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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Autism Spectrum Disorders

   I recently heard that Asperger's Syndrome is no longer going to be diagnosis, that they are calling it all ASD.  I fear that it means that kids diagnosed with AS will no longer qualify for services that are provided for them because the diagnosis may not be specific enough or even recognized. 

   We only learned of AS in 1998 and it was not widely recognized then.   Prior to then he had been diagnosed as bipolar.  In fact, I  presented the information about AS I had found to his doctor.  The difficulty we have faced since then has been getting services as an adult.  Because his IQ is not below normal, he already does not qualify for the services he needs.  In Kentucky, you have to have a below average IQ in order to be considered developmentally disabled.   How many other Aspies out there face the same struggle?  Many, I am sure.
   I hope this change does not cause loss of services to anyone.

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Hi, I am Teri West, a wife, retired home schooling mom, 2nd year breast cancer survivor, crafter, musician, and primitive artist living and working in Kentuckiana, (the Louisville, KY and S. Indiana area). My family heritage is in the hills of Eastern Kentucky and Southern Ohio. I grew up in Louisville, Ky and attended Eastern KY University and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, graduating with degrees from both in education. I married in 1979 and have three grown children, one a degreed artist, one a techie/artist, and an autistic one, a photographic artist. Hubby is a techie. I work out of my home creating primitive items for friends, family, and you. My loves are American folk music, primitive crafting, and American folk art which all emanate from my devotion to my faith, family and friends. I belong to the Louisville Dulcimer Society and I play mountain dulcimer, guitar, violin, native flute, tin whistle, bowed psaltry, and ukelele as well.