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RECOMMENDED: "Disney, Treatment for Children With Autism" by autism parent and activist, Anne Dachel
Disney, Treatment for Children With Autism
by Anne Dachel
Disney has become a treatment for children with autism, as Ron Suskind, journalist for The New York Times and Animated Language Learning, an Irish company show. One of Suskind’s children, Owen, started showing signs of this disease when he was three years old and could only communicate by means of Disney movies, which he watched repeatedly even after he grew up. At the same time, Enda Dodd, the founder of Animated Language Learning developed a technology that educates children with autism with the help of Disney and Pixar movies.
Animated Language Learning
See full article (excerpt of an upcoming book) plus multiple corroborating comments and information regarding Q&A with author, Suskind.
The Dodd Family
Enda and Valerie Dodd relocated to the San Francisco Bay area in a final attempt to find a solution to the autism they faced daily with their twin sons, Conor and Eoin. Dedicated to daily development, Enda and Valerie created a state of the art visually based language learning program that has lifted their children from the isolation of autism, and they want to share this success with other families in a similar situation.
Posted 3 years ago.
Ireland-based company use Disney and Pixar to help educate autistic kids
IrishCentral Staff Writers @irishcentral July 29, 2013 04:02 AM
Animated Language Learning, run by Irishman Enda Dodd, is developing technology that uses Disney and Pixar movies to help educate children with autism and language learning disorders.
The Ireland-based company is set to create 100 jobs, creating this technology that could improve the lives of these children and help them communication with the world around them.
Dodd told TheJournal.ie “People who are diagnosed as autistic or with language disorders are highly intelligent individuals – they can see the structure of things and organise visual thought and idea much like an architect or a surgeon.
“Their problem is that they lack language so they can’t communicate this.”
Dodd was inspired to create this technology by his two sons, Eoin and Conor, who are both autistic.
He said “When I looked at my own two children at four and five-years-old it looked like they could need institutionalisation.
“They were so severe that we had to go to California to find a solution.”
Dodd worked with researchers in California on trials to test the technology and his own children took part in the first case study.
The technology remixes Disney and Pixar movies to help children associate visualisations with language.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sun Mar 9, 2014, 05:38 PM (0 replies)
The great global food gap: Families around the world photographed with weekly shopping as they reveal cost ranges from £3.20 to £320
Snapshots of families' weekly shop from countries around the world shows the food gulf between nations
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 12:32 EST, 5 May 2013 | UPDATED: 05:18 EST, 9 May 2013
Stunning info, IMO.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sat Mar 8, 2014, 02:07 PM (1 replies)
MONDAY ALL NIGHT: Senators Speaking All Night to Urge Action on Climate Change
March 7, 2014
Washington, DC - Immediately following votes on the evening of Monday, March 10 until approximately 9 am ET Tuesday, March 11, Senators from the Senate Climate Action Task Force will be holding the Senate floor to urge action on climate change. A significant number of Senators are expected to participate throughout the night.
"Climate change is real, it is caused by humans, and it is solvable," said Senator Schatz. "Congress must act. On Monday night we're going to show the growing number of Senators who are committed to working together to confront climate change."
Senator Boxer said: "So many Senators coming together for an all-night session shows our commitment to wake up Congress to the dangers of climate change. All you have to do is look at China to see what happens to your country when you throw the environment under the bus."
"The cost of Congress' inaction on climate change is too high for our communities, our kids and grandkids, and our economy," Senator Whitehouse said. "On Monday we'll be sending a clear message: it's time for Congress to wake up and get serious about addressing this issue."
Senators expected to participate include:
Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
Senators will be actively participating on social media as well throughout the night - using the hashtag #Up4Climate.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sat Mar 8, 2014, 10:34 AM (0 replies)
Source: TPM, SAHIL KAPUR – MARCH 7, 2014, 2:45 PM EST
Democratic senators intend to occupy the Senate floor from Monday night at 10 P.M. ET through Tuesday morning at 9 A.M., taking turns speaking to urge action on climate change.
The event, organized by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI), features 28 Senate Democrats, including the top four leaders and members of the Senate Climate Action Task Force.
"Climate change is real, it is caused by humans, and it is solvable," Schatz said. "Congress must act."
Legislative action on climate change has been seen as a lost cause since Republicans won the House majority in the 2010 elections. In 2009, the Democratic-led House passed a sweeping climate bill but the Democratic-led Senate took no action. As a result, President Barack Obama has sought to address the issue via executive actions where he can. The scientific community overwhelmingly believes climate change is being exacerbated by human activities like burning fossil fuels.
Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/senate-democrats-climate-change
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri Mar 7, 2014, 04:00 PM (20 replies)
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USDA to Allow Chickens From U.S. to Be Shipped to China for Processing and Back to U.S. for Consumption, Just Like Seafood
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House ‘Chemical Reform’ Bill Would Erode Protections For Health, Environment
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Legislation proposed by Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) to reform federal chemicals management law would leave the public at even greater risk of exposure to toxic substances than under the outdated current law, said Environmental Working Group in a statement today.
“The Shimkus plan codifies the worst features of current law while tying the hands of states that seek to protect their own citizens from harmful chemicals,” said Ken Cook, president and co-founder of EWG.
Lowlights of Shimkus’ “Chemicals in Commerce Act,” which would update the 1976 Toxics Substances Control Act, include:
• It would perpetuate the existing weak safety standard based on “unreasonable risk,” adding layers of cost-benefit analysis and tipping the scales in favor of chemical companies at the expense of public health.
“The only thing this bill would do is add additional layers of protection for the chemical industry allowing it to continue unleashing hazardous materials into commerce,” added Cook.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Mar 6, 2014, 01:39 PM (0 replies)
...New Evidence on BPA-Free Plastics
And the Big Tobacco-style campaign to bury it.
—By Mariah Blake | March/April 2014 Issue
Photographs by Evan Kafka
Update (3/3/14): After this story went to press, the US Food and Drug Administration published a paper finding that BPA was safe in low doses. However, the underlying testing was done on a strain of lab rat known as the Charles River Sprague Dawley, which doesn't readily respond to synthetic estrogens, such as BPA. And, due to laboratory contamination, all of the animals—including the control group—were exposed to this chemical. Academic scientists say this raises serious questions about the study's credibility. Stay tuned for more in-depth reporting on the shortcomings of the FDA's most recent study.
EACH NIGHT AT DINNERTIME, a familiar ritual played out in Michael Green's home: He'd slide a stainless steel sippy cup across the table to his two-year-old daughter, Juliette, and she'd howl for the pink plastic one. Often, Green gave in. But he had a nagging feeling. As an environmental-health advocate, he had fought to rid sippy cups and baby bottles of the common plastic additive bisphenol A (BPA), which mimics the hormone estrogen and has been linked to a long list of serious health problems. Juliette's sippy cup was made from a new generation of BPA-free plastics, but Green, who runs the Oakland, California-based Center for Environmental Health, had come across research suggesting some of these contained synthetic estrogens, too.
He pondered these findings as the center prepared for its anniversary celebration in October 2011. That evening, Green, a slight man with scruffy blond hair and pale-blue eyes, took the stage and set Juliette's sippy cups on the podium. He recounted their nightly standoffs. "When she wins…every time I worry about what are the health impacts of the chemicals leaching out of that sippy cup," he said, before listing some of the problems linked to those chemicals—cancer, diabetes, obesity. To help solve the riddle, he said, his organization planned to test BPA-free sippy cups for estrogenlike chemicals.
The center shipped Juliette's plastic cup, along with 17 others purchased from Target, Walmart, and Babies R Us, to CertiChem, a lab in Austin, Texas. More than a quarter—including Juliette's—came back positive for estrogenic activity. These results mirrored the lab's findings in its broader National Institutes of Health-funded research on BPA-free plastics. CertiChem and its founder, George Bittner, who is also a professor of neurobiology at the University of Texas-Austin, had recently coauthored a paper in the NIH journal Environmental Health Perspectives. It reported that "almost all" commercially available plastics that were tested leached synthetic estrogens—even when they weren't exposed to conditions known to unlock potentially harmful chemicals, such as the heat of a microwave, the steam of a dishwasher, or the sun's ultraviolet rays. According to Bittner's research, some BPA-free products actually released synthetic estrogens that were more potent than BPA.
Estrogen plays a key role in everything from bone growth to ovulation to heart function. Too much or too little, particularly in utero or during early childhood, can alter brain and organ development, leading to disease later in life. Elevated estrogen levels generally increase a woman's risk of breast cancer.
Estrogenic chemicals found in many common products have been linked to a litany of problems in humans and animals. According to one study, the pesticide atrazine can turn male frogs female. DES, which was once prescribed to prevent miscarriages, caused obesity, rare vaginal tumors, infertility, and testicular growths among those exposed in utero. Scientists have tied BPA to ailments including asthma, cancer, infertility, low sperm count, genital deformity, heart disease, liver problems, and ADHD. "Pick a disease, literally pick a disease," says Frederick vom Saal, a biology professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia who studies BPA.
Link from: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Toxic-Baby/147639041948185?ref=stream
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Tue Mar 4, 2014, 03:29 PM (2 replies)
This is just the latest round of Keystone XL-related arrests at the White House that began in 2011. Not likely to be the last. More than 86,000 people have taken the CREDO pledge to be arrested, if necessary, in opposition to the pipeline. President Obama is expected to announce his decision on whether to approve construction sometime after May 1, but the "after" could be days, weeks or months.
Sign the Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance
86,242 activists have signed the pledge
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Mar 3, 2014, 02:24 PM (1 replies)
NRDC: Final environmental review for Keystone XL tar sands pipeline acknowledges significant climate
NRDC: Danielle Droitsch’s Blog
Final environmental review for Keystone XL tar sands pipeline acknowledges significant climate impact and sets stage for rejection
Posted January 31, 2014
The State Department has released its final environmental review acknowledging for the first time Keystone XL could accelerate climate change, adding the equivalent of 5.7 million new cars to the road. There is already compelling evidence that approval of Keystone XL would expand the tar sands industry and cause unacceptable climate impacts. This is a significant change to previous State Department analyses which have failed to acknowledge the role of the pipeline to facilitate tar sands expansion. When considering these climate impacts with the overwhelming evidence that the pipeline would create few jobs, bring tar sands to the Gulf for refining and export, and put communities and fresh water at risk, there is no other choice than to reject the pipeline. This dirty energy project fails the national interest test. In his recent State of the Union address this week, President Obama noted the enormous opportunity the country has to develop clean energy. Serving our national interest means embracing clean and renewable energy, reducing oil demand, and facilitating cleaner transportation. This means rejecting Keystone XL.
The pipeline will have a significant climate impact
In this final environmental review, the State Department concedes the pipeline will enable the expansion of tar sands production in a scenario assuming lower oil prices and little or no growth in pipelines. In this scenario, the State Department has now conceded that the possible climate impact of the pipeline could be upwards of 27.4 MMTCO2e annually which is equivalent to the tailpipe emissions from 5.7 million passenger vehicles. While the State Department downplays the likelihood of this scenario, they clearly acknowledge the project could pose a significant climate impact. The International Energy Agency (IEA), futures markets, and the World Bank are all projecting lower global oil prices over the coming years. According to the environmental review, “the total direct and indirect emissions associated with the proposed Project would contribute to cumulative global GHG emissions.”
Already, there is plenty of recent evidence from the investors, the Canadian government, and the tar sands industry acknowledging that the pipeline is critical to expansion. The International Energy Agency has confirmed the close connection between large pipelines including Keystone XL, and the tar sands industry’s expansion plans. Investment banks like the Royal Bank of Canada and Goldman Sachs have acknowledged the role of Keystone XL in driving tar sands expansion. In fact, we know that rail is not a feasible alternative to replace the capacity of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. In short, Goldman Sachs finds that without Keystone XL, lower tar sands prices and higher transport costs will result in the cancelation or deferment of tar sands expansion projects. We know that rail won’t be a replacement for moving tar sands oil.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Mar 3, 2014, 01:24 PM (1 replies)