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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Meet Ian

 

Since I joined Ricochet, I’ve written often about my son. I’ve tended to refrain using his name for several years, but since you’ve heard so much about him, I thought it was about time that you finally met him.

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Fox News is reporting that a man with reported cognitive disabilities managed to get out of his seat on the Space Mountain roller coaster which is completely housed, while the ride was in progress: A Disneyland attraction was shut down after one park visitor jumped off mid-ride Tuesday afternoon, Disney confirmed to Fox News. More

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and and Greg Corombos of Radio America find themselves drowning in crazy martinis again today. They slap their foreheads as a new GOP congressman from Tennessee – who is also a doctor – appears to tell a constituent that he’s hesitant to accept the government’s denial that childhood vaccinations cause […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. A Collision at the Intersectionality

 

Time to put some flares down. Just a little something to infuriate you today. Saddleback College in south Orange County, CA (the same school my Autistic son attended for their Adult Transition Program) refuses to back down on its claim that Marcus Knight, an Autistic student with cerebral palsy who asked a female student for a fist bump and another for a selfie, violated the young women’s Title IX rights because they were essentially “inappropriate” (read: sexually intimidating) acts. The more you read this article, the angrier you may become (emphasis mine below).

The first incident occurred in the first week of September when Marcus was in the Student Services office and asked a female student working there if he could “fist bump” her. She agreed but soon filed a Title IX complaint.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Dealing With The Angry Autistic Child – It Ain’t Easy

 

A video has surfaced on FoxNews from Florida about an officer who was fired for his apparent mishandling of the unruly behavior of an Autistic boy in a school which prompted me to respond with the following.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Court Ruling on My Special Needs Son’s Voting Rights

 

UPDATE for my previous post: “A New Democratic Party Vote Mining Initiative?” We (my son, his caregiver and I) have just returned from the Probate Court where the judge ruled in my favor rescinding the voting rights for my speech-challenged (non-verbal) mentally-impaired Autistic son. When I checked in with the court clerk before proceedings began, she expressed shock that I would be challenging my son’s right to vote. I made it plain to her, and to the judge later, that the court investigator had submitted false and fabricated information to the court declaring that my son was not only verbal (when he is clearly not) but also that he had responded affirmatively to a question (that she never asked) about his desire to vote. When I made this declaration to the judge, he postponed discussion on the matter for about 45 minutes so he could quickly rule on some other cases while giving the public defender the opportunity to communicate with my son before making his ruling.

When it became clear to the public defender that my son was unresponsive to her questions and not establishing eye contact with her, she agreed that he was indeed not verbal. She also realized that she had a court inspector working for her office that was fabricating information, and asked for her name which I cheerfully gave her. Whether that inspector will be reprimanded or even brought before a court for perjury isn’t clear. The cynic in me believes that she may get her hand slapped and continue to go about her work. The next general conservatorship hearing on the status of my son and his care and well-being won’t be for another 3 years at which time another inspector will be sent to our home to interview me and my son. I will video that interview.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. BuzzFeed’s Bad Reporting, Obama’s Pathetic Speech, Trump & Vaccines

 

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America slam BuzzFeed, and to some extent CNN, for irresponsible reporting on alleged dirt that the Russians have on Donald Trump. They also rip Pres. Obama for his delusional farewell speech, including his patented move of urging Americans to understand one another while demonizing anyone who disagrees with him. And they wonder why Trump would meet with someone as loony as Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. on the issue of vaccines possibly causing autism.

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accountant-movieIt’s nice to pay for a movie and not be disappointed. I know that sounds odd, but in this day and age of Hollywood where more and more movies are created for foreign consumption, it is nice to be able to say it. Not only was I not disappointed–I actually enjoyed it.

I watched The Accountant starring Ben Affleck. Here are some more things to like. None of the characters are really unlikable, not even the bad guys. It doesn’t bash any group or take political shots—when it could. Even Ben Affleck’s character, a high functioning autistic, manages a small smile once in a while.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Autism and the Thomas Sowell You Haven’t Read

 

51CRJ5V7UfL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_Most people know Thomas Sowell from his political writing. I came by Thomas Sowell differently: My kids didn’t start talking until they were well past the age of three. During those non-verbal months, plenty of parents, teachers, doctors, and others suggested my twins were autistic. Sowell’s book, Late Talking Children, was a reasoned counterpoint to that suggestion, not to mention my lifeline to sanity.

This lengthy post (and it IS lengthy!) is for any parents or grandparents with little ones that don’t hit their growth milestones on time, raising the question of autism. I sincerely hope it helps.

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shutterstock_27901960Jeffrey Goldberg’s article last month in The Atlantic about the Obama administration’s disdain for Israel raised eyebrows with its now-infamous galline-related expletive. Analysts also highlighted a more substantial concern: that the administration was gloating that it had neutered Israel vis a vis Iran. But there was a third insult in the article as well, one that touched a certain group very deeply:

Over the years, Obama administration officials have described Netanyahu to me as recalcitrant, myopic, reactionary, obtuse, blustering, pompous, and “Aspergery.” (These are verbatim descriptions; I keep a running list.)

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The following are true stories. After a few days in pediatric ICU, the boy was transferred to the regular pediatric ward on the same floor of the hospital. His parents took turns sleeping at the hospital overnight with him. One evening when his mother was with him and after she had fallen asleep, the boy […]

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The following are true stories. The family lived in Orange County, California. The boy’s father had been working for a high-tech company with offices in Oregon; New Jersey; Vancouver, Canada; and Hong Kong. His father had traveled frequently to each of these locations and to Denver, Phoenix, Seattle, San Jose, Las Vegas, mainland China and […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Slugs and a Mother’s Joy — D.C. McAllister

 

I was in the kitchen cooking dinner when my iPhone rang. It was my son from college. I answered, and his face filled the screen, framed by gaming posters and a chart of the Periodic Table in the background. “Hi Mom,” he said.

“What’s up?” I asked a bit distractedly as I sliced a yellow tomato for the salad.

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