25. April 2012

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Autism Month!

It’s not too late to say this…

 

April is autism awareness month.

Last Month was world autism awareness day. Each year, when these events roll around, I wonder why we make such a big deal about an arbitrary month or a random day in April.

Who doesn’t know about autism yet?

With 1 in 88 children affected, everyone must know someone with autism. I do. My son  have aspergers with some diagnostic with autistic, and I have many friends who are either autistic themselves or parents of children with autism. I am so aware, every single day, of autism. I wonder why we need to bother.

And then I remember. I remember that before I had a child with autism, that although I knew autism existed, I didn’t really know anything about it. It just seemed like this scary, terrible thing that happened to other people.

I remember seeing children and teenagers acting out in public and judging them and their parents without even thinking that there might be an underlying disability. I would see people with certain stims-repetitive and awkward movements-and feel uncomfortable, not knowing how much I should acknowledge them.

I remember that I would look at people with obvious developmental or intellectual disabilities-although I didn’t know the difference between them then-and feel nothing but sadness for them. Do they wish they could be normal? I would wonder.

I remember that I had no idea that people with developmental and intellectual disabilities are normal, just not the same as you and me. I didn’t know that people with severe disabilities could be happy, productive, worthwhile members of society. I didn’t know that people who couldn’t talk could communicate. I didn’t know that these children and adults were deeply loved and the lights of their families’ lives.

I assumed that having a child with these disabilities would be devastating and life destroying.

 

This might be you, today.

This is why we need to work so hard to spread awareness. People who are unaware are not bad people. I wasn’t a bad person back then. I was in favor of helping people with disabilities, but I didn’t spend much time thinking about them. I just didn’t know, and I didn’t think I had a reason to learn.

My personal boy and his autism prognosis were my personal impetus to learn and also to be aware, but I desire I would bothered even before then. A lot of people think that things like autism attention will not impact all of them, but they carry out. Autism impacts me, also it impacts a person.

Your child may have a classmate with autism, who will be treated nicely or handled badly, partly depending on how a person teach your son or daughter.

You will find a colleague together with autism, that happen to be appreciated on her behalf eccentricities and talents, or perhaps ostracized if you are strange.

You are going to face some sort of residential property day trip within the local retailer, and you will have careful analysis go walking by means of quickly with your go down, or allow them to have the exact same interest in addition to regard you allow other shoppers, and maybe even extra, being aware of they won’t understand it via anyone.

Your own duty bucks will probably be spent on federal government early on schooling plans and also special training or it will likely be invested later on, following your program offers been unsuccessful these types of children that might have experienced vivid futures trading in the modern society with more priority.

You could present entry into the world to some child using autism. If you, you’ll see your gift ideas of which creating a special requirements little one produces. You’ll learn exactly how difficult it might be. The eyes will ready to accept the joy that accompany this. You will be aware that the youngster together with autism can be just as precious because different little one and may develop to become a grownup having autism, who is believe it or not critical on account of his / her developing incapacity.

You will have the whole world to comprehend along with open to your current stunning kid.

This may be you inside six to eight decades.

This really is myself, right now.

For this reason autism awareness days to weeks are needed in my experience. That is why even though at times I get tired with discussing autism, I actually continue to do therefore. Almost every man or woman I can  accomplish actually somebody who could most likely make my child’s lifestyle, or perhaps the life of another individual using autism, far better.

I hope that the attention and endorsement sales message grows to a new guy these days. I hope that he will distribute that will message to a different and then a different. I hope that this unique message may also help.

This is my autism recognition.

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28. March 2012

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9. February 2012

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Don’t do Away with Asperger’s

If you disagree with the proposed changes to remove Asperger’s and other diagnoses on the Austism spectrum, please sign this petition.

Count me in

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11. January 2012

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Should you Start Your Own Business

Here is a great article with a checklist on what you need to consider before starting your own business:

Should I Start my Own Business

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30. September 2011

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More Jobs for Aspies

What a great story, check out this company that loves to hire adults with Autism and Aspergers:

“The software testers at Aspiritech are a collection of characters. Katie Levin talks nonstop. Brian Tozzo hates driving. Jamie Specht is bothered by bright lights, vacuum cleaners and the feel of carpeting against her skin. Rider Hallenstein draws cartoons of himself as a DeLorean sports car. Rick Alexander finds it unnerving to sit near other people.”

Read the full story here

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11. June 2011

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Pencils|A Great Perspective

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 A pencil maker told the pencil five important lessons just before putting it in the box:

1. Everything you do will always leave a mark.

2. You can always correct the mistakes you make.

3. What is important is inside of you.

4. In life, you will undergo painful sharpenings which will only make you better.

5. To be the best pencil, you must allow yourself to be held and guided by the hand that holds you.

Sounds like we can apply that to our own lives, doesn’t it?

We all need to be constantly sharpened.

Never allow yourself to get discouraged, to think that your life is insignificant and cannot be changed.

Like the pencil, remember that the most important part of who you are, is what’s inside of you.

Then allow yourself to be guided by the hand of God.

–author unknown
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7. June 2011

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Does your Child’s Birthday Play a Role in their Diagnosis

I just read this interesting article about how children conceived during certain perios of the year (dec-Mar) have a higher diagnosis of Autism. I’m not sure what to make of this. My son has Aspergers and was borrn in June so he doesn’t fall within that timeline but I’d be interested to see a larger study.

What do you think about this?

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18. May 2011

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Scentsy Donates to Autism Speaks

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Scentsy donates to autism speaksI have a new client and the wife is a Scentsy distributor. I’ve only gone to one party and that wa a couple of years ago and did not buy anything but I did like the products. In talking with my client last nigt I found out there is a holder that they offer and donate 100% of the net profits to Autism Speaks. I love it!

You can check it out here:

Scentsy Autism Speaks

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15. May 2011

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Insurance Issues and Updates for Aspergers and Autism

There was an article out a couple of months ago that I am just getting around to reading. I’ve been so consumed with work that alas this poor blog is getting more and more neglected and not sure when I’ll be able to really devote the time I want to it. But I did want to share this story. I had an IEP meeting for my on with the school this week and I am thankful that my son receives certain special services through the school district. The state on the other hand provides no benefits for my son and dealing with Blue Cross Blue Shield is such a nightmare that I cannot wait to get better insurance.  At least he has coverage through my ex-husband’s plan but every month I get notices from the facility where he has his psychiatrist appointments that the bills are not paid. They have paid for most visits but for some reason there are two lingering bills back from September and October of last year. Now here’s what they had to say when the facility called them for payment. The insurance compoany actually asked them to diagnose my son with something else. I know totally crazy right? What on earth. For some reason they have a harder time paying for an Asperger’s Diagnosis than something else. It’s enough to pull out one’s hair I say.  I’d sooner take them to court for discrimination than ask the Dr.’s to rediagnose him just so the bills can be paid. Here’s the thing – they have paid for most of the bills and these two are exactly the same – same billing and coding – it makes no sense!!! They don’t talk to me as it’s my exes’ insurance and I’m not sure how oftern he contacts them to get it straightened out. It’s just so frustrating.

Ok so here’s the article I read in the Wall Street Journal on insurance coverage:

More Autism Coverage

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13. April 2011

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Savanna Martin Scholarship Fund

Help turn this tragedy into something consoling for the mother.

Savanna Martin Scholarship Fund

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