Friday, February 12, 2010

DSM-5 Update

I think adding Asperger's to the Autism Spectrum category is long overdue. After being in the field only 9 years (I am still a newbie) I can completely agree that there is more in common than not with autism and asperger's. I believe the grouping will get children more services and help raise awareness that autism is not a hopeless, untreatable disability, regardless of where you are on the spectrum. United in the deficits we share is more powerful and productive for practitioners, schools, and our communities. Autism is a spectrum disorder, there is no one-size-fits-all, and this decision will attest to that.

As far as Aspies are concerned, why can't Aspies still be considered Aspies, congregate as such and thrive in their communities as they always have been? Factions within the Autism community is here to stay! Unfortunately discrimination between these factions will continue as well. My hope is that one day groups will tolerate each other, recognizing our individuality as a faction and as our own unique people, in our own parking spot along the spectrum.

Go on over to the DSM-5 website and comment!

Friday, February 05, 2010

Jim and Jenny Explain the Politics Behind the Lancet's Decision

Jenny and Jim and Generation Rescue couldn't have said it better regarding the hard core politics that are going on right now in the world of vaccines and the autism connection. Their letter explains it all. I am deeply grateful to these media faces and to Generation Rescue's continuous efforts to disseminate accurate information. I have a heavy heart for those new families that read the lies and make life changing choices that they may have to live with for a long time.

I dedicate tonight's glass of cabernet to Jim and Jenny. Yeah!

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Autism Rise in Los Angeles

The wizards have finally figured it out - that affluence and diagnosis are related. Hey wizards, so are services and outcome. This article is so dumb, not sure what the point is. Now what? Will more money be allocated to poorer school districts? Will a televised fundraiser raise money to significantly help out these children? Such a waste of space.