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Autism in the News – 06.06.11

A Disabled Boy’s Death, and a System in Disarray (The New York Times)
Jonathon Carey didn’t die for lack of money. New York State and the federal government provided $1.4 million annually per person to care for Jonathan and the other residents of the Oswald D. Heck Developmental Center, a warren of low-rise concrete and brick buildings near Albany. Read more.

Autistic students require patience and support, but see the world a little differently (The Grand Rapids Press)
I used to lead a church middle school youth group, and one of the kids in the group was diagnosed with autism when he was a toddler. Read more.

Transitioning to middle school for a child with autism (The Brownsville Herald)
Matthew, Patty and Michael knew something different was happening that Tuesday. The three children had been listening to a social story about going to a new school. The story talked about the upcoming changes that were to take place in August including pictures of a new school. The students understood that a bus would be bringing them to a different school for a special community-based instruction that week. Read more.

Families Hit the Pavement to Raise Money and Awareness at Autism Walk (White Plains, N.Y.)
Thousands of employees, volunteers and family members gathered at New York Presbyterian Hospital in White Plains to participate in Walk Now for Autism Speaks in an effort to raise something as equally important as donations: awareness. Read more.

Ernie Els will return to U.S. Open at Congressional vastly changed by his child’s autism (The Washington Post)
They were, comparatively, kids then and not yet married when Ernie Els wrapped his girlfriend Liezl in an embrace 14 years ago after he won the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club. The group hug included Els’s father, Neels, who thwacked Ernie on the back on Father’s Day, though he missed his mark in the bedlam and ended up slapping Ernie’s mother, Hettie.  Read more.

  1. Ronny L. Jernigan DC#914965
    June 6, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Do any of your efforts assist an inmate inside a correctional institution who has Asperger Syndrome?
    Welcome to my world…my days begin at 5:30 a.m. and they end at 11:00 p.m., between this 17 ½ hour periods I am confronted with many continuous uncertainties, although there are some certainties of routine.

    Every morning I wake up with many faces never changing. Some are expressionless and those who display some form of expression may do so with a weary smile one minute but may desire to hurt you the next.

    Then there are the rules by which I am to adhere to, which when they become understood becomes routine for me. Many times these rules change because of those who have authority over me. For some reason, I understand – feel that because they have the authority -they can change the “written rules” at liberty by way of a “verbal order” (which if not followed will cause other adverse consequences when you do not do as they say). When this occurs a part of me desires to respectfully respond but do to the lacking ability and fear of feeling that if I try to express my self, I be misunderstood, I therefore melt-down and withdraw.

    Then there are those again whom I wake up with which there is absolutely, the majority of the time, no personal interaction with because of fear of misunderstanding because of me possibly invading their personal space; therefore again, I remain withdrawn and remain totally deep within my own world/space.

    My interactions and communications with everyone are very limited. Yes there are times when, I have no other choice but to communicate or respond to others for example when someone may ask me for something as simple as a cup of coffee or something to eat even if it may be my last, I am not able to say “no”. I feel compelled to give it to them for whatever reason, although on the inside I am screaming “no”.

    I feel as though I am this little minute white speck in the dead center of this massive black square with continuous static noise like un-tuned radio frequency. I remain day in and day out within my assigned area – on my bunk, feeling totally indifferent from those around me while staring out into outer nothingness.

    Welcome to my world….allow me to introduce my self. I AM Autism, Dementia and PTSD – my name is Ronny Jernigan #914965. I am an inmate here at Tomoka C.I., trying to survive within the department of corrections.

    I do not understand why my public defender was unable to keep me away from here. I have no memory of what the two female only witnesses say I did or said.

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