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Stuart Duncan (AutismFather) has been at 1 events

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Robert Scoble6,482,927@104987932455782713675 and I are talking about how the filters work on Facebook and why they aren't as nice to photographers as Google+ is.  Which got me a ton of questions about my feed, and what I'm seeing/learning about how the filters work and how to "game" them to get things through to more people's feeds on Facebook. I'm linking to here from Facebook, so there. This one is for the Facebook fans (or haters)2014-08-07 01:11:30139  

Stuart Duncan (AutismFather) has been shared in 15 public circles

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Profectum Foundation43A great group of people helping advance awareness for those on the #Autism spectrum.   #publiccirclesproject   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  If you would like to be added to the circle just share the circle and give us a +1.  Thanks 2013-05-03 13:12:36305001
Richard Law5,962100 Most RelevantWeekly share of the people who G+ thinks are most relevant to me. There are 8 changes this week.  #sharedcircles   #circleshare   #sharedpubliccircles  2012-12-17 12:18:55100112
Richard Law5,385100 Most RelevantWeekly share of the 100 people G+ thinks are most relevant to me. Only 3 changes this week -- of particular note is +Rinus Bakker, whose photography is amazing. #circleshare   #sharedcircles   #publicsharedcircles  2012-12-03 12:15:13100001
Richard Law4,879100 Most RelevantWeekly share of the 100 people G+ thinks are most relevant to me. Only 3 changes this week. #circleshare   #publicsharedcircles   #sharedcircles  2012-11-26 12:10:22100122
Richard Law4,381Weekly -100- 99 Most RelevantMore changes this week than usual... 8 new folks and MOAN LISA has gone missing. #circleshare   #publicsharedcircles   #sharedcircles  2012-11-19 16:31:2399123
Richard Law4,056Weekly 100 Most RelevantFour changes this week. These are 0.2% most relevant people to me, according to the Goog. If Google says, it must be true. Circle 'em up! #sharedcircles   #publicsharedcircles   #circleshare  2012-11-11 14:36:39100012
Richard Law3,549Top 100 by Google relevance (to me).Weekly share in an effort to reverse engineer the algorithm Google uses for determining relevancy. Gmail correspondence seems to be the weightiest factor.Enjoy! #circleshare   #sharedcircles   #publiccircles  2012-10-20 11:37:34100013
Richard Law3,526Top 100 by RelevanceAbout 9 differences from last week. Hey, G+ figured out my wife is one of the 100 most relevant people to me. Thanks, G+, for not causing marital strife. #sharedcircles   #circleshare   #publicsharedcircles  2012-10-12 19:04:21100424
Richard Law3,396According to G+, these are the 100 most relevant people to me as of 10.05.2012. #sharedcircles   #circleshare   #publicsharedcircles  2012-10-05 12:11:27100001
Andrew Eva2,872Thought for #followfriday   I'd share my "Makes me Think" circle.These folks all post things, or engage in my posts, with comments and thoughts that make me think. If I find myself at home, hours later, still thinking about a comment, or post, or idea that was being discussed, one of these individuals was most likely part of that discussion or triggered the thought.I hope they all challenge you to think as well.2012-09-28 17:25:226233626
Lee Smallwood8,954Want to share the 1st of 2 circles of Engaging People here on G+ I love their content, the way the engage and I recommend you step and say Hello to them :)Have a great weekend all :)2012-04-13 17:23:25480442725
Stuart Duncan1,403Autism Month - Autism CircleSince it is April, better known to many of us as #Autism Awareness Acceptance Month, it's a great time to share my primary circle, simply called: #Autism This circle consists of autistics, parents of autistic children, experts, therapists, autism pages, teachers and more.Some people in this circle do not talk about autism much at all, some talk about autism on occasion while others talk almost exclusively about autism. So keep that in mind when/if you add this circle to your circles.2012-04-12 19:22:28490002
Jake Croston11,617AdvocatingI haven't shared this circle in a while, so I thought It was about time!This is my Advocate circle and these are people who have great content, are interesting and very talented, but might not have heaping amounts of followers. I will be revamping and reorganizing this circle soon, so that's why I am sharing.The point of this circle is to share those who provide content, but might not have the audience to broadcast it to. Please share. I never say that, and I don't share circles often, but I think this one to be worthy of a re-share. :)2012-03-13 11:51:075314614
Stuart Duncan1,267Autism ParentsThis is my #autism parents circle, always growing and evolving. For example, even though I call it "autism parents", it actually consists of parents, grand parents, siblings and more.These people don't all actively post about #autism specifically but they do have loved ones with autism.If this sounds like you but you're not in this circle, please let me know so I can add you.Please feel free to add this circle to your circles and share with others!2012-03-09 20:53:16226625
Stuart Duncan865The #Autism CircleThis circle continues to grow and I will continue to share it as time goes on.This circle includes all parents, autistics, pages, professionals and more that are somehow affected or involved with #Autism.If you are not in this circle but should be, please let me know, as well as your link to #Autism please.Let's continue to make the #Autism community stronger, together.2011-12-28 14:47:484411124

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2015-03-31 00:24:48 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 170 +1s)Open 

Congrats on 400.

I've said it before and I'll say it again... I've been here from the beginning, you got me into this and now I am running a server with over 5000 children that have autism. Parents were feeling powerless to do anything as their autistic children were being bullied everywhere they tried to play. I loved Minecraft, my son loves Minecraft... we both have autism and love Minecraft thanks in large part to your videos. So when those parents started posting their frustrations, I had the know how to be able to help.

So this isn't just a congrats to you... this is a thank you.

Thank you +EthosLab for entertaining my child & I and for teaching me along the way, giving me the opportunity to help out more people than I ever thought I could.

Most reshares: 8

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2015-04-02 01:14:27 (1 comments, 8 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

As it is April 2nd in many parts of the world now, I thought I'd share this with you all to help get you started with some real info before people start bombarding you with "diagnosis rates" and such.

Most plusones: 170

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2015-03-31 00:24:48 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 170 +1s)Open 

Congrats on 400.

I've said it before and I'll say it again... I've been here from the beginning, you got me into this and now I am running a server with over 5000 children that have autism. Parents were feeling powerless to do anything as their autistic children were being bullied everywhere they tried to play. I loved Minecraft, my son loves Minecraft... we both have autism and love Minecraft thanks in large part to your videos. So when those parents started posting their frustrations, I had the know how to be able to help.

So this isn't just a congrats to you... this is a thank you.

Thank you +EthosLab for entertaining my child & I and for teaching me along the way, giving me the opportunity to help out more people than I ever thought I could.

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2015-04-15 22:18:56 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

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2015-04-13 14:11:55 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

To all of my friends and family that have no real connections to autism besides me... please take a moment to read, this is for you.

So NBC Dateline did a big story on what happens to kids with autism as they become adults with autism and how all their services and supports go away.

As always when these things happen, people send me links saying "thought you might be interested in this" or "have you seen this?"
I appreciate it but listen... being in the autism community means I already know this stuff. I don't need a special program to tell me what I already know.

What I suggest is this, think about all your friends with a connection to autism that "might be interested in this".... and then send it to all your friends that didn't make it to that list. Because THOSE are the people that need to see it.

You have the ability... more »

To all of my friends and family that have no real connections to autism besides me... please take a moment to read, this is for you.

So NBC Dateline did a big story on what happens to kids with autism as they become adults with autism and how all their services and supports go away.

As always when these things happen, people send me links saying "thought you might be interested in this" or "have you seen this?"
I appreciate it but listen... being in the autism community means I already know this stuff. I don't need a special program to tell me what I already know.

What I suggest is this, think about all your friends with a connection to autism that "might be interested in this".... and then send it to all your friends that didn't make it to that list. Because THOSE are the people that need to see it.

You have the ability to raise more autism awareness than I do because all of my friends and family are in my list and hear about this stuff constantly. You are the one that has people in your list that know nothing about these things. You are the one that can reach people that might not be interested in it but really should be aware.

Yes, I'd love for you to send me news and info that I haven't already seen so that I can share it but even if you do find something I haven't seen or didn't already know, what I can do with it will never be as powerful as what you can do with it only because you have an audience that I don't have... the unaware.

So, I'm not saying to not send me stuff you find interesting, all I'm saying is, don't stop with me. Share it with everyone.. especially those that you think won't find it interesting. That's how you can really help the most.___

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2015-04-13 01:14:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Big fan of this series... of course, anything that gives people a safe place to play is brilliant in my book. Good on you Doc!

Big fan of this series... of course, anything that gives people a safe place to play is brilliant in my book. Good on you Doc!___

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2015-04-13 01:02:20 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

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2015-04-09 22:25:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

“If each #person was a #star in the #sky, you'd be able to tell which ones had #autism because they would be the stars that #twinkle in #colour.” Stuart Duncan #autismlove #ASD #autismacceptance #autismawareness #awareness #acceptance #truth #love  #Cincinnati #OH #Ohio #addressthecause #brainbalance  #afterschoolprogram

“If each #person was a #star in the #sky, you'd be able to tell which ones had #autism because they would be the stars that #twinkle in #colour.” Stuart Duncan #autismlove #ASD #autismacceptance #autismawareness #awareness #acceptance #truth #love  #Cincinnati #OH #Ohio #addressthecause #brainbalance  #afterschoolprogram___

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2015-04-09 22:25:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

“Don't Tell Me, Inform Me. 
Don't Include Me, Involve Me. 
Don't Judge Me, Accept Me.”
- Stuart Duncan 

#Autism 

“Don't Tell Me, Inform Me. 
Don't Include Me, Involve Me. 
Don't Judge Me, Accept Me.”
- Stuart Duncan 

#Autism ___

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2015-04-09 16:31:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2015-04-07 11:51:32 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Brilliant! May have to borrow this design.

Brilliant! May have to borrow this design.___

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2015-04-06 20:26:24 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

A recap of Autism Awareness Day and my plea to the Minecraft community leading up to it.

A recap of Autism Awareness Day and my plea to the Minecraft community leading up to it.___

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2015-04-05 19:11:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

#Autism is one word attempting to describe #millions of different #stories.  -Stuart Duncan #addressthecause #brainbalance

#Autism is one word attempting to describe #millions of different #stories.  -Stuart Duncan #addressthecause #brainbalance___

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2015-04-04 22:36:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Part 2 of the HermitCraft invasion of Autcraft during my Autism Awareness Day / Anti-bullying all day livestream... the server had some unexpected but very welcome guests.

Part 2 of the HermitCraft invasion of Autcraft during my Autism Awareness Day / Anti-bullying all day livestream... the server had some unexpected but very welcome guests.___

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2015-04-04 16:28:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Autism & Bullying Livestream in which the Autcraft server is visited by Docm77, Arkas, Xisumavoid and Etho!

Autism & Bullying Livestream in which the Autcraft server is visited by Docm77, Arkas, Xisumavoid and Etho!___

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2015-04-02 11:39:16 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

#Autism Awareness Day video - Taking a stand against bullying

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqi8RnB5I7w

#Minecraft #Autcraft #Bullying

#Autism Awareness Day video - Taking a stand against bullying

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqi8RnB5I7w

#Minecraft #Autcraft #Bullying___

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2015-04-02 01:14:27 (1 comments, 8 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

As it is April 2nd in many parts of the world now, I thought I'd share this with you all to help get you started with some real info before people start bombarding you with "diagnosis rates" and such.

As it is April 2nd in many parts of the world now, I thought I'd share this with you all to help get you started with some real info before people start bombarding you with "diagnosis rates" and such.___

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2015-04-01 17:01:48 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!___

2015-03-31 16:04:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Found more talk about Autcraft on a hacker/griefer forum.
When I show this to people, the usual response is to "ignore it" but you know what? I can't.

I actively seek this stuff out because experience has shown that on the occasions where this happens, there's almost always 2 or 3 whitelist applications that come in from trolls. So being on top of when these things are talked about and making notes of the day/time and correlating them to when whitelist apps come in... it actually helps us to prevent these people from ever getting onto the server.

And sure enough, there are 2 whitelist applications that came in shortly after that discussion on the forum took place. A little digging and yup, they're trolls.

Yup, following the haters of the Internet around has become a part of my job.
Sometimes you have to get your hands dirty to get the job... more »

Found more talk about Autcraft on a hacker/griefer forum.
When I show this to people, the usual response is to "ignore it" but you know what? I can't.

I actively seek this stuff out because experience has shown that on the occasions where this happens, there's almost always 2 or 3 whitelist applications that come in from trolls. So being on top of when these things are talked about and making notes of the day/time and correlating them to when whitelist apps come in... it actually helps us to prevent these people from ever getting onto the server.

And sure enough, there are 2 whitelist applications that came in shortly after that discussion on the forum took place. A little digging and yup, they're trolls.

Yup, following the haters of the Internet around has become a part of my job.
Sometimes you have to get your hands dirty to get the job done.___

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2015-03-31 14:44:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Awesome!

Awesome!___

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2015-03-31 00:24:48 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 170 +1s)Open 

Congrats on 400.

I've said it before and I'll say it again... I've been here from the beginning, you got me into this and now I am running a server with over 5000 children that have autism. Parents were feeling powerless to do anything as their autistic children were being bullied everywhere they tried to play. I loved Minecraft, my son loves Minecraft... we both have autism and love Minecraft thanks in large part to your videos. So when those parents started posting their frustrations, I had the know how to be able to help.

So this isn't just a congrats to you... this is a thank you.

Thank you +EthosLab for entertaining my child & I and for teaching me along the way, giving me the opportunity to help out more people than I ever thought I could.

Congrats on 400.

I've said it before and I'll say it again... I've been here from the beginning, you got me into this and now I am running a server with over 5000 children that have autism. Parents were feeling powerless to do anything as their autistic children were being bullied everywhere they tried to play. I loved Minecraft, my son loves Minecraft... we both have autism and love Minecraft thanks in large part to your videos. So when those parents started posting their frustrations, I had the know how to be able to help.

So this isn't just a congrats to you... this is a thank you.

Thank you +EthosLab for entertaining my child & I and for teaching me along the way, giving me the opportunity to help out more people than I ever thought I could.___

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2015-03-30 18:16:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

  “#Celebrate the #failures. Let go of the #disappointments. Build upon the #successes. Keep moving forward.” Stuart Duncan #autism #autismquote #motivation #Motivationmonday #wordsofwisdom #quote #quoteoftheday  #Austin #ATX #Texas #TX #addressthecause #brainbalance #afterschoolprogram

  “#Celebrate the #failures. Let go of the #disappointments. Build upon the #successes. Keep moving forward.” Stuart Duncan #autism #autismquote #motivation #Motivationmonday #wordsofwisdom #quote #quoteoftheday  #Austin #ATX #Texas #TX #addressthecause #brainbalance #afterschoolprogram___

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2015-03-30 11:54:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Spread #autismawareness ! #autismawarenessmonth   

Spread #autismawareness ! #autismawarenessmonth   ___

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2015-03-30 11:50:26 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2015-03-26 19:57:57 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

What lovely spring weather we are having today...

What lovely spring weather we are having today...___

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2015-03-23 20:43:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

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2015-03-22 13:52:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Quote Inception? Quoteception?

Quote Inception? Quoteception?___

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2015-03-19 15:01:07 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

I asked the Minecraft community to speak up and help those of us in the autism community last year... and they did!

But we still need to do more so I'm asking once again.

If you play Minecraft or know anyone that does, please share and ask for support on this upcoming Autism Awareness Day.

I asked the Minecraft community to speak up and help those of us in the autism community last year... and they did!

But we still need to do more so I'm asking once again.

If you play Minecraft or know anyone that does, please share and ask for support on this upcoming Autism Awareness Day.___

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2015-03-17 20:57:02 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

I saw a quote/meme with my name on it posted to a random FB fan page under which had the comment

"Who is Stuart Duncan? I see his name all the time around the ‪#‎autism‬ circles."

I started to reply but it wasn't right so I erased it. Then I started again but erased that too. 3 more tries and eventually I was all like...

I saw a quote/meme with my name on it posted to a random FB fan page under which had the comment

"Who is Stuart Duncan? I see his name all the time around the ‪#‎autism‬ circles."

I started to reply but it wasn't right so I erased it. Then I started again but erased that too. 3 more tries and eventually I was all like...___

2015-03-12 14:21:52 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

It is not wrong to admit that autism is hard on yourself.
It is not wrong to admit that autism is hard on your children.
It is not wrong to admit that autism is hard on you because it's hard on your children.
It is not wrong to admit that autism is awesome.
It is not wrong to admit that a person with autism is awesome.
It is not wrong to admit that a person with autism is an autistic.
It is not wrong to admit that an autistic is a person with autism.
It is not wrong to admit that autism sucks sometimes, a lot of the time, all of the time.
It is not wrong to admit that autism is awesome sometimes, a lot of the time, all of the time.
It is not wrong to admit that autism changes you.
It is not wrong to admit that autism doesn't change you.
It is not wrong to be proud that you have autism.
It is not wrong to wish you didn't have autism.... more »

It is not wrong to admit that autism is hard on yourself.
It is not wrong to admit that autism is hard on your children.
It is not wrong to admit that autism is hard on you because it's hard on your children.
It is not wrong to admit that autism is awesome.
It is not wrong to admit that a person with autism is awesome.
It is not wrong to admit that a person with autism is an autistic.
It is not wrong to admit that an autistic is a person with autism.
It is not wrong to admit that autism sucks sometimes, a lot of the time, all of the time.
It is not wrong to admit that autism is awesome sometimes, a lot of the time, all of the time.
It is not wrong to admit that autism changes you.
It is not wrong to admit that autism doesn't change you.
It is not wrong to be proud that you have autism.
It is not wrong to wish you didn't have autism.
It is not wrong to want the best for yourself with or without autism.
It is not wrong to want the best for your children with or without autism.

It is wrong to judge me for these things.
it is wrong to correct me when I express these things.
It is wrong to think that everyone must wish/want/do/say what you think they should.

I posted this last year for "Autism Awareness Month" and while we're a little early for that now, I feel it is worth sharing again.___

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2015-03-09 16:38:24 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

I once said "While parents and autistic adults argue over whom should be listened to most, autistic adults with autistic children are completely ignored."

Jason agreed and now, he wants to change that.
In this interview, we talk about that.

I once said "While parents and autistic adults argue over whom should be listened to most, autistic adults with autistic children are completely ignored."

Jason agreed and now, he wants to change that.
In this interview, we talk about that.___

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2015-03-09 15:24:49 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

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2015-03-09 13:10:19 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

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2015-03-06 17:19:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

This is probably the single most greatest thing I will see today and I am not sure if that's a good or a bad thing.

Be ready in a sec, just have to do my hair. #HappyFriday #tGIF  

h/t to +TwistedSifter for this top notch gif.___This is probably the single most greatest thing I will see today and I am not sure if that's a good or a bad thing.

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2015-03-05 05:11:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Simple yet brilliant

This, this is beautiful. Open the image.___Simple yet brilliant

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2015-03-02 21:09:36 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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2015-03-02 20:52:00 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Without frustration, Liam can now dress himself in only three minutes, and for the first time in 17 years, Ms. Thierry has her mornings back. The relief in her voice was evident as she described the joy of now being able to have a sit-down breakfast and morning banter with all three of her children (she also has typical twin 13-year-olds).

Without frustration, Liam can now dress himself in only three minutes, and for the first time in 17 years, Ms. Thierry has her mornings back. The relief in her voice was evident as she described the joy of now being able to have a sit-down breakfast and morning banter with all three of her children (she also has typical twin 13-year-olds).___

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2015-02-27 18:47:54 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Priorities - we are doing it wrong

Priorities - we are doing it wrong___

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2015-02-27 14:06:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Let's talk about colour and how much of an illusion it really is.

Our brain perceives light waves bouncing off of objects as a colour and thus, if our brains are a little different (which they all are), then the exact colour we're seeing might not actually be the same. Only, we'd never really know it because there's no possible way for us to share what we see with anyone else without them.. you know, having to see it and thus perceive it differently.

This explains why you might see something in a different colour than I do or even, see a colour in a different way than you did previously, in something as simple as say.... a dress.

Confused? Try watching this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evQsOFQju08

Let's talk about colour and how much of an illusion it really is.

Our brain perceives light waves bouncing off of objects as a colour and thus, if our brains are a little different (which they all are), then the exact colour we're seeing might not actually be the same. Only, we'd never really know it because there's no possible way for us to share what we see with anyone else without them.. you know, having to see it and thus perceive it differently.

This explains why you might see something in a different colour than I do or even, see a colour in a different way than you did previously, in something as simple as say.... a dress.

Confused? Try watching this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evQsOFQju08___

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2015-02-26 19:09:32 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

People keep saying "bullying" when what they really mean is abuse.

Just because it's between children and not adults doesn't make it less important. Abuse is abuse.

People keep saying "bullying" when what they really mean is abuse.

Just because it's between children and not adults doesn't make it less important. Abuse is abuse.___

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2015-02-24 15:13:08 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I saw this person make a claim that "vaccinated people are more likely to do heroin"

to which I replied "yes well, since most people in civilized countries are vaccinated, they're also more likely to eat, drink, do stuff, having things and go places."

and in my head, I was all like...

I saw this person make a claim that "vaccinated people are more likely to do heroin"

to which I replied "yes well, since most people in civilized countries are vaccinated, they're also more likely to eat, drink, do stuff, having things and go places."

and in my head, I was all like...___

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2015-02-23 19:00:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

As a man with autism and a son with autism and having written several articles about this and discussed this topic with literally hundreds of people, +Hank Green, I would love to shake your hand for this.
(maybe even a hug if it wasn't awkward).

Wonderfully done.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rzxr9FeZf1g

As a man with autism and a son with autism and having written several articles about this and discussed this topic with literally hundreds of people, +Hank Green, I would love to shake your hand for this.
(maybe even a hug if it wasn't awkward).

Wonderfully done.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rzxr9FeZf1g___

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2015-02-23 18:38:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Ever have that one thing you do with your child over and over and over again until one year, you see a photo or an old note it reminds you of that thing and you stop and wonder how and when and why you ever stopped?

I did that.

Ever have that one thing you do with your child over and over and over again until one year, you see a photo or an old note it reminds you of that thing and you stop and wonder how and when and why you ever stopped?

I did that.___

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2015-02-21 15:43:44 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Promotions day on the +Autcraft server.

Today we "promoted" 3 players up to new ranks, Buddy, JrHelper and SrHelper.

On most servers, you can get a rank by buying it or by applying for it, like a job. Getting those ranks gives you special permissions and powers over other players.

On Autcraft, our main ranks are Buddy and then JrHelper (under 18) and SrHelper (18 and over). To achieve these ranks on Autcraft, you must demonstrate that being positive, respectful, responsible and helpful are qualities that make up who you are. It's not something you can buy or just do for a week in hopes of getting the job.

Buddy - A player that is willing to do things with others that are feeling lonely or like they have no one to play with. They will often drop what they're doing just so that someone else can have a friend.

Helper - A player that is... more »

Promotions day on the +Autcraft server.

Today we "promoted" 3 players up to new ranks, Buddy, JrHelper and SrHelper.

On most servers, you can get a rank by buying it or by applying for it, like a job. Getting those ranks gives you special permissions and powers over other players.

On Autcraft, our main ranks are Buddy and then JrHelper (under 18) and SrHelper (18 and over). To achieve these ranks on Autcraft, you must demonstrate that being positive, respectful, responsible and helpful are qualities that make up who you are. It's not something you can buy or just do for a week in hopes of getting the job.

Buddy - A player that is willing to do things with others that are feeling lonely or like they have no one to play with. They will often drop what they're doing just so that someone else can have a friend.

Helper - A player that is eager to help in what ever way they can, from giving new players a tour, to helping fix damaged property and even talking to others that are sad or angry in order to help them calm down and solve their problems.

These ranks do come with certain perks but these are perks that enable them to do more of what they've already done. For example, Buddy players can /heal and /feed others and even repair their tools.

Helpers can teleport freely so that they can be at someone's side in an instant and can even mute people if they are disrupting chat too much.

On Autcraft, we encourage players to do their best and we reward those that stand out from the crowd in all the ways that will help them in life beyond their time on a Minecraft server.

And keep in mind... these are people with autism that we're talking about. And it's these people with autism that help to make Autcraft "the best place on the Internet" (according to Buzzfeed and Digg).___

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2015-02-20 16:14:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I've had some parents sign up their children to +Autcraft despite having never told their children that they have autism. They then come to me expressing concerns about how much autism is talked about on the server because they don't want their child to find out that way.

I can't tell these parents that they should just buck up and get on with telling their child what they likely already know anyway (that they're different) but I do suggest ways in which it might be best to prepare their child for what is going to happen one way or another.

This article includes much of what I tell those parents.

___I've had some parents sign up their children to +Autcraft despite having never told their children that they have autism. They then come to me expressing concerns about how much autism is talked about on the server because they don't want their child to find out that way.

I can't tell these parents that they should just buck up and get on with telling their child what they likely already know anyway (that they're different) but I do suggest ways in which it might be best to prepare their child for what is going to happen one way or another.

This article includes much of what I tell those parents.

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2015-02-20 16:04:00 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

An autism scientist, with autism, studying autism.

It's about time.

An autism scientist, with autism, studying autism.

It's about time.___

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2015-02-18 21:55:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Minecraft is the best-selling independent game of all time, but its use in the real world – in urban development, mapping, history and the arts – makes it a crucial resource for building the future, says David Crookes

Minecraft is the best-selling independent game of all time, but its use in the real world – in urban development, mapping, history and the arts – makes it a crucial resource for building the future, says David Crookes___

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2015-02-12 16:47:53 (1 comments, 8 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Listen, my family is the only thing that's important to me and I don't appreciate you meddling in my decisions. If I can drive without brakes, then that's my choice. What do you care? Your car has brakes so you have nothing to worry about. If you see me coming, just stop and get out of my way.

I'm not anti-brakes by the way, I just think we have the right to choose what we do in regards to our own family and no one else should tell me what to do. It doesn't concern you.

It's not like they even work anyway. People get into accidents every day. If brakes are so great then why are people with brakes getting into accidents? And don't give me that herd immunity thing either, that's a myth. Just because everyone can stop, it doesn't mean that it's less likely that I'll hit someone.

Plus. brakes aren't needed here as much as they are... more »

Listen, my family is the only thing that's important to me and I don't appreciate you meddling in my decisions. If I can drive without brakes, then that's my choice. What do you care? Your car has brakes so you have nothing to worry about. If you see me coming, just stop and get out of my way.

I'm not anti-brakes by the way, I just think we have the right to choose what we do in regards to our own family and no one else should tell me what to do. It doesn't concern you.

It's not like they even work anyway. People get into accidents every day. If brakes are so great then why are people with brakes getting into accidents? And don't give me that herd immunity thing either, that's a myth. Just because everyone can stop, it doesn't mean that it's less likely that I'll hit someone.

Plus. brakes aren't needed here as much as they are in uncivilized countries because we have better medical facilities here so car crashes aren't as fatal. Here they're just minor irritations, like a rash.

So shut up doctors and stop telling me what's best for my kids. And no, I won't use a car seat. Those aren't made with natural materials.

#Vaccines   #CrazyArgumentsAgainstVaccines   #Satire   #Sarcasm  ___

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2015-02-07 16:51:20 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

I think this is suppose to be satire, coming from +The Onion and all but I still can't help but take it seriously. It just sounds like good advice to me.

I think this is suppose to be satire, coming from +The Onion and all but I still can't help but take it seriously. It just sounds like good advice to me.___

2015-02-06 16:54:26 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

If you can't see the gift in having a child with autism, you're focusing too much on the autism and not enough on the child.

If you can't see the gift in having a child with autism, you're focusing too much on the autism and not enough on the child.___

2015-02-04 16:10:33 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

So, after a couple weeks of preparation, I spent yesterday from 4pm to 5am moving and upgrading the Autcraft server as well as updating and fixing many of the plugins.

Today we've had no issues, the children are so happy that some of them are hyperventilating and needing to take a break due to excitement and we've received way more "thank you!" messages in one day than we have in previous months combined.

It's a lot of work and it still makes me no money but oh man, seeing all these kids so very happy and appreciative so totally makes it all worth it.

So, after a couple weeks of preparation, I spent yesterday from 4pm to 5am moving and upgrading the Autcraft server as well as updating and fixing many of the plugins.

Today we've had no issues, the children are so happy that some of them are hyperventilating and needing to take a break due to excitement and we've received way more "thank you!" messages in one day than we have in previous months combined.

It's a lot of work and it still makes me no money but oh man, seeing all these kids so very happy and appreciative so totally makes it all worth it.___

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2015-02-03 21:26:08 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Is this really surprising? It's the younger generation that's never experienced many of these diseases or whose memory of them is minimal at best, as if they were nothing more than minor irritations.

They weren't reading the news reports, they weren't hearing from other parents the tales of horror that these diseases would create.

So now, they have nothing more to go on than the ole "well, in my day..." tales from a previous generation.

Is this really surprising? It's the younger generation that's never experienced many of these diseases or whose memory of them is minimal at best, as if they were nothing more than minor irritations.

They weren't reading the news reports, they weren't hearing from other parents the tales of horror that these diseases would create.

So now, they have nothing more to go on than the ole "well, in my day..." tales from a previous generation.___

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2015-02-03 12:04:57 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

On the topic of vaccines, this is long and isn't meant to change minds. It's just my explanation of what is going on right now and what it all means. Please take a moment:

There are 120k people around the world dying from measles every year but people back here in North America going "hey, it's better than autism!"

That's a massive slap in the face to all those you put at risk and an even bigger slap in the face to people with autism.

Thing is, no one will care until it's their child that goes deaf or dies from it. The problem with that is that it's never their child that does... it's someone else's child, or elderly, or some that has ACTUAL reasons for not vaccinating. And then they go "oh well, not my problem. My kids aren't vaccinated and they're fine."

And so it just continues to escalate.
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On the topic of vaccines, this is long and isn't meant to change minds. It's just my explanation of what is going on right now and what it all means. Please take a moment:

There are 120k people around the world dying from measles every year but people back here in North America going "hey, it's better than autism!"

That's a massive slap in the face to all those you put at risk and an even bigger slap in the face to people with autism.

Thing is, no one will care until it's their child that goes deaf or dies from it. The problem with that is that it's never their child that does... it's someone else's child, or elderly, or some that has ACTUAL reasons for not vaccinating. And then they go "oh well, not my problem. My kids aren't vaccinated and they're fine."

And so it just continues to escalate.

People go "I thought you said measles were gone?" Yes, "Gone!" Not eradicated. The measles were gone from the US. But there's still a big huge wide world out there where the measles is very much still alive and well. And all it takes is a gap large enough and they'll come right back into the US.... and anti-vaxxers provided that gap. It was gone. Now it's back.

The whole "it's my choice to not vaccinate" thing or "what do you care if your child is vaccinated?" thing doesn't hold water unless you are the one single only person on the planet making that choice to not vaccinate. Because once a hundred people choose to, or thousands, suddenly it becomes a very real danger. You're putting each other at risk and millions of others.

People think vaccines is a 100% force field but it's not. It boosts your immune system to fight against it but if enough infected people surround you long enough, eventually your immune system can be compromised. It's like a prize fighter being able to withstand anyone that challenges him but send in 20 opponents and eventually he'll be overwhelmed. That's how vaccinated people contract these diseases too.

The more people that "choose" to go unvaccinated, the larger this problem becomes for us all. And it'll never hit close enough to home for it to change our minds until it's our very own child that ends up dead. Because that's the selfish "me, mine, and only me" culture that we've fostered. To hell with the rest of the world, right? Those kids dying don't matter. Even if it comes to my neighbourhood, it's fine so long as it's not my kids. It's scary what we've become.

Do vaccines cause autism? No one's proven it yet and even if it did, it would have to be on a scale so small that it wouldn't even reach a full 1% on the radar. And even if it did (again), is that really so much worse than risking them dying and the lives of all others around them dying? Is autism really so bad? Do you really hate your children that much that you'd rather them be dead? Would you really rather be killing others instead of risking autism? Do you hate me that much?!?

I'll leave you with this...
a real child with real reasons for not being vaccinated and the very real danger that child is in now. This family is torn to pieces over this and why? Because people say "I don't care about your family, my family comes first." Not just people... but an actual doctor even.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Y79IFVtWms___

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