Odds on autism

So as World Autism Awareness Day approaches on April 2nd, the news comes out that the numbers have gone down once again. As someone who lives with autism every day, while the numbers are sort of mind numbing, they also scare me.

The headline 1 in 68 is all over the internet but I found the article  “1 in 68 US Kids Has Autism Spectrum Disorder” over at  LiveScience by Bahar Gholipour.

I also read this article that didn’t appear to get quite the same coverage yet is also important. The article is “Autism May be Tied to Flawed Prenatal Brain Growth” over at ABC News by Lindsey Tanner.

Wow!

 

Autism Librarian

 

 

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One of my fears

As the parent of a child with Autism, one always had that fear in the back of their mind about what will happen to their child if they age out of their Special School? Around here it’s called the Special School District and a couple of weeks ago this story came out in our local paper, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

It’s entitled “Goodbye, St. Louis County” by Bill McClellan. It’s a good article but a hard one to read if you have a child with a disability.

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian

Autism study

I have to say I’ve always believed that our environment has some role in autism but even with that said, the next question will be, what types of pollution? This according to the Andrey Rzhetsky, an author of a study done published this week in the PLOS Computational Biology Journal.

The article is entitled “Babies Exposed to Pollution in Utero Are 283% More Likely to Suffer from Autism” by Jennifer Chait at Inhabitot. I’m willing to guess that there will be more studies following up on this.

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian

Babies Exposed to Pollution in Utero are 283% More Likely to Suffer from Autism – See more at: http://www.inhabitots.com/babies-exposed-to-pollution-in-utero-are-283-more-likely-to-suffer-from-autism/#sthash.iLreWj0g.dpuf
Babies Exposed to Pollution in Utero are 283% More Likely to Suffer from Autism – See more at: http://www.inhabitots.com/babies-exposed-to-pollution-in-utero-are-283-more-likely-to-suffer-from-autism/#sthash.iLreWj0g.dpuf

No Greatness without Goodness

That’s a great book title. The whole title however, is actually “No Greatness without Goodness: How a Father’s Love Changed a Company and Sparked a Movement“. It’s not due out till April 1st, but this is one book I will definitely buy as all  the profits go to several small groups (mostly in Chicago) who do great work with those who have disabilities.

For more information, click on the title and his website will give you all the details.  Along with the names of the groups, he provides a small explanation as to why he picked that charity. The one that hit home for me was the NOGWOG Disability Initiative when he quotes a elderly father who said “Now we can die. Thank you”.

I totally get it.

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian

DSM-V

As a librarian, books are very important to me and one in particular, the DSM-V (or Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition) is one that plays a role within the autism community.

With the release last year of the 5th edition, much was made of how it would effect those with autism and while it’s no longer in the news much these days, there is a nice article about it over at the Autism Speaks website. It’s entitled “DSM-5 & Autism: Autism-Speaks Study Clarifies Impact of New Criteria”.

Sincerely-

Autism Librarian

Looking towards the future

As the father of a soon to be 15 year old, this is the type of story that I want to see more of. The article, “People with Disabilities Impetus for New Teaching Hotel” by Michelle Diament over at Disability Scoop, is definitely one that gives me hope.

One of the neat things about this article too is that the teaching hotel, located in Muncie, Indiana, is in the Midwest. With the article coming from The Arc of Indiana, here’s hoping that St. Louis Arc is keeping an eye on the progress.

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian

Special Olympics

Just a couple of weeks ago my son participated in a Special Olympics Basketball Tournament, really for the first time and I also got the chance to volunteer. I have to say, it was a lot of fun.

Now while he actually stood on the sidelines rather than play, I’m hoping it’s the start of something more. He did receive a medal and I could tell he was very proud of that.

I think part of that hope stems from this article, “Laberer Family Reaps Rewards On and Off the Playing Field” over at the Special Olympics Missouri website. It’s a great story.

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian

Thank you!

Sometimes life just gets really busy. Just this week I went to see my son’s teachers during student conferences only to hear he had a bit of a melt down today. So with that in mind, I thought this short article on giving thanks to all those who help our kids is appropriate.

It’s entitled “How Do You Envision a Better World for Autism and All Those Impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder?” by Scott Badesch, the President/CEO, Autism Society of America.

Thank you!

Autism Librarian