Federal Government to Fund “Voluntary Tracking Devices” for Autistic Children and Adults with Alzheimer’s

I originally posted the following information and commentary onto my Facebook wall…

Federal lawmakers approved a $1.3 trillion spending package this month to fund the government through September, which includes increases for several disability-related programs. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Federal Budget Boosts Special Ed Funding, Addresses Autism Wandering:

(Michelle Diament) A $1.3 trillion government spending package will aid those with disabilities who wander while increasing special education funding and tackling restraint and seclusion in schools, among other issues.

The legislation signed by President Donald Trump late last week funds the federal government through September.

(Read entire article here…)

My Commentary: The State will now be funding “voluntary tracking devices,” which will be available to “vulnerable children with autism or adults with Alzheimer’s who are at risk of wandering.” So… how long before “voluntary” becomes “mandatory”?

April is Autism Acceptance Month!

I originally posted the following information and commentary onto my Facebook wall…

“Autism Acceptance Month:
Acceptance is an Action.”

April is Autism Acceptance Month! Check out some resources on the topic, from The Autistic Self Advocacy Network!


Support the Autistic Self Advocacy Network!

I originally posted the following information and commentary onto my Facebook wall…

ThinkGeek Supports Neurodiversity! Purchase your t-shirt here!

ThinkGeek Supports Neurodiversity! Purchase your t-shirt here!

April Donations: ASAN and the Neurodiversity Shirt:

(Thinkgeek.comNeurodiversity means that we love you for your brains–only not the way zombies love brains.

So we’re going a step further than Autism Awareness Month this April to celebrate cranial diversity.

To commemorate our appreciation of what makes you you, autistic or not, we’ve worked with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network to create our neurodiversity shirt, and 100% of the proceeds from the month of April will go to ASAN. That makes ASAN our $1,000 monthly donation charity for April, though we should exceed the $1,000 threshold.

(Read entire article here…)

My Commentary: Shoutout to ThinkGeek for supporting The Autistic Self Advocacy Network during this year during “Autism Awareness Month,” rather than the fraudsters at “Autism Speaks“! The world is finally beginning to understand! “Nothing about us without us!”

Tax Returns Speak VOLUMES for “Autism Speaks”:

Neurodiversity: The Spice of Life!

I originally posted the following artwork I created, along with statement, onto my Facebook wall…

"Neurodiversity: the Spice of Life!"

“Neurodiversity: the Spice of Life!”

Today marks the fifth annual World Autism Day, while April is also National Autism Awareness month!

Time for me to promote Neurodiversity Awareness and Acceptance through Autistic Self-Advocacy! I created the art above a few weeks ago. 🙂 Feel free to share it!

If you’d like to wear it, as well:

Debating About Changes to Autistic Spectrum Diagnoses in the New DSM-V

The following debate originally took place on my Facebook wall, upon my post, “Estimates Indicate Redefinition of Autism Within Fifth Edition of DSM Manual Will Significantly Affect Diagnosis Numbers“…

Estimated Changes from DSM-IV to DSM-V

Estimated Changes from DSM-IV to DSM-V

Rayn: According to three separate research estimates, under the proposals of the new DSM V, due out in 2013, up to 75% of those previously diagnosed as having Aspergers Syndrome will no longer qualify as being on the Autistic Spectrum, as well as up to 85% of those with PDD-NOS

Redefining Autism:

Jessica G.: So much fear mongering. So much. The research was based off of old guidelines, and old articles. The core of autism isn’t being changed at all. I’ve posted lengthy discussions on this already, people need to not worry so much.

Rayn:  whole thing has been COMPLETELY POLITICIZED, through and through. To begin, the Autistic Spectrum doesn’t really belong in the DSM, in the first place! It is a neurological condition, not a mental illness! (I wrote about this in my 2009 blog on the topic).

Second, few are discussing the impact that fully dropping the terms “Asperger’s syndrome” and “PDD-NOS” from medical jargon will have on the autistic community. Many strongly identify with the aforementioned phrases, personally, and among their peers, so they will not want see them go. Much of Autistic cuture is based around them, and large numbers will fight hard to keep them alive. Even more will battle against the next logical step for neurotypical society: ever-increasing popular usage of the degrading, inappropriate eugenicist phrases, “high-functioning” and “low-functioning” to distinguish Autistic individuals from each other. This will result in a large backlash from the Autistic community. Also, if you’ll note, with the new terminology, Asperger’s SYNDROME will now officially become a DISORDER, too – something that will not be embraced by all parties, either! And, of course, the very presence of the new definition within the DSM, much like the old ones it now covers, still implies the ridiculous notion that a “cure” is the always-desired route for a hard-wired neurological condition! Ha!

Finally, with the New York Times article referencing a sharp reduction of “skyrocketing” numbers of autistic diagnoses, this appears to be more about denial of available services than anything else!

Here are the proposed DSM-V changes:

There is a tab on that same link for DSM-IV definition for Autistic Disorder, so that you can read it right after. But, it can also be found here, as well:

Now, here is the DSM-IV definition of Asperger’s Syndrome:


As far as general symptoms go, you are correct, Jessica. The core definition for the new “Autistic Spectrum Disorder” in the DSM V combines most features of “Autistic Disorder,” “Asperger’s Syndrome,” and “PDD-NOS” in the DSM IV. However, let us not overlook the new and ominous criteria (D), requiring that the new list of “symptoms together limit and impair everyday functioning.” This factor will most assuredly effect the rate of diagnosis, by far, which will become fleeting for those individuals who are able to sucessfully manage their Autistic symptom within our neurotypical society! Like I said in the beginning: it’s POLITICS! And, the Autistic community is caught right in the middle, like always! (Click Here to Continue Reading This Post)