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  • Ten Ways to Make Your Church Autism-Friendly

    10/01/2014 6:11:01 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 17 replies
    Faith Street ^ | April 23, 2014 | Ann Memmott
    With 1 in 68 people on the autism spectrum, most churches will encounter a number of people of various ages and backgrounds who are autistic. I am autistic and a Christian, and my faith is a very important part of my life. As a child, I had little use of language and was very “typically autistic.” But as an adult, I learned to use language, and now I teach churches worldwide about autism. I work with leaders from the Church of England, and I wrote their national autism guidelines at the request of the Bishop of Oxford, the Right Reverend...
  • Cops identify people behind ice bucket prank on autistic teen

    09/09/2014 4:58:22 PM PDT · by Morgana · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | Holly Yan and Marlena Baldacci
    (CNN) -- Police have identified those involved in an incident in which the ice bucket challenge trend was used to trick an autistic teenager into being drenched with a bucket of urine, feces and spit. Authorities are not yet releasing the names, and are not discussing potential charges as the investigation is not yet complete, said Bay Village, Ohio, Police Chief Mark Spaetzel.
  • Dad’s dance with wheelchair-bound daughter makes us cry, smile

    06/22/2014 5:55:07 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 4 replies
    yahoo ^ | 6/20 | Nadine Kalinauskas
    Brace yourself. This father-daughter dance is about to do some serious tugging of the heartstrings. When McKenzie Michelle Carey was 18 months old, she was diagnosed with Mitochondrial disease, a life-threatening illness that damages the cells of the brain, heart, liver, skeletal muscles, and the endocrine and respiratory systems. There is no known cure. While she isn't paralyzed, 12-year-old McKenzie can't walk or speak. "We are her voice and her legs," her mother, Tammy Carey, tells WTVR. Her disease, while limiting in many ways, doesn't stop McKenzie from performing in pageants. "Pageants give her the same opportunity as other children,"...
  • Autistic Student’s Father Attacks Son’s Bully On Richmond School Bus

    06/01/2014 11:10:00 AM PDT · by Morgana · 53 replies
    cbs ^ | Joe Vazquez
    RICHMOND (KPIX) — A father followed his 9-year-old autistic son onto the school bus Friday morning and attacked his son’s bully, said Richmond Police Lt. Mark Gagan. Burnis Hurd, 44, is charged with 273 D, which is child abuse and corporal injury to a child. He is in jail on $50,000 bond. After they boarded the bus, the son pointed out an 11 year old boy who had been bullying the 9-year old, Gagan said.
  • Great in Uniform: Israeli Army Program for Special Needs Young Adults

    05/14/2014 6:01:54 PM PDT · by Piranha · 16 replies
    You Tube ^ | 04/30/2014 | Unknown
    No body of thread; this is a You Tube Video
  • Abuse of special needs kids caught on hidden camera (video)

    04/23/2014 4:20:30 PM PDT · by blueyon · 12 replies
    WVEC.com ^ | 4/23/14 | WXIA
    One concerned teacher took matters into her own hands after she says the school's principle and district leaders ignored her concerns. She placed hidden cameras in a special needs classroom, and the abuse she caught was extremely disturbing.
  • Caught On Cell Phone: LA Cop Punches Special Needs Girl In The Face On A Bus!

    01/19/2014 9:12:26 AM PST · by DariusBane · 196 replies
    Liveleak.com ^ | 01/19/2014 | Mr. Lunk
    A Metro passenger used his cell phone's video camera to capture a confrontation between a woman and two LA County sheriff's deputies on a bus in Bellflower.
  • Sarah Palin: A momma grizzly with a heart of gold

    12/18/2013 1:33:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Live Action News ^ | December 18, 2013 | Caleb Parke
    Sarah Palin may have launched a book tour promoting Good Tidings and Great Joy this Christmas season, but more importantly, she is promoting what she calls, “the greatest joy” – children with special needs. As she meets with ordinary Americans all across the heartland, Palin makes a point to connect with families who have children with special needs. It has been five years since Palin promised those families on national television, “I pledge to you that…you have a friend, an advocate, in the White House.” Well, she may not be in the White House, but she has certainly reached out...
  • The Class Photo that Broke a Mother’s Heart

    06/17/2013 5:42:11 PM PDT · by grundle · 350 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | June 17, 2013
    What is wrong with this picture? It's one of those things that you don't get, until you get it. Unless you are eternally empathetic, you look at this photo and don't see much wrong at all. To Anne Belanger, mother of Miles, the photo is unbearable to look at. When the class portrait for her son's Grade 2 class came home, she opened it excitedly, and immediately shoved it back in the envelope. She couldn't look at it. It broke her heart. Anne's son, Miles, has Spinal Muscular Atrophy. At the age of 13 months, his parents were told that...
  • Conservative Confronts Maher Over Trig Palin Slur, Sarah Hopes Kids Kick Maher’s ‘White Wimpy A*s’

    06/12/2013 9:33:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Mediaite ^ | June 12, 2013 | Evan McMurry
    In a recent stand-up performance, Bill Maher made a crack about Trig Palin, Sarah Palin’s special needs child. He got heard—first by a conservative writer, and then by Sarah Palin herself. Ron Futrell, a former sportscaster and contributor for Breitbart, says Maher referred to Palin’s youngest child Trig as “retarded.” Futrell has a special needs child himself, and has interviewed Palin in the past about their shared challenges. He was appalled, not only at Maher’s word choice, but the audience’s uproarious reaction. Futrell later began heckling the comic over a Halliburton reference: I was in the back of the room...
  • Slate writer: I would have aborted my son if I had known of his disability

    03/01/2012 2:44:38 PM PST · by NYer · 47 replies · 8+ views
    Life Site News ^ | February 29, 2012 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    Emily Rapp and her son, Ronan, who has Tay-Sachs disease. February 29, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A writer and mother has challenged Rick Santorum’s stance against abortion by explaining that she would have certainly aborted her son if she had known of his disability and attendant suffering before he was born. “I’m so grateful that Ronan is my child,” Emily Rapp wrote in her column appearing in Slate magazine. “I also wish he’d never been born; no person should suffer in this way.” Santorum, who has used his GOP presidential campaign to question abortion, contraception and the fallout from the sexual...
  • Md. mom who killed son agonized over school costs

    08/08/2011 4:32:11 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 46 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 8, 2011 | Eric Tucker
    Ben Barnhard finally had reason to be optimistic this summer: The 13-year-old shed more than 100 pounds at a rigorous weight-loss academy, a proud achievement for a boy who had endured classmates' taunts about his obesity and who had sought solace in the quiet of his bedroom, with his pet black cat and the intricate origami designs he created. But one month before school was to start for the special-needs teen, his mother, psychiatrist Margaret Jensvold, shot him in the head, then killed herself. Officers found their bodies Tuesday in the bedrooms of their home in Kensington, Md., an upper-middle...
  • TSA Admits ‘Bad Judgment’ After Disabled Man Subjected to Airport Pat-Down

    06/11/2011 5:47:45 PM PDT · by Mrs. Frogjerk · 70 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | June 10, 2011 | FoxNews.com
    A Detroit father said agents with the Transportation Security Administration singled out his special-needs son for a pat-down while the family was headed to Disney World, MyFoxDetroit.com reported, an incident that the TSA admitted was a “case of bad judgment.” David Mandy said agents at Detroit Metro Airport took his son Drew, 29, and asked him about the padding underneath his pants, which turned out to be adult diapers. Drew, who is severely mentally disabled, had trouble understanding the agents’ orders because his family said he has the mental capacity of a 2-year-old. When the father tried to intervene and...
  • Sarah Palin emails: An outpouring of support after Trig's birth

    06/11/2011 1:40:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | June 11, 2011 | Christine Mai-Duc
    In the days after her son Trig was born, Sarah Palin received an outpouring of support and well wishes, many from other parents of children with Down syndrome. Most notable among these was Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), whose son Cole was born with Down syndrome. "The hardest part is hearing the news and getting your arms around a new reality," she wrote in an intimate email. "However, you quickly develop new hopes and dreams for your son." McMorris Rodgers invited Palin to call her if she ever wanted to talk. "I can testify to the 'unspeakable joy' of raising...
  • Please help me help a friend with a special needs son named Will.

    05/06/2011 10:59:46 PM PDT · by V.Foster · 5 replies
    Please help me help a friend. He has a special needs son. IF YOU HAVE A FACEBOOK ACCOUNT you can help. Friends, please take just a second and vote for our friends, the Daleys. They need the prize earnings to help pay for expensive therapy for their special needs son. Click on the link to vote every 24 hours until midnight Mothers Day: Her name is Carol Daley http://apps.facebook.com/mostdeservingmom/contests/99987/voteable_entries/20455596?ogn=facebook&order=recency . Contest safe-done by Destin, FL Convention/Visitors Bureau. Thanks! Thanks so much for all of your support in this contest! Sorry to keep bugging you, but we really need to win...
  • Palin's Alabama-bound (Fundraiser for charity)

    04/06/2011 3:26:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Sarah Palin is heading to Alabama early next month to raise money for a group dedicated to helping those with physical or mental challenges. The Exception Foundation of Baldwin County is hosting Palin for a May 3 fundraiser, the group announced Wednesday. A Palin aide did not immediately respond to confirm the details of the event. In advertising the event, the group highlighted Palin's personal attachment to the issue - pointing to her son Trig, who suffers from Down syndrome. "Governor Palin's youngest son Trig was born with Down syndrome and she has kindly agreed to help us launch fundraising...
  • Sarah Palin scheduled to visit Baldwin County for fundraiser

    03/02/2011 8:35:39 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Mobile Press-Register ^ | March 2, 2011 | Guy Busby
    POINT CLEAR, Alabama -- 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will make her first Mobile Bay area visit May 3 when she addresses supporters of the Exceptional Foundation at a fundraiser at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, organization supporters said. The foundation is being established to help special needs children and adults in Baldwin County, Bob Callahan Sr., foundation board president, said. Palin, whose son Trig was born with Down syndrome, agreed to speak after being contacted, he said. "This is something that is near and dear to her heart —children and adults with special...
  • The Democrats' Economic Attack On Families of Special Needs Children

    07/07/2010 9:26:10 PM PDT · by RavenATB · 62 replies · 1+ views
    Americans For Tax Relief ^ | 1 July 2010 | Ryan Ellis
    Take a look at what the coming tax increases do to families of children with special needs…
  • Palin: Health care overhaul to hurt special needs

    06/29/2010 9:04:19 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 11 replies
    AJC ^ | Tuesday June 29, 2010 | GREG BLUESTEIN
    The federal medical care overhaul would limit contributions to health savings accounts and raise insurance costs for people including those with special needs, former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said at a fundraiser Tuesday for developmentally disabled children. She warned that new rules aiming to raise $13 billion by limiting contributions to flexible spending accounts amount to a "hefty tax hike" for families of special needs children struggling with health care costs. And she said families will wind up with fewer care options. "Our insurance and our care choices will be diminished by this new program," she said to...
  • Troops bring gifts to summer camp [orphans and special-needs children]

    06/15/2010 2:37:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 144+ views
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | Pfc. Adrian Muehe, USA
    DIYALA — U.S. Soldiers here recently donated soccer balls and school supplies to the Baqubah Summer Camp for Kids, a program designed for orphans and special-needs children organized by the Red Crescent, the Middle East’s equivalent of the Red Cross. Lt. Col. Mitch Rambin, commander of 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, gives colored pencils to children at the Summer Camp for Kids in Baqubah, Iraq, June 9, 2010. Soldiers from 5/20 were at the camp delivering soccer balls and school supplies donated by elementary schools in America. U.S. Army photo by Pfc....
  • Sarah Palin Is One Tough Mother

    02/17/2010 3:45:53 AM PST · by Scanian · 13 replies · 621+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | February 17, 2010 | Robin of Berkeley
    Sarah Palin is dismissed by both the Left and the Right as a lightweight. She's supposedly wet behind the ears because she's rarely traveled abroad or served as a privileged United States senator, which consists mostly of ordering lackeys around. Of course, Palin is way too pretty (and a non-Ivy-Leaguer besides) to have an I.Q. anywhere near Obama's. It's astonishing what these critics continually ignore: that Palin is a mom -- not once, but five times over. How can this inconvenient truth be so easily dismissed? Five children -- count them -- including a special-needs boy with Down Syndrome.
  • C4P: Video - Governor Palin on O'Reilly Tonight( defends Tea Party)

    02/16/2010 8:30:21 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 53 replies · 1,394+ views
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | Tuesday February 16, 2010
    The current polls are indeed pointless useless, she gets better and better on a daily basis, just think how good she'll be by this time next year. She'll kill on interviews, debates and speeches. The best part of it is that she knows it too! http://www.conservatives4palin.com/2010/02/governor-palin-on-oreilly-tonight.html
  • Sarah Palin should beward (sic) of exploiting her youngest child (Queen of Quislings Alert)

    02/12/2010 9:56:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies · 1,105+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | February 14, 2010 | Kathleen Parker
    A hurdle familiar to any mother is learning to view her baby as separate from herself. How many of us have answered questions about our babies in first-person plural? -- How old is your baby? -- Oh, we're 22 months now. Well, no, we're not; he is. Yet we nod in universal understanding of the profound sense of oneness that evolves in part from pregnancy. For nine months, mother and baby are inextricably "we" -- linked in body and spirit, every move and morsel belonging to both. These thoughts surfaced during Sarah Palin's latest public scolding of someone who spoke...
  • Sarah Palin To Anyone That Would Like To Help: Congratulations, Friendship Circle!

    01/24/2010 5:30:50 PM PST · by MaxCUA · 1 replies · 298+ views
    Congratulations to Friendship Circle for being a Chase Community Giving award recipient! Friendship Circle is a beautiful non-profit organization that creates meaningful friendships between children who have special needs and teenage volunteers. In Michigan, the Friendship Circle has a beautiful one-of-a-kind center called LifeTown. Its main feature is a life-like village with all kinds of realistic stores for individuals who have special needs where they can be prepared to integrate into society and where thousands of volunteers can learn to appreciate the beauty of these special souls. You can learn more about Friendship Circle and support their work by visiting...
  • After lifetime of problems, blind foster child gets her sight -- and a family

    01/03/2010 9:30:17 AM PST · by Dubya · 11 replies · 1,017+ views
    STAR-TELEGRAM ^ | MELODY McDONALD
    GODLEY — As with all their children, Deahl and Patti Rooks pray daily for their 14-year-old foster daughter, Serenity. Not only was Serenity abused and neglected, she was born with a genetic disorder that left her with a cleft palate, no tear ducts, few teeth, and only three fingers on each hand and two toes on each foot. She also was legally blind and partially deaf. In their prayers, the Rookses have asked God to protect Serenity; to help her through various surgeries; and to keep kids from picking on her. But never have they prayed for Serenity to regain...
  • Deaf Student Asks Sen. McCaskill to Vote "No" on ObamaCare - Video 7/27/09

    07/29/2009 5:00:11 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 14 replies · 654+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | July 29, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of a deaf student at a Health Care Town Hall Meeting urging Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri to "vote no" because the bill is not good for people with disabilities. The young explained that the bill would place people like himself in a category that would be deemed "too expensive" for the care they need, and would likely lead to a rationing of care for folks with special needs. . . . . (Watch Video)
  • Arrest made in Florida couple's slayings (sick =had 16 kids, 12 adopted spec. needs)

    07/12/2009 3:14:49 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 10 replies · 1,850+ views
    cnn ^ | 7-12-09
    Authorities have made an arrest in the killings of a Gulf Coast couple known for adopting special-needs children, a sheriff's spokesman said Sunday. Byrd and Melanie Billings are seen surrounded by their children. Investigators announced Saturday night that two people were being questioned in the killings of Byrd and Melanie Billings, who were found dead in their Beulah, Florida, home Thursday night. Sgt. Ted Roy, a spokesman for the Escambia County Sheriff's Office, told CNN that one person had been arrested Sunday afternoon. Eight children found in the Billings home were unharmed and were being cared for by relatives at...
  • Governor Sarah Palin Named Honoree for IGHL Gala

    05/13/2009 1:00:29 PM PDT · by euram · 1 replies · 502+ views
    ighl.org ^ | 05-13-09 | IGHL
    Celebrating IGHL’s third decade of service, the 30th Anniversary IGHL Foundation Gala scheduled for June 7 at Flowerfield in Saint James will honor Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska. Governor Palin is a mother who has set a fine example on the national stage for families having children with developmental disabilities. As a mother with a Down Syndrome child, Governor Palin has become a symbol to families who are coping with their own children’s special needs. These families look to leaders such as Governor Palin for compassionate attention to the educational and therapeutic programs that are improving their own youngsters chances...
  • [Governor Sarah] Palin Still Attending Indiana Fundraiser

    04/05/2009 11:45:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 1,273+ views
    MSNBC ^ | April 1, 2009 | Norah O'Donnell
    Sarah Palin's dinner date with Republicans in Washington may be off, but she's still planning a political trip in two weeks to Indiana to attend a Right to Life fundraiser. Her political travel is likely to raise new questions. Her spokeswoman said she would not commit to a Senate-House GOP dinner in June because she was focused on Alaska state business -- not politics. On April 16, Palin will be attending the Vanderburgh County Right to Life dinner in Evansville, IN, as well as a breakfast the next day for S.M.I.L.E., a nonprofit organization for people with family members who...
  • Palin with Special Needs Boy Pic

    10/29/2008 6:34:01 AM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 12 replies · 1,678+ views
    Free-Lance Star, Fredericksburg VA newspaper staff photo ^ | 28 October 2008 | Free-Lance Star Fredericksburg VA
    Thumbnails:         Vanity: Sarah Palin believes special needs children are a "gift from God." The little fella in these three photos sat on the shoulders or lap of one of his older brothers during most of the Sarah Palin rally at Hurkamp Park in Fredericksburg, Virginia, on 27 October. It is such a joy to see a family filled with love and care. These three thumbnails are from the Free-Lance Star of Fredericksburg VA. The larger photos are protected from direct linking, so here is a link to the html page of one of the three. http://freelancestar.mycapture.com/mycapture/enlarge.asp?image=20999077&event=623455&CategoryID=43426&picnum=4&move=B#Image
  • I JUST MET SARAH PALIN

    10/24/2008 7:58:04 AM PDT · by RayBob · 79 replies · 3,807+ views
    Raybob | 10/24/08 | Raybob
    I just got back from an invitation only event with Governor Palin in Pittsburgh, PA this morning. She was announcing the McCain Palin pollicy regarding special needs kids. They will fully fund the federal mandates of IDEA and work to improve programs for special needs kids. I got to meet her and shake her hand. I also got to see her in action... she was incredible with these special needs kids. She took time to talk to them, not just pose for a quick pic and move on. I laft after about 45 minutes after she ended her speech and...
  • Your spirit-lifter of the day

    10/16/2008 9:43:56 PM PDT · by hecht · 10 replies · 550+ views
    Your spirit-lifter of the day By Michelle Malkin • October 16, 2008 10:13 PM There is something very special about this woman, and I pity the detractors on the left and the right who don’t appreciate it. Get a tissue before you click: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/27183176#27183176 Flashback: See Roger Baumgarten’s beautiful photos at a Lancaster rally. Related: Outrageous. Disabled man and family say he was forced to vote for Obama… There are allegations of voter fraud, as a Dougherty County family claims the vote of a mentally challenged relative was stolen. They say the adult day rehab program where Jack Justice attends...
  • Video - Sweet Sarah - pays special attention to those with special needs

    10/16/2008 10:29:30 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 48 replies · 1,269+ views
    Video ~~ Sarah Palin pays special attention to special needs children and their parents. (Grab a tissue ;)
  • There she goes again; Sarah Palin speaks to a special base (A Positive MSNBC video on Palin??)

    10/16/2008 11:54:15 AM PDT · by pissant · 13 replies · 1,388+ views
    LA Times/MSNBC ^ | 10/16/08 | Andrew Malcom
    There she goes again; Sarah Palin speaks to a special base Much has been made in recent weeks of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's network interviews with some in the media. John McCain called it "gotcha" journalism. Funny how Palin does this MSNBC network interview with Savannah Guthrie and gets caught doing something else. But no one points out this interview as proof of anything bad. Watch and judge for for yourself what it says. Maybe you know others who'd like to judge too. Send them this link here. And for a photo of Palin and Trig, click the Read more...
  • Paying Special Attention to Special Needs (NBC news Sarah Palin story)

    10/14/2008 7:37:58 PM PDT · by mockingbyrd · 23 replies · 1,233+ views
    NBC News ^ | 10/14/2008
    A report from NBC news on Sarah Palin's other fans.
  • Palin's Pitch to Parents of Disabled Raises Some Doubts

    09/08/2008 4:14:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 75 replies · 672+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 8, 2008 | JUNE KRONHOLZ
    Little Trig Palin prompted more than delegate coos when he joined his mother on stage at the Republican convention. He also raised new questions among parents whose children have disabilities. Was Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin simply including her 5-month-old son, who has Down syndrome, in a big family moment, or was she exploiting him in a tight presidential campaign? Would he help break down social barriers facing children with Down syndrome, or would those children now be drawn into the right-to-life debate? Getty Images Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's son Trig joined her on stage with her husband, Todd, at the...
  • Parents of Special-Needs Children Divided Over Palin’s Promise to Help

    09/06/2008 7:30:53 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 49 replies · 289+ views
    New York Times ^ | 9/6/08 | JENNIFER STEINHAUER and AMY HARMON
    Amid the barbs and hockey banter Wednesday night, Gov. Sarah Palin directed an emotional appeal to the hearts of millions of parents with children who have special needs, promising they would “have a friend and advocate in the White House” in a McCain-Palin administration. Palin’s offer of friendship sparked hope in many parents, advocates and lawyers as the often-marginalized subject of disabilities rights took center stage. ****** Ms. Palin’s effort to rally parents of children with disabilities has also prompted reaction among those who fear that her idea of advocacy might really mean preventing abortions of fetuses with Down syndrome,...
  • Sally Quinn Also Has A Special Need Child

    09/06/2008 8:42:59 AM PDT · by Frustrated NJ Conservative · 30 replies · 126+ views
    Wik
    This is my first post so I hope it was done correctly. This has to be worst case of hypocrisy by a liberal that I have ever seen, after harshly criticizing Governor Palin for accepting the VP nomination from McCain because she has a special needs child and would not be able to properly care for him and also be the Vice President, I find it interesting that Ms.Quinn has a special needs child and I believe was also a working mother (see below from wikipedia). Quinn is married to Benjamin C. Bradlee, the former editor of the Washington Post,...
  • 6-Year-Old Autistic Student Criminally Charged After Alleged Assault

    09/23/2007 7:43:27 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 794 replies · 1,577+ views
    WCPO.com ^ | September 23, 2007 | Lance Barry
    A six-year-old autistic boy has been charged criminally after an incident inside his school where he allegedly assaulted a teacher's aide. It's a story you saw first on 9News. The incident happened earlier this month at Taylor Elementary School in Brooksville, Ky., located in Bracken County. He is in kindergarten at Taylor Elementary, but 9News was told that due to his autism and other conditions, his mental capacity is the equivalent to a child half his age. But despite that condition and his age, it still hasn't stopped a school employee there from holding him accountable: criminally. Whether it's playing...
  • Why does the Bush family support the New World Order? (Answer, just to bug YOU)

    07/26/2006 8:55:18 AM PDT · by thetruthalwayshurts · 84 replies · 2,587+ views
    George W. Bush has talked openly about accomplishing the New World Order, which is a worldwide government that will lead to antichrist's rule and reign. In his Second Inaugural Address on January 20, 2005, President Bush said that he invaded Afghanistanand Iraq because he was attempting to complete an Ancient Plan based on an “Ancient Hope”, a Plan called the “New Order of the Ages”. His father, George Bush, while president, said on Sept 11th, 1990, that we are on the dawn of a "New World Order". That was 11 years TO THE DAY of 9/11/2001. Grandpa Bush, Prescott, was...
  • Sister's Keeper (tissue alert)

    03/25/2006 5:26:31 PM PST · by VeritatisSplendor · 2 replies · 328+ views
    Reader's Digest ^ | 3/2006 | Cathy Free
    "Where's Molly?" Jeff Daly asked his parents one gray spring afternoon in 1957. The six-year-old Jeff stood staring at the empty chair where his little sister usually sat. After a brief silence, Jeff's father answered, "Molly's not here anymore, but she's fine. It's nothing for you to worry about. Forget it and eat your supper." Over the next several months, when Jeff persisted in asking, "Where's Molly?" he was sent to his room. "She lives somewhere else now and she's happy," his mother firmly told him. "You're not to talk about this anymore." Nearly five decades later, on January 21,...
  • FAST EDDIE'S (RENDELL) DISABILITY TAX

    08/08/2005 11:52:49 AM PDT · by bluebeak · 3 replies · 529+ views
    Aboard.org ^ | 8/2005 | aboard
    Problem with Ed Rendell's "Disability tax" on families with special needs children. Medicaid Premiums for Families of Children with Disabilities Is it Fair & Will it Save Money? There are many unanswered questions about the fairness, workability and potential cost savings of Pennsylvania’s plan to require parents of children with disabilities with incomes above 200% of the national poverty level to pay a monthly premium for their child’s Medical Assistance coverage. We are concerned that the Legislature gave DPW the authority to implement its proposal without critical issues being resolved. Some of those questions and concerns are: Will the imposition...
  • Autistic Teenager Is Beaten by Deputies After Being Mistaken for a Prowler

    03/22/2005 11:01:40 AM PST · by Indy Pendance · 475 replies · 4,740+ views
    AP ^ | 3-22-05
    MOUNTAIN GATE, Calif. (AP) - An autistic teenager suffered a head injury and a broken elbow in a beating by three sheriff's deputies who mistook him for a prowler, authorities say. Pierre Cowell, a 17-year-old who does not speak, had wandered from his home early Friday. A neighbor, who did not recognize him, called 911 after seeing him outside her home about 2 a.m., Capt. Tom Bosenko said Monday. The woman became alarmed when she heard the doorknob jiggling, he said. As three deputies approached the house, Cowell ran toward them and bumped one of them, Bosenko said. When Cowell...
  • Goodwyn Mother Claims Teacher Hit Son with Broomstick

    02/26/2005 9:28:53 AM PST · by deepFR · 9 replies · 520+ views
    WWW.wsfa.com ^ | Feb 26, 2005, 12:24 AM EST | Reporter: Chris Holmes
    It's one of the rarest occurances in public schools; teachers committing violence against students. But a Montgomery mother says her fifteen year old special needs son is a victim twice over; once when a teacher hit him with a broom stick, and a second time as the target of intimidation. It's been a month since Veronica McDaniel first claimed teacher Felix Tyre hit her son in the head with a broomstick at Goodwyn Junior High. Since then, she says the 15 year old has gotten scared. "He is afraid of him. He really doesn't want to go to school there....
  • An Open Letter to Islamic Organizations in America (Needs to be shouted out loud more often!)

    12/08/2004 9:26:15 AM PST · by CHARLITE · 53 replies · 2,661+ views
    AUGUSTA FREE PRESS.COM ^ | DECEMBER 8, 2004 | D.C. WATSON
    Relations ... the very word gives one the positive mindset of working as a team to accomplish established goals. Throughout the past 228 years, Americans have fought through their own differences of opinion to achieve great successes for this nation. What myself, and tens of millions of others, are interested in knowing is your interpretation of the term relation. Webster's defines it as "an aspect or quality (as resemblance) that connects two or more things or parts as being or belonging or working together." This column wasn't created to accuse Muslim organizations of having ties to terrorist networks. That issue...
  • New Voters: Powerful and Mysterious? (registering people with developmental disabilities)

    10/14/2004 11:42:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies · 940+ views
    Burke Connection, VA ^ | October 14, 2004 | David Harrison
    FIRST-TIME VOTERS like Raput and Maples are emerging as the most mysterious and possibly the most crucial group of voters in this year’s hard-fought election. Over the summer, both campaigns mounted extensive voter registration efforts targeted primarily at young people who were either too young or too indifferent to cast a ballot in 2000. Registration drives have recruited absentee voters, immigrants who recently became citizens and, for the first time, people with developmental disabilities. That has led to record numbers of registered voters. In Fairfax County, 6,723 new voters registered in the month of September, according to the State Board...
  • Are We This Pro-Life?: Parenting Special-Needs Children

    10/05/2004 10:43:27 PM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 42 replies · 1,458+ views
    BreakPoint with Charles Colson ^ | 4 Oct 04 | Charles Colson
    Sharon’s prenatal ultrasound looked ominous. She knew others with similar ultrasounds who had delivered perfectly normal children, but all indications were that her child had Down Syndrome. He was one of those infants who typically wind up in the trash, either aborted or abandoned. Because of their worldview, however, Sharon and Burt Kettinger chose to keep the child. B. J. was a month premature, with two heart defects. Vital functions stopped three times in a twenty-four-hour period. He was hospitalized nearly five months. Surrounded by specialists, the parents soon found life very exhausting. Complicating it further were insurance challenges. A...
  • Therapist Charged With Beating Autistic Child, 4

    09/04/2004 8:15:35 AM PDT · by RepubMommy · 32 replies · 1,250+ views
    The Star Ledger ^ | Sept 4th, 2004 | Bill Swayze
    A therapist hired by a Long Hill Township couple to teach their 4-year-old autistic son in their home was charged with beating and sexually assaulting the boy after his parents secretly videotaped a session in their basement, Morris County authorities said yesterday. Christine Mischenko, a 23-year-old Middletown behavior therapist working with the boy since January 2003, is charged with kicking and punching the boy in the head, shaking him by the ears, lifting him off the floor by his hair and squeezing and pulling the boy's genitals, Morris County Prosecutor Michael Rubbinaccio said.
  • IDEA and school discipline

    02/25/2003 10:17:02 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 1 replies · 227+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, February 26, 2003
    <p>The landmark No Child Left Behind education bill signed into law by President Bush last January left untouched one of the most troubled federal programs serving the nation's schools: the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). With Congress and the administration unable to reach agreement on overhauling IDEA, which serves 6 million children, Mr. Bush created the Commission on Excellence in Special Education, chaired by former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad. In July, following months of public hearings across the country, the Branstad panel came back with a lengthy report recommending changes to IDEA. Unfortunately, the report — like those by earlier panels that attempted to improve the program — failed to provide any real guidance on ways to deal with disabled students who are violent and engage in criminal behavior.</p>
  • Poverty explains black kids' higher disabilities rate

    03/10/2003 2:58:12 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies · 344+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 3-10-03 | LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer
    <p>CHICAGO (AP) --  Disabling chronic health conditions are more prevalent and have risen at a faster rate in black children than in whites nationwide, a disparity largely explained by poverty, a study suggests.</p> <p>The results are based on annual national health surveys from 1979 to 2000 that asked parents whether their children had chronic ailments that interfered with daily life. Data on 419,843 children were analyzed, including 22,758 identified by their parents as having a disability.</p>