There is a chance for every reader of mine that owns a dog to perform one small act of kindness – for the price of a stamp and getting some photos developed, at most.
There is a terminally ill girl in Wisconsin – she has Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma – which is an aggressive form of childhood cancer – specifically in the form of an inoperable brain tumour.
We’re not doctors or medics – but we have a chance to help a sick little girl.. Just write a letter to her from your dog and enclose a photo.
You can also comment on her Gofundme page .
As of now, the estimate is at over 50,000 dog missives. This means that so far, she has been receiving on average 25,000 missives a day. I do not own a dog so I can not do anything directly myself.
However…remember the 25,000 a day figure? Maybe my followers can keep this up? That would be 6 x 7 = 42 days. 42 days at 25,000 missives a day = 1,050,000. What do you say? Can we manage that many missives?
Please reach out to dog owners and shelters that you know and I don’t.
Bob Wright co-founded Autism Speaks and was their representative to the congressional hearing held yesterday. As part of that hearing, he called autism an “epidemic”, stating:
More than seven years have passed since my wife, Suzanne, and I founded Autism Speaks. During that time, we have seen the prevalence of autism in America nearly double – from 1 in 166 children in 2005 to 1 in 88 today, including 1 of every 54 boys. The prevalence of autism has increased by 1,000 percent over the last 40 years.
Mr. Wright’s testimony also included the statement: “The annual cost of autism in the United States is now estimated at $137 billion – a
figure that exceeds the gross domestic product of 139 countries.”
I tried to work out how Mr. Wright arrived at that figure and couldn’t easily get there. Why, you might ask? It’s nice to cross check: do figures…
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This story from The Daily Beast: California Police Ignored, Mishandled Sex Assaults Reported by Disabled. Obviously potentially a trigger.
We’ve discussed sexual assaults in group homes in California in the past few years. Police made some of those cases priorities. The Daily Beast story discusses cases where there is a lack of even basic OK investigation:
Patients at California’s board-and-care centers for the developmentally disabled have accused caretakers of molestation and rape 36 times during the past four years, but police assigned to protect them did not complete even the simplest tasks associated with investigating the alleged crimes, records and interviews show.