The Traits of Autism – Part 2 – Hardworking from Autism Daily Newscast by Paddy -Joe Moran

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From article 'The Positive Traits of Autism'‘People with autism can often be incredibly hardworking when they put their minds to a task – whether this is a full-time job, or just a hobby.  A lot of the time they don’t like to rest until the job is completely done, and often have a great eye for detail (more on this in a later article) Even though there are a lot of issues regarding people with autism and employment, -in terms of not enough autistic people being in work – there are actually a lot of positive traits autistic workers can bring to any job.  The simple fact of being hardworking is probably the most basic of these.  ……………’

This post by Paddy-Joe Moran is highlighting some of the positives relating to autism. This is good for in the UK and possibly elsewhere, any form of disability is deemed to be associated with negativity, especially from the Government and the media. This then creates this impression on some of the general public, who then only feel negative to disability. The Government and media in the UK generally associate disability, especially those on benefits to be scroungers. While there will be some scroungers in the UK, this is not related to benefits, but is down to the mindset of the persons who scrounge, for they would do so whether they be on benefits or not. For them benefits are just a medium and not a necessity, which they are for many people who are disabled to lead a reasonable, constructive and beneficial life, not only for them, but for others around them and Society. For some the only way they can work is by using the benefits they receive to enable them to go to and do the work they wish to do.


Good is always worth fighting for, for even if the odds are so stacked against you, so you do not try, how will you know that if you did you could have been successful. Never be defeatist.

This is even more so in the UK, especially in the light of the current cuts into disability care and support.

Originally posted on Madamsabi's Blog:

Walking down a path through some woods in Georgia in 1977, I saw a water puddle ahead on the path. I angled my direction to go around it on the part of the path that wasn’t covered by water and mud. As I reached the puddle, I was suddenly attacked!


Yet, I did nothing, for the attack was so unpredictable and from a source so totally unexpected. I was startled as well as unhurt, despite having been struck four or five times already. I backed up a foot and my attacker stopped attacking me. Instead of attacking more, he hovered in the air on graceful butterfly wings in front of me. Had I been hurt I wouldn’t have found it amusing, but I was unhurt, it was funny, and I was laughing. After all, I was being attacked by a butterfly!

Having stopped laughing, I took a step forward. My…

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The life of an #autism parent from the blog of Lost and Tired

An extract ‘Anyone that has experience raising a child with Autism, knows that this answer is anything but nice, neat or fluffy.  It certainly wouldn’t easily fit into a one or two word wrapper either.

It’s really tough to help someone understand what it’s like to be an Autism parent.

I bet each one of us has tried to explain to someone, at some point, just what it’s like to be an Autism parent.  I would also bet that many of us were not met success because it’s not easy to help someone understand something this complex and confusing.

With that in mind, I’ll share my thoughts on what it’s like to be an Autism parent for me.  …………….’

This is all true and it is hard to comprehend if you do not live it yourself. You are there 24/7 for your child throughout your life time or theirs, which ever is sooner. Yes it is stressful, a challenge and many others, but the rewards or positives out do the negatives for no matter how small others will see a positive outcome, it is always a major achievement and a rewarding experience for both the parent and their child.


Truly wonderful and how it should be, but in many instances it is not.
It is a shame that all of society does not follow this lead.

Originally posted on Madamsabi's Blog:

I try not to be biased, but I had my doubts about hiring Stevie. His placement counselor assured me that he would be a good, reliable busboy. But I had never had a mentally handicapped employee and wasn’t sure I wanted one. I wasn’t sure how my customers would react to Stevie. He was short, a little dumpy, with the smooth facial features and the thick-tongued speech of Down syndrome.


Just a picture, I got from the web.

I wasn’t worried about most of my trucker customers, because truckers don’t generally care who buses tables as long as the meatloaf platter is good and the pies are homemade. The four-wheeler drivers were the ones who concerned me; the mouthy college kids traveling to school; the yuppie snobs who secretly polish their silverware with their napkins for fear of catching some dreaded “truck stop germ;” the pairs of white shirted business…

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Such a loving and reflective post and showing the true gift of Christmas.

Originally posted on Raising 5 Kids With Disabilities and Remaining Sane Blog:


When Dinora and I visited her birth place, Guatemala, we spent some time with moms who were working picking coffee beans. They toil all day while their children play nearby. Prepared for this visit, Dinora had a backpack full of little toys; small dolls, Matchbox cars, bouncy balls, toy rings, and so forth. (Above is a picture of a little girl clutching a small ring in her hand, so pleased with her gift.) The children were amazingly polite. Each child would gather around Dinora as she gave them each a small toy. Taking it delightfully appreciative into their little hands, they smiled shyly and stepped back to leave room for others to come forward. They didn’t crowd her. They didn’t ask for more, more, more. They reveled in the joy of that tiny toy! Sheer happiness!

It made me realize that more and expensive and better isn’t the right Christmas…

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Autism linked to preeclampsia, study suggests | The Autism News

An extract ‘Researchers in California have discovered a link between autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and preeclampsia.

A study of more than 1,000 children between the ages of two and three found that children diagnosed with ASD were more than twice as likely to have been exposed to preeclampsia in the womb.

The likelihood of the child being diagnosed with ASD was even greater when the mother’s disease was more severe, the study found.    ………………’

This research may or may not produce some of the answers regarding autism, but even if the findings are correct, it may be one of a number of reasons why autism occurs. This may lead to more research, which could further prove or may even disprove the theory.

The Government are clearly showing that they do not have the capacity to govern, if we did not already know that.

To proceed with the closure of the ILF, an organisation which is clearly showing value for money with their low administration costs.

To then apparently admit that they are aware that many, if not most, ILF claimants will lose their funding, so not be able to live independently, which is their choice. To then make Local Authorities responsible when the Government is already reducing their funding, so many,if not all, are currently not coping. When making the decision to close the ILF from June 2015 the government under took to make an Impact Assessment where they state the aforementioned*.

If the ILF claimants can not live independently, they will be forced to use alternative accommodation, which will be more expensive and even more call on local authority  finance.

This judgement appears to not be consistent with the Care Act 2014* and could be liable to a DoLS assessment.


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Flu vaccination available for children & young people with learning disabilities in England from  blog of Special Needs Jungle

An extract ‘As a registered carer, I recently qualified for a free flu jab at my GP surgery. This is really important for parent carers because even if you are struck down with flu, your disabled child still needs to be cared for just the same, as well as the regular things that are more difficult for everyone when they’re sick.  …………..’

I fully agree with this, I would recommend anyone who is eligible for the flu vaccination to take advantage of this opportunity.


Childhood acquired brain injury- Would you know if your child was affected? From Special Needs Jungle

An extract ‘We often talk about “invisible disability”, when someone’s impairments are not visible just by looking. It affects those with higher-functioning autism conditions and other neurological issues as well as people with physical disabilities that are not immediately apparent. In all these cases, it is often the attitudes of others that can cause as many problems as the conditions themselves. ……………..’


So true we are quick to judge, but are slow to listen, understand and act accordingly.

If you are judgemental you miss so much.

Originally posted on Madamsabi's Blog:

A 24 year old boy looking out through a train’s window shouted: “Dad, look, the trees are going behind! They are moving very fast”his Dad simply stared at him with so much joy and smiled.


A young couple sitting nearby, looked at the 24 year old and thought to themselves ‘such a pity, he’s so grown up but so childish, he must have a mental disorder for his father to not be bothered’.

Suddenly he exclaimed again; “Dad, look the clouds are running with us!”

The couple couldn’t resist and said to the old man, “Why don’t you take your son to a good doctor may be a psychiatrist?”

The old man smiled and said, “I did, just coming from a doctor but not a psychological one, we are just coming from the hospital anyway, let me tell you, my son was blind from birth, he just got his sight…

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