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Last day of summer (ever) for these two on June 12th.

Goodbye Phineas and Ferb.
All children understand that summer must end. Indeed, it’s summer’s short life—just 104 blessed days of sleepaway camp and lounging by the pool and sleeping in and complaining that you’re bored, and isn’t there anything to do, Dad—that makes it so precious. If every day was summer vacation, summer vacation...
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History has just been made.
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Genes linked with a greater risk of developing autism may also be associated with higher intelligence, a study suggests. Researchers have found new evidenc ...
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Nickolas Kubicsko and his family were about to take their first family vacation in seven years.There was no question where they'd go: The Happiest Place on E...
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“Don't Tell Me, Inform Me. 
Don't Include Me, Involve Me. 
Don't Judge Me, Accept Me.”
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The take away? If you want your child with autism to continue having services, don’t let them do well. Because the reward for doing well is punishment.
Children with autism that do well are usually the first to lose their services and supports. Why? Money.
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Let's talk about the autism "epidemic"

Shortly after my son was diagnosed with autism, my grandmother, in her 70's, asked me why "there seems to be so much more autism now."

I said "Grandma, when you were a little girl in school, do you remember if there was a 'special ed' class where they put all the slow kids?"

She said yes, in fact, they had a whole trailer separate from the building.

I said to her "Grandma, those kids weren't 'slow.' They just didn't know what to diagnose them with. A whole trailer full of kids separate from the rest of the school, how many of them do you think might have had autism?"

Since having been diagnosed as an adult, I've talked to countless others who have also done the same or at the very least, wonder if it's worth being assessed. Even more still feel they are likely on the spectrum but don't think it's worth going for an assessment.

Well, consider this... the number of people being diagnosed with autism went up by one the day that I was diagnosed. What would the number go up by if all those people who are simply curious were to go in for an assessment? None of those people were assessed as a child, when they probably should have been.

Have you seen more and more articles about girls on the spectrum lately? How they exhibit different symptoms and behaviours than boys? How doctors often miss the signs in girls?

It's my theory, and I'm no doctor or scientist or researcher, that girls are born with autism just as frequently as boys are only, most people just never notice. But as we all learn more and more and figure out the signs, more and more girls will be diagnosed.

Let's not even begin to discuss just how few doctors really are qualified enough to make a diagnosis, much less the family doctors that continue to tell us "Einstein talked later too, I'm sure your child is fine". Or the doctors that refuse to diagnose anyone with anything for fear of "over diagnosis" or the doctors that diagnose everyone with everything as a "favour" to help them get better services.

Then there's you and me, the teachers, the child care workers and all those others that are able to recognize the signs earlier thanks to all these years of autism awareness that we work so hard for.

What will happen to the autism rates when girls are diagnosed just as much as boys? What will happen to autism rates when all those adults that were missed as children are counted now?

Is the number of people being diagnosed with autism going to continue going up? Well, yes, it will.

But it's not a bad thing.

We're not calling people "slow" anymore. We're not missing it in girls as much. Adults that were missed when they were younger are figuring out who they really are, finally. Doctors are learning, people everywhere are learning!

This is all good news.

We need to stop being so afraid of these numbers.
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There's nothing to be afraid of (to concur with you, Stuart) ...

These people are just as beautiful as anyone else and in a lot of cases - are happier and more content in their world because it's less burdened with the complexities that mankind has fabricated.

Some days I wish that I could check out of reality like my son can and escape into my own place where everything is okay. There have been times where I am jealous of his super-power :)
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Even though the anti-vaccine folks will totally ignore studies of this magnitude, it's still worth noting that once again... the MMR vaccine has nothing to do with autism.

"In this large sample (95 727 children) of privately insured children with older siblings, receipt of the MMR vaccine was not associated with increased risk of ASD, regardless of whether older siblings had ASD. These findings indicate no harmful association between MMR vaccine receipt and ASD even among children already at higher risk for ASD."
This observational cohort study reports no association between the MMR vaccine and autism spectrum disorder among US children with older siblings with autism.
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To all of my friends and family that have no real connections to autism besides me... please take a moment to read, this is for you.

So NBC Dateline did a big story on what happens to kids with autism as they become adults with autism and how all their services and supports go away.

As always when these things happen, people send me links saying "thought you might be interested in this" or "have you seen this?"
I appreciate it but listen... being in the autism community means I already know this stuff. I don't need a special program to tell me what I already know.

What I suggest is this, think about all your friends with a connection to autism that "might be interested in this".... and then send it to all your friends that didn't make it to that list. Because THOSE are the people that need to see it.

You have the ability to raise more autism awareness than I do because all of my friends and family are in my list and hear about this stuff constantly. You are the one that has people in your list that know nothing about these things. You are the one that can reach people that might not be interested in it but really should be aware.

Yes, I'd love for you to send me news and info that I haven't already seen so that I can share it but even if you do find something I haven't seen or didn't already know, what I can do with it will never be as powerful as what you can do with it only because you have an audience that I don't have... the unaware.

So, I'm not saying to not send me stuff you find interesting, all I'm saying is, don't stop with me. Share it with everyone.. especially those that you think won't find it interesting. That's how you can really help the most.
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Well said! 

It wouldn't be a bad idea to this this  with anything that deserves to have a light shined on it.
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Big fan of this series... of course, anything that gives people a safe place to play is brilliant in my book. Good on you Doc!
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aka AutismFather - Upgrading Autism Awareness to Autism Understanding and Acceptance
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First and foremost, I am a father. 

Beyond that, I'm also a web developer, a former radio broadcaster and most notably, I'm an autism advocate.

My son was diagnosed in 2007 on the autism spectrum and I have since dedicated a portion of my life (not all because the majority is for my family) towards raising autism awareness.

I don't want to just raise awareness though, I push for Autism Understanding and Acceptance around the world.

Children, teenagers and adults with autism around the world need to be accepted for who they are, helped as much as possible and relieved of the barriers that prevent an independent and happy life.

Research, treatments and hard work will only get us part of the way... the rest is up to us to understand and to accept.

Involved in the autism community? Please introduce yourself: https://plus.google.com/106357905229054139137/posts/3bYSbVAqk8V
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Worked with several autism charities around the world to promote autism understanding and acceptance.
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