Vaccine Court and Autism

MMR Vaccine, Thimerosal and Autism post updated, to read see here.

There is a special Vaccine Court set up to deal with petitions of vaccine injury. See here.

How many petitions have been filed so far?
As of March 2014 15,100 petitions have been filed. As of 2009, 5,000 of those petitions were autism related.
(see here for details from the Health Resources and Services Administration(HRSA), be patient as the page is very slow to load.)
(Proof of 5,000 autism related petitions see p2 of the Hazlehurst Appeal here.)

Vaccine Court awards millions of dollars to two children with autism, for The Huffington Post article see here.


Crime against Autism

UPDATE: (14 September 2014):
“Five Bay High School students, all minors, are suspected of victimizing a classmate through a fake ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
The boys identified as suspects are between the ages of 14 and 17, Police Chief Mark Spaetzel said, adding that the investigation is not complete….
The police will turn all evidence over to the county prosecutor to determine charges when they complete their investigation…”
“No one has been charged or arrested in the case.”


Comedian, Drew Carey is offering a reward of $10,000 to help the police find those responsible for the despicable crime against an autistic teen in Bay Village, Ohio, USA. See here for the article. This was a crime, not a prank. I hope those responsible are caught and prosecuted.
This was not an ASL bucket challenge.

Words don’t come easy


Left and Right Differentiation

Wife: Go left at the next corner.
Husband: Okay.
Their car approaches corner and the husband indicates left and goes to turn left.
Wife: (in a panicked voice) I said right!
Husband: No you didn’t. You said left…..
Wife: Well I meant right. Go right now….
Husband: I can’t now. There’s a car behind me and we’re in the wrong lane. We’ll have to go around the block.
Wife: I’m sure I said right.
Husband: Mm.

I have had many a discussion with my husband about the glorious words left and right. Nothing to do with politics here just the plain old fashioned meaning of direction. I have always thought that I am clear with my directions but apparently I say left when I mean right. I admit that this may be the case but it is not until you observe yourself closely that you realise that you may not be so perfect after all! I began these observations in earnest after self diagnosing myself with Aspergers. The excitement of Aspergers has worn off. I have known for over three months now. Life is back to normal. 🙂 So back to the left/right issue. There was a question that asks whether you have difficulty with direction, in particular left and right. I do believe at the time I wrote no. But on reflection that is not true. My sense of direction is truly amazing. I can find my way anywhere. I can also read and navigate with a map well. But I have noticed that when there is another person involved then driving and having to describe where to go at the same time, well the words don’t seem to come out perfectly. I think that maybe why I prefer to drive. I can just show you rather than explain to you where we are going. I am a terrible passenger. I get bored and fidgety and make the driver nervous, or I start adding suggestions which don’t go down well. You get the idea.

Mild Aphasia
Why is it that we say one thing but mean another? My husband knows what I am talking about. He can follow the code. I find with speech I either cannot use the correct word such as the case just stated or I simply cannot say the word that I want to say at all. I can see the object even and the word doesn’t appear formed in speech. It gets lost onto the way to my voice, I can draw what I want to say, it is usually an object or a thing. It is completely frustrating to forget simple words. Instead of saying the object, which I obviously cannot for unknown reasons, I describe what I want to say. In my mother tongue it may sound ridiculous but in another language it can be disguised as forgetting vocabulary. For some reason I only have this problem with speech. Or it appears more obvious with speech. I do not recall this problem with writing. I have had this forgetting of words since early times. I had hoped that I would grow out of it but that doesn’t seem to be the case. I only hope that it doesn’t get worse as I get older! This is not a daily occurrence but it happens quite regularly. I haven’t noted anything in particular today that frustrated me. No wait,… we were filling the dishwasher and I needed to really concentrate to ask my husband to help with various tasks clearing the benchtop. For this case call it delayed speech. The words eventually arrived. I’m feeling a little tired now as I write this so perhaps my memory is deceiving me.

Wife: Go and have a look at the moon! It’s a full moon. It’s beautiful.
Husband: Where is it?
Wife: Go down the steps to the master bedroom. (pointing down the hall.)
Husband interprets this to mean go down the hall. (There are no steps.) He goes down the hall to the master bedroom and looks out the window up at the moon.
Husband: Wow. I need to get my camera. It’s so clear.

Wife: Can you get me a ….., I want to soak up the water off the bathroom floor.
Husband: A towel?
Wife: Yes. A towel.

Where do the words go? Why do they get stuck on the way from the brain to the mouth? Does this happen when I am tired? Or nervous? Anxious? As I get older will it happen more often? Cynthia at Musings of an Aspie wrote a great post on this topic. I had never heard of the word aphasia before until she mentioned it in one of her surveys here. Aphasia, it’s a rather frightening word usually associated with strokes, brain cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Is it common with Aspergers?

Slow Cognitive Processing
Are you ever in a conversation and someone has asked you a question and you think about it and then reply and you take the person by surprise because they weren’t expecting any reply. They either thought that you weren’t listening or that weren’t interested. Even my husband after so many years is still thrown by my delay in replying at times. Yet the more I read the faster my cognitive processing becomes. It seems to be speeding up of late. This is an interesting development. However my listening skills seem to be waning. Which is more important? Getting your thoughts or idea across or listening to the other person? Both are important. I just have to remember that if I ask a question I need to let the person reply until they have finished not rush off on a tangent partway through the reply. Patience.

F R David – Words Don’t Come Easy