Kelli just wrapped up a workshop at the 2014 Quadrennial Women’s Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) on how your congregation can be more welcoming to families with special needs children. It was a great group and great conversation. If you would like to view the presentation she used — including the example video and resource handout — visit our Autism and the Church page.
I just had to share this one. Stephen Colbert (basically one of my pop heroes) took the anti-vaccination movement to the mattresses. Watch his interview with Paul Offit, Professor of Vaccinology, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Modern medicine: 1; anti-vaccination wackos: 0;
I’m a very auditory learner. I’ve always loved to listen and paint images in my head. I’m an avid patron of talk radio and don’t often listen to music in the car, favoring instead the funny story, current news or an interview on “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.” (If I had a dollar for every “driveway moment” experienced while listening to NPR then I’d be a wealthy man and wouldn’t need you to click the ads on our web site…. *hint* *hint*….)
That being the case, I have noticed an increase in sensitivity to the acoustics within my surroundings. The smallest noises are starting to create anxiety. I recently had the wonderful experience of participating in a production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” The cast was great, the orchestra was great, the crew was great. But there were several occasions during rehearsals where all the noise – the talking, the instruments, the singing, the choir – would simply get the best of me and the only remedy was to find a quiet spot to calm down. Even tonight, in my own living room, the noise was overwhelming. Between Melanie’s TV show, Michaela reading her homework out loud, Kelli watching something on her computer… it was just too much! I felt like I couldn’t filter it out. I even tried to distract myself with a game on my phone – didn’t work. I finally had retreat to the upstairs and decided to write this post. (more…)
Author’s note: I am sick and tired of “experts” and anti-vaccination wackos’ attempts at forcing a non-existing link between the MMR vaccination and autism. If you are one of the aforementioned evangelists of improper childhood care then please keep reading so I can throw a ton of references into your field of view in an attempt educate your sorely misinformed fear.
I originally wrote this article, read it, then re-wrote it as I realized how “mad” I sounded. The lines above were kept as I wanted to convey my personal and extreme frustration with the irresponsible spread of misinformation regarding links to MMR vaccinations and autism. If you are one doubting the saftey and benefits of vaccinations, please read this. A quick legal note: I’m not a doctor – I’m a parent. Always consult your pediatrician or family doctor on proper medical planning for your children.
This is a big “thank you” to one of our favorite brewhouses, The Oaken Barrel. Already a favorite of Kelli and I’s, the manager on duty and the wait staff the night of October 4, 2013, made us love the place even more. Allow me to explain:
Kelli’s parents planned to spend a couple of weeks in Arizona and wanted to have dinner with us before they departed. We decided to occupy one of our favorite spots located a short drive from our house. Since it was a Friday night we thought it would be a good idea to make a reservation. Kelli called the restaurant and the person that answered seemed a bit confused when asked about reserving a table. “One moment while I get my manager.” A minute later, the manager comes on the phone and kindly explains they normally don’t take reservations but they would do their best to get us seated promptly when we arrive.