The Canvas Grey

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Banter about the bizzy side of the autism buzz

Posted by TheCanvasGrey on November 18, 2007

s2400016.jpgIf you are concerned about the new buzz word “autism” or words “autistic spectrum” or think autism is the diagnosis du jour read more here (Mr. Blumer) and here (Mr. Sowell).   These are gentleman with whom you may(or may not) agree.  But I’m here to make MORE BUZZ as not to worry about how much more money may be wasted (see my responses to Mr. Blumer’s concern) on autism.

I first found Mr. Blumer’s blog and then read Mr. Sowell’s blog.  Even as someone who is all about autism awareness I can understand the concerns of those that don’t have an autistic in their immediate circle. I can understand the frustration of watching the media beating yet another drum of HIGH ALERT (they better think about the crying wolf fable).   I can understand that people don’t understand.  My own immediate family doesn’t always understand.  

Basically I can put to rest the economic concerns because like radical cancer or AIDs therapy, insurance doesn’t cover everything called “therapy” for autistic people either.   So consequently it comes out of the family purse.  Diagnosis must come from someone OTHER than a family doctor, generally a neurologist or neurodevelopmentalist and is some cases a psychologist (I prefer the neurodevelopmentalist myself) Although I can say that even doctors in specialities can’t agree about spectrum disorders and what constitutes true autism.  However this discussion has been going on for well over a decade.   

I have to mention a giant pet peeve of mine….in Mr. Sowell’s blog the responses had humor, upset and misunderstandings while Mr. Blumer and I had a reasonable discussion.  Why oh why can’t people seem to have reasonable discussions anymore???  I guess upset and discord sells these days.  And there sure are a lot of people making money off it.  I find it very hard to find sensibility these days.  So I’m going to be listening for more sensibility from Mr. Tom Blumer on WRKO this evening starting at 7pm. 

Sensible makes sense, buzzzz

I’m done now. 😉  


5 Responses to “Banter about the bizzy side of the autism buzz”

  1. mcewen said

    It’s a subject that people become very heated about very quickly.
    Best wishes

  2. Tom Blumer said

    Thanks for the nice words, and for listening tonight.

    FWIW, the music you have on your blog, nice as it is, competes with other audio that people might be listening to (iTunes, talk radio, or other). You might consider giving readers an option to turn off your audio.

  3. How was the radio program?

  4. thecanvasgrey said

    Very interesting. He certainly sounded confident, knowledgeable about the information he presented on air. Having just found his blog I want to read more, it looks like he trys to be diligent in backing up this thoughts and theories about the business end of things.

  5. thecanvasgrey said

    Thanks TBlumer, I’ll check out the audio options. Had to fish your comment out of spam. 🙂

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