This is a guest post by Jacob Reede.
Work related accidents are far too common in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, about 3 million Americans are injured on the job each year. That is about 1 percent of the U.S. population. Still our statistics are much better than the world average. The International Labor Organization reports 250 million occupational accidents each year worldwide, while many others probably go unreported. That is about 3.5 percent of the world’s population. Continue reading
The Horse Council BC will be hosting the second annual Equine Education Conference from January 21 – 22, 2012 at the Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel. I was most pleased to see that Dr. Andrew McLean will be a speaker. He has developed and manages the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre, the most internationally recognised horse training and behaviour modification centre in Australia.
Pictures Matter Too even though the Montreal Gazette is pushing its new slogan, “Words Matter“. There’s an article in the Gazette that shows that pictures are sometimes very much more powerful as a communication channel. They seem to work particularly well for autistic children.
Autism is a tough load for anyone to live with. If your child is autistic, how do you communicate? Well apparently pictures are one way of first establishing communication. As time goes on, then speech therapy may eventually succeed and words can become more important. But at first, pictures seem to matter more.
The Big Blue Hug is the website of Jason Goldsmith and his autistic son Ellis. The website contains many pictures drawn by Ellis as his way of communicating with his father and his world. Goldsmith’s idea is to spread autism awareness and to teach children tolerance, to value their autistic peers and give them a tool to actually talk to them. Such a website deserves our support, given its laudable goals.
Unfortunately although the website works with pictures, Google and the other search engines use robots that are blind to pictures. So Google won’t know about this website unless others talk about it. Well here’s one post that will perhaps bring a little more visibility to Jason and Ellis’s work. They certainly deserve it.
Related: Autism – Pictures Matter Too
Autism Society of America
Center for the Study of Autism
National Autistic Society