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9-year-old Kentucky Boy with Autism Stuffed in Duffel Bag at School

Via Fox News: "A 9-year-old autistic boy who misbehaved at school was stuffed into a duffel bag and the drawstring pulled tight, according to his mother, who said she found him wiggling inside as a teacher's aide stood by." Further, according to the story, "In Kentucky, there are no laws on using restraint or seclusion in public schools, according to documents on the state Department of Education's website." Read more HERE.

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Fri, 12/23/2011 - 12:30

New Seclusion & Restraint Bill Introduced

Via PRNewswire - Last Friday Senator Bill Harkin (D-IA) introduced a new federal bill - The Keeping All Students Safe Act - to protect school children from dangerous, sometimes deadly, restraint and seclusion practices and techniques. From the press release issued by the National Autism Association: "It's estimated that over the last five years, more than 200 students, many with disabilities, have died due to seclusion and restraints being used in schools."

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Thu, 12/22/2011 - 12:13

Twins: Genetics, Environment & Epigenetics

From this long but interesting piece in National Geographic regarding twins, the genes vs. environment debate and the New Kid on the Block in the debate - epigenetics: "Scientists are only beginning to understand how epige­netic processes relate to complex disorders like autism. The good news is that some of these processes, unlike our DNA sequences, can be altered. Genes muted by methylation, for example, sometimes can be switched back on again relatively easily. And though it may not happen soon, the hope is that someday epigenetic mistakes will be as simple to repair as a piano that's out of tune."

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Thu, 12/15/2011 - 16:38

Felony Assault? Non-verbal 14-year-old Girl with Autism Hit & Pushed Teacher at School

From ABC 30/40 in Alabama - Emily Holcomb, a non-verbal 14-year-old girl with autism is facing First-Degree Felony Assault charges. Emily attended Hamilton High School where she hit/pushed her Special Education teacher causing a "mild injury" in October. Emily has been barred from attending the high school, must undergo evaluations to determine whether or not she is competent to stand trial and the school district has also filed misdemeanor charges against Emily's mother, Jenny, for not being able to control her child in a school setting.

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Sat, 12/10/2011 - 10:20

CDC Scandal Exposed Regarding Autism, Vaccines & Mercury

From 10/25/2011 press release: "Documents obtained via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) show that CDC officials were aware of Danish data indicating a connection between removing Thimerosal (49.55% mercury) and a decline in autism rates.

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Wed, 10/26/2011 - 09:56