• Petitioned Michelle Obama

This petition was delivered to:

First Lady of the United States
Michelle Obama
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
U.S. Department of Education

Get Children with Autism, and Sensory Disorders the attention they need

    1. Kenia Mosquera
    2. Petition by

      Kenia Mosquera

      Cypress, TX

(About the video: Please, excuse my heavy accent) Twitter: @believekenia

Amend Section 504 to qualify non-verbal individuals with Autism or disrupted behavior to be protected from discrimination based on their disability, so they can receive financial assistance from any Federal department or agency, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and education at home as a Homeward Bound Service by trained and qualified teachers in any of the three proven effective techniques listed below that parents might choose until the child demonstrates social integration readiness to go back to classrooms:

·         “The Son-Rise program”  ( http://www.autismtreatmentcenter.org/ )

·         “Floor Time” (http://www.autismweb.com/floortime.htm )

·         “ABA” (http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/treatment/applied-behavior-analysis-aba )

Autism is a complex disorder that interferes with a person's ability to communicate with and relate to others. Approximately one in every 166 people has it, and four out of every five of those people are boys. Children with severe autism have problems in areas of social skills and communication and often present inappropriate, interfering, and even dangerous behaviors. To be placed in overpopulated public schools during these stages not only affects the autistic child, but those in the classroom as well.  ( http://www.autism-society.org/about-autism/ ).

Due to budget restrictions, teachers do not have the help they need, nor the training that could help students with autism learn to cope in the classroom.  For example, "according to the State of North Carolina report to the U.S. Department of Education, there are only 20 Therapists Licensed to Serve 9,000+ Kids" (http://www.wrightslaw.com/blog/?p=4923) In the other hand, these students are sensory overwhelmed in overpopulated classrooms provoking in them excessive tantrums. ( http://www.wrightslaw.com/blog/?p=3933  )

It is said by researchers that early interventions using these proven techniques increases the chances in a child with autism to learn how to auto regulate and be ready for learning and join a group class after the program is completed. ( http://www.autism-society.org/about-autism/  )

An amendment in 2009 was made to section 504 in which even services were extended to LD AD/HD students (to be educated under 504). However, more and more students are entering classrooms in distress or non classroom ready to either regular or to life skill classes; good-hearted teachers try to deal with a situation that it is out of their control as well as school personnel.

Parents, teachers and sometime administrators are not aware of these federal grants or the process is abandoned because it would require a humongous amount of "paper from the overstressed teacher, lacking of time and overwhelmed parents, counselors, and specialists." ( http://www.fetaweb.com/02/mistakes.parents.crabtree.htm  )

Schools have enough problems with all the educational "flawless issues," and budget cuts, that even, wanting to help, sometimes is impossible.  (http://www.fetaweb.com/02/mistakes.school.crabtree.htm)

There are many battles against the school system, insurance, Medicaid                 ( http://www.wrightslaw.com/blog/?p=4550) these parents are fighting in the dark.  Even advocates who have the time to research and access to educational systems are confused. Advocacy and social workers or law professionals willing to donate their time are required to help these families who are overwhelmed enough to go through nightmares like this.

Autism drains a family financially and emotionally only thinking what will be the future of these children after they close their eyes. I invite whoever feels or believes in helping children with Autism or disabilities to advocate and fight along these families. If we don't act these children are destined to be in long term care facilities when they might have a chance in life.

"If you save a child you will save an entire generation becoming a stakeholder of your own future"

Disclaimer: I am not an expert, all my opinions are based in what I have learned through all these years that I have been helping and working with children. I am only someone who happens to love children dearly and got inspired by a boy (my soul son) whose story represents many like him. I feel desperation for him, to save his life even though he is not my son, I cannot imagine what a parent of one might feel every day.

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. Number of schoolchildren classified as being autistic soars by 56% in five

      Kenia Mosquera
      Petition Organizer

      Most teachers will come into contact with an autistic child so need special training,' says charity spokeswoman

    3. Our lives shaped by autism

      Kenia Mosquera
      Petition Organizer

      Charlotte Moore's autistic sons George and Sam are now 22 and 20. Is there anything she would have done differently?

    4. Reached 50 signatures
    5. Top 10 Misconceptions About Autism Spectrum Disorder

      Kenia Mosquera
      Petition Organizer

      Imagine you are someone who simultaneously sees and hears the following things:

      (I) red light flashing in front of you

      (II) paper being scrunched in your ear

      (III) someone yelling at you in your ear

      (IV) someone tapping their finger on your desk

      This scenario represents the day in a life of someone with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ASD is a developmental disability that weakens an individual’s social interaction and communication. Children begin to show signs of ASD before the age of three. Various skills do not develop until adulthood. As such, this paper serves to debunk the top 10 myths about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

    6. Signs, Symptoms and Background Information on Sensory Integration

      Kenia Mosquera
      Petition Organizer

      Our mind and body are superbly interwoven to meet the demands of today's world. The feelings, thoughts and actions we experience occur through the complex actions of our brain. How we process environmental and internal information has a major impact on our feelings, thoughts and actions.

    7. Adults living with Autism

      Kenia Mosquera
      Petition Organizer

      Petition might represent a lot of $$$ but in the long term it'd help alleviate the fiscal expending for long time care

      "We must build a world free of unnecessary barriers, stereotypes, and discrimination.... policies must be developed, attitudes must be shaped, and buildings and organizations must be designed to ensure that everyone has a chance to get the education they need and live independently as full citizens in their communities."
      ~ Barack Obama, April 11, 2008

    8. Asperger's Syndrome Children And Sensory Sensitivity

      Kenia Mosquera
      Petition Organizer

      Children with Aspergers Syndrome suffer from sensory sensitivity or are sensory defensive. This sensitivity can encompass any or all of the senses: sound, touch, taste, sight, and smell. These sensitivities are real, and cause the sufferer much discomfort, some describing it as painful. Sensory overload can trigger a meltdown, often being the straw that broke the camels back. Some sensitivity will diminish with exposure and the passage of time. Others will remain as severe for life.

    9. Petitions from all over the world to get benefits for children with Autism

      Kenia Mosquera
      Petition Organizer

      I had signed 16 petitions so far about the same! Please, let's get together and unify! Let's make this an Universal cause and win right for our children. Autism is wining a battle because there is not known confirm cause or treatment but in the meantime our children deserve the best care. Parents must have the choice to choose the treatment, Traditional or non traditional until someone tell us what is the right one.

      It is our right to ask for solutions. They are the future of the US Nation and the world. We are citizens of the same planet, let's forget about "I" and work for the "WE"

    10. Not Responsing to Instructiions

      Kenia Mosquera
      Petition Organizer

      “William doesn’t respond to group instructions because he doesn’t REALIZE that he is part of the group."

    11. Why home schooling?

      Kenia Mosquera
      Petition Organizer

      The child or adolescent may have been expelled from mainstream school for behavioural reasons or may not be able to cope with the social and sensory demands of school. They may have been subject to a considerable amount of teasing or bullying or may suffer depression or other mental health or behavioural concerns that make attending school difficult.

    12. Autism in Children

      Kenia Mosquera
      Petition Organizer

      No longer considered rare, the latest estimates indicate that thousands of children are born each year with the isolating brain disorder autism. Unfortunately, many families may remain in the dark for years before autism is properly diagnosed and treated. Now, however, new research is leading to a greater understanding of the causes and nature of the disorder, which should lead to improved treatment. New information indicates that early diagnosis is key, and that several genes may be involved. Genetic studies along with imaging studies may lead to biologically based diagnostic techniques that could help speed detection and allow early, more effective intervention.

    13. Reached 25 signatures
    14. This is Brigette. This is autism.

      Kenia Mosquera
      Petition Organizer

      If you consider the numbers of children currently registered in a classroom, imagine this child in it. These kids can learn social skills with a appropriate social curriculum to be then integrated to classrooms in a well developed inclusion program

    15. This is autism...

      Kenia Mosquera
      Petition Organizer

      Our classrooms are overpopulated due to budget cuts and will limit the opportunities to teach these children the way they learned, frustrating not only the child but a teacher who doesn't have the necessary training to understand what the child can or can't do.

    16. The Hattie Larlham Autism Preschool

      Kenia Mosquera
      Petition Organizer

      Learn from Parents

    17. SON RISE PROGRAM - The story

      Kenia Mosquera
      Petition Organizer

      Part 1 this is a story of love! a story of what believing in a child can do! if you get interested watch the other parts

    18. ABA The Autism Miracle in Our Living Room

      Kenia Mosquera
      Petition Organizer

      LOVE MAKES A DIFFERENCE! it is not about the therapy, those are only tools. Well trained and compassionate teachers can make a difference. ADVOCATE

    19. Floortime

      Kenia Mosquera
      Petition Organizer

      Our Floortime Success Story,

    20. Mom of Autistic Son Facing Jail Time for Tardies

      Kenia Mosquera
      Petition Organizer

      Mom of Son/Autism Facing Jail On February 9, 2012, by Mattfree88

    21. Mom of Autistic Son Facing Jail Time for Tardies

      Kenia Mosquera
      Petition Organizer

      Mom of Autistic Son Facing Jail Time for Tardies On February 9, 2012, by Mattfree88

    22. From an Asperger Syndrome woman point of view: School reflections

      Kenia Mosquera
      Petition Organizer

      The acuity of Autism perception cause what it is considered "bizarre" behavior.

    23. Important Video

      Kenia Mosquera
      Petition Organizer

      Learn about Autism and why it is so important to advocate! It is a condition that impacts not only the children affected by the whole family.

      After 13, hormonal changes affect children and other challenges come ... please, learn, advocate, recruit people to vote for this.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Rebecca Price PORT REPUBLIC, MD
      • 7 months ago

      My 17 year old has Autism

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    • Connor Rapkin NORTH PORT, FL
      • 11 months ago

      I have a sense of touch along with autism, and I support this

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    • carmen djemalian LAVAL, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      Because I see how it makes a difference for my own child to have the help he needs. I want to make sure all children have the same opportunity.

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    • Rhonda Hicks WICHITA, KS
      • over 1 year ago

      Its important to me because I believe in Kenia Mosquera. She is passionate about this topic and she is doing a great job disseminating information about children with Autism

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    • Genevieve Austin BOONE, NC
      • over 1 year ago

      This is extremely important to me because I am the mother of a Special needs child (w/a dual diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome/Bipolar Disorder)immersed in my own battle, my own war to access services for my son. I also have a petition@ SignOn.org. My petition is called, "Stop Criminalizing Special Needs Children." I request that politicians FUND mental healthcare! So, that it removes the excuse schools are now using to 'press criminal charges' against the CHILD telling the parent, "So a judge can access services for you." THANK YOU for your work, Kenia. I wish you every success on your petition. I'd welcome joining forces with you, as well. Sincerely, Genevieve

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