The picture above was taken a few days ago. I believe anyone can look at the picture and see the happiness on my 19 year old severely autistic son Conor’s face. What is truly remarkable is that his happiness has been a constant feature of his life despite the very severe challenges that . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Would My Son With Severe Autism Disorder Be Happier If I Had Listened to Robison, Ne’eman, Silberman & Other Strangers?
The picture above was taken a few days ago. I believe anyone can look at the picture and see the happiness on my 19 year old severely autistic son Conor’s face. What is truly remarkable is that his happiness has been a constant featur… . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Would My Son With Severe Autism Disorder Be Happier If I Had Listened to Robison, Ne’eman, Silberman & Other Strangers?
When autistic persons in New Brunswick turn 21 particularly severely autistic adults services many services will no longer be available. For severely autistic adults adulthood can be bleak, sad and scary. This is Sebastien’s story, a severely autistic 21 year old from Moncton, New Brunswick … as told by his obviously heartbroken and scared mother . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Sebastien’s Sad and Scary Adult Autism Reality in Moncton, New Brunswick
The Restigouche Psychiatric Hospital on NB’s Northern Border Far From Most NB Families is a Massive Institution and the Present and Future Home for Severely Autistic Adults in the Inclusive Community of New Brunswick.
My Son Conor Is A Great Joy But His Severe Autism Presents Many Challenges, As Things Stand He MAY Spend His Adult . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Why Do New Brunswick Governments Ignore Needs of Severely Autistic Adults? When Will They Ever Learn?
My Son Conor Wore The Blue on World Autism Awareness Day I understand some of the criticisms of the day and of thinking that wearing a color in itself creates autism awareness but as long as people raise real autism awareness of the challenges of autism disorders and the related conditions from which . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Severe Autism With Intellectual Disability And Epilepsy Can Be Tough But It’s Still a Wonderful World
(Grainy) Composite Photo 0f Jerry Seinfeld by Harold L Doherty, Moncton Coliseum, February 2012, 2 Years Before His Revelation That He “Might” Be “On “The Autism Spectrum” Picture by Harold L Doherty of My Son Conor Doherty On His 2nd Birthday, The Day Before His Autism Disorder Diagnosis Was Received After Six Months . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: My Son With Autism Disorder And Jerry Seinfeld Have Nothing In Common; Not Even An Autism Disorder Diagnosis
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 . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Canada’s Autism Awareness Month Message: Autistic Children Become Autistic Adults
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. . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Severe Autism Reality: Conor is Back from Dental Surgery AND Post Surgery Medications
Conor 18 1/2 with severe autism disorder, profound developmental delay, seizures, sensory issues and self aggressive behavior. Few, if any group home staff would be able or inclined to provide the care he needs, A residential care and treatment facility for Conor and other severely autistic adults with complex needs has long been . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Today I Voted For My Autistic Son’s Future; Today I Voted NDP
The Liberal platform is published and there are no commitments to address autism issues, no mention of autism disorders. In particular there is no mention of any intention to change the current system of adult autism care from generic group homes lacking autism trained staff, hospital wards, the Regional (in fact the only) tertiary . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism and the Liberal Party 2014 Election Platform: Nothing on Autism – No Adult Autism Care Centre
The PC Plan for New Brunswick does not include any provisions that will help severely autistic students or adults, the same people who have been harmed by PC policies during the Alward-Porter-Carr administration. In fact the the Platform brags about the Gordon Porter-Jody Carr harmful, discriminatory, inclusion remake and is silent on the . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism and the PC Election 2014 Platform: No Adult Autism Care, More Harmful Forced Classroom Inclusion of Severely Autistic Students
My 18 year old severely autistic son Conor waits for his slow poke Dad while we were out on a trail walk (Fredericton North Riverfront Trail). NB has known for 15 years (at least) that an adult autism residential care and treatment facility is badly needed. We are still waiting. On June 18, 2014 . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: NB Adult Autism Residential Care Facility Needed: "It Is More Than Overdue" "When Will They Ever Learn?"
“People with Autism Spectrum Disorder may be overly dependent on routines, highly sensitive to changes in their environment, or intensely focused on inappropriate items. … the symptoms of people with ASD will fall on a continuum, with some individuals showing mild symptoms and others having much more severe symptoms“ American Psychiatric Association, Autism . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Mother and Severely Autistic Son Evicted by Fredericton Non-Profit Housing Corporation Will Be Homeless Friday, August 1
New Brunswick has made progress in early intervention and student autism services but adult autistic needs, particularly severely autistic adults, have been ignored, completely ignored during the last 4 years. The article below originally appeared during the last provincial election period posted on Tuesday, September 14, 2010. Zero progress, absolutely zero progress has been seen . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Election 2014: Will Severely Autistic Adults Continue to Suffer Under An Alward Government As They Have Since 2010?
NIMBY, Not In My Back Yard: Severely autistic NB youth and adults are sent out of the province to the Spurwink facility in Maine and to the Restigouche Regional Psychiatric Hospital in Campbellton on NB’s northern border with Quebec far from families and communities in NB’s more heavily populated south.
The UK Daily . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: NIMBY: New Brunswick Sends Severely Autistic Adults to NB’s Northern Border with Quebec and To Maine, Far From Most Families
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 . . . → Read More: 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
In Canada we could use more federal politicians speaking honestly and accurately, as Florida Rep Bill Posey has done in the US, about Canada’s autism crisis including the realities facing those with severe autism disorders and their families. Here in Canada we have seen very little national leadership in addressing Canada’s autism crisis. Particularly during . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Canadian Autism Dad Says Thank You Florida Rep. Bill Posey
Pictures above and below: Inclusion done right at Leo Hayes High School Resource Centre Pictures courtesy of Steve at the LHHS Resource Centre
Inclusion done wrong is inclusion as advocated by Gordon Porter of the CACL and NBACL, and the current Conservative government which has very close ties to Mr Porter and . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Inclusion Done Right: Conor at Leo Hayes High School Resource Centre
There are a number of very high functioning persons claiming to be autistic or claiming to have a “syndrome” or “different way of thinking”. Autism is a difference not a disorder they cry out in anger against all efforts to find treatments and cures, such efforts usually led by parents and family members . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: DSM or ICD, Either Way Autism is a DISORDER, or Group of Disorders, Not "Just a Difference"
Conor Doherty on World Autism Awareness Day 2014, as I tried to take a “selfie” of the two of us wearing blue, gave his old Dad an unexpected hug. As in this pic, Conor brings us great joy but his autism is a disorder which restricts his life and causes him harm. Joel Rubinoff father of . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Joel Rubinoff’s Angry, Ill Informed, Misleading Autism Rhetoric
SFARI blog article depiction of a resting “Autism” brain accompanying review of study employing only Aspergers subjects as representing “autism” for comparison with non autistic resting brains SFARI continues its agenda of misrepresenting high functioning autism/aspergers only studies as representing “autism”. It has published, on its blog page, several study reviews employing only high . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: SFARI, Once Again, Continues Misrepresenting High Functioning Autism/Aspergers Only Research As "Autism" Research
Emily Willingham argues that persons like my son, with severe autism disorder and intellectual disability, should remain invisible with the focus on those with “pure” autism and no intellectual disability
SFARI has done Emily Willingham a favor, allowing her to use their site as a platform to further her efforts to render invisible . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Emily Willingham Uses SFARI Pulpit To Misrepresent Severe Autism Disorder And Intellectual Disability
Julia Rendleman/Post-Gazette Jeffrey Maloney, 19, is comforted by his mother, Lisa, during a family outing at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. In a rarity in the mainstream media the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published an honest, informed article by Mark Roth and Julia Rendleman on the challenges faced by a family with two children on the autism spectrum, one diagnosed as . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism Media Rarity: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Autism Series Includes Severe Autism And Family Impact
In May 2007 I commented on this site about the abysmal state of Youth and Adult Residential Care in New Brunswick. That commentary included the October 2005 article by then Toronto Star journalist Kelly Toughill who is apparently now a Director and Associate Professor in the School of Journalism at the University . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: 8 Years Later: Autism Youth & Adult Residential Care & Treatment Still Abysmal in New Brunswick
Conor Doherty sporting a big smile after a quick tickle shave adventure with Dad this morning Many famous “autistics” were not diagnosed until they were adults and have turned their diagnoses into good career opportunities: John Elder Robison, Michelle Dawson, Ari Ne’eman and Mr. Ne’eman’s colleagues, the fellow corporate trustees of the Autistic “Self” . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Severe Autism Disorders: Conor’s Autism Progress: Teeth Brushing and Tickle Shaves!