Fine particulate air pollution May Be Associated with Risk of childhood Autism

Date:May 21, 2015

Source:University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health

SciencesSummary:Exposure to fine particulate air pollution during pregnancy through the first two years of the child’s life may be associated with an increased risk of a child developing autism spectrum disorder, a condition that affects one in 68 children, according to an investigation of children in southwestern Pennsylvania.

From ScienceDaily

Fine Particulate Air Pollution



My Favorite 2015 Autism and Seizure Story

My favorite autism story 2015 is not a story presenting autism as an advantage.  It is about the seizures that often accompany autism particularly among those, like my son, who also suffer from intellectual disability.  The story is my favorite because, in a moment of need, a moment of stress, the good people in my City of Fredericton, specifically those who worked at the Main Street and Brookside branch of the Superstore on Fredericton’s North Side came to our aid. When my son began a full tonic clonic, also known as Grand Mal, seizure collapsing and convulsing at the checkout as we were about to pay for our groceries the excellent, well trained staff of the Superstore came to our aid. Shielding us from other shoppers, directing them to other cashes, staying by our side, getting a wheelchair and assisting us to my vehicle when my son had sufficiently recovered.  In addition to store staff we were assisted by an off duty paramedic who actually timed the duration of my son’s convulsions, 3 minutes.  Harold L Doherty, Fredericton, NB, Canada.

Conor’s Superstore Seizure


2016 What to Expect in the Worlds of Autism Disorders?

What to expect in the worlds of Autism Disorders in 2016? More Regression if 2015 Trend Continues.

I would like to be cheerful and say that we can expect major breakthroughs in treating the various autism disorders, providing necessary services for all levels of autism disorders and generally raise awareness of the challenges facing those with autism disorders, particularly those with severe autism disorders but I can not do that without ignoring the evidence to the contrary.  It is awareness, genuine, informed, evidence based autism awareness that feeds progress in all areas of autism.  Unfortunately autism disorder awareness took regressed substantially in 2015 with the world’s major mainstream media and the TED program fawning over Steve Silberman and the #neurodiversity #Neurotribe #nonsense he pushed to his own advantage in 2015. Yet again as it has done so often autism awareness wallowed in the pool of nonsense that attempts to refashion autism disorders as different even superior ways of thinking.  As always those who live on the severe end of the autism disorders spectrum, those who suffer from “co-morbid” intellectual disability, (40% US CDC – 50% WHO) and according to various studies the 30-40% who also suffer from co-morbid seizures, are ignored, just ignored.  Severe autism realities were ignored and buried along with the life prospects of so many who suffer from severe autism disorders in 2015.  Silberman will no doubt continue to bounce and prance though 2016 peddling his #Neurotribe #Nonsense aided and abetted by traditional purveyors of feel good about autism drivel like Ari Ne’eman, Shannon Rosa and their organizations.