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Monday 4 August, 2014 Frant Pub to Host Sloe Gin World Championships Where to pick the best sloes, wild mushroom foraging and Christmas wreath making with Moondown The George pub in Frant, East Sussex near Tunbridge Wells is to again host the Sloe Gin World Championships on Wednesday 10th December from 1.00pm. Artisan sloe gin makers from across the world will gather at the popular village pub on the Kent/Sussex border, to vie for the coveted Sloe Ginster World Champion title for 2014. This Christmas will mark the 6th year of the popular annual event which began when pub locals began arguing over the perfect sloe gin recipe. Dating back to around 1750, the traditional country pub, with two bars and restaurant, traditional English food with continental influences, hand drawn beers, oak beams, a large enclosed garden and dogs lying by log fires in winter – The George ... (more)

Adults with Autism sent hundreds of miles away from their families

Friday 5 September, 2014 Adults with Autism sent hundreds of miles away from their families National Leading Autism Campaigner & Ambassador for Autism, Kevin Healey, is outraged by the system that is currently not supporting people with Autism. This has resulted in many individuals being sent hundreds of miles away from their loved ones and therefore destroying families. The system is simply not geared up for Adults with Autism. Kevin Healey has been campaigning since December 2013 on behalf of both the Dyer Family in Wales and Leo Andrade-Martinez from London; both of these families have an adult on the autistic spectrum who has been sent hundreds of miles away from their home and city. Kevin Healey said: "I’m appalled that these parents are suffering on a daily basis in not having access to their children and it’s heartbreaking for all of them, because they can’t ... (more)

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Gilead Sciences, Amgen, Roche and Biogen

CHICAGO, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include the Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:ACHN-Free Report), Gilead Sciences (Nasdaq:GILD-Free Report), Amgen (Nasdaq:AMGN-Free Report), Roche (OTC:RHHBY-Free Report) and Biogen (Nasdaq:BIIB-Free Report). Today, Zacks is promoting its ''Buy'' stock recommendations. Get #1Stock of the Day pick for free. Here are highlights from Wednesday's Analyst Blog: Biotech Stock Roundup With second quarter earnings season coming to an end, focus in the biotech sector is back on pipeline and regulatory updates. Last week's highlights included Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.'s (Nasdaq:ACHN-Free Report) im... (more)

About Disability Resource Exchange Social Network

I created and manage a social network for discussion of disability issues. The website address is: http://www.disabilityresourceexchange.com About the disability resource exchange Disability resource exchange is a place to discuss disability issues and exchange resources ideas and support. whether you have a disability/health issue or are just interested in disability issues you are welcome to join this social network. The disability resource exchange mission - to bring together all those interested in disability issues both people with and without disabilities - to bring together people and organizations within the disability community and to foster a spirit of cooperation - To be a place with a supportive atmosphere where we can all learn from each other Again anyone interested in disability issues is welcome to join. I hope to see you there :-) http://www.disabili... (more)

The Blues: is it in the Disability Community, Too?

An article by Karen Lynn from http://www.whispersofhope.org Often, the reality of our disabilities can lead to an increased instance of depression. Our physical scars may have heeled, but the physiological and sociological have not. Ninety-nine people out of one hundred and forty-four; according to a recent study linked their learning disabilities with depression and other depressive disorders. This is the result of a lack of flexibility in the education process. Students are often placed with those with emotional and behavior problems. Teachers are therefore, unable to give the time needed to each individual student because they must serve as baby-sitters to those who do not wish to participate in the learning process. Yet, within each of us their remains a strong desire to discover “the secret.” This means, that, most people given patience, tolerance, and a relaxe... (more)

Loss and finding the right wheelchair

Nov. 24, 2006 My father passed away the day after Thanksgiving at the age of 69. An incredibly difficult time. He passed away that morning of a heart attack. They say it hit him so quick, that he was basically dead when he hit the floor. Although we didn’t often show it, we were quite close. This one hurts! At least we got to have one more holiday with him. Also earlier this year (2007) we lost one of me & Mary’s closest friends and former caregivers. She is sorely missed. As of Feb. 1 of 2007 I have left my former homecare providers and have a private individual doing my homecare. A good friend and a skilled caregiver. I still need to find someone to cover her days off, but it’s damn hard to find people that are as good as her. Also, The love of my life, my wife Mary had a heart attack March 3rd, 2007. They wound up putting in a steint to solve a narrowed artery in her... (more)

DreamWorks Recruiters Get Eyeful at Exceptional Minds Studio Presenting Young Talent on the Autism Spectrum

Los Angeles, CA, May 25, 2012 --(PR.com)-- DreamWorks recruiters got an eyeful last week at the Exceptional Minds studio, a vocational school and working production studio for young adults on the autism spectrum located in Sherman Oaks, Calif. "I was incredibly impressed with the passion and work of all of the students at Exceptional Minds and am inspired by the work they are doing. The animation that they are producing with the training and commitment of the instructors is amazing," commented Dina Strada, DreamWorks Manager of Employee Events and Communications, who visited the school along with DreamWorks Recruiter Tim Norman and Head of Recruitment Kim MacKey. Eleven Exceptional Minds students are currently working on Adobe certification for employment in the fields of studio animation, computer graphics and/or visual effects. In a recent report prepared for the ... (more)

2013 Reading in Review

I was planning on taking a very, very long road to assembling the graphic below, but I am glad I did some research first. It saved me from learning how to create WordPress plugins, or toying around with the Goodreads API, which I will most likely still do at some point. It was a great year for my reading. 89 books, graphics novels, Audible, etc. I plan to bump it up even more in 2014. Below the image, I have pulled in the more in depth reviews of the books in descending order based on my star ratings. .gr_custom_container_1388710762 { /* customize your Goodreads widget container here*/ border: 0px solid gray; border-radius:10px; padding: 10px 5px 10px 5px; background-color: #ffffff; color: #000000; } .gr_custom_header_1388710762 { /* customize your Goodreads header here*/ border-bottom: 1px solid gray; width: 100%; margin-bottom: 5px; text-align: center; font-size... (more)

The World’s First Neurofeedback Device for Home Use by Autistic Children

Thursday 15 May, 2014 Managing Autism. A Hopeless Situation ? Mothers caring for autistic children know well the thankless and heart-wrenching challenges of connecting with their child. No amount of love and patience seems to be able to unlock their child from their internal world. When they consult their health professionals they sadly draw a blank. While there may appear to be many techniques offered none seem to effectively break through and to make a material difference to the child in their engagement with the world. This despairing situation is about to change. After five years of research and development and a year and a half of user-testing a product has just been launched on the market that draws on cutting-edge Neuroscience to help their child manage the symptoms of this challenging condition. MenteTM designed to solve a Neuroscientist friend’s problem. MenteT... (more)

Diplomat honored as a Top Innovator by Specialty Pharmacy News

FLINT, Mich., Aug. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Diplomat, the nation's largest independent specialty pharmacy, has been selected as one of two winners in the 2014 Innovations in Specialty Pharmacy Competition, held by Specialty Pharmacy Solutions, LLC. The results of the competition were announced in the August 2014 issue of Specialty Pharmacy News. Diplomat was honored as a Top Innovator for their Diplomat University Education & Training program. Through Diplomat University, the company has implemented a large scale training program that is customizable for both internal and external audiences. From 'Specialty Pharmacy 101' to the basics of partnerships to injection training, Diplomat has a curriculum in place to meet the needs of a variety of clients. This innovation has positioned Diplomat to be a leader in the industry in knowledge with the unique perspective of a ... (more)

Parents of Children with Autism Call Decision in Wakefield Trial a Threat to Medical Integrity

GMC Findings Uphold Status Quo, Discourage Physicians from Listening to Parents' Concerns NIXA, Mo., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by the National Autism Association: (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090918/NAALOGO) Parents of children with autism around the world are calling the findings against Dr. Andrew Wakefield in the UK's General Medical Council (GMC) unjust and a threat to researchers investigating autism as a medical condition. The verdict comes less than a month after an article in the journal Pediatrics(1) urged further study of a link between gastrointestinal disturbances and autism originally pointed out by Dr. Wakefield in 1988. The GMC hearings have been labeled a smear campaign from the beginning by thousands of parents in the autism community who hold Dr. Wakefield in high regard for his pionee... (more)