Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Has the Movie The Accountant Provided Viewers with an Accurate Representation of Autism?

Often Hollywood leaves behind fact and accuracy in pursuit of ticket sales and big dollars, but have they done it again with The Accountant? Well, let’s have a look and find out for ourselves!
Ben Affleck stars in the new action thriller The Accountant, currently in movie theaters around the world. There is nothing unusual in this, but what is a little bit different is that Affleck’s character has autism and the film plays on many of the positive aspects someone affected by autism may have. The main character in the movie is Christian Wolff, complete with pocket protector. A genius with numbers, math, and bookkeeping, that also happens to be a highly trained killer. Wolff works with crime groups around the world, organizing their dubious accounts and handling all of their money.
This type of movie isn’t anything new to Hollywood. Since Dustin Hoffman’s movie where he played Raymond Babbitt in Rain Man in the late 80’s, Hollywood has started to shine a light on people affected by conditions such as autism, Asperger’s syndrome, and other mental health problems. The problem isn’t that Hollywood makes these films, it is how they portray the people in the films and the conditions which they have to deal with.
Many people would justifiably have concerns about any movie that portrays the main character as someone who has autism and also violently kills people.
The important thing that viewers need to remember is that Wolff isn’t running around the country randomly killing people. From an early age, Wolff’s father instilled a sense self-defense and self-preservation into him.
Ben Affleck spent quite a lot of time researching the role before committing to it. He watched documentaries, listened to podcasts, read books and also visited with Director Gavin O'Connor and the students at Exceptional Minds.
Ultimately Director Gavin O'Connor was pleased with how the movie portrayed people with autism and how it affected them and the decisions it made. He said it was important to remember that Wolff wasn’t just running around killing people. He was killing those that threatened him and had broken his moral code.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Children with Autism Could Soon See the Benefits of Medical Marijuana

As medical marijuana is rolled out for certain conditions in different countries
around the world, more and more people are starting to recognize the benefits of it across a broad spectrum of different conditions.

Minnesota Department of Health is one of the latest to consider adding autism to their list of conditions which patients could obtain medical marijuana. Many people, including those who care for people living with autism, have been seeking an alternative medication to prescription drugs, medical marijuana gives them that alternative.
Medical marijuana is already being successfully utilized to treat a wide variety of different illnesses. From things such as Tourette’s, depression, anxiety, pain relief, eating disorders, sleep disorders and much more. Medical marijuana itself has come a long way in a very short time. What used to be only available in the herb or plant form, is now available as pills, oils, candy, drinks and much more. This makes it much easier to administer to people, especially children.
Autism directly affects how the brain takes in and processes information, changing how the mind sees the world around it. This can then turn into communication problems, repetitive behavior, anxiety and problems interacting socially. Each parent will need to consider how medical marijuana could benefit their child, and take it one step at a time. As with everything, what works well for one, may not work for another.
The Minnesota Department of Health is also considering a number of other conditions to add to the medical marijuana list. Conditions like arthritis, depression, PTSD and insomnia are all undergoing consideration. For many people, taking prescription medications often leaves them struggling to cope with serious side effects, many of which are so harsh they outweigh the benefits of the medication in the first place.
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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

#GFCF Peanut Butter Bars

An old recipe with a new twist.  Use gluten free graham crackers and Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate and you have a great desert everyone can enjoy.


  • 1 cup margarine, melted
  • 2 cups gluten free graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups Ghirardelli semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 tablespoons peanut butter
  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the butter or margarine, graham cracker crumbs, confectioners' sugar, and 1 cup peanut butter until well blended. Press evenly into the bottom of an ungreased 9x13 inch pan.
  2. In a metal bowl over simmering water, or in the microwave, melt the chocolate chips with the 4 tablespoons of peanut butter, stirring occasionally until smooth. Spread over the prepared crust. Refrigerate for at least one hour before cutting into squares.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Disney Still Trying to Work Out Disability Access System

For many people around the world, Disney Land hold a special place in their hearts, but for parents with children who have autism and other disability’s it can prove challenging.
After using the same Guest Assistance Card system for anyone with a disability for several years, Disney has recently introduced its new Disability Access System. Disney claims that the old system was being abused and hopes that this new system will provide guests with fairer access to all park facilities while weeding out anyone who would look to take advantage of the system.
The old Guest Assistance Card system allowed guest with the card to jump the cue at rides. The new Disability Access System requires pre-registering and then presenting yourself at a ride to find out when you can then have your turn. The attendants at the ride will give you a return time; then you simply return at the designated time to enjoy the ride. Under the new system, there will be some waiting involved, but guests using the system will still be able to enjoy the rides with a minimal wait time.
But is the new Disability Access System better or worse?
The new system is getting mixed reviews from some different clients that have already been using the new system. Many of these guests are return customers who have already used the previous system. Where children could often understand the need to wait in line and wait their turn for a short time, they don’t understand they have to leave and then return. For many children or adults who have autism, being told to leave and simply occupy their time while they wait is not acceptable.
While Disney is still trying to test their new system and refine any problems, they believe they are doing what they can to ensure everyone has a good time while at their parks. If you feel that you couldn’t make the new system work, then you may be best advised to seek an alternate experience.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

#GFCF Paleo Pie

Great receipe for every diet!


  • 1 large spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 1 pound ground turkey sausage
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped baby spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Place spaghetti squash, cut-side down, on a baking sheet.
  2. Bake squash in the preheated oven until cooked through, about 25 minutes. When cool enough to handle, scoop out the strands of squash with a spoon and place in an 8-inch square baking dish.
  3. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  4. Cook and stir turkey sausage and onion in a large skillet over medium-high heat until turkey is browned, 4 to 6 minutes. Remove from heat and stir pizza sauce, spinach, red bell pepper, applesauce, basil, garlic powder, oregano, and black pepper into turkey mixture. Spread mixture over squash in baking dish.
  5. Pour eggs over turkey mixture and toss egg, turkey mixture, and squash together until egg is just combined.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until mixture is bubbling and eggs are set, about 1 hour.