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North!

Hi loyal blog readers! Have you ever wondered what I would be doing if Dar were neurotypical? Well, I have! Dar is not my 24/7 preoccupation. I also work, look for work, parent the other bambino, and make time for wifey. Like you, I also deal with a hundred other distractions regarding debt, creditors, licenses, city forms, paperwork, insurance, medical stuff, permissions, applications, approvals…et cetera. Still. I feel strongly that I could be doing more if Dar’s condition wasn’t sucking
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Autism

Vineland 3

Last week, the supervisor of Dar’s ABA therapist asked us to complete the latest Vineland survey, which is now Vineland 3. The Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scale was designed by experts at Pearson Education to measure and quantify degrees of intellectual disability, developmental disorders, and other delays. I absolutely understand why I am required to fill in this form from time to time. I am a parent of a special-needs child who is receiving benefits from the state. My child is
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Populism

Privacy is The New Smoking

Privacy is the new smoking. Which means that transparency and accountability are the new non-smoking. Which means that most of the media about politics fails to understand current politics, much less predict what’s going to happen in 2020. I am writing this to help them. One can see this in recent coverage of Beto O’Rourke. Many polls have him ranked a close third behind Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, which is rather remarkable considering their much, much larger name recognition.
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To the Future

Gentry Lloyd Rowsey, 1941-2019

  My father died rather unexpectedly on February 16 at the age of 77.   When he moved in to the in-law unit of our house last summer, my wife and I understood that he had dementia, but he seemed physically fine. We thought he would last decades. Instead, according to the EMTs, he dropped dead at about 4pm on the 16th. He was discovered two hours later. The county coroner said that he died of “natural causes” and refused
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