Petition Tag - autism

1. Enhance Services for Children with Disabilities

Parents are alarmed to hear of the proposed adjustments, under Progressing Disability Services, to the nature of the Waterford ASD (Autism) Team. When children with autism turn 6 years old they will no longer have access to a HSE Psychologist. They will also no longer be under the care of other specialised ASD specific therapists.

To say that parents are devastated is an understatement. The proposed alterations to the ASD Team have far-reaching consequences for our children.

In 2013 it was estimated that 1 in 100 people in Ireland has autism. A recently published policy paper from the National Council for Special Education now places that figure at 1 in every 65 school children. There are long waiting lists for assessment for ASD, so no doubt that figure is higher still.

How then can it make sense to take away specific targeted interventions, which are already in place, to help our children?

We need access to therapists and psychologists who understand our children’s complex needs and our family situations. We need access to therapists and psychologists who can work with us to help us deal with the pressure, strain, stress and challenges that we, as families of children with autism, encounter on a daily basis. Please sign our petition. We fear that Progressing Disability Services is being pushed ahead without being properly resourced, funded and staffed, and without adequate communication with parents.

By signing this petition you are saying that you want to help reverse this decision and improve services in Waterford for children with autism and disabilities by providing more therapists.

Thank you.

2. Fix Education in America

Hello, my name is Joseph Deatherage. I’m a high school senior, a native Texan and am 18 years old. Of those 18 years, most have been spent in unjust confinement. Half of that confinement has been physical, the other half has been mental.

The nature of my confinement is a program endorsed by both the neglect of this state’s government, and by the overreach (however well-intentioned) of the federal government. The name of this program is the United States educational system.

I know that last statement was probably surprising and contrary to at least some of your beliefs regarding said system, but please hear me out.

3. The Atticus Act: Legislation for those struggling with Binocular Vision Disorder BVD

Support The Atticus Act, legislation that provides safeguards so educators, health professionals, and parents can make sure Binocular Vision Disorder is properly diagnosed, accommodated, and treated. Help those struggling with BVD see clearly.

Atticus’ Struggle
Atticus struggled from K to 6th grade: vomiting, reading/writing dyslexia, concentration. Diagnosed with ADHD and prescribed meds, his symptoms worsen. In 5th grade he begged for glasses (he has 20/20 sight), complaining of blurry vision, dizziness, vertigo, and hours of blindness. Medical tests came back negative. A behavioral vision examination showed Atticus suffered from double vision (he thought it was normal). He began vision therapy and is having amazing results in his behavior, school, symptoms, and off all medication.

As BVD patient for a debilitating concussion, English teacher, and mother of four children who struggle with BVD, I have experienced the struggles of BVD and the amazing results when BVD is properly diagnosed and treated.

1/5 Children Struggle with BVD
Binocular Vision Disorder BVD is a physiological condition where the brain and eyes fail to work in coordination, to fuse and create a binocular image, resulting in problems with: eye coordination, eye focusing, eye tracking, faulty visual form perception, faulty visual memory, faulty visual motor integration, difficulty with left/right awareness. All of these vision problems have a direct impact on a child’s ability to succeed in school and thrive in life.

4. Petition Requesting U.S. Presidential Candidates To Pledge Against Mandatory Vaccination, Etc.

As Election Day 2016 fast approaches, WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, are immensely concerned that the named candidates for the Office of the President of the United States have failed to officially state on their official election campaign websites their respective campaign pledges on whether they specifically support or oppose PUBLIC MANDATORY VACCINATION.

WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, are deeply troubled by the fact that after more than a year’s worth of campaigning, an issue of the gravest of concern to the present and future health of the American people has been and continues to be thoroughly neglected by the presidential candidates as a stated campaign issue – namely his/her “official” position as to whether he/she believes vaccines are safe, whether vaccine injury claims are being properly handled, and whether or not he/she supports the institution of mandatory vaccination policies.

WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, are unanimous in our opposition to any legislative or regulatory effort by the federal government and its agencies that proposes, supports, or encourages the mandatory vaccination for our citizens, especially the children, and we deem any such endeavor as un-American, a violation of our human and constitutional rights and freedoms, and a direct threat to the health and prosperity of the American people.

WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, are united in our belief that vaccines: (a) Are not being properly tested nor fully researched and evaluated before they are sold to the public; (b) Are causing devastating side-effects for which the medical industry has no curative solutions, resulting in crippling, often lifelong injuries and even death; and (c) Are resulting in an incredibly large number of injury claims which are not being processed fairly and expeditiously, and often result in the unjust delay of compensation award payments to the victims.

WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, believe that, while the presidential candidates are heavily seeking our support in the form of campaign donations, volunteering work, social media advocacy of their candidacies, and, of course, our vote on Election Day ……. these same candidates are deliberately overlooking our aforementioned concerns regarding vaccines by failing or refusing to include on their respective campaign websites their “position statements” describing what their vaccine policies would be, if elected. Even with the national and international uproar covered by the media over the censorship efforts regarding the now immensely popular film, “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe” -- a documentary pertaining to the destruction by CDC officials of credible, scientific research demonstrating a connection between the MMR vaccine and the onset of autism in children – the candidates have remained strangely quiet on the subject.

WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, are appalled that, despite owning and readily promoting campaign websites with a section that states their positions on various other issues, none of the named candidates has appealed to us -- a vaccine-concerned constituency numbering in the millions -- by stating, in clear and concise language, what his/her policy is on the subject of vaccines, and especially whether they advocate for mandatory policies. Equally disheartening to us is the fact that the aforementioned vaccine concerns were also never addressed in the written “platform statements” drafted by the political parties of the candidates for presentation at the respective party Conventions ….. platform statements over which the presidential candidates had tremendous power to shape. Accordingly, the only conclusion we can draw from these circumstances is that both the candidate AND the their respective parties, while eager for our support, have no interest in our vaccine-related concerns.

WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, are painfully aware of what took place in the State of California with the outrageous and unconstitutional passage, despite overwhelming public opposition, of the nation’s most stringent vaccine mandate law …. the infamous SB-277. Said statute, which was heavily lobbied by the vaccine industry, abolished a parent’s right to seek exemption of their school-aged children from vaccination, subjecting those children to the administration of more than 40 doses of 10 federally recommended vaccines -- with State Officials having the sole discretion to add more vaccines to the list, if they want. Non-compliant children are prohibited from attending public or private schools, as well as licensed daycare facilities, in-home daycare or public/private preschool. To make matters worse, the passage of SB-277 has encouraged other state legislatures, and even the U.S. Congress, to introduce mandatory vaccination measures of their own. The purpose of our demand that presidential candidates officially publish their position statement regarding vaccines on their campaign websites stems from our desire for clarity in understanding each candidate’s OFFICIAL STAND on this extremely urgent matter.

5. Autism Friendly Viewings in Movie Theatres

My son, as many other children both locally and world wide, has Autism. I would like to be able to bring him to see movies in the theatre, but as it is now, it would be far too overwhelming for him.

Movie theatres in other areas do Autism friendly viewings, which involve the movies not being as loud as normal, the lights remaining on, less people, etc.

I don't understand why the theater here does not offer this service seeing as the demand would most likely be great.

We live in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada and the Cineplex Cinemas in Saint John is our main target, but it'd be nice to see it expand even further.

6. Autistic children 5 years and older need continued government paid therapy

Ontario children with Autism age 5 and older need continued government paid Intensive Therapy. Intensive Therapy such as Intensive Behavioral Intervention provides opportunites to learn coping strategies, develop life skills which become the back bone to these children's survival.

Without the support from the government it leaves Parents feeling hopeless, as most families can't avoid Intensive Therapy. It also creates a domino affect leaving Teachers in a panic as they are already desperate for more Teaching Assistances and Educational Assistance being there is an increasing rise on children with Autism in classrooms beyond kindergarten.

The quality of education, support services and life present and future are crucial to these children's transition to adulthood . The withdrawal of funding not only affects individual families it affects cities, communities, countries and the world. These children will become adults and the goal should be to provide as many opportunities for success.

7. Reinstate Alan Wilson to Facebook

Alan Wilson is a man who has spent his life volunteering with the national autistic society, befriending teenagers on the autistic spectrum, taking them out on trips & helping them to feel like valued members of society.

He is a wealth of information & uses this to help families in autistic groups on Facebook.

Without his help I personally wouldn't have known how to find my son's fabulous school. Someone has reported Alan for setting up a page on fb for 16+ yr olds with asd so parents can send birthday cards. This has caused fb to permanently block Alan from using his account.

We want him back!

8. I want an anime about autism

I want an anime about autism because I want something I can truly relate to. I'm tired of characters who are mentally normal just like most people around me.

I want people who are like me (in personality only of course) mentally, especially female ones because I'm male and I hate how it is rare in females.

9. Allow dual-enrollment for Autistic Students to Specialist Schools

South Gippsland Autism Action Group (SGAAG) are working towards sourcing effective and supportive solutions in an attempt to end the discrimination of students with Autism who do not meet the current Victorian guidelines for access to Specialist School settings, and who may or may not receive Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD) funding in State and Independent school settings.

We call on the State and Federal Governments to make changes to the criteria for Autistic students with IQs over 70 to be able to have funded, dual-enrollment options.

Parents of children who have Asperger’s or High Functioning Autism do not have any choice but to send their children to main-stream schools or home school them. For some, this may be suitable, even preferable, but for many and perhaps the majority of these children the experience of main-stream is disastrous both academically and psychologically. The views expressed in this petition have this common alarming theme. Their children are not getting the education they are entitled to in an environment that is safe for them.

Please sign our petition to show your support for dual-enrollment options and end this discrimination based on IQ and language scores, because IQ does not determine the level of Autism.

10. Justice for Lucy Fisher

Lucy is 24 and has cerebral palsy, epilepsy and learning disabilities. She has minimum speech but is able to communicate her feelings with her behaviour. I want to share her story to let as many people know the frightening control the council have to make decisions on your behalf when you live under their care.

Lucy currently lives in a home that she has been conditioned to thinking is acceptable. I and her family know that she could have a much betterand she deserves it.

The problem is, as Lucy lives in a care home, her parents have no say or control over matters concerning their daughters life. Lucy has been deemed incapable of making such a decision for herself so the council have full control. Lucy is being denied the right to live close to her family and friends.

Please sign this petition by 1st September if you believe this is wrong to show support for Lucy and all other people with disabilities who are having decisions made for them without the support of their families.

11. Have all Lacey Township Officers and First Responders trained in Autism Awareness

Autistic individuals are 7x more likely to come across law enforcement or first responders and more likely to become crime victims.. Autism is the fastest-growing American developmental disability, with an annual growth rate of between 10-17%.

This disorder knows no racial, ethnic, income, educational, life-style or social boundaries. As a law enforcement officer you will probably handle many calls related to autistic individuals This training is so vital to families and central to educating the general population about autism, recognizing and communicating with individuals with autism, and diffusing potentially dangerous situations.

This is information that will be beneficial for resolving many situations individuals with autism may inadvertently fall into.Many people with Autism have specific sensitivities to lights, sounds, or touch. Some may avoid eye contact. Some are non-verbal. We in Lacey Township NEED our officers and first responders to have this crucial FREE training. POAC is willing and able to train each officer or first responder at any time. They are willing to come all hours of the night to give details on how to handle, signs to look for and tips to resolving and diffusing situations I as a parent of autistic son who also have elopement (wandering traits) can not express how important this need is. As a community member of Lacey it is also important for the safety of all within the township. I can not speak for the many families within Lacey whose children on the spectrum. Each has their own individual stories and fears.

I can explain my son wandered off now on 3 occasions that made my heart stop, one at the football field where the noise was too loud I turned around and he was gone. In a flash ..I panicked thought he must be at snack stand ..when I arrived and he wasn't i cried, screamed and called 911. After 20mins and a few parents helping us look (as many don't understand an autistic child unlike a 'typical' child will go towards water , dangers , under cars etc to get away from something without knowing the fears or dangers that lie ahead. My son was found in back of unlocked car with blanket over his head and windows doors shut in middle of heatwave in summer. Who knows how much longer he could have survived . We as a family have locks on every door, window he can't reach, we have STOP signs by doors in hopes it can discourage him for a moment, we live with alarms and gates around the whole house etc etc, but what if what if that one day we are not there to help him as he gets older and he comes across an officer...

Imagine..He has a FEAR of Police Officers ..he screams 'gun' and runs when he comes in contact with a male officer..loud noises such as sirens he runs to escape from ..Imagine when he gets to the age of 16 or so and happens to come across a Police Officer how do you think with those fears that encounter will end if the officer has not been trained to notice signs of autism or how to handle??

A simple resolution ...PROPER FREE TRAINING ..Pls join me in this petition to ask no plea to Chief Paprota to pls train every officer on every shift to have the proper hands on training to help those in our community who don't have a voice ....Please Chief Paprota I know 6 officers have been training ...One however, I heard is retiring ...I know some may know someone with autism and they think 'oh I can handle it' but each person with autism is so different then the next. It is a very large spectrum disorder. Wouldn't it be more beneficial to just have the training and hope you don't need it than to need it and never have had training?

12. Drake Benefit Concert for Autism

Drake’s apology for autism joke is sadly incomplete. On the upside, they turned what could have been just another media shamewalk into a true example of learning from a mistake, and accepting responsibility with grace. Did they? It takes a man to apologize for making a mistake. However, there's a difference between apology and making amends. It is not like this statement was just said out loud. It was recorded on an album that went though many people who heard these offensive lyrics, yet no took pause to raise up and say no, bad idea.

Facebook shows Drake to have 32 million followers, a net worth of 35 million dollars. These lyrics not only hurt people who must live through and with Autism, but it also influences more negative stigma these people (especially children) don't deserve. Drake, you influence millions of people, it is your responsibility to influence them correctly.

Take responsibility for your actions and use your influence to benefit the community you damaged with your hurtful and thoughtless lyrics on a song that could have been avoided.

13. 'Light it up blue' for Autism Wagga

Tuesday April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day!

Autism in Australia effects 1 in 100 children. In NSW alone, there are over 9000 kids and young people on the Autism spectrum, including our son Harry and many others in the Wagga community

We would like to see the Wagga Wagga City Council get behind Autism awareness day and light the council chambers up blue! It would mean so much to all the Wagga families out there who live with Autism everyday!

For us, it's not about a light. It's not even about the colour blue. It is, and always will be, about making Australia more ‘Autism Aware’ and lighting up blue helps us achieve this!

14. Droit au diagnostic spécialisé des enfants malgaches autistes

In Madagascar, autism is unknown to the point that in most cases it is seen as an effect of witchcraft.

Children with developmental disabilities are often excluded or receive misdiagnosis and wrong treatment or simply left to their fate by their surroundings through ignorance or lack of means.

For 2013 academic year, too many children were unable to enjoy their right to education, because of the lack of adequate infrastructure, trained teachers , laws on the protection of children, and especially by lack of compassion and openness.

The first step needed is a proper diagnosis of the case of each child who will implement the support that it is the most suitable.

Only this diagnosis can’t be done in Madagascar as the services and specialized medical personnel is too few and are not yet available for all families. To make such diagnosis, families must go outside: Reunion , France , South Africa , etc. which is beyond the reach of many families.

The purpose of the petition is to make a citizen advocacy for our children and for parents who are left behind. Together, we can influence both Malagasy institutions to establish a humanitarian aid program to help children. Above all, give right to children to be diagnosed by international experts through a humanitarian mission to Madagascar.

Together, we can require a support plan for parents to know the right of their children and to be able to seek legal recourse when this right is violated! In the longer term, we ask for the development and implementation of an adequate education system, closely made with all stakeholders


Les statistiques mondiales sont très variables mais une moyenne de 1 enfant sur 100 pour l’année 2013 est reconnu touché par les TSA (Troubles du Spectre Autistique). La montée en flèche de ce chiffre est très alarmante de plus que les sources de ces troubles ne sont pas encore très bien connues, au même titre que les « soins » à apporter.

A Madagascar, l’autisme est méconnu au point que dans la majorité des cas il est perçu comme un effet de sorcellerie. Les enfants atteints des troubles du développement sont trop souvent laissés pour compte ou reçoivent de faux diagnostic et de faux traitement ou simplement laissé à leur sort par leur entourage par ignorance ou faute de moyen.

Pour la seule rentrée scolaire de l’année 2013, beaucoup trop d’enfants n’ont pas pu jouir de leur droit à l’éducation faute d’infrastructure adéquate, d’enseignants spécialisés, de lois sur la protection des enfants différents mais également et surtout de compassion et d’ouverture d’esprit.

Le premier pas nécessaire est un bon diagnostic du cas de chaque enfant qui permettra de mettre en place l’accompagnement qui lui est le plus adapté. Seulement, ce diagnostic ne peut se faire à Madagascar car les services et personnels médicaux spécialisés sont encore trop peu nombreux et difficilement accessible pour les familles. Pour faire un tel diagnostic, il faut aller à l’extérieur : La Réunion, France, Afrique du Sud, etc. qui est hors de portée d’un grand nombre de famille.

Le diagnostic est une réponse à une longue recherche d’explication aux difficultés et aux comportements particuliers de l’enfant. La période de supposition, de doute et même éventuellement des sentiments de culpabilité va pouvoir se refermer donnant une explication plus rationnelle. Le diagnostic définit également une ligne de conduite pour l’éducation de l’enfant, son accompagnement, le soutien dont les parents et l’enfant auront besoin.

- Le but de la pétition est de faire un plaidoyer citoyen collectif pour nos enfants et les parents qui sont laissés pour compte. Ensemble, nous pouvons influencer les institutions tant malgaches qu’internationales de mettre sur pied un programme d’aide humanitaire pour permettre aux enfants, avant toute chose, de se faire diagnostiquer par des spécialistes internationaux via une mission humanitaire à Madagascar.

Mais également, ensemble, exigeons la mise en place un plan d’accompagnement des parents pour qu’ils puissent élever et éduquer leur enfant d’une manière la plus adéquate, de connaitre le droit de ces enfants et de pouvoir faire des recours légaux quand ce droit est bafoué ! A plus long terme, ensemble, nous pouvons demander, l’élaboration et mise en œuvre du « Plan Autisme Madagascar » qui comprend un dispositif d’éducation et d’enseignement adéquate, en collaboration étroite toutes les parties prenantes (parents, personnel médical, l’Etat Malagasy, les membres de la société civile malgache, les associations, etc.).

Ce plan doit assurer:
o la protection des enfants autistes et leurs droits fondamentaux (éducation, accompagnement spécialisé, loisir, santé, etc.)
o une politique et des engagements clairs par l’Etat
- Des résolutions urgentes sont à prendre :
o La scolarisation des enfants avec des accompagnements spécialisés dans un milieu spécialisé et progressivement en milieu scolaire normal
o La formation de spécialistes des TSA pouvant diagnostiquer et accompagner les enfants et les parents
o La formation d’éducateurs et accompagnateurs spécialisés
o La mise en place d’un système de plaidoyer et de recours légal
o La mise en œuvre d’un programme de communication, d’éducation, d’information et de sensibilisation des citoyens sur les TSA et plus largement sur la différence, le handicap physique, mental et génétique

15. SpiritHorse Support

SpiritHorse is a Therapeutic Riding Program that’s Mission is to “Make Riding a Reality for Under Resourced Families” we are reaching out to everyone in the community with special needs, at risk youth, veterans and able bodied riders.

16. Stop New Cell Towers in Guelph, Ontario

In a residential neighbourhood in the northeast end of Guelph, Ontario, the proposed Bell Cell Tower at the intersection of Grange and Starwood, and the Rogers wireless pole extension on Auden Road should not be approved.

Cell towers do not belong in residential neighbourhoods – and certainly not close to schools. The proposed Bell Cell Tower would directly overshadow two adjacent schools.

Canadians are currently being exposed to levels of radio and microwave frequency that have never been experienced in human history – or ever tested for their long term effects.

In May 2011, the World Health Organization classified electromagnetic radiation as a Class 2B possible human carcinogen. The microwaves that are emitted from these towers are being linked to leukemia, infertility, cancer, Alzheimer's, autism and various other insidious health issues. The standards that have been set by Health Canada – Safety Code 6 – fall at least 100 times higher (meaning 100 times more exposure) than those set by most European countries. We're led to think that this new technology is safe and that we're well-protected – but we're not. At present, Safety Code 6 is based ONLY on thermal heating effects, and not on biological (cellular) effects. It doesn't take into account the effects of electromagnetic radiation on brain waves, or on neurological or endocrine systems.

We're playing with fire when we should be erring on the side of caution. Red flags are waved by The Bioinitiative Report (, the most comprehensive and daunting compilation of research on cell tower emissions done by an independent international body of scientists and researchers; Magda Havas PhD (, Associate Professor of Environmental & Resource Studies at Trent University; Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt MD PhD (; Citizens for Safe Technology (, and numerous other respected researchers and organizations.

Note: Developments on this situation are being posted at, and also at (click "News" then "Cell Tower Situations" and scroll to Guelph).

17. Help identify and support autistic children at school

There should be a statement for children with autism as soon as they start school. These children are often refused due to funding.

This means children struggle to get 1 to 1 help in school which puts them behind for years.

Parents are left fighting for years not knowing where to start.

Thank you for your help.

18. Give autistic kids a school in Hobart

In Tasmania currently there is one school to educate Autistic students. Unfortunately the government doesn't think we need another in tassie so autistic kids are missing out on educational outcomes.

I ask is to have an autism specific school in Hobart where we are able send our children without the fear of them not being accepted or humiliated for being themselves.

19. Get Ryan Fox a Blue Badge

Ryan Fox is a 18 year old severely Autistic man he weighs 18 Stone his mum is only 5ft tall and weighs 6 stone. Ryan can have major meltdowns he has put his head through a car window in the past and self harms.

He can throw himself on the floor and his mum has to try and get him back to the car. Now when this is on the top floor of a multistory carpark his 6 stone mum has no hope. The government will not give him a blue badge as he can walk but if his mum can not get him to the car he has no verbal communication so he would walk straight in the path of a car which could lead to his death. Please help!

20. Help Kids with Autism

My son was attending special ed class at a stockton school my son was diagnosed with autism four months ago. I've had so many problems with the teacher/and aids in his kindergarten class. My son is 6 yrs but he was referred to a different school because they were not equipped to handle his autism.

My son is not a bully and he's not mentally retarded he has a hard time communicating. My son has a hard time focusing on school activities and staying seated. But he does know his letters and loves the ez school alphabet game online.

These children with autism need the right tools in learning computer use for learning activities and also learning devices/ for hearing and seeing and language for speak and say phonics on computers.

21. Foetal Anticonvulsant Syndromes Awareness

Foetal Anticonvulsant Syndrome (FACS) can occur when a mother has to take epilepsy medications (anti-convulsants) during pregnancy. Anticonvulsants are also used to treat bipolar, mood disorder and migraines.

A child exposed in utero to AEDS such as valproate, phenytoin, barbiturates and carbamazepine may experience delay in developing speech and language or may have difficulties with social interaction (autistic spectrum), memory and attention. Some may also have other conditions, such as spina bifida, heart defects and ocular abnormalities etc. They may also have characteristic facial and physical features.

My son has been to visit a paediatric geneticist who is considering the possibility of Foetal Valproate Syndrome or FVS (which is one of the anticonvulsant Syndromes). He is currently undergoing a wide range of testing and is being referred to a number of health professionals to assess his case.

My other children (both girls) have other issues including learning difficulties and vision impairment which our geneticist does not believe to be enough to prove a link to FVS. In my mind however, whilst it is possible that these are merely coincidental it is also possible that valproate effected them to lesser degrees.

I would like to call for the Australian government to legislate warnings on all anticonvulsant medications regarding the risks of the full effects of Foetal Anticonvulsant Syndromes and where children have been exposed in utero to these teratogens, screenings should be scheduled throughout early childhood in order to diagnose and provide treatment and support as needed for these children and their families.

22. Early Intervention for Autism Families

In Australia right now there are families with Autistic children. This is known, however what isn't known is most of these families go with out vital early intervention for their children. Go with out support, respite, speech therapy, OT, most parents go with out basics like sleep, work, social life, most marriages fail due to the undue stress.

Most families with Autistic children need access to early intervention but sadly most can't afford these services. We need to have a early intervention for all Autistic Children.

23. Support the Kim Family's Permanent Residency in Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada has rejected the Kim family’s application for permanent residency, and stated that the family must leave Canada because Taehoon (the youngest son)'s autism represents a potential burden on social and health care. We believe this decision is groundless, since Taehoon’s condition does not require any medical care from the government.

If the family were sent back to South Korea, Taehoon may face intolerance and discrimination on account of his disability. He will have difficulty adjusting to the Korean society and school system, because he grew up in Canada since he was 3 years old. Prejudices against people with disabilities will likely mean greater limitations and fewer opportunities for Taehoon in South Korea.

The Kim family has been living in Hamilton, Canada, since 2003. Mr. Sungsoo Kim is an Database Administrator at Pattison Outdoors, Canada’s largest outdoor advertising company. Together with his wife, Sunmi Kim, he is an active member of his community, having been serving as a committee member, a youth leader, and a Sunday school principal at St. Peter Yu Roman Catholic Church in Hamilton.

Mr. and Mrs. Kim have a daughter named Bookyung (Lisa) - 3rd year nursing student at McMaster University, and a 15-year-old son named Taehoon who has been diagnosed with autism. He is currently attending Bishop Tonnos Catholic Secondary School in Ancaster, and has made tremendous progress since coming to Canada, adjusting very well to his new home and enjoying his school life.

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24. Save Upperlimits Climbing Centre


Upperlimits HAS BEEN SAVED from closure!!!

Through your support and the efforts of the club staff, climbers, their family and friends Leek College agreed to colaberate with Leek High School and gift the equipment to the climbing club. Leek High School has also offered their support to encourage the development of a community based climbing centre.

Thank you for your support.

Leek Climbing Centre as it is now known is carrying on with the regular programme of Kids Club and Squad training as well as providing a training centre for climbers of all ages and abilities.

To contact Mark at the centre contact: 07837881198


At a recent meeting with Leek College principal, Rob Morrey we were told that UPPERLIMITS CLIMBING WALL WILL CLOSE ON 31ST JULY 2012.

Upperlimits has already closed down as a provider of outdoor pursuits activities for Leek College and, although the Kids Climbing Club is growing in numbers, it doesn't fit the criteria for further education. Therefore the climbing wall can no longer be part of the college.

Leek College has pledged to extend the use until 31st July to allow climbers of all ages time to find alternative funding and management to keep the wall. They have also promised to include the users in any developments and support the users find independence.

With this aim a committee representing users and supporters is being formed to keep the wall open and running as a climbing facility for community use.

We would like to thank you for your heartfelt support and ask you to please offer what you can whether time, advice, or ideas that continue your support. Any help however small or seemingly irrelevant is powerful.

Not only will it ensure fair treatment by Leek College, it will help to demonstrate the need a community climbing wall to secure funding.

It has already had an impact!

The kids club has been going for many years and has produced national climbing champions and influenced the careers of many young people, who have passed through the ranks to become instructors and move on to related employment.

Since relocating to Leek High Specialist Technology School from Longnor in 2011 kids club membership has outgrown one evening and now occupies two evenings of double sessions.

Upperlimits is unique among similar children's climbing clubs for the dedicated and individual attention given by the staff. Each child is befriended and helped by staff and more experienced youth members. Complex skills are taught through fun and peer support as confidence is gained through the risk taking aspects of climbing in a safe environment.

Many of the members are effected by difficulties from conditions such as Autism and Dyspraxia. The club provides an essential outlet for these young people to feel accepted and to achieve without the pressure of competition. For some it is their only social contact outside school.

The families who attend have found a rare welcome and exceptional tolerance for tag-along siblings with similar conditions. Many have not attended other clubs without fear of disrupting the session. Comfortable seating and beverages are thoughtfully provided while they watch.

With public access other climbers are welcomed at any time adding diversity and a greater pool of shared skills. The youth members particularly benefit from seeing adults climbing.

The centre is situated in Leek with no alternative closer than in Stoke-on-Trent 20 miles away which for most members would be too far to travel.

Upperlimits is not just a sports club, it is a life-line to many of its users past and present. It is essential that it remains open.

25. Save Netherwood Day Centre #2

Camden Council is once again proposing to close Netherwood Day Centre for people with Alzheimer's and dementia. In January this year the council said the specialist purpose built-centre, which has been hailed by dementia and Alzheimer's experts from around the world, would close on 1 July. We led a campaign to keep it open, collected more than 4000 signatures and huge public support and in March the centre was saved.

Now the council is suggesting closing Netherwood, as well as four other centres for people with autism; mental health difficulties and learning difficulties and moving all of those who use the centres onto one site on an industrial estate in Kentish Town (Greenwood Place). The centres will be sold off to fund this.

Once again we will fight to save Netherwood Day Centre. A final decision will be made by the council in February 2012.

26. Care for Camden - Stop the Cuts

Please help us save five centres that are threatened with closure by Camden council. Netherwood and Raglan day centres for people with Alzheimer's and dementia are under threat as are the Highgate day centre for people with mental health difficulties, New Shoots for people with autism and learning difficulties and Greenwood centre for people with learning difficulties.

Camden council wants to sell off all five centres and move the people who attend them to one large 'community resource centre' at Greenwood Place in north west London.

We believe this centralising of such care is a regressive step and will see yet again the vulnerable in our society attacked so that Camden council can balance the books. This is a cynical and damaging cost-cutting exercise.

We call on Camden council to withdraw this proposal to close all five centres and to abandon plans for the Greenwood Place site. We also call on Camden Council to safeguard the future of these five much-loved and vital centres.

27. For Mitochondrial Research funding and awareness

Many medical conditions are being misdiagnosed. These conditions are all caused by a Mitochondrial Disorder:

- Alzheimers
- Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Atherosclerosis
- Autism
- Blindness
- Cancers
- Cardio myopathies
- Deafness
- Diabetes type 1+2
- Epilepsy
- Heart disease
- Huntingtons
- Infertility
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Migraines
- Mental illnesses
- Muscular dystrophie
- Strokes
- Parkinson's Disease
- Normal muscle fatigue
And many more conditions.

After my girlfriend was diagnosed with this condition we were told.that there is no cure or treatment and that government funding is little.

This condition effects 1 in 20,000 people and most never know they have it as diagnoses is very difficult.

28. We Need The Labour Party to ACT NOW

The cuts being made to benefits and the proposed assessments that will be carried out are a huge cause of concern to us - we believe they are immoral and cruel. Reasonable adjustments are not being made and people with autism face much discrimination as a result.

Only 15 per cent of adults with autism are in full time paid employment (Reid, B. 2006 ‘Moving on up? Negotiating the transition to adulthood for young people with autism NAS) compared to 48 per cent of the whole population of people with disabilities (Labour Force survey, office for national statistics 2008)

Adults with autism often want to work and with the correct level of support it has been proven that they can. This suggests that the low employment figures cannot be attributed to a lack of desire to work. These statistics also clearly demonstrate that it is considerably more difficult for an adult with autism than an adult with another disability to secure full time employment.

There are a number of key challenges that prevent people with autism from accessing work. These range from a lack of appropriate skills due to problems in accessing education and training (including social skills and work skills training) to the failure of employers to understand and make reasonable adjustments (both during the recruitment process and in the workplace) and a lack of appropriate support for people with autism to find and sustain employment.

The new assessments for ESA (and PIP when it is implemented) do not make reasonable adjustments to take into consideration the social and communication impairments that people with autism face. ATOS assessors do not have adequate training in autism and the centres do not take into account the sensory needs of people with autism.

29. Put an end to Autism Discrimination. It's time Autism is equally funded.

Autism affects 1 in 100 people in the United States. When we compare autism to the following diseases or disorders below we see that autism is severely underfunded. This leaves families desperately searching for resources and services. This leaves adults with autism hanging with no resources or no hope for any type of a future and the government hasn't seemed to notice or care.

- Leukemia: Affects 1 in 1,200 / Funding: $277 million;

- Muscular Dystrophy: Affects 1 in 100,000 / Funding: $162 million;

- Pediatric AIDS: Affects 1 in 300 / Funding: $394 million;

- Juvenile Diabetes: Affects 1 in 500 / Funding: $156 million;

- Autism: Affects 1 in 110 / Funding: $79 million.


Early cord clamping (ECC) is defined as any method by which the cord is manipulated to stop the flow of blood to the baby while it is still pulsating. This includes clamping, cutting, hand squeezing, tying or holding the baby too high or too low. An umbilical cord pulsates for between 7 mins for an unmedicated birth and up to 20 mins for a medicated birth.

In this time the full volume of blood the newborn infant requires is still passed from the placenta until it stops pulsating or until it turns white. Currently mainstream procedure is to immediately (within 30 seconds) clamp and cut the babys functioning cord. Whenever a pulsating umbilical cord is clamped, 20-60% of the baby's total blood volume is trapped inside the placenta. It will take over 6 months for the baby to replenish the volume of blood lost by early cord clamping.

Short cord, maternal haemorrhage, c-section, respiratory distress are just a few of the worthless reasons to clamp a cord. Even a baby in distress can be revived with the cord intact. All of the restricted umbilical cord problems are usually the result of drugs given during labour, including oxytocin, Pitocin, iv fluids, and pain medications, not a result of leaving the cord intact. The only situations in which a cord should be early clamped is when the cord has torn or with a placenta previa. Babies born via c-section can be delivered with their cord and placenta intact.

Multiples can also be delivered without risk of restricted umbilical cord problems. ECC is also routinely being done in some countries to get stem cell blood for banking (effectively taking those cells away from your baby when it needs it and possibly using for them at a later stage but mostly for other people). Restricted umbilical cord problems associated with anaemia are Autism, heart perforations, thyroid disorders, brain tumours, leukaemia, SIDS, hormonal imbalances and liver/kidney disease. When a baby requires to be resuscitated which is not that uncommon (1 in 16), the full volume of blood is required to ensure they are receiving the maximum dose of oxygenated blood.

As the blood travels into the baby's expanding lungs, once they become filled, the baby will feel its own signal to breathe and will do so with fully expanded lungs but it is usually procedure during "resuscitation" also to cut the cord, take the baby to a warming tray to make access easier for the attending midwifes, OBs etc which is not a necessity and is counterproductive. Please sign this petition in the hope that we can educate all birth attendants that early cord clamping is doing more harm than good and the practice should be abolished completely.

The baby's umbilical cord should be left at the very minimum until the cord has stopped pulsating. Another 20mins in a birthing unit is not too much to ask. First DO NO HARM. Check out this link for further information