Freecycle Needs You

It would really be nice if you would consider joining this exceptional group that does so much to keep items out of our burgeoning landfills. Thanks for joining in advance!
Alvin Kutil


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Personal Blog — How different is Your Autism from Mine?


I recently watched a PBS Nova Show about Dogs. I love watching shows that get me to reflect on my personal condition… after all I’m very much a mental person. Emotions not so much. This show got me to thinking — if dogs prioritize their senses (smell), how much different are autism people from “normal” people?

Talking Points — Sleep Cycles

I’m writing this on my laptop at 4:43 in the morning! How many of you are like me? Meaning — do you do your best thinking when most people are still asleep? Do you go asleep (hopefully at a consistent time) between 7 and 9 pm? I go to bed pretty early. But my spouse is already at work by 5 am. And yes, she goes to bed around 7 pm. My sleep cycle has gradually changed so that I can spend what little time I have with her. But that means my sleep is definitely not the norm. I sometimes also catch a catnap in the afternoon, sometime 45 minutes, sometimes longer if my body says I need to rest more.

What role do your emotions play?

Clearly I have a difficult time with empathy. Sometimes the obvious isn’t so obvious to me. They think I’m not interested in friendship with them. But that couldn’t be further from the truth! Once they get a sense of where I’m coming from, they think I’m not all that different from them. Unfortunately, first impressions are often very important and lasting. Sometimes these casual encounters never get beyond “acquaintance” phase. This happens quite a bit with me. From my perspective, that’s their loss. I have a few close friends and I’m satisfied with that.

Are your emotions like mine? Few friends, but quality friendships. This quarantine is driving me crazy! And I don’t use Facebook very much. My spouse is very visual — she’s a photographer after all! We also enjoy going to other communities’ festivals, or learning about other cities in Wisconsin or in nearby states. She uses Facebook to keep track of where we’ve been, and keeps me in tune with what is happening from a distance.

I also have a friend in Rhinelander Wisconsin. He shows little interest in computers, even though his parents are trying to get him to interact more through the computer. I’m not sure if they have Internet. Now that he’s unemployed for about 6 weeks, he’s writing nearly every week or two, and his letters often come 3 or 4 at a time via Postal Service. I still wonder why he doesn’t save his money by putting more than one sheet of paper in each envelope? I’m pretty sure his parents are in the same boat employment wise. I’m not sure how long though. Eventually I’ll address this with him, and hopefully he will take the hint without complaint.


I’m not sure how many of you are on limited hours, or if you’re an “essential worker”. But I’m not concerned at all since I’ve been collecting SSDI for (I think) 6 years. That’s why I started volunteering at my local community Rec Center. Unfortunately, they have been closed as well and I have no outlet there. And this quarantine means you are supposed to keep yourself from visiting your neighbors and friends. Even restaurants can only deliver meals or do pick-up service in their parking lot. Few social outlets. No baseball, football, concerts, festivals or other social gatherings. How have you been coping with this lack of social connection?

How many of you are unemployed? How many of you have had your hours cut? Are you using acceptable means to stay connected with your friends — facetime, zoom, or some other visual computer software. How many of you are still in school — whether primary or college? Do you have reliable Internet? Is this a problem you’re still trying to figure out?


I’ve managed to keep my wife and I safe during these unprecedented times — I’ll call it CV for short. Mucus is a problem for me, but no other symptoms — especially no fever. I could simply have a case of allergies because its Spring. I don’t want any of this CV to visit my home. I’m taking what our Governor says very seriously. Its sad that Wisconsin just had the quarantine extend to May 26. Right around Memorial Day, and one of our biggest festivals has been postponed to September (I think), Bratfest used to be at Willow Island near the Alliant Energy Center. Will it still be there? We all hope to control CV and not the other way around! But we really have no idea what will happen in the future. Most people want to plan a trip to some fun place, but I’m guessing your state won’t allow you to go to other states, am I right? Big tourism problems lie ahead if we don’t take seriously this CV problem.

I hope you don’t think this is just a hoax, meant to take away our freedom. I’m not sure where any of you are from, maybe I have a few international countries who are subscribers to my blog.

I can be grateful that our Constitution and Bill of Rights is here to help. This is the framework that our system of Government is based on. And I sincerely hope that ALL OF OUR REPRESENTATIVES knows how important it is to us Citizens of the USA. Notice I said USA not US. Most people don’t know there is a BIG DIFFERENCE between the two. If we focus on what’s most important, our relationships, then EVERYONE WINS, including those representatives. As long as our Government remembers this, and focus on coming together as a Nation (NOT a corporation), then we may well come out of this pretty well.

But that remains to be seen… what will our Government focus on? Will they lay blame on nations and people? Or will they try to figure out a solution that doesn’t take away our Freedom? That means EVERYONE, not just those in the USA! Protesting does not focus on the proper point of view. Some people are never satisfied with what they have. I for one am not focused on material possessions. I focus on helping others, and not being selfish. I’m fighting this CV War with all of my heart. I know its difficult to keep under control, and keep  your thoughts focused. I share those same autistic traits as you. I’d like to hope that my 62 years have given me a little wisdom.

But what do you think? Does this resonant with you? Let me know, and share your point of view and your thoughts in the comments. Sometimes I don’t reply, or maybe it takes a lot longer. Please don’t think that I don’t appreciate your perspective… Because I really do care what you think! But make no mistake… just because I’m sensitive does not mean I’m weak. If anything, if you criticize this post it is you who are weak. Power to the People! Come Together Right Now! Your voice is urgently needed at this most critical time. Will you rise to the challenge? Or will you succumb to apathy?

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Disabled people cannot be treated as expendable.

“Disabled people cannot be treated as expendable."

Mark Hodgkinson, Chief Executive, Scope, comments in today’s @Independent on a shocking letter sent to disabled patients by a GP surgery on Covid-19.

GP surgery tells severely ill patients that if they get coronavirus …
Severely ill patients have been told by their GP surgery that they will not be offered a vent… more

Al Kutil


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Policy Advocacy, Disaster Preparedness & NAAM || Autism Society

The Autism Society is focused on providing resources surrounding Policy Advocacy, where our efforts, determination, and progress are exemplified at the local, state, and national levels.

2020 brings new and potential legislation surrounding community living, healthcare, housing, and employment, all of which affects the disability community—and with over 5,500 letters sent to congress through the Autism Society Action Center in the last 12 months, we are proud to continue to facilitate advocacy efforts for the extended disability community. Disability rights are human rights, and together we can make our voices heard.


Countdown to National Autism Awareness Month

This April, the Autism Society of America will #CelebrateDifferences through our efforts to spread awareness, promote acceptance, and ignite change. We are providing educational materials of signs and symptoms to promote awareness about current facts and statistics. Knowledge promotes acceptance and we will continue to ignite change through inclusivity, and community building.
Check out our new National Autism Awareness Month (NAAM) website, and see how you can get involved!


Disability Policy Seminar

This month, the Autism Society will partner with other national, leading disability organizations to put on the Disability Policy Seminar (DPS). The seminar offers an opportunity for passionate advocates, self-advocates, experts, and professionals in the disability community to come together and learn about key issues and advocacy efforts. Join us Sunday, March 22nd, for our Orientation and Reception.


Get Counted, Census 2020

The census helps determine how over $675 billion will be allocated across local health care, housing, education, transportation, employment, and public policy. The Autism Society of America and other national disability organizations advocate for better and supported policies throughout these quality of life indicators. Be counted, make your voice heard, and together we can push for more funding.


Disaster Preparedness

With the recent COVID – 19 outbreak, it’s essential to know the facts and be prepared for disruptions to everyday routines.
The Autism Society is committed to helping families with autism and special needs prepare for emergencies. During any emergency, a health crisis, natural disaster or man-made, it is necessary to be prepared with a plan and essentials.


Affiliates in Action


In The News…

  • The Autism Society of America is gratified that the FDA has published a final rule to ban the use of electrical stimulation devices on children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.
  • Download National Autism Awareness Month (NAAM) resources and find out how YOU can #CelebrateDifferences!
  • Catch #EverythingsGonnaBeOkay, streaming now on Hulu and Freeform! This show explores grief, love, and autism, with a stellar neuro-diverse cast!
  • Check out our February resources, focused on building better relationships through social skills and improved communication.
  • Follow us on Instagram and use the hashtag, #AutismSociety for your chance to be featured.
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Glyphosate + aluminum + mercury + glutamate = autism

AutismOne Media Jun 1, 2018

Autism, Health, Glyphosate,

PPT Slides:…

I have been searching for environmental causes of autism for over a decade, and I now believe that I have identified the key toxic environmental factors that are causal in the epidemic. The most significant factor is glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup. What makes glyphosate so dangerous is that it is pervasive, cumulatively insidiously toxic, and widely believed to be nearly harmless to humans. Glyphosate collaborates with toxic components in vaccines to destroy neurons. These include, primarily, aluminum, mercury and glutamate. While glyphosate contamination in the food sets up a leaky gut barrier and leaky brain barrier, glyphosate contamination in many vaccines is ominous and likely catastrophic. In this talk, I will present the hard-core scientific evidence for the complex metabolic cascade these toxic metals and chemicals induce, beginning with disruption of gut microbes, bile acids, and digestive enzymes, and ending with a devastating neurological disability.

Stephanie Seneff, BS, MS, EE, PhD

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GMO Foods, Glyphosate, Autism & Obesity – Stephanie Seneff

High Intensity Health Jul 7, 2016
Glyphosate, Health, Autism, Advocacy,

Science says eating just one meal per day can improve your health. Learn more at

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12 Signs You’re Talking to a Fake Friend


Figuring out a person’s real intentions can be pretty hard. Some people pretend to be sincere when they need something from you. Luckily, there are a couple of surefire ways to spot a fake person in your life and cut them off before it’s too late. And the examples will make these signs more memorable!

Other videos you might like: 10 Differences Between Good Friends and Toxic Friends… 10 Simple Ways to Tell If Someone Is Lying to You… 20+ Psychology Tricks to Read Anyone Like a Book…

TIMESTAMPS: Social status doesn’t matter? Or does it? 0:26 Fake people are manipulators 1:22 They crave attention 2:16 They never ask you about you 3:01 They’re bragging all the time 3:53 Fake people break their promises 4:54 Fake people are opportunists 5:46 Fake people put others down 6:39 Fake people feed off drama 7:27 They gossip 8:10 They’re only nice when they need something 9:06 They disappear when you need them the most 9:58

Music by Epidemic Sound

SUMMARY: – When a person doesn’t really care about their own gain, they pay zero attention to the social status of others, focusing on their personality traits and characteristics instead. – Can you imagine a genuine and happy person trying to manipulate somebody? This is exactly what a fake person would do! – Genuine and confident people usually don’t feel a burning desire to be the center of attention at all times. The reason behind it is pretty simple: They don’t really care what society thinks of them! – If you meet a person who never asks you about you and always makes every topic about themselves, you’re probably dealing with a fake person who doesn’t deserve your time and effort. – If you come across a person who can’t stop talking about how awesome they are, there’s a big chance you’re talking to a fake person. – If you keep hanging out with someone who talks big but always disappears when it comes to action, this is definitely not a person you can rely on. – Genuine people love to spend time with you and will never throw a friendship or romantic relationship out the window. Fake people are not afraid to ruin your relationships to get the best you have. – One of the most obvious signs of a fake person is when they try to look better at someone else’s expense. – Fake people never care about someone else’s feelings. Instead, they love to play people off against one another for fun and entertainment! – Genuine people have high moral principles that don’t let them talk behind someone’s back. If they don’t like you, they simply don’t interact with you that often. – The only focus of a fake person is themselves, so they view people from the perspective of what they can get from them. – Fake friends always disappear at the first sign of trouble.

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30+ Little-Known Tricks to Read Strangers || Bright Side

Need a little help reading body language? Watch this video from bright side and try to remember the signals as best as you can. It might be a little hard at first, but practice makes perfect.

Maybe you know some of these signals already? That should make it a little easier for you. Anyway I hope this helps with reading body language, and welcome your comments below.

it would also be nice if you could forward this to those on the autism spectrum. I really appreciate it if you could do this! This also might be a good topic for ausome adults group. We could all use a little practice every now and then.

Can you think of other videos that might support and expand this body language topic? Let me know in the comments below.

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Only 2 weeks left to apply for ACI!

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Judge Slashes Verdict In Risperdal Case

Judge Slashes Verdict In Risperdal Case
A judge chopped an $8 billion award to a man who claimed the maker of Risperdal failed to warn that boys using the drug — commonly prescribed to those with autism — could grow breasts. Read More >
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