If you want to support and shine a light on autism awareness, blue is the color you should embrace in April – Autism Awareness Month.
“I will have blue light bulbs in every classroom,” said Jessica Wood, a special education teacher of autistic students at Wood Creek Elementary in Farmington Hills.
On April 2, the whole world will take on a blue hue for Light it Up Blue, a movement started by Autism Speaks, an organization that promotes autism awareness around the world. On that day, even the Eiffel Tower and Empire State Building will be brightened with blue lights.
They’re starting early with the message that autism is acceptable and all we need is more AWARENESS. How could autism be a bad thing when they’re lighting up the Eiffel Tower and the Empire State Building in blue? Isn’t this what we do to celebrate something?
Same as every April: Support autism, it’s here to stay.
This is so heartbreaking. My big fear is that we’ll get so used to stories about autistic individuals wandering away and ending up dead that we’ll won’t even notice…”Oh, that happens with autism.”
A 29-year-old woman with autism who disappeared Thursday during a visit to the Macy’s store in Center City was found dead Friday morning between two parked cars in West Philadelphia, police said.
The cause of Christina Sankey’s death is under investigation
Most recently we reported on the CDC’s disclosure that Thimerosal, a mercury based preservative has been used in the Mumps measles and rubella (MMR) vaccine.
It was hard to move on after that sentence…
I posted this.
It should be pointed out the MMR vaccine is a live virus vaccine and has never contained something as deadly as the mercury-based vaccine preservative, thimerosal.
Every time I write about autism and its causes, I get a bunch of emails. Some are from the “anti-vaccination” lobby, still touting the scientifically disproved idea that the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) or pertussis vaccines cause autism. It does not – despite the intimidating interest groups and websites dedicated to this quackery.
But a fascinating study in the journal Nature offers some insight as to when autism might start, and with that perhaps what we can do to take action to prevent it.
A window of opportunity to halt autism? Paster has been in the news in the past, slamming parents and pretending autism is just a curiosity. I posted comments.
Of course no one tells us WHY Utah has such a horrific number of sick kids and the reporter on the video doesn’t mention WHAT THAT RATE ACTUALLY IS (one in 47).
Utah Autism Coalition official discusses proposed legislation
Video: Christine Passey, Utah Autism Coalition: “Families across Utah have gone into bankruptcy, they’ve mortgaged their homes, and many have gone without therapy. It’s a really hopeless feeling as a parent, to know there is a therapy out there for your child but you cannot provide it . . . The cost of the therapy is $40,000 to $50,000 a year, if you’re providing it yourself. You can imagine that most families just can’t pull that money together out of pocket.”
It’s incredible that a disorder that affects one in every 47 children in Utah has gotten so little attention from lawmakers. Do insurance companies refuse to provide care for children who are blind and deaf in Utah? Why is there such discrimination if the unfortunate child has a diagnosis of autism?
We’re talking about children who often can’t speak and who require constant care. Many have concomitant health problems like seizures and bowel disease.
In the face of this, parents are left on their own to deal with an often devastating condition. Lawmakers in Utah need to realize that when we talk about autism, we’re talking about CHILDREN with autism. No one has ever found a comparable rate among adults–especially adults with severe autism whose symptoms are easily recognized. If money isn’t spent on these disabled children NOW, the taxpayers of Utah will be paying for lifetime care cost when they’re adults.
Younger siblings of children with autism may show signs of abnormal development or behavior as early as 1 year of age, according to a new study.
The findings suggest that parents and doctors should keep close watch for such symptoms at an early age among younger siblings of children with autism so problems can be addressed sooner, the researchers said.
The disorder that officially has no known cause or cure continues to strike children for no apparent reason. There’s nothing a mainstream doctor can tell a new mother so that her child that was born healthy and is developing normally won’t also suddenly lose learned skills and regress into autism by age two. Parents are tired of hearing about new ways of diagnosing a disorder no one is able to prevent.
It seems that this is what Deer has been reduced to……………….
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This is something you’ll never see in the NY Times and it would have been nice if the writer had actually noted the autism rate.
Editorial: Another example of government waste
Investigators with the Government Accountability Office tell us approximately $1.4 billion was spent by the government on autism research between 2008 and 2012. That is the good news.
The bad news is as much as 84 percent of that money was spent on redundant research.
Duplication of research netted the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee and the agencies involved national recognition for fiscal redundancy, waste and abuse. Imagine. More than $1 billion was simply tossed down the drain, when it could have been used in more areas of autism research.
GAO investigators found the problem, as is typical of the federal government, is communication. In one instance, five departments were awarded roughly $15.2 million for 20 research projects that all had the same goal. The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee “may have missed opportunities to coordinate federal autism activities and reduce duplication of effort and resources,” the GAO said.
Even without the concern for so much taxpayer money tossed out the window, researchers should also be worried about the avenues they are failing to explore when they chase the same projects.
With a growing number of autism diagnoses each year, poor communication on the part of the federal government is no excuse for greedy researchers begging for money they have no intention of using wisely.
It’s not uncommon to read a headline in your local newspaper about a new report exclaiming the presence of an increase or decrease in the number of people affected by a certain disease. If there is a significant increase, these reports can cause people to be concerned and anxious.
But before you consider this information to be factual and reliable, it’s important to determine how these figures were ascertained.
For example, the reason for the increase in the number of people being diagnosed with a certain malady may not be because more people actually have the disease, but due to the use of new diagnostic tests such as MRIs or blood studies, allowing us to now be able to make the diagnosis. It’s not due to some type of epidemic causing the increase.
Dr. Feingold is the president of an organization for children who are born health problems or “genetic diseases.” No one has ever been able to show us the genes that cause autism. Autism is a once-rare disease that this now so common that everyone knows someone with an autistic child and no health official can tell us why.
Any disorder that increases from one in 10,000 to one in every 50 or one in every 88 children (depending on which statistic you care to believe) in the course of a couple of decades couldn’t possibly be solely genetic. The one undeniable fact about autism is that it’s a disorder that affects children. No one has ever been able to show us a comparable rate among adults, especially adults with severe autism, whose symptoms are obvious to all.
That simple fact should be scaring us all.
Maybe when this generation of children with autism ages out of school and is dependent on the taxpayers for their support and care, we’ll get serious about honestly and thoroughly addressing what’s making our kids so sick.
Let’s do everything to pretend that autism is a genetic disorder. Too bad if it’s YOUR CHILD. It’s YOUR BAD GENES.
Mar 6, 2014 Blood test to determine autism risk, researchers hope
Diagnosing children with autism spectrum disorders isn’t easy, but a group of researchers is hoping to come up with a simple blood test to identify children who may be at risk.
Doctors at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Aspire program currently study developmental, social, cognitive and behavioral signs to help diagnose children, and they’re now a part of a North American study that hopes to add blood testing to those checklists.