Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Visual Processing as a Component of Learning Difficulties

Please join us for our next meeting!

Date: Monday, March 1st
Topic: Visual Processing as a Component of Learning Difficulties
Speaker: Judy Russell, First Class Development and Learning Resources
Time: 6:30-8:00 pm
Place: Pierce County Library Processing & Administration Center
3005 112th St E, Tacoma (at 112th and Waller Rd, just off Hwy 512 Portland Ave exit)

Don't forget that there will be selected lending library resources available for check out, and new attendees receive a valuable binder of information for free (until they are gone). Professionals and other interested parties are welcome to attend. Childcare is not available.

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Hope to see you there!


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

New Vaccine News Resource

Vaccines have been on my mind a lot lately. We seem to be emerging from the flu season with the media-hyped swine flu "epidemic." There has been a lot of talk and misinformation. People are scared to vaccinate, but they're scared not to.

Right now a friend of mine is in school and working on her degree. Her English class is currently working on a Persuasive Argument paper, and she needed a controversial topic to take one side on and defend. Well, vaccines is definitely a hot button topic that is generating a lot of interest among her classmates.

Yes, it's quite the issue. My own personal view on vaccines has shifted in the past couple of years. I was a staunch supporter of the vaccine schedule and had both of my children vaccinated on time. After both of them were diagnosed on the autism spectrum and I began to do a lot of research and reading, I discovered that there was more information out there about vaccines than I previously realized. Although I felt like I already had a firm grasp on the topic, I surprisingly found that I was fairly ignorant about the issue.

Since I started volunteering in the special needs community, I've had the privilege to work with many families. Among them, there is a significant percentage who believe without a shadow of a doubt that their children have been injured by vaccines. The stories I've heard are heartbreaking, and I do not dispute them.

Over time, I have found myself unable to continue supporting the current vaccine schedule. And, it's not just about the mercury preservative, thimerosal! I'll save you the boredom of a lengthy dissertation on the reasons least for now. My poor friend has already been barraged with details while she prepares to complete her paper! At some point when I have more time and energy, I hope to do a more substantial follow up to this topic, and then you'll see my own version of a persuasive argument paper!

Until then, a new online resource for you to check out is a vaccine news site by Dr. Mercola. It's available at: In my opinion, I think the information he presents on his main site,, is quite valuable and I am very happy that he has launched this site specific to vaccines. He has brought a lot of information together on this one topic, and I think you will find it to be a great resource.

If you have any vaccine site links or other resources you would like to share, feel free to leave a comment. Maybe it will end up on a future blog about this topic!