Update after AAG Meeting

AAG = Ausome Adults Group. I’m the group leader, and my administrative assistant is Becky Beck.

A lot has happened in the last few days; I need to get you up to speed.

Topics Covered at AAG

First, it was unfortunate that Bill couldn’t attend the meeting. But several things did happen that will really help. The day after the meeting, Bill sent some very useful info that includes a map of Wisconsin and which counties are already federally funded through Family Care, and which are not. Eventually the four remaining counties will be transitioned, possibly within five years. I will copy the email I received from Bill, who is part of Dane County Aging and Disability Resource Center

ADRC Google Search Results

Some of the search results mention Alzheimer’s, so be careful!

I also covered how someone can qualify for Medicaid aka MA, CIP, or COP. Read Bill’s email if you’re interested in the (boring) details… There are 6 functional assessments, but you only need 3 to qualify for MA. Things may get a little easier once the transition is done because Family Care has some qualities that make it easier for those on the Spectrum to qualify. That’s my opinion, so I could be wrong! Again, if you think you might qualify, read the link in Bill’s email so you know how they evaluate anyone that has a disability.

Organizing Your Life Book

After the introduction, and the ADRC 20-minute presentation, I covered a new book I just bought: The Compete Idiot’s Guide to Organizing Your Life. But despite my best attempts the group response was absolutely not interested. I get the feeling that unless I have a handout, they won’t respond. Part of being on the Spectrum I guess. And they don’t like communicating, whether that be Facebook, LinkedIn, or WordPress. Its hard enough getting them to the meeting. It doesn’t help that very few check out the notes that Becky posts to our page after the meeting. If you are on the Spectrum, very few have any concept of time beyond today, much less planning for the future. Unaware of why they need a plan for life, or how to implement one. This Book is a Game Changer, and would be a great resource if they would just take a look at the table of contents. This means that I will type everything in the Table of Contents, and hope that gets their attention. This is NOT a book just about organizing one’s home, its a life tool that covers budgeting, motivation, and having more time for fun and friends! But obviously they didn’t hear that when I was talking. Now that I know Goodman Center has a projection screen, I will definitely be using it at every meeting! If they want more information, I email it to them because Goodman Center has WiFi! This also means I can show them EVERYTHING in my email that I’ve tagged for AAG.

LinkedIn Issue

I subscribe to a LinkedIn Autism Group, which includes links to others sites they have researched. Unfortunately, one of the threads I followed led me to question some of the information. This so-called Autism Expert claims she can cure Autism and ADHD! Her name is Dr.Rajalakshmi Kandaswamy, and several people have left comments recently about the definite lack of specifics which she claims. For instance: Featured in CNN IBN, or more recently being contacted by PBS, If you belong to LinkedIn, you can find the link thread here. Also the book I tried to find isn’t listed on Amazon, and the price is $110. I’m very smart when it comes to Internet Searches, and so far, I’ve found nothing but misinformation.I did several searches at Google Scholar but couldn’t find anything with the following connections:

Autism -> CNN IBN -> 2009

She mentioned the year in her description, but I found nothing. This is very suspicious.

Look for more post soon, like the email from Bill at ADRC, and the Table of Contents for the book. Please give me a few days, and I promise it will be posted.

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About akutil86

Diagnosed with Aspergers at 34, this blog chronicles some of the life events I've gone through, and how I hope to help others on the Autism Spectrum. Posts that are personal opinions will be moving to another Wordpress site by the end of the year; for those looking for help with autism, I hope you will continue to visit and spread the word about the articles that most of the time are links to something I read. Please let me know what challenges you are facing, and I will do my best to address them. Thanks for reading my blog!
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