on their behalf."
Someone needs to ask why
there are 18,000 plus children in Utah with autism.
"The candles are said to
capture the burger-and-onion smell, or 'scent,' of the famous Sliders. The
aroma was captured by Nest Fragrances’ founder and CEO Laura Slatkin, who is
known as the 'queen of home fragrance.'
your palace smell like a castle (White Castle, that is) with a Slider-scented
candle. Proceeds will be donated to Autism Speaks."
thought about putting a comment here........something about autism being a
national tragedy affecting one in every 50 children, but this is too crazy. I’m
having a hard time imaging a candle that smells like a burger with onions.
...Why would I want one??????
This is how seriously
America takes the autism epidemic.
often worry about how teachers, counselors, and other caregivers treat their
children when mom or dad isn't around. This is especially true for parents of
nonverbal kids, who are unable to advocate for themselves in many situations.
The nightmare of abuse at the hands of caregivers was realized by one family
this week. NBC 7 news in San Diego reported on April 8, that a man accused of
abusing an autistic patient began his trial for the alleged crimes."
neglect, seclusion, and restraint--these are issues affecting more and more
autistic students in our schools. One in every 50 children in the U.S. now has
an autism diagnosis. Mainstream medicine and health officials remain clueless
and the commonly used symbol for autism is a puzzle piece. The disorder that
has no official cause, prevention or cure is changing the face of childhood in
America. Stories are out on a daily basis depicting autistic students being
harmed at school. When will we recognize the epidemic and demand answers for
what's happening to our children?
is National Autism Awareness Month, which naturally raises the question:
awareness of what?
a parent of a 19-year old son with autism, if you had asked me that question
years ago, I would have said things like, "Be aware that kids with autism
can experience sensory overload" or "Be aware that creating teaching
opportunities around an autistic child's interests can help him learn."
Or, if I was meeting one of my son's teachers: "Be aware that if you leave
that scented candle on your desk, it's going to have a perfect bite taken out
of it within two minutes."...
"When Jamie says 'autism is not disability,' he's saying that
autism does not diminish a person as a human being. Autism awareness can't stop
with a list of things that make people with autism different. Because what is
essential is the constant awareness of what makes us the same...."
How many parents of
autistic children would agree that autism isn't a disability? This plays into
every lie and it makes no sense. It clearly tells us to merely accommodate and
accept---and never ask questions. I posted comments bur the comment
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