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This topic comes from a discussion in the Help on the Way topic concerning various folks' experiences with autism. Here's a place to hang out, discuss, learn more, and generally look out for each other.

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Just an observation on autism

Look into the MMR vaccine. I know it won't help if your child already has autism but if you are having children or are about to vaccinate your young ones please investigate MMR.

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Just an observation on autism

Look into the MMR vaccine. I know it won't help if your child already has autism but if you are having children or are about to vaccinate your young ones please investigate MMR.

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Not about Dead Heads, but great article

How Apple's Siri Became One Autistic Boy's BFF.

I used to know the author/mom back in the day, and love her stories about her kids.

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I would be remiss

if I did not point out that there's a new thread involving our own Steve Silberman, who in his other life is a noted author on the subject of autism. Head on over and talk to him: http://www.dead.net/features/all-family/all-family-steve-silberman.

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Speaking of Downs Syndrome (not unrelated)

From the French Press Agency toay AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE

KATHMANDU: A 15-year-old American boy has become the first teenager with Down's syndrome to reach Everest Base Camp, according to his father, in an attempt to inspire different attitudes towards people with disabilities.

Eli Reimer, from Oregon, reached the 5,364 metres high camp in Himalayan mountains in mid-March after 10 days of trekking.

"Part of the focus of this trek was on having at least one disabled trekker go with us and through their attempt, we wanted to point to the abilities of the 'dis'-abled," his father Justin, who was part of the expedition team, told AFP.

The trek was also a fund-raiser for the Elisha Foundation, founded by Eli's parents, which works with disabled people and their families. Eli is believed to be the first teenager to reach the base camp.

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Hidden Wings

Some folks might want to take a look at this group, which received the most recent Bill Graham Award from the Rex Foundation. They work with autistic folks; music is involved! http://rexfoundation.org/2013/02/14/sharing-a-letter-from-hidden-wings/

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He's doing well overall!

Continues to enjoy live music! We just saw Railroad Earth a couple weeks ago and he had a great time. We saw Furthur at Merriweather Post Pavilion last summer and he was blown away!. He turns 17 this summer and the hormonal shifts of being that age coupled with autism have created some challenges for all of us, but he continues to be a sensitive and amazing young man. He teaches me new things everyday!

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how's

your son doing these days?

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Marye

Good to be back! Took a bit of a break but I'm glad to be back!

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hey tp!

nice to see you back here!

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