Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism Disorder AND Epilepsy (But NO SUDEP!!!) at 6:05 AM

I was awake at 5:30 this morning, had some breakfast, and was enjoying a mug (not a cup, a mug) of coffee when I noticed that the time was 6:05 am.  Startled I jumped up to see if everything was OK with my son Conor.  Conor suffers from severe autism disorder and epileptic seizures, including ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism Disorder AND Epilepsy (But NO SUDEP!!!) at 6:05 AM

I was awake at 5:30 this morning, had some breakfast, and was enjoying a mug (not a cup, a mug) of coffee when I noticed that the time was 6:05 am.  Startled I jumped up to see if everything was OK with my son Conor.  Conor suffers from severe autism disorder and epileptic seizures, including ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism Disorder AND Epilepsy (But NO SUDEP!!!) at 6:05 AM

I was awake at 5:30 this morning, had some breakfast, and was enjoying a mug (not a cup, a mug) of coffee when I noticed that the time was 6:05 am.  Startled I jumped up to see if everything was OK with my son Conor.  Conor suffers from severe autism disorder and epileptic seizures, including ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Canada Needs A REAL National Autism Strategy: Medicare for Autism NOW!

A Medicare for Autism Now! Rally was organized by FEAT-BC  and held in Halifax, Nova Scotia on May 26, 2007. Shawn Murphy,  Jim Munson,  Andy Scott Former PEI MP Shawn Murhpy, New Brunswick Senator Jim Munson and the late Andy Scott a former Fredericton NB MP all advocated actively for a REAL National Autism Strategy ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Canada Needs A REAL National Autism Strategy: Medicare for Autism NOW!

A Medicare for Autism Now! Rally was organized by FEAT-BC  and held in Halifax, Nova Scotia on May 26, 2007. Shawn Murphy,  Jim Munson,  Andy Scott Former PEI MP Shawn Murhpy, New Brunswick Senator Jim Munson and the late Andy Scott a former Fredericton NB MP all advocated actively for a REAL National Autism Strategy ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Canada Needs A REAL National Autism Strategy: Medicare for Autism NOW!

A Medicare for Autism Now! Rally was organized by FEAT-BC  and held in Halifax, Nova Scotia on May 26, 2007. Shawn Murphy,  Jim Munson,  Andy Scott Former PEI MP Shawn Murhpy, New Brunswick Senator Jim Munson and the late Andy Scott a former Fredericton NB MP all advocated actively for a REAL National Autism Strategy ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Canada Needa a Real National Autism Strategy: Exhibit #1 Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan is Exhibit #1 In the Case for a REAL National Autism Strategy Canada has long needed a REAL National Autism Strategy, one which includes coverage of autism in medicare to ensure that children with autism disorders received treatment for their autism disorders regardelss of which province their  parents live in. One of the most ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Canada Needa a Real National Autism Strategy: Exhibit #1 Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan is Exhibit #1 In the Case for a REAL National Autism Strategy Canada has long needed a REAL National Autism Strategy, one which includes coverage of autism in medicare to ensure that children with autism disorders received treatment for their autism disorders regardelss of which province their  parents live in. One of the most ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Canada Needa a Real National Autism Strategy: Exhibit #1 Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan is Exhibit #1 In the Case for a REAL National Autism Strategy Canada has long needed a REAL National Autism Strategy, one which includes coverage of autism in medicare to ensure that children with autism disorders received treatment for their autism disorders regardelss of which province their  parents live in. One of the most ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism, Seizures, Meltdown, Recovery:What a Difference a Day Makes

A day can make a big difference in my son’s world of severe autism disorder, intellectual disability and epileptic seizures. Yesterday as I pulled up to his school to pick him up at the end of the day I could hear his voice inside the school and I knew things were not going well. He ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism, Seizures, Meltdown, Recovery:What a Difference a Day Makes

A day can make a big difference in my son’s world of severe autism disorder, intellectual disability and epileptic seizures. Yesterday as I pulled up to his school to pick him up at the end of the day I could hear his voice inside the school and I knew things were not going well. He ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism, Seizures, Meltdown, Recovery:What a Difference a Day Makes

A day can make a big difference in my son’s world of severe autism disorder, intellectual disability and epileptic seizures. Yesterday as I pulled up to his school to pick him up at the end of the day I could hear his voice inside the school and I knew things were not going well. He ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism, Intellectual Disability and Seizures, When Together, Constitute ONE DISORDER

In the picture above, taken 3 years ago my son erupted in sudden self injurious behavior smashing himself violently in the head a split second after he had been on the swing at his old grade school, Nashwaaksis Memorial School; a split second after he had been very smiling and happy. I captured the image ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Canada’s Autism Awareness Month Message: Autistic Children Become Autistic Adults

Autism Awareness Month: Autistic Children Become Autistic Adults October is Autism Awareness Month in Canada.  As a father of an 18 year old son with severe autism disorder, profound developmental delays (like 50% of the autism spectrum according to the World Health Organization) and seizures which also affect many with autism I can tell you ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Severe Autism Reality: Conor is Back from Dental Surgery AND Post Surgery Medications

After last Friday’s dental surgery, followed by nearly a week of 4x a day anti-biotics, and the occasional pain killer to deal with swelling and pain, (in addition to his regular seizure meds)  it was great to get out for a Superstore trail walk with Conor on an amazingly perfect fall day in Fredericton yesterday.  ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Dear Mr Alward, Cardy, Coon, Gallant: New Brunswick Still Needs A Permanent Residential Care and Treatment Centre For Severely Autistic Adults

Photo of my son Conor from a few years ago submitted to the Aquinian for an article by  then Aquinian journalism student Karissa Donkin. No progress in residential care and  treatment for severely autistic adults in New Brunswick has been made since that  article or since Conor’s autism diagnosis 16 years ago at age 2 ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Conor’s 3rd Tonic Clonic (Grand Mal) Seizure

Two and a half hours ago Conor suffered his 3rd Tonic Clonic or Grand Mal seizure.  (He also suffered an episode of rhabdomyolisis, a serious adverse reaction to his previous seizure medication).  On the previous 2 seizures Conor was in a room by himself when they started, this time he was with me in the ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: They Just Don’t Give A Damn: 2007 Adult Autism Care and Treatment In New Brunswick Was Abysmal – 2014 Nothing Has Changed, Still Abysmal

Following this comment is a re-posting of a comment I posted on this site 7 years ago in 2007 about the abysmal state of autism youth and adult residential care and treatment in New Brunswick, Canada. 7 years later and nothing has changed. Well, one thing has changed, a very important part of my life ...

Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: Thank You Again Shawn Graham For Helping NB Children With Autism

In the pictures above Shawn Graham makes a financial commitment to helping NB’s autistic children and signs the cast of then Autism Society New Brunswick President Lila Barry.  In the bottom picture he and former Fredericton MP Andy Scott, also a strong advocate for autistic children,  participated in the grand opening of the Autism Connections ...

Facing Autism Disorders in New Brunswick: Autism 2013: Insel’s Autisms or the Oversimplified DSM5 Autism Spectrum Disorder?

“If you’ve met one person with autism – you’ve met one person with autism.” Stephen Shore  The succinct and famous quote by Stephen Shore about the variation and complexity of autism disorders is cited often and just as often ignored. If fact it is ignored completely by the DSM5 which has merged high functioning autism and ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: You Listen Mister: Best Autism Advice This Autism Parent Ever Received

Following is a re-posting of an earlier comment: Irrational Neurodiversity Ideology Harms Children with Autism Disorders. As the title indicates it is my personal opinion, not as a lawyer, which I am, not as a medical professional which I am not. It is my view as an autism parent, of an ideology that I feel ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Heartless Canada Does It Again – Rejecting Another Immigrant Family Because of Son with Autism

Image by Kaz Novak, The Hamilton Spectator An immigrant South Korean family, Sungsoo Kim, wife Sunmi Kim, daughter Lisa and son Taehoon, have been living in Canada for the past 9 years. A permanent residency application has been rejected  by Canadian officials because the 12 year old son   is autistic.  He  received the autism diagnosis several years ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: What Does Autism Awareness Mean As The Great DSM-5 Autism Do-Over Approaches?

What exactly is Autism Awareness and what does it accomplish? Can anyone, Autism Speaks, or any other autism organization, say with a straight face that they are promoting autism awareness when the official criteria for determining what autism is, or is not, changes every 15-20 years?  Can anyone say what autism is when the vast ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Medicare’s Orphans Trailer 1: The Hudson Family Sacrifice for their Child with Autism

This video is the first trailer for Medicare’s Orphans by Medicare for Autism Now! which will examine Canada’s shameful exclusion of autism treatment from Medicare coverage and the consequences for autistic children and their families. It provides a brief overview of the sacrifices made by the Hudson family, of the greater Toronto area,  to help ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Confirmation DSM-5’s New Autism Spectrum Disorder Will Exclude Intellectually Disabled

I have written previously that persons who presently have autistic disorder or PDD-NOS and who are also intellectually disabled will be removed from the DSM-5’s New Autism Spectrum Disorder. Whereas those with intellectual disability once constituted autism’s vast majority as described by CDC autism expert Dr. Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp the 1994 addition of Asperger’s Disorder reduced their numerical ...