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Amber Vervynck

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New York Daily News: Lonely N.J. boy with autism gets tons of support after dad's plea. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwlb60ly4
Bob Cornelius' Facebook post had been shared more than 34,000 times
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Zebra EntertainMe

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1 in 29 BOYS in New Jersey has autism. Also, 1 in 68 kids in America has an autism spectrum disorder. How much do you really know about autism?Learn more about it and help raise awareness. Watch this documentary film, Cost of Autism, FREE on Amazon Prime!
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EnableNeeds

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New Hope For Individuals On The Spectrum Who Have Communication And Social Problems
#enableneeds #autism
A new drug has been found to help autism kids and adults conquer their inabilities to talk and socialize with people. Edward S. Brodkin with his research team offers this help and promises to keep on studying further solutions.
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Ross Balling

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VR used to give insight into childhood autism - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-37416501
What is it like to experience life as an autistic child in a noisy stressful place?
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This goes for the adults who are on the spectrum as well (yes, autistic children DO grow up to be autistic adults...). 
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Susan Lewis (cve4me)

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Freedom, independence and security issues

What happens when there are challenges with freedom, independence and safety issues.

A symbolic representation in Kant's Practical Philosophy quietly puts " Freedom (independence from being constrained by another's choice)"

From that early age until they are ready to leave the 'nest' and for a while after the children are learning independence. Achieving this si not only where they do not reply to others to survive.

Too often one people will have a gap within. They look for an internal security balance. Another person is found who fills that gaps. That each 'borrows' from the other is good for a while. Unless
a dominance / dependence situation exists. The feeling then is as though your energy is being sucked out. Relationships begin to be dominated, and cracks start to develop.

Sometimes these exist behind a hidden agenda instilled in childhood. A danger for many autistic children is that they visualize the words stated to them Say someone makes a derogatory remark
about being held by a female with ginormous muscles in the arms. Say that that receiver of the comment is fit from swimming kilometers a day. A throwaway comment like that on someone who
is independent but underneath is lonely will be absorbed. The mind does not know the difference between fiction and fact. If the receiver of the comment does not have a behavior management plan installed where they can recognize the negative impact and literally wrestle the negative out of hiding, deal with it the sometime in the future this 'destructive word worm' will have had time to gain teeth, get hungry and delve into the foundations. The obvious two things at different ends of the scale may begin to occur. Weight issues.

Mind challenging freedom; independence issues Accepted. The focused power behind many Autistic people's minds is Awesome.

Furthering the example above whether it be eating as comfort food is there. And the weight piles on. Alternatively, the desire to be thinner takes over. Bilmanieia or anemia has a chance to settle in. Either way, the mind has forcefully taken control.

Having a health professionals direction to loose the weight through guided assistance will also have implanted into the mind a target goal. A limitation. Giving a form of limited freedom.

Independence to accept the limit as a guideline of achieving that exernally suggested instead of 'imposed' healthy limit.

Conversely, allowing the child to grow up with total freedom is mean. Where there are no boundaries to the freedoms, behaviours becomes a challenge. Acceptable behaviours need to be explained, shown and guided. Behaviours management with Autistic child, even as adults, more so. Which is actually quite strange me saying this as my eighty-year-old mother still guides me through the jungle of acceptability? Mind you though there is the slight issue of having sustained silent, unseen injuries through a truck imploding through the front of the van I was driving. I was 31 years old. Apparently the mother of three children I did not recognise. And that was just the start of the journey through the next 25 years.

That resulted in Autistic Post-Traumatic Shock Syndrome. Over the last few years the inner child within finally escaped memory lockdown.

To say that the last few years has been a wild ride is only just touching on the obvious.

Let's wrap up the freedoms. Independence issue. Concerning "Autism As A Gift." When the freedoms permitted, bring forward the concepts and responsibilities of having freedom granted this is a highly grateful time for all. Essentially the 'inner child' has developed a complete or total liberty that is without fear or being threatened. What an excellent for thing for a person to achieve.


Sincerely

Susan Lewis

susan@autismasagift.com 
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Kathy Harm

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This is a serious community, not a joke community.
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really sick of being a gay, autistic boy

I really just need a guy to hold me right now, that would feel so nice, but that will never happen. so much is going on, not learning anything in school, yet passing, i feel like i'm not really connecting with people, like a glass wall or isolated. i feel overwhelmed, and i don't understand whats overwhelming me....i think. this is why i just wanted to die, i am so unsure and overwhelmed.....i think, and i don't think i can see a future without fantasizing. i am so overwhelmed i think, i don't know what to do, when i ask my mom when my appointment is and she gets angry and pushes it away, i don't wanna kill myself, but i want love, comfort, you guys, and just to be done with this overwhelming shit. i am sick of being scared that i will be bad, i think i'm trying to hard at something, don't know what, i am unsure about my future and me, damn i think i hate myself, like a lot , well than again, i'm unsure, i think i hate something, i feel so tired, but i don't think i know what i'm tired of, soooo tired, ugh, i am tired of me, i am tired of who i am, i am soooooo tired of all of this, don't you guys see, i don't want to be me. i don't wanna be autistic any more, it is so tiring. so exsuasting, damn it. i don't think i feel love, i have been loved, but can't feel it. i flirt with every boy i deem attractive, i don't know why, i don't wanna be like that but i can't seem to change, what is wrong with me. i am so tired, and so done with this. for some reason i am uncomfortable around black people and girls, or anything i'm not attracted to, does that make me a bad person, i have no problem with them at all, i guess only comfortable with guys i like for some reason i do not know, i am so done and tired, god help me 
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I'm sure you don't want crickets on your post and I hope you might find this helpful.
You have a glowing light that I see in your post. Your glow doesn't need to look for anyone. The challenge I read is the emptiness that is around you. There is no care or understanding from anyone. Focus on your interested that will make you glow even more. I'm sure you've seen people who glow and how great it is to be around them. If you have to make big changes to do this, so do it. If you give the time on your interest that give joy. You will find the pains will fade away and you will see how bright you can glow. I wish you well and my prayers go out to you.
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ASDF

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A year later, here's how Microsoft’s jobs program for people with autism is working. http://bit.ly/2cryBSV
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ATTRIA joy

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ASDF

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Great article from the Hartford Courant about Ben Liske, a 16-year-old with autism, who was admitted to Trinity College on a four-year, $200,000 Presidential Scholarship. http://cour.at/2bPIZG6
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That's so good he received such a big scholarship. Hopefully things will work out for him while he's in school. 
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"Acceptance is not love. You love a person because he or she has lovable traits, but you accept everybody just because they're alive and human." ~ Dr. Albert Ellis Welcome! Our community is dedicated to the Autism Acceptance movement; supporting the empowerment of autistic individuals, encouraging self-advocacy and promoting our fundamental belief that: All persons are worthy of appreciation and respect without discrimination as to abilities, age, culture, education, ethnicity, gender, nationality, race, religious beliefs, political opinions, sexual orientation or socio-economic class. The idea of changing the public, private and not-for profit sector emphasis from "Autism Awareness" to Autism Acceptance will need the dedication and organization of many individuals to make this cause a reality. We believe that everyone can agree that Autism Acceptance is needed in our society to improve the lives of individuals living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. ​ Disclaimer: The information posted on ALL of the of Autism Acceptance community topics should not be considered medical or mental health advice, nor is it intended to replace consultation with a qualified physician or other mental health care service provider. All third party links are provided for convenience purposes only and does not constitute endorsement.
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emma dalmayne

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ASDF

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Awesome profile from the Today Show about Long Island's Cause Cafe, which gives individuals with autism opportunities to work and develop their skills: http://on.today.com/2d5o28m
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It's good that autistic people like myself, are given a chance to work. I wish there was more companies and businesses out there like that :-)
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ASDF

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Great article from the Chicago Tribune about a middle-school teacher who has been instrumental in developing a structured learning program for autistic students. http://trib.in/2chDb59
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ASDF

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Christopher Duffley, a blind teen with autism, inspires others with his voice. http://abcn.ws/2cwXrjy
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Christopher you are so right! Keep going!
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Nisha Chauhan

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PUBLIC DISPLAY OF AUTISM:

If he falls to the floor, kicking and screaming, because there’s no chicken nuggets, it’s just his way of coping. Be patient, you’ll get your turn to order.

If she bumps her head and starts to hit herself in the face, don’t stare, it’s her frustration. Mom will handle it, she see’s it everyday.

If dad is cutting his child’s food, he’s not treating him like baby. He just doesn't want his son to choke.

If she ignores your child on the playground, she’s not a brat. She’s just not good at social interaction. She would love to play with your child, she just doesn't know how.

He may be to big to sit in the shopping cart, no, he’s not lazy. He wants to run around, but his mom needs to shop. She’s not up for chasing him today.

If she has to be carried out screaming, it’s probably because of a meltdown. Be helpful, open the door. Don’t just stare or whisper. No, it’s not because she didn't get the toy she wanted. If it were only that simple.

Don’t talk to her like a child, unless she is one. Don’t yell, she’s not deaf. She may not talk, but she can understand.

No, it’s not bad parenting. Discipline won’t help.

This is autism, it’s his life. Don’t judge him, he’s not judging you.
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+Ashley Lee shall always keep you in my prayers dear, you are a strong woman. 
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Dan Edmunds

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My son is diagnosed as CP and he is nonverbal. I felt that he himself wrote this poem. I am very thankful to you to convey the emotions of these children with special needs.

-Vidiyal Rehabilitation Center

They thought I had no voice
And thus they took away my choice
I may not make use of speech
But communication is not beyond reach
I share my world by another way
If only persons could see that this is okay
I may share a smile
Or a pleasant giggle every once in awhile
And when I am overwhelmed or in need
I hope that some may give heed
That I am not being 'bad'
I have simply tried to convey my need with what I had

Dan L. Edmunds, Ed.D.
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Sierra Carpenter

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I came here to ask for help for a lady I met with a little boy with autism who's insurance refuses to pay for anything for her. Shes paying everything out of pocket. If anyone can help I'm sure she would really appreciate it. All it is is a t shirt or you can donate. I told her I would help her find support, and that's what I want to do. You can probably follow her on Facebook if you can't donate to the cause. It's not something that has to be done, but it would really help her. This is not for me, it's for someone's autistic son. If I had more to give I would give more.

http://www.booster.com/autismnick

And if you can't give, please share. 
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ASDF

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Can iPads be used to detect signs of autism? http://bit.ly/2cG9Bw8
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ATTRIA joy

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my family an friends get annoyed when other stare at me some times they tell them I have autism sometime thry just stare back lol 
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Vishal Kataria

Information from India  - 
 
Often, when hard work doesn't yield results, we must look at a condition differently.

Here is how you can help a child with autism develop skills to handle everyday problems in life...
How you can teach children with autism to develop skills for life and become independent.
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Thanks Vishal great article - really useful...
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