April 01, 2012

And So It Begins...."A"

A. A. A. What begins with "A"?  Acknowledge, Accept, Approval, April and Autism.  April is Autism Awareness Month and it just so happens the first day of my A-Z blogging challenge, letter "A".  Perfect right?  So yes, in case you were wondering, I am going to bombard you on a daily basis this month with consecutive posts from the alphabet.  No really, it's not a joke.  I have already taken into consideration that I may lose followers, might be writing my very first haiku and am desperately trying to think of something else for "M" other than mullet.  It's going to be an interesting ride, my friends.
Don't mess with the Mama.

The CDC just released the new Autism numbers only days ago.  They are alarming.  A 25 % increase from the previous statistics of 1 in 110 kids affected.  What is worse it that I know the numbers are higher than this.

1 in 88 children have Autism in the U.S.
1 in 59 boys have Autism in the U.S. 
{Autism is more prevalent in boys}

My friend, Angela, wrote a wonderful heartfelt post on the numbers, citing many media sources and digging deep.  I encourage you to click over and read.  She said everything I wanted to say I'm lazy, but better. {It's 80 degrees outside}  I'm pretty sure we were separated at birth.  Oh and she does have one of the best blogs around too.  If the numbers keep increasing at such an alarming rate, Autism will affect 1 out of every 9 children in 2022.

We do not know what causes Autism.  There is no cure.  Autism is rarely misdiagnosed.  No two children with Autism are alike.  Autism has no face.

The very best way to be involved is to be educated.  Ask me. Click on my Autism Resources tab, or visit the many wonderful Autism blogs I read under my Blogs I Stalk Tab.  You can help be part of the solution by just recognizing this is an epidemic.

By the way, it's not to late to join the A-Z challenge.  Over 1400 people are participating this year...go on, link up!









Tomorrow..."B"...hmmm, wonder what it will be?  

I will also be providing a list of my Smokin' Hot A-Z Challenge Posse, want in?

*Update*  Evidently the posse doesn't even know they are in the posse and I've been tweeting them all week!  Here you go, let me know if you are participating and would like me to add you, oh and show them some love!
Blog:                                                       Twitter Handle:
Solitary Mama                                         @cmajaski    (fyi, she roped me into it)
Chasing Serenity                                      @chasingserenity
From the Mom Cave                               @amymcmunshindlr
The World For Realz                               @theworld4realz
Life and Times of A Tired Mom               @lilbakermaker
Noise For the Underdog                          @pammustard
Amberr Is Me                                          @amberrisme
Sue's Nutrition Buzz                                 @ssunithi
Make a Joyful Noise                                @normastark
Just Because You Can, Doesn't Mean You Should: Barbie 4.8  {is super crazy and setting up a blog just for this...I was not involved.}

If this posse makes it to Z, t-shirts for everybody!


41 comments:

  1. Be afraid of the mama wearing that t-shirt. Be very afraid. I left you a comment on your FB page with what I think it should say on the back. Let me know what you think. You rock, as always.

    Love ya, my soul sista!

    Angela

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    1. Loved it, and it's what I captioned when I pinned this bad boy on Pinterest. So far no controversy, people are afraid, I think.

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  2. I'm here to win a sexy walnut. I'll be back in a moment to make an appropriate comment. Blame solitary mama.

    Andi-Roo /// @theworld4realz
    http://www.theworld4realz.com/
    theworldforrealz@gmail.com

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    1. Christina and her damn giveaway! Well I hope you win the coveted walnut.

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  3. WOW. I had no idea autism was that prevalent, & growing. You're right, that is quite alarming. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I'll help spread the word.

    PS. You're a great mommy! :)

    PPS. Can I be on your AtoZChallenge posse list? ;p

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    1. Thank you, thank you and thank you. I try my best you know, but don't we all?

      Andi-Roo, silly girl, you're already in the posse;) Loved your post too, I'm going to have to up my game.

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  4. Shout out to Angela. Loved that post!!!

    Cari!! Stopeed by to give you A to Z luuuuuvvvin'! Muah! I had a slight meltdown over "C" today, but I'm over it. It's early. I think I'll be in rehab by "Z".

    I have two kids with autism, co-morbid diagnoses and a physical diability thrown in there for good measure. We eat, sleep (not!) and breathe this stuff. Thank you for spreading the word with your readers!

    What's the Smokin' Hot Posse??

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  5. Hey, Cari!

    Shout out to Angela! I read that blog entry and LOVED it!

    Stopping by to send you some A to Z luuuvin'! Muah!

    I have two boys with autism, the disorders that often are comorbid with autism and a physical disability thrown in for good measure. We eat, sleep (not!) and breathe this life. Why ignore what is going on and put other people through this? Thank you for carrying on a message to your readers!

    xo
    Amy from the Mom Cave
    P.S. What's the Smokin' Hot Posse?

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    1. Loved your challenge post, Amy! I actually think you and Angela would get along really well. You both should collaborate on something, maybe I could help.

      You're in the posse too...didn't you get my tweet? A posse is nicer than a gang, tougher than a club. And there aren't fees or secret hand shakes or anything.

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    2. Cari, Cari, Cari...I'm STILL not up and running with the Tweet-thang! Hahahaha! Okay. I'll go there now. Tell me what I need to do 'cause goodness's knows I don't have enough to do! lol!

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    3. I just couldn't find a tweet button on your blog to tweet your awesome post out, but I found one! Woot! You're killin' it.

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  6. I thin I AM officially signed up for A-Z but my layout won't let me put the buttons on display....and I can't remember what number I am or I'd send you right there to prove it. lol! But I did see it....maybe I'll look tonight :) And....I started early....so I'm already going on E. A is for Half-zheimer's. :) New York....Probably make sense somewhere around the 'N' part of the Alphabet. chuckle... snort....

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    1. Duly noted and changed up there. Since you've gone rogue, I've missed some of your posts, I'd better catch up.

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  7. I am SOOOO looking forward to your Haiku post and I think you should stick to "Mullet" for M!!! Seriously...ok maybe not. ;P

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    1. I haven't written a haiku since 4th grade. It will be interesting, especially since I can't shut my trap...3 lines, yeah.

      I will give the people what they want, if you want mullet...mullet you will get.

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    2. I could never get the hang of Haiku. Took it kinda personally too since I am of Japanese heritage. Figured it should have come naturally...NOT! :(

      Yea...mullet!!!

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  8. Definitely stick with Mullet for M! I'm looking forward to all your alphabet posts. You're brave--I wouldn't make it past "C is for Coffee." Maybe I would have made it to "F is for F- This." ;) Love the shirt, and love that you're sharing your experiences. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks:) And you read my mind...C is for coffee creamer, just to shake things up a bit. Wonder if I could do a guest from around "F" and you could still write the F-this post. No doubt that's how I'll be feeling by then.

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  9. Well I love that picture and the tshirt. Unfortunately being the lazy slacker that I am, I may not make it to B. Great post, btw and good luck in the A to Z.

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    1. You better make it to be, you started this. I think you need to duplicate Weasel. Which if you make it to Z, I'll make you a t-shirt that says, Weasel or Walnut...or Bitchassery is my expertise.

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  10. Great post!! I think there needs to be more people who are spotlighting these types of things. You are an amazing momma Cari, your kiddo's are very lucky! I had never heard those statistics and I have to tell you they are shocking. It amazes me that our "government", or whoever makes the idiot decisions, can spend billions of dollars on forcing evolution to speed up so they can domesticate a fox (seriously, this is happening as we speak) but they can't invest their time and money into finding out why certain things affect our children and how to help. I mean get a grip, these are children, they should be the focus.

    Thank you for this post, it was enlightening.

    If we all make it through this I am definitely in for a t-shirt!! I love the shirt you have on in your pic up top,you go super momma!!!! You are an amazing woman!!

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    1. I forgot to say I would make you all specialty shirts, because not all your kids have Autism. I'll have to come up with something snarky. Thanks always for your sweet words. Means a lot because I know you get it, and you are a great Mom! Domesticating foxes, geez. I'm not surprised, maybe they'll give every kid with Autism a fox.

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  11. the numbers are scary... but hopefully they push for more change, education, research and love. great shirt friend.

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    1. I hope so, if they won't I'll push for more. Thanks Mama, when do we get to see the bump anyway, hmmmm?

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  12. What's your cut on the cause of the increase, and Haiku is easy.

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    1. Well maybe for you, but trying to Haiku about pirates and easter eggs is tricky. Don't ask.

      Enabling my soap box, Beard. Only my opinion, but the numbers released from the CDC were from 2008 and the kids were 8 years old, so saying better diagnosis is not all together probable for a 25% increase. Certainly I think some awareness as well, but again, by the time your child is 8 years old, you get something isn't right. You can't cite early diagnosis. Not much has changed in the medical profession either. Hard to answer that not totally even knowing what causes Autism. So if we say it's a mix of genetic, biological and environmental factors; the increase lies therein somewhere. My son has always had a genetic pre-disposition to Autism, always had sensory issues, but that he can't tolerate, or digest, or filter certain proteins and metals and crap that is in our vaccines, food, water supply, etc. only makes it worse. Which is why I saw regression after his shots at 12 and 18 months...talking to no talking. The FDA released a study last year saying 2 types of food coloring or dye cause ADD and ADHD (I'll find it and email if you want it) yet it's still not regulated or taken out, thus kids are on meds which feed the pharmaceutical companies. Infuriating. Anyway, that's my quick 2 cents.

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  13. I agree w/ everyone else - do the mullet for M. You can then post on all the other crazy 80s trends that were so silly and will never make a come back.
    Except leg warmers.
    And skinny jeans.
    And neon sunglasses...:)

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    1. Business in the front, party in the back. I already have some pretty awesome pics. AND I had a mullet siting last week. I do like my skinny jeans.

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  14. It is scary how many more kids have autism these days. Two of my friends and a cousin have toddlers who were recently diagnosed (all boys). Stopped by from the A-Z challenge. Donna's New Day.

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  15. No thanks. I'll read yours tho. How about Margarita?

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    1. After writing a post on Mullets, I will need a Margarita...care to join me? We'll call it an Autism support group meeting.

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  16. Cari, this is an amazing post. I toyed with the idea of doing the A-Z challenge on my writing blog or my food blog. Food won, for the record. I eat. A lot.

    I'm happy to see you and Christina are doing this too, and this really WAS a great post and quite enlightening, while I knew the stats were high, I really was not aware of how high. The shirt rocks btw.

    I'll be checking in on you again tomorrow.

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    1. Thanks, Nicole. Well as sad as I am that you aren't doing A-Z, you are such a talented cook...and I've printed out a few of your recipes. So I think wise choice.

      The numbers are alarming...and it gives me the chance to wear a snarky shirt and look mean.

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  17. Just wanted to say bravo! My daughter also has autism, so I appreciate your advocacy.

    Thanks for sharing, and I look forward to more A to Z goodness!

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    1. Seems that we as the parent are their only advocates sometimes. And I wish there was more I could do. Thanks for stopping by;) A to Z goodness, we'll see..25 to go.

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  18. I never knew so many children had autism. What a great way to start off the month, by offering helpful resources for people to learn more about autism.

    A-Z Challenge, ftw, mullet or otherwise.

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    1. Thanks, Amberr. I am super impressed with your theme! I can always use some help on the ol' blog here. Looking forward to it!

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  19. Ok, I've been a little absent from computerland since we've had a 70 degree month of March, but I'm just checking in on my favorite blogs tonight, and I have to tell you I seriously love the autism t-shirt pic. You crack me up (even though it's a serious message).

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  20. The weather and this Challenge are competing hard-core right now. I will make you a shirt too...unfortunately already making one for a peep that says kids instead of kid. BLAH! Bet your garden is hopping...gonna check:)

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