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(Help Homeless Animals)   My son, Jamie, was diagnosed with 'severe' Autism @ age 3. Now 17, an A+ student, Life Scout, and all-around cool guy, he's raising awareness, supplies and donations for the Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART). Can you help?   (hart90.org ) divider line
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2012-11-03 09:31:14 PM  
Subby here....

My son, Jamie, is HFA (High-Functioning Autism), and was diagnosed @ age 3 as 'severely' autistic. At the time, we were told that he wouldn't go to school, wouldn't ride a bike, woudn't hold normal conversations, yadda, yadda, yadda. Well, at 17, he's turned out to be quite the amazing young man. He's a junior in HS, a straight-A student, not only rides a bike, but drives (better than his mother) has completed 3 century (100-mile+) bike rides, and is about the most social kid you'll run in to. He's also a Life Scout, working on his Eagle project, which is to raise awareness, collect supplies and raise donations for the Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART) , a 501 (c) (3) no-kill animal rescue / support group. Jamie's been the one who's picked out all our current rescues (two cats and a dog), and he wants to give back by helping HART.

This is Jamie:

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These are our current rescued resident / owners Molly, Tobe and Daisy. Daisy doesn't quite count as a real dog, but she's Jamie's dog, and that's good enough for me.

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....and here are some of the current dogs and cats at HART that are looking for homes:

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Jamie's also doing a local supply drive for HART to gather dog/cat food, cat litter and other supplies on their wish list, but I also wanted to reach out to FARK to challenge them to help, too. If you'd like to help, please consider donating to HART.

You can donate via PayPal or JustGive.org. I know there are lots of deserving people and organizations, but if you'd consider donating to HART, Jamie and HART's cats and dogs would very much appreciate it.

If you donate, thank you very much - make sure that you tag the donation as 'Jamie Eagle Project' in the 'name' or 'instructions for HART (PayPal), so we can see how much of a difference FARK can make....Even if you can't donate, thanks for taking the time to read this post.


kokomo61
Farker since 2004, proud Dad to Jamie since 1995.
 
2012-11-03 09:33:38 PM  
Repeat from October 31.
 
2012-11-03 09:36:28 PM  
Well, his diagnosis aside, he seems more accomplished than most kids his age.
 
2012-11-03 09:38:44 PM  

Gig103: Repeat from October 31.


Yes, it is - asked the Modmins' advice first, though. A quick search shows seven "Give Joe The Bird" threads between Oct 16 and Oct 22nd. I may be biased, but I think this cause is at least as worthy.
 
2012-11-03 09:45:18 PM  

TheDumbBlonde: Well, his diagnosis aside, he seems more accomplished than most kids his age.


I'm 36 and I'm feeling sheepish.
 
2012-11-03 09:56:03 PM  
Yes, that is great. I'll contribute.
 
2012-11-03 10:02:04 PM  

feckingmorons: Yes, that is great. I'll contribute.


Hey, did you know you can add information on the paypal form to make it easier for HART to know why their getting these contributions. Just click on the instructions to HART button like I did and put in something like Jamie's Eagle Project

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2012-11-03 10:02:24 PM  
psssst- vote for the link folks .
/not subby, duh
 
2012-11-03 10:11:29 PM  
"You can donate via PayPal " That link is farked, Dad.

I went through the HART donation link and then to Paypal.

I suggest you simplify your pitch and instructions. They're more confusing than last time. Four pics, max. One topic: Jamie's campaign. One link to HART's home page, one link to HART's donation page (and don't label both just "HART"). Forget the direct Paypal and JustGive links.

Best of luck to Jamie, and you're terrific!
 
2012-11-03 10:56:38 PM  
You don't farking know "severe". High functioning is not severe, dumbass.

He's yours, he's "special to you", but compared to the Autism spectrum, he's farking lucky to be as autistic as he is. Straight-As...awww ....poor you
 
2012-11-03 11:54:33 PM  
Easier and easier to find the ignore fodder these days.
 
2012-11-04 12:05:15 AM  

Gig103: Repeat from October 31.


It is. I contributed twice the first time. Farkers should step up more this time.
 
2012-11-04 12:14:23 AM  

acanuck: You don't farking know "severe". High functioning is not severe, dumbass.

He's yours, he's "special to you", but compared to the Autism spectrum, he's farking lucky to be as autistic as he is. Straight-As...awww ....poor you


Son, this sort of garbage is exactly why you don't see your Mother and I creating posts expressing pride in you. You are a disappointment. Dad
 
2012-11-04 12:15:22 AM  

acanuck: ...awww ....poor you


Wow, you're probably the biggest douchebag I've ever seen on Fark.
 
2012-11-04 12:25:43 AM  

feckingmorons: acanuck: ...awww ....poor you

Wow, you're probably the biggest douchebag I've ever seen on Fark.


Agreed. And that is saying quite a lot.
 
2012-11-04 12:27:33 AM  

vartian: feckingmorons: acanuck: ...awww ....poor you

Wow, you're probably the biggest douchebag I've ever seen on Fark.

Agreed. And that is saying quite a lot.


I'll have to think about it, but he's definitely a contender for that title.
 
2012-11-04 12:39:01 AM  
U mad?
 
2012-11-04 12:40:22 AM  
Dammit wrong thread.
 
2012-11-04 12:41:50 AM  

acanuck: You don't farking know "severe". High functioning is not severe, dumbass.

He's yours, he's "special to you", but compared to the Autism spectrum, he's farking lucky to be as autistic as he is. Straight-As...awww ....poor you


Yeah, everyone should be so lucky, you douche nizzle.
 
2012-11-04 12:55:00 AM  

wizden: U mad?


lol
 
2012-11-04 12:56:02 AM  

kokomo61: Subby here....

This is wonderful, you guys get my donation, good luck

 
2012-11-04 01:01:28 AM  
I will do what I can to donate.

I'm happy to see the reaction in this thread is very positive. I put up a greenlit thread for a donation website a couple of weeks ago and some of the comments were very harsh.

This is renewing my faith in fark.

Best of luck to you and your son!
 
2012-11-04 01:04:14 AM  
Jamie is awesome! Good on him and good on HART.
 
2012-11-04 01:04:33 AM  
My nephew is very severely autistic, to the degree that he is 9 and is completely non verbal. Sounds like although you have been through a lot with your son, things turned out just fine, and that is great.
 
2012-11-04 01:53:39 AM  

wizden: Dammit wrong thread.


Okay, I am going to give 10 bucks and you should give at least that much. Wrong thread, right like preview before post didnt
 
2012-11-04 01:54:19 AM  
work .
Ill be here all week
 
2012-11-04 02:07:17 AM  
It's great that your son is doing well and helping others. I do find it weird that you are posting his pic and bio on a public forum and asking for cash. Would he get fewer donations if he weren't autistic? Shouldn't a boy his age be soliciting donations on his own?
I've done dog rescue for many years. It is a good cause
.More people should contribute to the free spay and neuter programs.
Good luck.
 
2012-11-04 03:52:52 AM  
Your son sounds awesome, but can I ask a question?

What is a Life Scout?
 
2012-11-04 07:01:24 AM  

BronyMedic: Your son sounds awesome, but can I ask a question?

What is a Life Scout?


It's the rank right below Eagle. They go - Scout, Tenderfoot, 2nd Class, 1st Class, Star, Life Eagle. Each rank has skill requirements, and once you hit Star, you have certain merit badge, service hours and leadership requirements. Jamie has met all the merit badge / service hours and leadership ones - he just has to finish his project and do his Board of Review to make Eagle. About 5 % of Scouts reach the Eagle rank.

AFA the "severe" diagnosis -

Autism is a spectrum disorder, and there are many who are completely non-verbal and they / their families struggle every day to improve and live with it. By age 2, Jamie wasn't developing verbal skills at the same rate as other kids, and he didn't seem to interact as much, either. He also was highly sensitive to sounds, tastes, touch, etc, and also had several major aggression incidents with hitting, biting, etc. So, we went to several doctors and specialists, including some of the top experts in the country, who happen to be in this area. One of the top child psychiatrists gave him the 'severe' diagnosis, and multiple doctors confirmed it.........so we embarked on over a decade of special therapies, treatments, speech, physical, behavioral and play therapies, and a farkload of quack ideas, trying hundreds of things that didn't work............but a few that did. Lots of people worked very hard, but the one that worked hardest was Jamie.

Over time, Jamie became more connected, less aggressive, better coordinated, and better at school. His handwriting is still pretty shaky (that's what keyboards are for). It took me two years working with him to teach him to ride a bike - at last year's Seagull Century, he dropped me like a bad habit, finishing 10 miles in front of me. If you met him today, you'd think "typical goofy teen-age kid." So, today, he's a very different kid - but I've got file drawers full of medical reports and evaluations that show how far he's come.
 
2012-11-04 07:09:54 AM  

AbbeySomeone: Would he get fewer donations if he weren't autistic? Shouldn't a boy his age be soliciting donations on his own?


Jamie is running the overall project - he's organizing a local supply drive, collecting food, cat litter, flea/tick stuff, etc. He's got about 20 Scouts passing out fliers, talking to people, and picking up the donations for transport to a HART location. He's also supporting an adoption day, with Scouts helping keep dogs fed and watered, and carrying stuff in and out of the store for shoppers and volunteers.

I'm on FARK, he isn't - so he asked if I would post something for him.
 
2012-11-04 07:55:13 AM  

acanuck: You don't farking know "severe". High functioning is not severe, dumbass.

He's yours, he's "special to you", but compared to the Autism spectrum, he's farking lucky to be as autistic as he is. Straight-As...awww ....poor you


Posts like this make me thankful for the ignore feature.
acanuck is now officially non-existant to me.
 
2012-11-04 09:01:16 AM  

acanuck: You don't farking know "severe". High functioning is not severe, dumbass.

He's yours, he's "special to you", but compared to the Autism spectrum, he's farking lucky to be as autistic as he is. Straight-As...awww ....poor you


You sound like bitter experience. I'm sure someone with autism would surely thrive being around an influence like yours. Or they'd just feign the severity to avoid interacting with a cock like you.
 
2012-11-04 10:09:00 AM  
I don't think I could support an anti-gay organization like the BSA.
 
2012-11-04 11:13:40 AM  

acanuck: You don't farking know "severe". High functioning is not severe, dumbass.

He's yours, he's "special to you", but compared to the Autism spectrum, he's farking lucky to be as autistic as he is. Straight-As...awww ....poor you


i'm the biggest dooshbag POS i've ever met. but you, i'll pray for you.
 
2012-11-04 11:21:12 AM  

syrynxx: I don't think I could support an anti-gay organization like the BSA.


This project is to support HART, not BSA. They won't put your name on a list, and will never know if you donate or not. HART, Jamie and I, however, hope that you will.
 
2012-11-04 11:56:45 AM  

kokomo61: Subby here....

My son, Jamie, is HFA (High-Functioning Autism), and was diagnosed @ age 3 as 'severely' autistic. At the time, we were told that he wouldn't go to school, wouldn't ride a bike, woudn't hold normal conversations, yadda, yadda, yadda. Well, at 17, he's turned out to be quite the amazing young man. He's a junior in HS, a straight-A student, not only rides a bike, but drives (better than his mother) has completed 3 century (100-mile+) bike rides, and is about the most social kid you'll run in to. He's also a Life Scout, working on his Eagle project, which is to raise awareness, collect supplies and raise donations for the Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART) , a 501 (c) (3) no-kill animal rescue / support group. Jamie's been the one who's picked out all our current rescues (two cats and a dog), and he wants to give back by helping HART.

This is Jamie:

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These are our current rescued resident / owners Molly, Tobe and Daisy. Daisy doesn't quite count as a real dog, but she's Jamie's dog, and that's good enough for me.

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....and here are some of the current dogs and cats at HART that are looking for homes:

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Hi, Kokomo! Jamie is adorable; I want to give him a huge hug. And congrats to you for raising a superb young man despite his challenge. I know he is going to inspire many folks enduring similar circumstances. Many blessings ...
 
2012-11-04 06:20:54 PM  
Looks like a very efficient operation. From their 990 for fiscal year 2010:

Total Revenue: $678,917

Expenses

Program Services $625,923
Administration $21,622
Fundraising $6,033

Total Expenditures: $653,578
 
2012-11-04 09:10:40 PM  
Then it sounds like his autism type was misdiagnosed.

/may as well just name this entire section "Can you spare a buck?"
 
2012-11-05 12:41:11 AM  

ThatDarkFellow: Then it sounds like his autism type was misdiagnosed.

/may as well just name this entire section "Can you spare a buck?"


Naaa not misdiagnosed. I have three Autistic sons. I hate the High Functioning / low functioning labels honestly they are misleading. Each child has strengths/ weaknesses. Good supports can go a long way to get the kids to be all they can.

/is Autistic too.
 
2012-11-05 12:54:08 AM  
Autism is becoming the "flavor of the month" diagnostic for this period. It is the new ADD.

I'm not saying that autism doesn't exist or isn't serious, but the condition has become too broad in diagnosis and is getting confused with other social disorders.

/no eye contact? autism!
/late speech development? autism!
/little social interaction? autism!
/likes trains? autism!
 
2012-11-05 01:30:49 AM  
Let me alter the last post a bit. Along with social disorders I meant to add developmental disorders.

A great deal of the time intervention with a good speech therapist or physical therapist can help (or completely "fix") a child. I think in the cases where the child goes on to prosper it probably wasn't "severe" Autism, but either something of a lesser form or a different disorder all together.
 
2012-11-05 01:36:35 AM  

Anthracite: ThatDarkFellow: Then it sounds like his autism type was misdiagnosed.

/may as well just name this entire section "Can you spare a buck?"

Naaa not misdiagnosed. I have three Autistic sons. I hate the High Functioning / low functioning labels honestly they are misleading. Each child has strengths/ weaknesses. Good supports can go a long way to get the kids to be all they can.

/is Autistic too.


Wasn't the fact that you're autistic and your first kid came out autistic a sign that maybe you shouldn't keep making autistic people?
 
2012-11-05 06:35:57 AM  

ThatDarkFellow: Let me alter the last post a bit. Along with social disorders I meant to add developmental disorders.

A great deal of the time intervention with a good speech therapist or physical therapist can help (or completely "fix") a child. I think in the cases where the child goes on to prosper it probably wasn't "severe" Autism, but either something of a lesser form or a different disorder all together.


Autism is a very broad category - and Jamie got lots of 'labels' early on - autism, PDD, ODD, etc. We went to dozens of therapists, and specialists @ NIMH, Children's National Medical Center, Johns Hopkins, etc. We tried dietary changes, physical and motor-skill training, vision training, and some things that, in hindsight, pseudo-science at best. One thing that we didn't accept was the prognosis of one of his early doctors, who said Jamie wouldn't have the balance to do many physical activities, and that he might need to be in a managed / behavioral setting (e.g. "group home") later in life. As I said earlier, it took me 2 years to teach him how to ride a bike. It took a long time to teach him how to swim. It took years to get his behavior and reactions to stress to the point they are now.

In retrospect, the diagnosis was probably the best thing that could have happened with him - because we got it early, and lots of people worked very hard to help Jamie - but he worked the hardest.

So, yeah, it's bragging on him, but the goal is to raise funds for HART. If he can inspire folks to donate, it's a win-win.
 
2012-11-06 01:35:01 PM  

Apparently the website hates me:

"You are not authorized to view this page
The Web server you are attempting to reach has a list of IP addresses that are not allowed to access the Web site, and the IP address of your browsing computer is on this list. "

 
2012-11-06 05:18:37 PM  
 
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