"It's been two and
a half years since a film crew traveled more than 10,000 miles in 40 days
covering The United States
of Autism. Their trip took them through northwest Iowa to the
Wessels family in Rock Rapids, Iowa. Now the documentary is weeks away from its
big screen debut during Autism Awareness Month. We got an update on the project
from its director."
debut is set for April 5th in New York City, with four other screenings already
scheduled. Everts says he's working with Lin Wessels to set up showings here in
northwest Iowa and hopes to announce those dates in the next few weeks. 25% of
the documentary's profits will stay in each community that hosts a
central government will ask the Medical Council of India (MCI) to ensure that
under-graduate and post-graduate medical curriculum includes autism, a
development disorder in children, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said Monday.
a discussion at a conference of the South Asian Autism Network here, Azad said
he would also try to ensure that there is increased collaboration between
ministries and different departments of the ministries in compiling data and
training practices for professionals."
No one is talking about STOPPING THE
EPIDEMIC nor do they seem at all interested in what's causing millions of
children to be disabled. It sounds like they're accepting autism as a normal
part of childhood, just we are in the West. They want doctors to be trained in
autism. Wise move.
"Children's Specialized Hospital
is offering free developmental screenings for children ages 1-5 on Wednesday.
"The purpose is to determine if a child
has any development delays or disabilities.
The earlier problems can be identified, the more likely they are to be
"The screenings should be quick, and
include a questionnaire and conversation between parents, the child and
Children's Specialized Hospital staff."
We see more and more items about children
with autism and developmental disabilities. There are often stories out
there about the one in 88, one in every 54 boys with autism, the one in
every six children with a learning disability, yet no one seems alarmed that
the rates continue to soar. Our schools are filled with children who
can't talk, can't learn, and can't behave. In addition, chronic illnesses
continue to skyrocket. More and more kids are being diagnosed with things
like diabetes, seizure disorders, bowel disease, sleep disorders, and
life-threatening allergies. What is happening to the health of our
Look at the list of upcoming screenings for
developmental problems in children at local libraries and at Kohl's locations
at the bottom of the story. Your child has developmental delays?
Get in line.
just read about how they're doing prenatal brain scan on babies in the UK to
determine if they have "faults" that may be connected to autism.
here's a story from Germany about doing brain surgery to treat autism.
may be possible to treat autism with surgery, according to a study by
researchers in Germany who found a significant improvement in the condition of
a 13 year old boy following brain surgery. In particular, there was improvement
in the boy's self-harming behaviour."
disorder with no known cause or cure is the focus of countless studies. No one
seems to want to honestly address it as a health care emergency.
autism continues to be the medical mystery with no end of possibilities.
Maybe the surgery helps because the autism was the result of brain damage in
the first place.