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Stripping for Autism…Go Away Jenny McCarthy!

So it’s a Monday morning and I get to my computer at work and I start checking the emails I received over the weekend and I see a link to a wonderful Website called Special Needs Book Review where they have been so gracious to read our book, Look at My Eyes and they interviewed me (a dad) and did a great job.

I was so excited to have the opportunity to share some thoughts with this great outlet–that is read by many, many parents (and hopefully dads) and just thrilled to be able to make more connections…not just to hopefully sell some books, but to reach as many people dealing with a child on the autism spectrum as possible.

I went to my friend and fellow dad with child with autism Stuart Duncan to post the link to the interview on his site…Stuart lives in Canada and I have never met him but I would consider him a friend and a fellow father fighting for his son!  Stuart and I have had a few conference calls together and have been featured in  publications together…so it’s a joy to share information with him and to read his posts and blogs.

And there it was…I opened his page to see that Jenny McCarthy is apparently taking her clothes off for Playboy all in the name of Autism. (Note: I am not going to link the article of Jenny making this announcement because I don’t want any more clicks on that bullshit as possible)

Can I explain how angry I am right now?  Probably not!  This is just a joke and an outrage and I’m so ticked off on so many levels.

Who make this fraud the Queen of Autism?  She’s all about “curing autism” and how apparently her son had it and is now “cured” or something…which would be amazing since I don’t think I’ve EVER heard of anyone being cured from autism…but maybe he’s extra-extra special.

She’s big into bio-meds and all the vaccines “caused” my son to have autism although all of the reports she hangs onto have been disproved and not deemed scientific at all.

Let me get this straight…this no talent, fake boob, D-list “actress” (if you could call her that) who wrote a book (big deal, I wrote a book too–and it’s actually a helpful book!) and claims to have all the answers to autism–apparently she’s extra super smart…she just plays dumb in her life…is now going to take her clothes off to “fund autism research”

I’d love to go on and on and on about how pissed off I am and how stupid the media is to even report this…this is nothing more than a pathetic cry for attention by an aging (yet beautiful still I’m sure) never-has-been person peddling her son’s diagnosis to get money.

Shame on you Jenny McCarthy!  You are a disgrace to your son and to all the parents out there who are truly fighting and scraping every last resource possible to help pay for medicine, therapy, testing, treatment, anything and everything to give our child a future!

You are hurting those of us who truly are trying to make a difference in the autism community.

You are a shame to your name…you decided taking your clothes off 20 years ago was the best and only way to make a name for yourself and to make money…that’s fine, that’s up to you…and kudos to you for maintaining your surgically enhanced looks at your age now where you are able to be comfortable in stripping for the Playboy again…if you’ve got it, flaunt it.

BUT DON’T PRETEND THAT YOU’RE DOING THIS TO HELP YOUR SON AND OUT OF THE KINDNESS OF YOUR BOTOXED HEART…call it what it is….you need money and you crave attention…great, but don’t pimp your child in order to get attention or make money.

You don’t like what I’m saying…you are free to contact me directly and I’ll give you my mobile number and would love to visit with you!  info@thefowler4group.com

Have some respect for yourself and for your child…have some respect for us parents with children on the spectrum that can’t sleep because of the fears and stresses of our daily lives and the thought of our children growing up unable to blend into society as we get older…

Keep your mouth shut, keep your clothes on…or at least don’t associate Autism when you do it!

We’re asking the WRONG questions when it comes to Autism!

Okay, here’s a dad’s rant about autism…enjoy

Recently my wife and I were interviewed for CBS 11 in Fort Worth/Dallas regarding the recent study that said 1 in 88 children are now diagnosed with some form of pervasive developmental disorder.

Mainly they wanted to ask about our feelings of the change in numbers (previously it was 1 in 100 children) and all that good stuff.

How I feel?  Dude…you should’ve asked me that 4 years ago when my son was diagnosed with autism…how I feel about a report that doesn’t really pertain to me or the state of my family?  I’m sad that numbers are increasing…I’m sad that not much SEEMS to be going on to help these numbers.

Other than that it’s just a report.  They can make numbers say just about anything.  Is there a problem?  YES.  But the story should not be in the numbers…it needs to be in other things.

WE’RE ASKING THE WRONG QUESTIONS when it comes to reports and autism and our children.

Soapbox #1 from Seth: I care but I really don’t care if the stats are 1 in 1,000 or 1 in 10 children who are diagnosed on the spectrum…the fact is that they have IT or they have something else going on with them that is keeping them from being “typical” so instead of worrying about reports–why don’t we worry about how funding is so bad?

I love Texas.  I have lived in other countries and other states and I love Texas.  I have grown up here and I want to be here for as long as I live…but some times I want to SMACK! the state of Texas, politicians, law makers, people who decide funding.

Yes I know our public schools stink–they are only going to get worse btw.

If 1 in 88 children are on the spectrum…where is the funding for these children?

Why are we all up in arms about these reports…BUT not up in arms (as much) about the pathetic excuse states like the great state of Texas have for not funding research, education, training.

As I so eloquently stated in the TV interview…”The issue is not the report, the issue is What the Heck are We Going to do with these precious children when 1 in 88 of them are 18, 19, 20+ years old?”

Soapbox from Seth #2: According to the Harvard School of Public Health: “The cost of a lifetime of care for one person with autism is $3.2 million, mostly in lost productivity and adult care”

And yet where is our funding?  I recently read an article that stated how autism affects more children in the U.S. than diabetes, childhood AIDS, CP, TB, and a bunch of other ailments…I think even cancer in children…COMBINED.

What’s it going to take to get  the public’s attention beyond wearing a blue puzzle piece or being aware for a month in April?

We need to be asking these questions:

1. What are we doing TODAY to decrease 1 in 88 children?  What are we doing for our minority communities?  How are we reaching all Americans and informing them early signs of detection or intervention?

2. What are we doing about educating parents who are just now learning that their child is on the autism spectrum?

3. What are we doing about putting 1 in 88 into an educational environment to learn in their own unique way–NEWS FLASH…children on the spectrum aren’t dumb…they’re not worthless or useless or unable to integrate into typical society…we just need to learn to educate and reach them so they can maximize their potential

4. What are we doing to educate SOCIETY about how to interact with 1 in 88?

5. What kind of programs, therapies, training are we providing the 1 in 88 at an early age?  We can’t wait and hope that our public (or even private) schools will all of a sudden help our children as they start Kindergarten

6. How are we making it possible for all families to afford the proper therapy?

7. How are we training businesses and owners to employ, train and help make our 1 in 88 successful tax-paying citizens?

8. What about housing for the 1 in 88 when they reach their 20′s, 30′s, 40′s?

I could go on and on but my blood pressure is rising and I’m rambling.

It’s not about a report.  Yeah 1 in 88 sucks…so what then?

What are we prepared to do and when are people going to start listening?

To read more blogs from Seth and TheFowler4Group, check out their Website (www.lookatmyeyes.com) and while you’re there, buy a copy of their book, “Look At My Eyes”.  Or find them on YouTube.  To contact TheFowler4 Group email: info@thefowler4group.com