Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Miller Touts His 100% Small Business Voting Record on the Backs of Autistic Kids

I always start anything about Jackson Miller by saying that even though I don't agree with him, he is one of the more personable and accessible people in the General Assembly.  When kids in his district make Honor Roll, they get a letter from him.  Jimmy did too.  At one point, he supported mandated health insurance for autistic children.  I assume it must have been party or donation or something, because he voted against the insurance mandate last year.  He now touts his support of small business instead of families of autism, which is sad, because he knows several of us.  Mercifully the bill passed... even though it didn't cover Jimmy, it is something for children of the ages between 2-6.

I am not in his district anymore, which is sort of mixed blessing.  He is competent.  He is direct for the most part.  When he is being political, he will tell you why he is.  That's a whole lot better than many politicians.  But I wish Jackson's heart could be as good in Richmond as I know it is up here in Manassas.  That's my biggest gripe about him.  Maybe someday he will be part of expanding the coverage for children with autism.  Maybe someday he will see Jimmy again and be moved to help him.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

ADHD Symptoms Worsen Quality of Life for Those with Autism

A new study...

Children with ASD have lower adaptive functioning – the ability to get along in daily situations – than typically developing children. Not only does the presence of ADHD symptoms compromise their adaptive abilities, quality of life is further reduced.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Welcome to puberty...

Not that we are starting shaving or anything, but we just got back from UVA.  All of Jimmy's dosages are being changed as they are ineffective at present because he is hitting a prepuberty growth spurt and hormone change.  I have dreaded this day... autism isn't cute anymore as Jimmy grows into a young man, things get murkier as the waters change again, and you don't know what is going to happen next.

Enjoy the ride.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Autistic and Seeking a Place in an Adult World

A great article.  I long to know what Jimmy's future hold... that is, when I am not living in complete fear of it.

Cox Farms

Our annual trip out...  Jimmy went on the hayride without a fight and went on the biggest of the slides.  A great trip...