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Mar 17 2013

The Autism Awareness Challenge: Is @Canton_Ohio and the @CantonRepdotcom #Autism Aware?



The Autism Awareness Challenge

It’s really sad that my hometown doesn’t invest in Autism Awareness Month, at least not that I can tell. The Canton Repository, aside from the article about me last year, never seems to take interest in the Autism Community.

As one of the leading Autism bloggers around, I would love to think that the city, I call home, would be Autism Aware.

Sadly, I don’t believe that to be the case.wpid-autism-ribbon.jpeg

The City of Canton and The Canton Repository will go all out for Hall of Fame Week, every single summer, but nothing for Autism Awareness. It’s really sad, that retired athletes seem to be more important than our children’s future.

As I recall, there was at least one company that did something last year and I believe that was Panera Bread.

My question to both the City of Canton and The Canton Repository is why?

I realize that working with the Autism Community doesn’t bring in the tourist dollars that  the Pro Football Hall of Fame does, but why not at least make sure everyone knows that April is Autism Awareness Month?

I know that I feel ignored and I can imagine that other families feel the same way.

What does it take to really get your attention?

How about a being featured on CNN Health? Wait, I was: Little people, lots of pills: Experts debate medicating kids.

How about being published by CNN Health? Wait, that happened as well: A heart shattered by a glimpse into autism.

One of my goals with the above two CNN articles was to bring attention to the Autism Community here in Stark County, Ohio. In a way, I succeeded because I connected with many new Autism families and learned more about what needs to change around these parts.

I’m really hoping to make a difference in not only the lives of my family but the many others families out there as well, that have been touched by Autism….

The Challenge

I’m issuing a challenge to both The City of Canton and The Canton Repository to show the Autism Community that we haven’t been forgotten. Let’s see some Autism Awareness banners around town. Let’s see some Autism families featured in the newspapers.

Here’s the reality of the situation as per Autism Speaks:

 Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 88 American children as on the autism spectrum–a ten-fold increase in prevalence in 40 years. Careful research shows that this increase is only partly explained by improved diagnosis and awareness. Studies also show that autism is four to five times more common among boys than girls. An estimated 1 out of 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls are diagnosed with autism in the United States.

By way of comparison, more children are diagnosed with autism each year than with juvenile diabetes, AIDS or cancer, combined.* ASD affects over 2 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide. Moreover, government autism statistics suggest that prevalence rates have increased 10 to 17 percent annually in recent years. There is no established explanation for this continuing increase, although improved diagnosis and environmental influences are two reasons often considered.



Unfortunately, odds are that in your lifetime, you will be touched by Autism somehow, if it hasn’t happened already.

The Autism Community needs support. Our kids, both young and grown, need to be understood and accepted. Our families, especially those that are struggling, need help to survive.

I’m willing to work with anyone that wants to help make a difference. I would like to see this help come by way of our community leaders as leading by example is a great way to help educate the public.

Should anyone decide to take on this challenge, you can Contact Me.

If you would like to help me put pressure on my hometown you can do so here at the following links:

The Canton Repository on Facebook

Mayor William J. Healy II

I would encourage everyone to issue this challenge to their local community leaders and see if we can make this the best Autism Awareness Month yet.


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Mar 13 2013

Interview with my #Autistic 4 year old


Emmett and I were waiting to pick up Elliott and he decided that we wanted me to interview him about his baby.

He was really cute and so I was happy to interview his. 

This site is managed via WordPress for Android, courtesy of the @SamsungMobileUS Galaxy Note 2 by @Tmobile. Please forgive any typos as autocorrect HATES me. ;-)

Check out my #Autism Awareness Store to find really cool and unique #Autism Awareness Clothing and Accessories, designed by me. ;-)

For more ways to help the Lost and Tired family, please visit Help the Lost and Tired Family.

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Dec 22 2012

Are you ready for Christmas??


It never ever fails that we are always scrambling to get things done at the very last possible minute. This year is more exception.

I always promise myself that I’ll do better next year and I end up breaking my promise to myself, year in and year out.


I think I just get too distracted with everything else going on and there’s always something more important at the moment that needs to be done first. It’s stressful and exhausting…..

Once again we find ourselves scrambling at the last minute to finish preparations for Santa Clause.

Are you ready for Santa Clauses arrival?

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Dec 20 2012

The last day of school for the year 2012


I just dropped Gavin and Elliott off at school for the last time this year. It was a relatively peaceful morning with the only hickup being a bit of Elliott drama.

Speaking of Elliott………

Guess who will be performing 2 songs for the Christmas special at school today? That’s right, Mr. Elliott Richard himself. 

He’s decided that he will go with this show, despite being afraid.

Words can’t express how proud of him I am. I will do my best to get video of both boys performances.  I also want ton upload Gavin‘s promotion as well. 

Stay tuned……..

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Dec 19 2012

Nothing makes me feel safer than a drug dealer in my front yard


I just want to go on the record as saying that I’m being completely sarcastic in this post. 

Nothing makes me feel safer than stepping outside to let the dogs out and interrupting a drug deal. That’s what happened to me tonight. 

I was letting the dogs out and stumbled onto a drug deal going down.


Thankfully, they took off down the street but went into my neighbors property.  I called them to let them know people were snooping around. Again, they took off running.

However, while I standing outside with my neighbors, another drug deal went down not 20 yards away.  While I was out there, they told me that they called the police because someone was snooping around our house and peaking in windows. .

I really hesitated telling Lizze but she needs to be aware so she can be a bit more vigilant, as will I. 

It’s really getting scary over here anymore.  A little over a year ago we were involved in a drive by shooting and shortly before that, I provided first aid to someone that was stabbed and literally gutted in front of our house. Of course, right after that, our van was stolen. 

While I’m grateful to have a roof over our heads, I’m scared to live here and as you know front my confession post the other day, I’m a pretty big guy. 

One of my goals for this coming year is to get my family into a safer neighborhood.

We were supposed to move this year but the whole van thing killed that option.

Canton Ohio is not among the safest places to live and as soon as I can, I be putting it in rear view mirror of our new van.

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Dec 15 2012

Life is a balance


Lizze family has an annual Christmas Party and this year it’s today. Typically, we don’t go because we have the kids and as you probably know from your own experience, that doesn’t always go well. 

These types of events are generally considered to be overstimulation



However, this year we have decided to let Gavin go and spend time with his cousins. Lizze‘s parents want to take him and so the fallout, if any, will be their to deal with. 

Part of the reason we decided to okay this is because we’re starting to look at things a bit differently. 

With Gavin, we are looking at quality of life issues. 

With everything he has going on with his health, no one knows where he’s going to be in the future. Gavin is still accountable for his actions but we are going to be more flexible with things he’s allowed to do. This is of course, pending good behavior.

Lizze and I will be trying to make an appearance tonight as well. 

Lizze wants to spend some time with her aunt and I’m in total support of that. 

The boys however, will be with my parents because it’s best that we shield them from as much of this possible.

I hope that tonight goes well for everyone. In this case, the end justifies the means. Life is a balance. Trying to ensure that balance can be exhausting to say the least. Sometimes, it’s best to throw caution to the wind and do take a leap of faith. 

Does that make sense?

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Nov 30 2012

How do you handle the Christmas Holiday with your #Autistic child


I try to have this discussion every year about this time.  I personally enjoy and actually learn quite a bit about how your family handles the Christmas Holiday.

Not everyone celebrates Christmas, I realize that.  The question is basically, how do you handle the holiday season? This tends to be a very overstimulating time of year for many kids and adults only the #Autism spectrum.


It would be great if we could share some tips or tricks on how you minimize the holiday stress for your child on the sectrum.

In the comments below, please share with us, how you handle the Christmas/Holiday season? How do you make it easier for your child with #Autism? How does your child on the spectrum respond to all the bright light, noise and chaos of said holiday season?

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