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Advocate’s Avenue… Autism – Myths and Misconceptions Continued

Leslie McLeod Last week, I discussed myths and misconceptions of Autism. April is Autism Awareness Month. Since the month of April is coming to an end, I would like to take this opportunity to share a few more myths and misconceptions that I have come across as  a parent and an advocate, and follow it with correct information. “All individuals with Autism show the same characteristics and behaviors.” This is completely false. Speaking honestly, I cringe when people say this. I’ll hear someone say “Oh, my aunt’s husband’s cousin’s little…

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Emerald’s Gem Box: Growing up in the newspaper business

Emerald G. Parsons I never had to wonder what I wanted to do when I “grew up.” I grew up doing what I knew I wanted to do for the rest of my life – the newspaper business. When you wake up each morning and dread the job that lies ahead of you, then it’s time to change jobs.  When you wake up each morning and find joy in what lies ahead of you, then you know you have the right job for you.  I wake up happy each day!…

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Advocate’s Avenue… Autism – Myths and Misconceptions

Leslie McLeod As a parent and an advocate, I am constantly asked questions regarding Autism. I don’t mind the questions, I take it as an opportunity to educate others. This especially comes in handy when people are unaware of Autism completely or have heard false information. I decided this week to share some of those common questions and statements, and follow it with correct information. “Autism can be cured.” – This is a false statement, as of right now. There is currently no cure for autism spectrum disorders. There are…

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Emerald’s Gem Box: Florida Taxpayer Independence Day

Emerald G. Parsons Monday, April 17 was also known as “Florida Taxpayer Independence Day.” According to statistics, an improving economy in Florida is producing steady, but modest growth in personal income, resulting in Taxpayer Independence Day arriving on the same date as last year. In 2015, Florida’s Taxpayer Independence Day fell on April 20. (However, in 2009 our Independence Day fell on April 6). Taxpayer Independence Day is the first day in the calendar year that Florida taxpayers, on average, begin earning income that does not go toward federal, state…

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