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An email I sent to Obama and Biden to the Obama Info email address

This was an email I sent in response to Joe Biden sending me a chain email to everyone thanking people for continuing to support Mr. Obama and to introduce himself as Mr. Obama’s running mate.

I hope people like what I sent them in this email.  If you feel I need to add anything, please let me know and I will send another additional email.

have a great night, posting later on,

out, J

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Hi,

No problem I hope the November elections will bring success to both you and Barack.

One of my many concerns is to make sure people on the Autism Spectrum like myself can achieve all the same things that many Neurotypicals are achieving as well.  I have seen Mr. Obama’s message on disabilities and the Autism Spectrum on Youtube.  I am very happy with the video.

As you may know individuals on the Autism Spectrum have the abilities to achieve anything that many Neurotypicals can achieve.

Autism and Asperger Syndrome has been around for centuries yet it has only been acknowledged by the DSM since 1994 slowly getting recognized by many doctors in the medical community.  As doctors begin to recognize this more and more, many people insist its an epidemic.  It is the awareness and education bringing this Autism Spectrum to the surface and continuing to come to the surface to more and more people which is why it is not an epidemic.

The positive perspective to look at Autism as a whole is to treat anybody on the Autism Spectrum with the same dignity and pride as anybody else would toward Neurotypical peers like yourself.   Neurodiversity is very important and probably the most important aspect in our society.  Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders have a neurological condition where many of the individuals do not have the right support programs to becoming a independent contributing member of society.  There are programs such as a program in New York City called Adaptations which created a support program for people with disabilities like the Autism Spectrum to help adults with disabilities become a contributing member of society and teaching social skills.

As you also may know the earlier the intervention of support programs and social skills the better the chance the child with Autism or Aspergers will develop in to a contributing member of society. The more you help these people like myself develop their one major skill or obsession on a particular topic to become a career, the better off we become.  Many people with Aspergers and Autism in the past have done so many great things with their abilities because they were lucky enough to have the support like myself.

There are many books and videos on youtube and even movies that are coming out soon like an Aspie Love Story coming out this fall where my aspie friends and I helped an actor portray a character with Asperger Syndrome the most authentic way he could by observing us and asking us questions.  I hope it wins big at the box office and the actor wins an Awards for it. I will be even more proud of myself.  If you have not seen the movie, Snowcake with Sigourney Weaver, you should see it.

I am a registered Echocardiographer and Registered Vascular Technologist in the field of Ultrasound from the ARDMS.   My other concern is the medical field. The government is trying to change the medical field a lot especially with the Deficit Reduction Act of 2007.  What will Barack and Joe do for the Medical field and its patients.  Many medical groups and hospitals like the medical group I work at are getting their labs accredited  from the ICAEL, ICAVL, and so on just to keep business going and to insure that the government knows quality care is going on.   I would like to know the stance that Barack and Joe are on with the field I am in.  How do you feel about the Deficit Reduction Act of 2007 and How do you both feel about the medical community as a whole?  I know many of my colleagues in the field that are fighting for certain things for the field for themselves or from societies they belong to.  I am an SVU (Society for Vascular Ultrasound) and an ASE (American Society for Echocardiography) member as well as a member of the ARDMS (American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography).

As a person on the Autism Spectrum, you may think to yourself, “How can a person on the Autism Spectrum work especially in the Medical field?”  My answer to that is “I have the most tenacity than anyone has ever seen before and I will stop at nothing to get my special interest of Human Anatomy and medicine to become a career for myself which I did, yet I still have much to go.  I am only about 3 years working in the field and want to achieve much more by being able to live independently and own my own place.   I know I will get their soon especially since I know things must go slowly and I must be patient.  Like friends and families tell me, “I am like the Energizer Bunny, I keep going and going…”  I have inspired many of my friends and family members to be the same way, and without my inner strength and tenacity I don’t know where I’d be right now.  If I continue along, I will get there someday.

Please always continue to be an advocate for any individual on the Autism Spectrum to be a contributing member of society and never let anybody pull us down like the people who believe Spectrumites like myself need to be cured and were caused by Vaccines. We don’t need to be cured and we were not caused by Vaccines.  I feel they’re many people in this country who are very ignorant not just about people on the Autism Spectrum, but also about other people with disabilities and many other types of people.

I believe we are all individuals first before our labels and everyone should be treated as an individual person.

Watch this youtube video I found about how God created the Autistic Child:

here is the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZzcOlh6FoE&feature=related

It is very informative and direct.  It really tells a lot about people on the Autism Spectrum like myself.

I am also jewish and I hope we continue to support Israel.  I hope the Israelis and Palestinians can form a peaceful resolution where everybody over in Israel can live in harmony.  It will take a lot of work even for the whole Middle East especially with the Iraq War, but I feel someday it will happen.  People just need to be patient and live anywhere in the world with other people who are their neighbors.

Here is my philosophy on life:
Life is like climbing a big sand dune, we may slip and slide trying to climb up to the top.  We may hit big rocks to sit on and relax for a bit, but eventually we have to climb up to the top of the sand dune and say to ourselves we made it to the top.  Unfortunately, the sand dune we are all climbing is so tall that it takes a whole lifetime to reach the top.  Hopefully all of us can reach the top of the sand dune by the time we are old and grey sitting with our grandchildren or great grandchildren and say to ourselves, “I’ve made it through the tallest sandy sand dune and accomplished something so great…”

When I went to Israel over ten years ago, I felt a connection there so great and wonderful and would love it if it can stay that way.

Hope you have read this email and thought about some of these issues of life in the United States and around the world.  If both you and Joe have the confidence and the same tenacity as myself to accomplish some of these issues I mentioned and the rest of the issues throughout the United States and the World, then I will have the greatest confidence in you and Joe to be the ones to do the greatest good the world has ever seen.  I know it is a long journey to get there because you both have to win the election this November in order to do it.  If you win the election, you must be able to roll up those sleeves right away and get down to business.  Like many people say to me, “Actions speak louder than words.

Have a great week and enjoy the democratic national convention!

Good Luck and I am counting on the both of you.

Thank you for sending me the email,

Mr. Jason Ross, B.S., RDCS, RVT

PS I always tell myself and others ALWAYS stay humble and true to yourself!

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I think may be I should also say that people on the Autism Spectrum need the support and encouragement so that spectrumites like myself do not fall through the cracks.  If we fall through the cracks, there are many people that would the better of us.  Our society will no longer have these kinds of special people like myself to interact with the special neurotypicals who want to love us and help us through this world.

Have a great week! I hope it was a wonderful letter to Mr. Obama like my friend who help read it through for me before I sent it.

out, J

Response to article about Heather from America’s Next Top Model in the NY TIMES

Is it good that Asperger Syndrome is getting a very public face these days?

I suppose so because if it didn’t people would still think other things about people who have the neurological condition like myself. They would not understand us aspies thinking that we are people that need to be institutionalized. The main idea is that people on the Autism spectrum like myself do not need to be institutionalized because we are great creatures from g-d just like the neurotypical people.

Our quarks may seem odd and eccentric, but I feel that neurotypical people are odd and eccentric as well in their own ways. They may know social cues better and make eye contact all the time, but there livlihood is not so much better than an Aspies livlihood. An aspies livlihood is to try and make just like anyone else in the world that is neurotypical. Most neurotypicals don’t understand. An aspie takes their life as it is now, like Heather Kuzmich and tries to transform it to be as accepting to others as they can be.

Most neurotypicals look at aspies behaviour like mine as standing out, odd, eccentric, or not motivating or trying to be like them. Yes there are times that I tend to get into the aspie mode and repeat words and phrases without thinking about it, pacing and rocking back and forth. Or better yet, get adamant about something that makes me not do the things I am supposed to do like organize my personal and business work, or frankly just draw pictures of anatomical hearts and blood vessels on paper regurgitating things I know about ultrasound so that I don’t get anxious.

Ultrasound is a good outlet for me to satisfy myself and not get so much anxiety that I start thinking about what I did wrong or what will I say to the next person I am about to talk to.

Conferences are expensive especially when George has his conference or when I go to an echo conference, that is why I want to create my own society where I can meet with people in the area and discuss things that will be beneficial to my special interest and not get anxious over anything that comes my way.

There is still a lot for me to prove to the world though since everyone’s whole existance is to prove something to the world especially for an aspie like me or even Heather who was on America’s Next Top Model.

I still have to prove to the world that I don’t have to feel anxious when I see a whole big mess and do one thing at time where eventually I will succeed. Success takes baby steps to get to and once you achieve the success, you have made it to the top of the sand dune and can say I did it.

I admire George, the man I interviewed because even though I think he is already successful he wants to succeed more.

Asperger Syndrome is a difference in lifestyle, but it doesn’t mean that it should impound anyone that has it, it just means that we must try harder than others to get where we are at. Life is a lot like respecting other people like George who is neurotypical and Aspies that want the same things as other people yet must try harder than other people to get where they want to be at.

If there were one thing in life I can have, but I don’t have it is to be a doctor with the greatest respect a man or woman can have. I know now that I can not have that for myself so I strive for the second best thing and that is being a Technologist.

To be a technologist is different than being a technician in that a technician just takes pictures and pushes buttons while a technologist thinks about what he is doing and analyzes what he is going to take a picture of. There are some people in this world that just take pictures without wondering what they are taking pictures of, while others take pictures knowing why they are taking a certain picture. They may be taking it for a specific reason to show the doctor progression of disease or on the other hand they may just want to emphasize the art in a particular scene when taking a picture or painting.

There are so many people that deserve the respect they must get because there are some people like George that should get the respect they deserve especially when they work hard at it. Respect is something that is earned not just given to you. So the next time you see someone who you know achieved something like George or an Aspie that is trying very hard to get where an NT (George) is at like me, instead of trampling over us, acknowledge us.

The article from the New YorkTimes today was very good and proved to the world how much people with Asperger Syndrome need to be acknowledged for our trial and errors to get where we want to be at.

By acknowledging people that are succeeding or trying their darndest to succeed, you are helping yourself and those that you are acknowledging. On this Chanukah season or for christians Christmas season, the eternal one will be happier to all that every one is at least respectful and loving of oneanother.

that’s what I had to say,

out, J

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/04/health/04well.html

The Next President of the United States…

Whoever becomes the Next President of the United States is going to have to deal with so many different New and Old serious issues that are going on with our nation.

Not only is it going to deal with the big issue of the Iraq war which created a very destructive way of doing things by President Bush, but there is a whole lot more issues out there and not a lot of money to go about it. That is why there is called a Budget and even the Governments of the world including the United States have to budget.

Budgeting is very hard and very difficult to keep up even for an individual budgeting their own money.

It is true we cause our own problems when we don’t budget right, in fact even governments like the United States get themselves into jams because of poor budgeting.

I have the most difficult with it as well because there is a lot of tempting things to do with your money that you want, but not necessarily stuff you need.

Besides what is going on Internationally including the Iraq War, there are also a lot more domestic issues that need to be addressed. I feel that a president should first go through and help domestic issues before addressing international issues.

For Instance, there is an issue about Autism Spectrum Disorders that are on the rise and the government needs to fund organizations to help the increasing number of people who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is NOT and epidemic, it is just a life that we need to deal with.

Also, Second issue number 2, is that colleagues all over in Ultrasound are suffering greatly especially in the community of Vascular Ultrasound. Why is that the government reimburses more money for an echocardiogram than for any of the other procedures involved in ultrasound. There are some procedures that people don’t even get paid at all in vein mappings. If you look at the statistics, an echocardiogram takes a much shorter amount of time to perform from a venous duplex to check for DVT or a noninvasive physiologic exam. The point is that the number of people getting older is increasing with the number of people who smoked and still smoke cigarettes. This fact also increases the fact that people are losing their circulation more in their arteries.

The government goes through a statistic that the # 1 killer in america is a heart attack. yes, that is true, but don’t decrease reimbursement in any of ultrasound especially in a noninvasive physiologic study or a venous duplex or even not paying for a vein mapping because their are many tech’s out there are breaking their backs trying to get tests done.

All of ultrasound should be untouched in reimbursement because work is being done and I feel that money should be cut given to government officials not cutting money to ultrasound, autism spectrum disorder issues especially with the adult population, and many many other issues domestically that people are suffering from within businesses. What happened to the hardworking american who got his money?

The question is: Who works harder and deserves the money more?

This is a very controversial issue involved in the domestic united states and even all over the world, Who works harder and deserves the money more?

Many people feel that they deserve the money more because they feel they are the ones working very hard. I will tell you this: Life is about working hard and being rewarded for that piece of work whether in money or rewarded by the eternal one when we die and go to the kingdom of heaven. So there should be no complaining because someday whether you are rewarded with money or rewarded in the kingdom of heaven, you will be rewarded. Anyone else who doesn’t do much will not be rewarded at all.

Anyway, sometimes we have to be patient with our own self-worth and in time be rewarded.

Gotta go,

out, J

article in the NY Times this past weekend

In EducationLife section of the New York Times this past weekend, there was an article called “Don’t Be Shy”

Basically its an article about how college students are taking a class called Speech Anxiety and it is required by all college students.

Rachel Aviv wrote the article for the New York Times and she is a college professor herself.

Ms. Aviv talks about how there are students that are very shy and stage frightened in social situations and need this class to get through college.

I feel that when talking there needs to be a way where everyone can be heard and no body is left out.

First of all,  this not only applies to college students, but every one in general since there are many people out there that graduated from college and still have problems with Speech Anxiety.

You either want and feel determined to do better at it or You choose not to do better and moll around complaining.

When you speak you must feel confident about yourself and confident in what your saying or about to say.  If you are not confident then you will feel anxiety from hell.

Most of the times, I or anybody else don’t speak up or talk because we are not confident with ourselves and with the projection of our voices from our voicebox.   We generally don’t want to seem like we are stupid when we are far from stupid.

Its just that we get nervous and that is a natural part of life.  When we get nervous one thing someone once told me was to hold a pen while talking because that always worked for him until the day he no longer had to hold a pen anymore and just talked.

Geez, that sounds so easy, just hold a pen in our hands twirl it like a wand and Vwala — We talk so natural and so confident and forget the anxiety all over.

Its just that we need to focus on something else besides the anxiety to get us going and talking.

Anyway, have a goodnight,

out, J