Dealing with Autism
 (As time permits, I will update this page.)

Our beloved son Cameron, was "finally & officially" diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
by the twins pediatrician, on August 13, 2007, shortly after the twins turned 4 years old.
Our world began to spiral into the unknown world of Autism.

 *1 in 100 children are born with Autism
*1 in 58 boys
 *BOYS are diagnosed with Autism 4X more often than girls.
*A new case is diagnosed nearly EVERY 20 minutes!
*More children will be diagnosed with Autism THIS YEAR than AIDS, Diabetes, and Cancer COMBINED

On February 16 2008, I found this article - (more news that makes us wonder --  we live in Oregon) :


Elaine Hsieh
(503) 686-0440

ASO Boost Autism Awareness Month with Annual Walk-a-thon


The Center for Disease Control reports that 1 in 150 people have autism. Given this increased rate, autism will soon become the most common disability in the United States. Oregon has the highest rates of autistic diagnoses in the United States. In 2006, the Oregon Department of Education reported 1 in 98 students are on the autism spectrum.

The Autism Society of Oregon (ASO) is sponsoring the 6 th annual Autism Walk-a-thon Sunday April 13, 2008 at Oaks Park in Southeast Portland. Oaks Park is located at 7805 SE Oaks Park Way on the East end of the Sellwood Bridge. The registration desk opens at 9:30 a.m., the walk begins at 10:30 a.m. and the event concludes at noon. The cost is $12 per person, which includes the event tee shirt. On-line registration and pledge forms are available at www.autismwalkathon.com. The expected attendance is approximately 800 walkers with many children with autism

Article continues HERE

Review  AUTISM STATE RANKINGS GRAPH  for the year 2008-2009

A sad true read written by someone who has Autism called:
MY NAME IS AUTISM by Omri Fiman/Marty Murphy

When I heard Rich Owen's song "Don't Give Up On Me"  I cried because it is what my husband Chris and I are going through.

I was so inspired by his song, that I created this music video of our Twin boys lives showing them growing up through the years.

A BIG THANK YOU to Rich Owen for writing/singing this beautiful song and allowing me to use his song to create this video.
Every time this video is viewed, it generates a donation towards "Autism Speaks" Charity.

Video called: You're Not Alone
Music: "Don't Give Up On Me" by RICH OWEN

(click on FULL SCREEN button if you are unable to read the text)

Read more about this video on "FIVE FOR FIGHTING" Web site HERE

See the LONG VERSION of this video which includes a few short live videos in the beginning - How Cameron interacted with us easily before he started to slip away from us just before he turned 3 years old. Then after the music video ends, you see Cameron singing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" while trying to balance on his "tippy toes" from Oct 17 2007. Then the twins say "Goodbye" View the LONG VERSION HERE

View my page on Families of Autistic kids

This video below shows what WE are also going through:

The lack of help, support, insurance problems and more - it's a nightmare!

Every time this video is viewed, it generates a donation towards "Autism Speaks" Charity

Change Her World

Read more about this video (and the comments in response) HERE

Autism - HOPE After Diagnoses

In the video:
You hear from parents and their autistic children.  There is HOPE, HOWEVER, many can not afford "hope" for our children.
So we rely on ourselves as insurance does NOT cover the much needed therapies.
And we depend on the "over worked" public school system that is now crowded with these children.
Also watch this video called: WAKING UP BAXTER
Seriously...what is wrong with our US health care system?!  What is wrong with our country?! Why are we allowing insurance and pharmaceutical companies to drain the peon paid average citizen dry? We've paid for medical / health insurance month after month, year after year, and RARELY ever use it but when we need it for our son Cameron, we're told "There is no cure for Autism" 
I replied "Well there is no absolute cure for AIDS, Cancer or Diabetes but you cover and allow treatments for them!

Autism will soon become the most common disability in the United States!
Shouldn't this be addressed?! 
We are a powerful, compassionate NATION, and we send our young to fight for a war ALL based on FALSE pretenses and LIES, while killing and disabling many of our own!!! We are spending TRILLIONS of dollars on this God forsaken LIE for a war in Iraq, yet we
What has happened to our country and our priorities?!

There may not be full recognition, support, or a cure for Autism in my son's lifetime,
but HOPEFULLY for future generations there will be!


A cool TV Ad I caught on the History channel 02/14/2008, regarding
"What Kind of World Do YOU Want?"
Visit HERE for more info on this ad and CREATE YOUR OWN video!
Share what kind of world YOU want!

NJVaccinationChoice.org - NJ Coalition for Vaccination Choice (NJ CVC) - Working to repeal mandates for Sept. 2008 and to pass a NJ law for Conscientious Exemption from Mandatory Vaccinations.

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