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More on the Autism CARES Act of 2014 (cited above): "Menendez, Smith autism bill goes to Obama"


Menendez, Smith autism bill goes to Obama

Monday, August 4, 2014
By: Jonathon Tamari
Philadelphia Inquirer

A bill to fund autism research and help young autistic people as they move into adulthood has cleared both chambers of Congress with backing from New Jersey’s U.S. Rep. Chris Smith and Sen. Robert Menendez.

The bill passed the Senate by unanimous consent late Thursday after clearing the House by a voice vote in late June. In parts of New Jersey, 1 in 45 children have been identified with autism, most among areas studied in 11 states, according to a March report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The overall rate among 8-year-olds living in the communities studied was 1 in 68.

“By passing this legislation, Congress assures individuals with autism and their families that they will not be left behind, and that we are working to assist and empower them,” Smith, a Republican, said in a news release.

Smith sponsored the bill, which incorporated language Menendez proposed in the Senate, according to Menendez’s office.


Many Philadelphia-area lawmakers co-sponsored the bills.

Sens. Bob Casey (D., Pa.) and Chris Coons (D., Del.) signed onto Menendez's Senate proposal, along with 16 other Senators. U.S. Reps. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.), Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.), Jim Gerlach (R., Pa.), Patrick Meehan (R., Pa.) and Allyson Schwartz (D., Pa.) were among the 86 House members to co-sponsor Smith's measure



March 27, 2014 -- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a report showing 1 in 68 children nationally has an Autism Spectrum Disorder. This newest estimate is based on the CDC's evaluation of health and educational records of all 8-year-old children in 2010 in 11 states, including New Jersey. New Jersey has the highest rates, with 1 in 45, 1 in 28 boys. The national rate marks an increase of 30% from the previous 1 in 88 statistic.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a report today showing 1 in 68 children nationally has an autism spectrum disorder. This newest estimate is based on the CDC's evaluation of health and educational records of 8-year-old children in 2010 in 11 states, including New Jersey. New Jersey has the highest rates, with 1 in 45, 1 in 28 boys. The national rate marks an increase of 30% from the previous 1 in 88 statistic.


Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Apr 2, 2015, 02:02 PM (0 replies)

Presidential Proclamation -- World Autism Awareness Day, 2015

Source: The White House, Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
April 01, 2015

Presidential Proclamation -- World Autism Awareness Day, 2015


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On World Autism Awareness Day, our Nation recognizes all those around the globe who live on the autism spectrum. We celebrate the countless ways they strengthen our communities and enrich our world -- and we reaffirm their fundamental rights to participate fully in society, live with respect, and achieve their greatest potential.

In the United States, millions of adults and young people live with autism spectrum disorder, including 1 out of every 68 children. They are our colleagues, classmates, friends, and loved ones, and they each have something to contribute to the American story. In large cities and small towns, individuals with autism live independent and productive lives, and our Nation is better because of their unique talents and perspectives. Their example reminds us that all people have inherent dignity and worth, and that everyone deserves a fair shot at opportunity.

My Administration is committed to helping Americans with autism fulfill their potential by ensuring access to the resources and programs they need. The Affordable Care Act prohibits companies from denying health insurance because of pre-existing conditions such as autism, and the law also requires most insurance plans to cover preventive services -- including autism and developmental screenings for young children -- without copays. Last year, I was proud to sign the Autism CARES Act of 2014, which bolstered training and educational opportunities for professionals serving children or adults on the autism spectrum. And as part of the BRAIN Initiative, we continue to invest in innovative research that aims to revolutionize our understanding of conditions like autism and improve the lives of all who live with them.

The greatness of our Nation lies in the diversity of our people. When more Americans are able to pursue their full measure of happiness, it makes our Union more perfect and uplifts us all. Today, let us honor advocates, professionals, family members, and all who work to build brighter tomorrows alongside those with autism. Together, we can create a world free of barriers to inclusion and full of understanding and acceptance of the differences that make us strong.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 2, 2015, World Autism Awareness Day. I encourage all Americans to learn more about autism and what they can do to support individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.


Read more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/04/01/presidential-proclamation-world-autism-awareness-day-2015
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Apr 2, 2015, 01:43 PM (4 replies)

That vital feedback system is thwarted by mandates and liability protection. Think about it. (nt)

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Apr 2, 2015, 01:24 PM (0 replies)

And, by the way, she bridges the gulf between peer-reviewed studies and the public. Read PEW/NRDC.




"about 10,000 (synthetic) chemicals allowed in food products ~ 43% of which have been deemed GRAS."

Laugh all you want about that, or not.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Tue Mar 31, 2015, 06:09 PM (0 replies)

Read about food served to undergrads at Ivy League schools including those w "food chemistry" depts.


Look for FARM TO TABLE programs. Keep in mind that both organic and at least some kosher certified foods (Apple K Kosher Certified and Star-K Kosher Certified) are non-GMO.

These programs are very much more in line with Vani Hari than not, and that's absolutely great. Sorry, no dice.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Tue Mar 31, 2015, 05:39 PM (1 replies)

The sales slump had nothing to do with this type of investigative reporting?


That would make the other issue a disingenuous ploy. Of course, I don't know which it is.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Tue Mar 31, 2015, 03:38 PM (6 replies)

Campaign to rename colorful California tunnel after Robin Williams gets first legislative approval


Campaign to rename colorful California tunnel after Robin Williams gets first legislative approval

Monday, March 30, 2015, 5:11 PM


The drive to rename a famous rainbow-painted tunnel in honor of Robin Williams has cleared another bureaucratic speed bump.

The legislative plan to rename the so-called Waldo Tunnel just north of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge passed unanimously through the transportation committee of the California State Assembly last week on a 16-0 vote.

The resolution was introduced in December by Assembly Member Marc Levine of San Rafael in response to an online petition with more than 60,000 supporters.


"Robin Williams always wore those rainbow suspenders as Mork," she said, referring to Williams' iconic character on the hit 70s sitcom "Mork & Mindy," and "he did a famous comedy routine about going through the tunnel."


RELATED: http://aphotoaday.blogspot.com/2009/10/brightening-up-rainbows.html
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Mar 30, 2015, 05:54 PM (2 replies)

This DU thread from 2008 popped up when I searched for MUMPER the other day.


Source: This site is dedicated, in loving memory, to Elizabeth Birt and Dr. Alan Clark.


Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Mar 30, 2015, 04:07 AM (0 replies)

There is definitely pandering here, but it's not "to idiotic groups in the party." Ignore/mock this.


Senior CDC Scientist and Whistleblower Dr. William W. Thompson:

"You know in the United States the only vaccine it's still in is for pregnant women.

I can say confidently I do think Thimerosal causes tics so I don't know why they still give it to pregnant women, like that's the last person I would give mercury to.

Thimerosal from vaccines causes tics. You start a campaign and you just make that your mantra.

Do you think a pregnant mother would want to take a vaccine that they knew caused tics? Absolutely not! I would never give my wife a vaccine that I thought caused tics.

I can say tics are four times more prevalent in kids with autism.

There is biologic plausibility right now to say that Thimerosal causes autism-like features."

Warning: Gratuitous image (fake 'fire' on pregnant abdomen) near end of 1:02 minute video. To avoid, listen to audio only.

CDC Whistleblower Dr. Thompson on Thimerosal and Pregnant Women
Published on Aug 27, 2014





March 26, 2015

...We at AofA received an email from Frontline, asking us to help promote the program, Tweet during it etc. I was at the New York City debut of Trace Amounts and missed Frontline. Shucks.... Here's a post JB Handley wrote after the first version of Frontline appeared in 2010. KS
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Mar 30, 2015, 03:30 AM (0 replies)

This is Frank Luntz territory.


How Would-Be Republican Presidential Candidates Score on Science
Pass, fail, or pander on the issues?
Ronald Bailey | March 27, 2015

Shift the frame of reference for a moment. Consider how SCIENTISTS IN CONSENSUS from Europe (or Japan, Israel China, more) would fare on this "assessment" of scientific literacy since GMO foods are NOT endorsed, and the US CDC Childhood Immunization Schedule is NOT emulated. Look around.

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sun Mar 29, 2015, 12:49 PM (0 replies)
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