More calls needed on the Treaty and an update from yesterday’s vote


Senator Blunt 202-224-5721
Senator McCaskill 202-224-6154

“Please call them today. I know it seems daunting to call, but all you have to say is that you would like the Senator to vote NO against the UN disability treaty. They will then take down you zip code. It is a number game. The more people that call in the better. Please stand up for the disabled and American parental rights. The language in this treaty is frightening.”


Preliminary vote on the UN CRPD gives both hope and targets for more calls

Today the Senate took a preliminary vote on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The vote was on a “Motion to Proceed” which means that the Senate gave permission to begin debate to the treaty. As is often the case, this was a preliminary vote which tells us a great deal about the vote for final passage.

The vote was 61 to 36. Three Senators did not vote.

Every Democratic senator voted for the treaty—Blumenthal (D-CT) was absent and not voting.

The Republicans supplied several “Yes” votes for the Obama Administration on giving the UN some authority over America’s policies for disabled adults and children. The GOP senators supporting Obama’s UN push were: Ayotte (R-NH), Barrasso (R-WY), Brown (R-MA), Collins (R-ME), Hatch (R-UT), Lugar (R-IA), McCain (R-AZ), and Snowe (R-ME). Hatch was the biggest surprise in this group. Barrasso was a huge disappointment because of his supposedly conservative stance on issues, but his defection has been known for some time.

A good surprise was the Moran (R-KS) voted against the CRPD on this preliminary matter. Roberts (R-KS) and Kirk (R-IL) were absent.

I urge you all to send an EMAIL of thanks to the Republicans who voted against the CRPD. If your Senator is a Republican he voted against the CRPD unless mentioned specifically here.

I urge you all to call all of the other Senators yet again for their preliminary votes and urge them to change their mind and support the principle that Americans should make the law for America. While it is unlikely that Democrats will change their minds—they need to know that there is a price to pay for attacking American parents and giving away American self-government. Answering a couple more days of phone calls is a small price to pay for their decision to vote for the UN position.
Senator Reid has not yet filed the motion needed to take this bill to the next vote which will be for cloture. Thus, there will be two more votes before the treaty can be ratified. We do not know the timetable yet. Some delay til Thursday or Friday is likely.

We absolutely have to keep the pressure on.

But it is very important that you all send emails of thanks to the 36. The opposition will be urging their people to pour on the calls to these 36 hoping to move just two.

If we can keep at least 34, the treaty will be defeated.

Shore up the good guys with emails. Call the others to account with phone calls. Try calling their local offices for a change of pace.

Thanks so much. You are making a difference. The Senate leadership promised that this treaty would be ratified by July 26. Your calls are the reason we are still in the fight.

They need to change two votes to win. We need to keep up our defense of freedom because no one else will.

 

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Applying for guardianship by age 17 and the topic of wills


After the recent post regarding UN Treaty trying to take away parental rights for disabled children and/or adults, I wanted to share that several weeks ago I visited with a friend and fellow mother on the journey of autism who shared with me the importance of applying for guardianship before your child turns 18.  It is a very difficult decision to make regarding whether your child will be able to support themselves once they are considered of legal age.  I was told that when your child turns 17 to start seeking out lawyers for both you and your child.  It will take some time to get the paperwork in and finalized naming you the guardian in the event that a decision needs to be made and they are not of sound mind to make one.

Do not delay in waiting until they turn 18 because at that point if an emergency happened they will not defer to you; a decision will be made by either state, doctor or someone else that may not have the same goals in mind.  I was told that before the legal age of adulthood it would be pointless to apply for guardianship as you are already recognized one over them.  However, I strongly urge you to look at setting up a will in the event you or your spouse cannot care for your child.  I recommend not just talking with close family and friends about the care of your loved one in the event you can no longer take care for them, but to get it in writing and legalized.

As most of you with disabled loved ones know that fighting for their care is difficult in routine circumstances, in an emergency it is not the time to deal with legal red tape.

 

Senate to Vote on UN Disabilities Treaty on Wednesday: Calls Needed Immediately


Attention Readers, 

The government is really pushing to get this treaty passed which will remove your rights as parents to your children leaving the government to decide what is best.  Our local homeschool group has shared that there had been very few calls in to the senators office to oppose this.  

 

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Yesterday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (NV) announced that the Senate will vote to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) treaty on Wednesday. We need you to call your two senators immediately, and urge them to oppose the CRPD.

If the U.S. Senate were to ratify the CRPD,this would give the United Nations the power to influence and change domestic law and threaten parental rights and homeschool freedom.

Thirty-six senators have signed a letterstating that they “respectfully request that no treaties be brought to the Senate floor for advice and consent during the lame-duck session of the 112th Congress.” These senators have promised in the letter that they “will oppose efforts to consider a treaty during this time.”

Senator Reid has purposefully ignored this letter by promising to file cloture by Wednesday (if 60 senators vote to invoke cloture, a filibuster will be ended) and will make every attempt to proceed to the CRPD for ratification this week. Ratification of the CRPD will take a two-thirds vote of the Senate, or 67 senators to vote in favor of the CRPD if all 100 are present.

We need you to call both of your U.S. senators right now and ask them to oppose the CRPD. You can use our Congressional Directory to find your senators’ contact information.

Please give them some or all of this message:

“I urge you to oppose the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This treaty surrenders U.S. sovereignty to unelected UN bureaucrats and will threaten parental care of children with disabilities. Our nation already has laws to protect disabled Americans. This treaty is unnecessary and will hurt families. If the Senate ratifies this treaty, it would be the first time ever that the U.S. has ratified a treaty that obligates us to recognize economic, social, and cultural entitlements as rights under domestic law.”

Then, please forward this email to your friends and family and urge them to call, as well. Please also post this information on social media to help get the word out to every parent and freedom-loving person in America.

For more information on the dangers of this treaty please visit our CRPD page.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely,

J. Michael Smith, Esq.
President, HSLDA

Fevers, questions and answered prayers!


The first part of the previous week Nathan struggled with a high fever and lethargy.  When dealing with a child or even an adult that cannot communicate his/her symptoms it is difficult to know what is going on.  The first day his fever was high so we treated with ibuprofen which brought it down drastically.  At first it was just a little bit over 100 degrees and then when we brought it down it went to 97 degrees, then the next day it was back up but even higher, and so forth.  We battled with this problem for three days trying to figure what was going on.  He didn’t exhibit any symptoms of having a cold etc. We kept praying for answers to what might be wrong when I finally did a search on the internet and found another mother with a child older than Nathan who was having the same problem.

At least with a high constant temp you know the body is killing off whatever bug you have, but when your body temps goes to 97 degrees or lower we’ve now added a new health dimension.

The mother’s solution, after three weeks of this problem, was to visit the doctor and discover that her child had strep, therefore, a treatment of antibiotics was in order.  Since we try to treat everything naturally if at all possible, I decided to add garlic to his vitamin routine and see if we could help fight off whatever was going on in the body.  In just 24 hours he was back to his old self and more!!! 🙂

Praise Yahweh for natural remedies and answered prayers without a trip to the doctor for medication that might have put him down longer!!

 

Sensory activities to help with “stimming” behaviors


Time sure does fly by fast.  I wish now that I had paid more attention to the pamphlets and brochures given to me by the therapist and specialists.  In some ways, though, I don’t think my son was ready for activities.  Now that he seems to be understanding more of what I am trying to teach him – I revisited the pamphlets and I wanted to share some activities that might help your child as well.

One component of autism is sensory problems.  If you are NOT familiar with this term let me explain – most of us can process lots of outside stimuli such as: the radio being on, fans, dryers, pots and pans clanging, vacuums, etc. etc., for a child with autism all of this “stimulation” is like running your fingers down a chalkboard.  Their nervous system is not able to process and interpret the noise therefore they will retreat and find ways of calming their “nerves”, it is similar to information overload.   If you have been around children with sensory problems you may know that some of thes calming behaviors they obtain are not acceptable or tolerable.  A child with autism may run around in circles, flap their hands, lick the furniture or other objects, bang their head into walls, and the list goes on.

As parents/loved ones how can we help our children to learn appropriate behaviors to process and internalize their environment?  I will share some exercises that have been recommended to me by therapists as well as activities that we have used ourselves and noticed an improvement.

Some of the first things to consider when working with the sensory & vestibular system is that people with functioning nervous systems know where their limbs and bodies are in space at all times.  If I were to ask you right now where your foot is you can tell me without hesitation.  As my therapists explained to me that a child without sensory input may lose the ability to know where he/she is in space and time.    “The vestibular system plays an important part in our ability to interact with the environment.  It tells us how and where we are moving, if we are moving up, down, fast, slow, angular or circular.  Now think about times when you have been dizzy, and the whole room seems to be spinning – imagine that you are trying to negotiate a crowded hallway.  You are not able to accurately perceive the information about your own movement.  The receptors for the vestibular system are located in the inner ear, and are stimulated by movement of the head and input form the other senses.  This system tells us where our body is in space.  It lets us know the quality of our movements, and tells us if it’s our body or the environment that is moving.”

Depending on your child, you will need to determine if you need to apply calming or alerting activities to his daily activities.  For my child he has problems staying motivated and on task unless someone is working with him one-on-one, therefore, I try to  institute alerting activities.  It stands to reason then if your child is hyperactive and cannot sit still then you would need to instigate calming activities.

Alerting activities:

*Jumping on a trampoline or doing jumping jacks

*Hanging upside-down by the knees on the jungle gym

*Riding a scooter down a ramp

*Sitting and bouncing on a therapy (or any kind of plastic ball that is big enough to sit and bounce on; an exercise ball is great too)

*Standing and twirling in a circle

*Bending over with head between the knees

*Changing positions

Calming activities:

*Jumping on a trampoline or doing jumping jacks

*Swinging on a playground swing

*rocking in a rocking chair

*Sitting on a teeter–totter

*Sitting on a air cushion, therapy ball (or any plastic ball) to receive input during class activities

*take a break to do an errand for the teacher

*rolling slowly back and forth in a barrel

As I previously mentioned, I tried instituting some of these activities when my son was younger but did not notice any improvement.  Please don’t be discouraged if your child is not ready for these exercises.  The main point is to keep trying and find what works for your child!

Until next time! 🙂

An article about “stimming”; what is it and the causes?…….


I would like to share an excellent article about what “stimming“.  For more great information about autism; behaviors and treatment join the newsletter group.  http://www.newautism.com/

As it relates to autism, stimming is a repetitive body movement that self- stimulates one or more senses in a regular pattern. Stimming is one of the symptoms listed for autism diagnosis although it is also observed in about 10% of young children without autism. Also, many children with autism exhibit no stimming behaviour. Common forms of stimming among autistic individusals include hand flapping, body spinning or rocking, lining up or spinning toys or other objects, repeating sounds, etc.

Stimming can result from a variety of causes.  We don’t know for certain why stimming is so common, the most popular theory is that it helps to regulate sensory input. Stimming helps the individual to block out any uncomfortable sensory input such as noise, light, etc. – and allows the person to experience the sensations they crave. Changes in the diet may help to improve stimming in some cases.

Although stimming behaviors in children with autism are very common, the good news is that many of these behaviors can be minimized if the underlying causes are addressed and corrected.  As these excessive body motions are reduced, children become more teachable and responsive to their therapies, therefore improving autism dramatically….”

 When we first experienced this behavior it was concerning and confusing as to why our son was acting this way.  “Head banging” is another common stimming behavior with the children who have autism or sensory disorders.  

We have found that consistent exercises, herbal or vitamin treatments, “dry brushing”, sitting on a ball periodically throughout the day, proper diet, and keeping your child focused on activities or tasks all help give the sensory circuits information they are seeking, which help eliminate inappropriate behaviors.

 

Aluminum – the dangers to Cognitive Health


This was posted a year ago on my blog, it is a follow-up to the first post with more information….

“Several months ago it came to our attention the dangers of aluminum.  Some children with learning disabilities may have a possibility of high levels of metals in their system.  Aluminum is one of those metals that can be found in many foods and cooking ware, utensils, canned foods, deodorant etc.

When your child is already suffering from mental cognition the less metals and toxins you put in his/her body is better. We switched from teflon coated pans to iron skillets, and from pots and pans to pressure cookers and ones without any coatings on the bottom.

All of these changes may require you to search high and low for these items that are slowly fading into existence, but the health of your family depends on it.

Items that need to be adjusted and possibly eliminated from your child’s diet include:

*deodorant

*aluminum pots and pans

*aluminum foil

*baking powder

*baking soda

* some medications may contain aluminum

*CANNED FOOD

It is also important to look at baked goods (breads, tortillas, crackers etc.) for any ingredient listing with the word “aluminum” in it.  Store bought canned food is probably one of the biggest sources for aluminum.

For the health of your child and family, try learning how to can your own foods in order to limit your exposure to aluminum.  Homemade items are much better than packaged food.

Red Bob Mills Aluminum Free baking powder and baking soda are some recommended products.  Some retail stores and local health food stores carry these items.”

 

New research: Toxic connection between fluoride and aluminum


In previous posts I’ve discussed the damages of aluminum on a body, especially one that has deficiencies.  While in the health food store recently I came across an article detailing not only the damages of aluminum but of the combined effects of fluoride and aluminum.

In this week’s excerpt from “Lessons from the Miracle Doctors”, Jon Barron reveals the toxic connection between fluoride and aluminum.

It has been know for some thirty years that aluminum, once it enters our bodies, has the tendency to accumulate in our brains, where it kills of neurons and leads to memory loss.  And thanks to the significant amounts of aluminum found in food emulsifiers, antiperspirant deodorants, hair sprays, baking powder, many toothpastes (the white base used in many toothpastes is aluminum dioxide), much of our drinking water, and most of our cookware, we are exposed to quite a lot of aluminum over the course of our lives.  There has been much speculation, therefore, that aluminum may be one of the prime factors in the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.  The connection between aluminum and Alzheimer’s became even strong when in 1995, Neurotoxicology reported that widespread use of aluminum salts to purify water could account for the large numbers of people suffering from Alzheimer’s. 

And now new research has revealed that fluoride in drinking water makes the aluminum that we ingest more bioavailable.  In the presence of fluoride, more aluminum crosses the blood-brain barrier and is deposited in the brain.  The combination of aluminum and fluoride causes the same pathological changes in brain tissue that are found in Alzheimer’s patients.””

Some common food products that we don’t consider having aluminum are: breads, cakes, cookies, tortillas, many packaged items, even organic products may contain aluminum!!  Please read labels and if in doubt do NOT buy it.  It is better to make things from scratch and KNOW what is going into your food.   Be aware of chemical names and if it contains sodium aluminum phosphate or anything containing aluminum in the chemical properties/name avoid it!!

http://rense.com/general11/fk.htm

http://farmwars.info/?p=7791

http://www.angelfire.com/az/sthurston/alzheimers_and_aluminum_toxicity.html