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Jul 19 2013

Please, Please watch @hollyrpeete address #Autistic becoming the new R-Word


Please watch and help to make sure that people, including Rappers and Singers don’t start using the word Autistic and the new R-word. Holly Robinson Peete explains what it felt like when her 15 year old son with Autism, asked what the lyrics of rapper Drake’s song, “Jodeci Freestyle” meant.

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Jul 19 2013

10 steps to making a responsible decision about vaccines


Why I decided to put this together

I decided to put this together because I’m constantly being asked about vaccines. Parents are understandably worried, confused and overwhelmed by all the information floating around. Will vaccines cause my child to be Autistic? The truth is that kids are diagnosed with Autism, regardless of whether or not they’ve been vaccinated. So it’s not that simple.

There has been a recent surge of interest in this topic once again in light of the whole Jenny McCarthy joining ABC’s The View. When it comes to something like this, people are always throwing advice out and it’s hard to know who to trust and what is opinion and what is fact.

When my wife and I made the decision to vaccinate our kids, we didn’t make that decision lightly.

While I will never tell you what’s best for your child, I can provide some advice that may help you to make a responsible and informed decision when it comes to Autism, your child and vaccines. You are welcome to share this. Please provide proper credit. The easiest way to do that is by clicking the RePost button to the right. All you have to do is copy the HTML code and paste it into a blank post and you will have an exact copy of this on your site.

I truly hope this helps…….

10 steps to making a responsible decision about vaccines

1) Do your own research and rely on reputable sources for your information. There is a great deal of paranoia and misinformation floating around, especially online. You have to be really careful what information you trust. Try to stick to the facts and avoid opinions.

2) If you have any concerns about vaccinating your child and you should, make a special appointment to talk to your child’s doctor. When you make the appointment, explain what it’s for so your doctor will be able to set aside the appropriate time. Don’t be afraid to ask tons of questions and take lots of notes.

3) If for some reason your child’s doctor is unwilling to discuss your concerns or answer your questions, guess what? It might be time to find a new doctor. Any doctor worth a dime, should be willing to have this discussion with you and answer whatever questions they can. Just give them a heads up. After all, you both want what’s best for your child.

4) Remember that everyone’s experience has the potential to be different because everyone’s genetic makeup and body chemistry is different. In other words, just because one child has a bad reaction to a vaccine does not mean that your child will. The same holds true that just because one child does okay with a vaccine doesn’t necessarily mean yours will.wpid-10-Things.png

5) Ignore Hollywood. There are a great many people that will try and push their opinion on you. It’s important to remember that most of these people have absolutely no medical background and shouldn’t be advising you of what to do for your child. It’s okay to hear what they have to say, just remember that there is a world of difference between opinion and fact.

6) Remember that there is always a middle ground. You can always space or spread out the vaccines over time. Just ask your doctor about adjusting your child’s vaccine schedule. Most doctors will be more than happy to work with you. Again, if you’re met with resistance or feel pressured, you can always find a new doctor.

7) Deciding whether or not to vaccinate your child is probably one of the biggest decisions you’ve had to make up to this point in your life. This decision shouldn’t be taken lightly as there is potential risk in whatever you decide to do. Carefully weigh all the information you have collected and ask more questions is you need to.

8) Don’t wait until the last minute. Plan ahead and take your time. This is a big decision and one that you shouldn’t rush into.

9) When you finally make your decision, stand by it. There are people out there that will criticize you no matter what you do. Remember that you are your child’s parent and the only one to make decisions for your child.

10) No matter what the outcome, remember that you did what you felt was best for your child. You have no ability to predict the future and neither does anyone else, including your doctor. All you can do is rely on your instincts and deal with whatever life has in store for you and your family.

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Jul 18 2013

Disability Benefits for your child with #Autism


This is NOT a paid post. This is provide by Ram Meyyappan of
Social Security Disability Help, as a source of valuable information that may benefit you and your family. 

Disability Benefits for Autistic Children

Many people are unaware of the fact that social security disability benefits are available to not only disabled adults, but disabled children as well. Adults with a strong work history will have to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSDI), where as children and adults without a strong work history will have to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).


What is SSI?

SSI is a financial-need-based program that places strict limits on the income and financial assets of the recipient and/or his or her parents.

If your income and other financial resources fall within the Social Security Administration (SSA)’s limitations, then your child may be able to receive disability benefits through SSI for his or her autistic disorder; however, there are also medical eligibility requirements that the SSA has established for autism as well.

To learn more about SSI financial eligibility criteria, visit:


The Severity Level of Autism and qualifying for benefits

For most medical conditions, including autism, to qualify for disability benefits, they must meet a particular severity level. That level is established by the SSA as the degree at which a medical condition results in disability.

For your child’s autism to qualify for benefits, his or her doctor must have found and documented the pronounced deficits in social interaction, reciprocal behaviors, imaginative thought, communication abilities, and that your child has a very limited and quite restricted number of interests and activities.

These deficiencies must also cause pronounced limitations in at least two functional areas, including cognitive, communicative, personal care, and concentration/pace/persistence.

For more information on applying for disability benefits with Autism, please visit:


The Disability Application Process

When applying for disability benefits for a disabled child you will need to complete an interview with a representative from your local SSA office to fill out your application.


Unfortunately, about 2/3 of applications are initially denied and will have to go through an appeals process before being approved. If your initial claim is denied, then you will have to request a reconsideration within 60 days of receiving your letter of denial. Unfortunately, almost 90% of these are denied as well. The next step in the process is a disability hearing in front of an administrative law judge (ALJ). This will be your best chance of being approved for benefits, as almost 60% of disability applications are approved during this stage.


The disability application and review processes can be stressful and cumbersome, but getting the benefits you and/or your child need is worth the effort. You should consider seeking the assistance of a disability attorney or advocate, especially if your claim is denied.


Article by Ram Meyyappan
Social Security Disability Help


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Jul 17 2013

It’s come to this. I’m selling my Samsung Galaxy Note 2


Things have reached a point of desperation, if I’m being completely honest. I have no choice but to sell my precious Samsung Galaxy Note 2. I’m pretty distressed by this because I run this site from my phone. However, I gotta do what I gotta do. Please help me spread the word about this 24 hour Ebay auction. If’ I’m able to figure something else out, I will pull the auction but for right now, I don’t see any other options available.

The auction can be found on Ebay:


Here is a picture of everything included.

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Jul 16 2013

We mourn the loss of a 12 year old little boy with #Autism: RIP Nic Shaffer


My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Nic Shaffer, the 12 year old little boy who drown after slipping or falling into Mud Creek, while with his Mother and Sister. His body was found on Sunday and positively identified. I can’t even begin to express just how sorry I am for this family’s tragic loss.

Nic Shaffer

Please keep Nic and his family in your thoughts and prayers. No one is to blame for this tragic accident and this could have happened to any one of us. Please hug your children tonight and never, ever take them for granted.

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Jul 15 2013

Be among the 1st in the world to use “CliqueMe”


I’m super stoked to be the very first public website in the world to use the new service called CliqueMe. You will notice the new tag on the right hand side of this blog. Click it and register. We can then chat in realtime as well as create communities that are curated by you, my readers. Everything works very similar to reddit. You vote on comments and conversations by clicking the up or down vote.

Just sign up and play around with it. Check out the CliqueMe website for more details. Thi sis a free service and I’m honored to be among the first to deploy this on a public website.

If you are interested in deploying this amazing service on your site, shoot me an email and I get you in touch with the creators. This is going to be huge.


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Jul 15 2013

Stay-at-Home Dads: Uncommon and Exceptional – Findings from the 2013 DDB Life Style Study®

Stay-at-Home Dads: Uncommon and Exceptional – Findings from the 2013 DDB Life Style Study® (via PR Newswire)

Study Determines If Stay-at-Home Dads Are Different From Other Dads and Stay-at-Home Moms NEW YORK, June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – DDB Worldwide, part of Omnicom Group (NYSE), has launched a new report from its Life Style Study® that focuses on stay…

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