Senate Writes Ellen Over CRC Report

first_imgThe plenary of the Senate has empowered its leadership through the Secretary to write President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and request her to submit the additional report on the Constitution Review Committee (CRC) to enable that body to complete its work.The decision was taken on Thursday after Grand Kru Senator Albert Chie requested an update on the fate of the CRC Report from the Judiciary Committee headed by Senator (Cllr.) Varney G. Sherman.Senator Sherman informed the plenary during its very late afternoon sitting that the reason for his committee’s delay in reporting to that body that their hands were tied; and that without the additional report expected to come from President Sirleaf, his committee will wait, “because in the absence of that nothing can be done.”Majority of the Senators expressed fear that the ordinary citizens will not understand that it is no fault of the Senators that a discussion on the CRC Report has not yet started. “Our constituents are already blaming us that the delay is because we stand to benefit if some of the propositions are not changed, such as the terms of the Representatives and Senators,” the Senators noted. In his argument during the debate, Senator Sherman reminded his colleagues that even if the additional report was received now, it will not affect the 2017 elections; “because according to the law, referendum must be held a year before the elections.”Others buttressing his argument agreed that the holding of referendum with so many propositions expected to be up for voters, entails lots of work before the process; and by the time it is completed, there will not be sufficient time to use it for the 2017 elections. “The National Election Commission (NEC), among other things, will need citizens’ education on each of the propositions that will be approved for the referendum, which requires time and money,” other Senators argued.In August 2012, the CRC was established with specific mandate to review the 1986 Constitution and recommend proposals, where need be, for possible amendments as provided for under Article 19 of the Constitution of Liberia. Article 19 says, “No person other than members of the Armed Forces of Liberia…in active service shall be subject to military law, or made to suffer any pains or penalties by virtue of that law or be tried by court martial.” On August 13, 2015, President Sirleaf wrote the Senate and submitted 25 proposed recommendations from the CRC, which contained certain recommendations, “to be studied by the Legislature for possible Legislative action that could constitute proposals that would be submitted to registered voters for ratification through referendum.”Also in the latter communication, the President stated that in furtherance of her individual suggestions to the recommendations submitted by the CRC, she would submit shortly a draft suggested language of changes to the Constitution that could be agreed upon by both Houses for submission to the registered voters in referendum as proposal for the amendments to the Constitution.While the President’s communication was in committee room for review and the final report to plenary, Grand Bassa County Senator Jonathan Kaipay on August 26, 2015, wrote the plenary accusing the President of breaching Articles 1, 35, and 91 of the Constitution by not submitting verbatim copy of the CRC’s report to the Legislature. Instead, he claimed, the President chose to act on the Report by approving some of the propositions before finally submitting them to the Legislature. Article 1 in part says, “All power is inherent in the people. All free governments are instituted by their authority and for their benefit and they have the right to alter and reform the same when their safety and happiness so require.” As for 35, it says, “Each bill or resolution which shall have passed both Houses of the Legislature shall, before it becomes law, be laid before the President for approval…”The nine-member Judiciary Committee mandated to investigate Senator Kaipay’s complaint, however, recommended in a report that the Grand Bassa Lawmaker be advised that the President “has not breached any portion of the Constitution, but rather, gave her comments on each of the total 25 recurrent views from the general consultations amongst the citizenry without any change to any of the 25 recurrent views of the Liberian people.”Meanwhile, there have been reports that Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the international community, which helped with finance and humanitarian means to restore peace following the 14-year civil crisis, have in recent time raised concern over reports that Liberians are opting through a referendum, to make the country a Christian nation.ECOWAS, for instance, is urging proponents of the Christian state debate to think carefully about where the country has come from and the need to sustain the almost twelve years of peaceful co-existence and religious tolerance.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Transfer Latest: Man United launch £15m bid for Barcelona star? Plus, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool updates

first_imgtalkSPORT’s Breakfast transfer guru Ian Abrahams guides you through the latest news and views from the transfer market.Manchester United are set to launch a £15million bid for Barcelona defender Gerard Pique. The Spanish stopper moved to the Catalan giants from Old Trafford in 2008.There’s an update on Everton striker Samuel Eto’o’s move to Serie A side Sampdoria, along with Liverpool’s pursuit of Club Brugge goalkeeper Matthew Ryan.Arsenal come under the spotlight as well with Joel Campbell and Semi Ajayi both linked with moves away, while Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado could be on his way to Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen.Listen to the Moose’s transfer round-up above and leave your thoughts on the day’s news below…last_img

Gay Christians bring message to APU campus

first_img“We don’t turn them away because of a gay orientation, but we require them, like we do everyone, to be celibate unless married,” he said. Wright said gays attend APU, which has 9,000 students, faculty and staff. He said the day was about listening and learning, treating people with dignity and not exposing anyone to unnecessary shame. “Everyone has the right to live together in peace without violence,” Wright said. Soulforce spokesman Richard Lindsay said the group wants to put a human face on their cause and get schools to change anti-gay policies, so students can feel safe in expressing their sexual orientation. Tiffany Porter, APU student body president, said students were up for the challenge of trading Bible verses with their guests and saw the visit as healthy. “Students are not here to win a point,” Porter said. “It’s more like `Help me understand your experiences and what you deal with as a result of your lifestyle.’ Students want to walk in their shoes.” (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventAt APU, an evangelical Christian college, the theme of the day, “Love, Listen and Learn,” found Soulforce members, APU students and staff mostly behind closed-door sessions and in discussion forums for eight hours. APU student Greg Pereira said the student body was curious about the group’s visit, wondering whether it would be peaceful. Pereira, 21, said society in general still grapples with same-sex couples, and college students are no different. “The Christian view is to uphold social justice, and give everyone equal rights,” Pereira said. “While you may not agree with the lifestyle, it’s about not limiting someone’s rights, in my opinion.” APU’s philosophy is that sexual intimacy should be expressed within marriage between a man and a woman, said David Wright, dean of the school of theology. AZUSA – Thirty-three young adults, primarily gay Christians, visited Azusa Pacific University on Wednesday to spread the message that God loves them, too. The members of the 51-day nationwide bus trip, Soulforce Equality Ride, are visiting 19 military and religious colleges they believe force students into the closet because they cannot acknowledge they are gay. Soulforce Inc. is a nonprofit group formed in the late 1990s by the Rev. Mel White, a former Pasadena resident who was a ghostwriter for televangelists Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson before going public that he is gay. He is the author of “Stranger at the Gate: To be Gay and Christian in America.” The group confronts those who use religion as a reason to discriminate against gays, lesbians, bisexuals or transgenders. last_img

Nations to work together to limit threat of bird flu pandemic

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) – As delegations from around the globe discussed how to limit the threat of a bird flu pandemic, President Bush talked with drug company executives on Friday about what it would take to speed up production of a vaccine. Representatives from about 80 countries, meeting at the State Department, focused on prevention and containment of the virus. Meanwhile, at the White House, the president made it clear to the executives that he takes the threat of a pandemic seriously, Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said. “We talked about the need for our discussions to not just be about the short-term but the long-term,” Leavitt said of the White House meeting. “We talked about the need for us to be looking at pandemic influenzas as well as the annual flu, and ways to integrate our approach to those two public-health problems.” Leavitt said the government’s goal is to increase capacity for annual flu vaccines to the point that companies could make a rapid transition to a pandemic flu vaccine if necessary. Executives were concerned about greater protection from litigation. If healthy people suffer side effects from a vaccine, manufacturers can face huge lawsuits, Leavitt said. “We’re going to have to deal with the indemnity issue,” he said. “Also, if we’re to build additional capacity with the speed necessary for readiness, we’re going to have to create a streamlined regulatory process for the development of new facilities.” Leavitt said the government would also have to assure vaccine manufacturers that they’ll have a market for the extra product that they make. Jean-Pierre Garnier, chief executive officer at GlaxoSmithKline, said the administration mainly wanted to hear from the manufacturers about what they could do to help. “The president was quite happy with what he heard,” Garnier said. “There’s clearly a spirit of cooperation with the administration and with other governments throughout the world.” This month, vaccine maker Sanofi-Pasteur begins the first mass production of a new vaccine that promises to protect against bird flu, producing $100 million worth of inoculations for a government stockpile. But it would take months to create a new vaccine from scratch if a different strain of bird flu than today’s emerges. Even if the vaccine works, Sanofi is producing enough to protect anywhere from 2 million to 20 million people – depending on how much must be put into each dose – and it’s not clear when or where similar large stockpiles could be produced. Leavitt briefed reporters on the private State Department conference before preparing to leave Saturday on a 10-day trip to Southeast Asia, where he will gauge for himself various countries’ capacity to monitor the virus and prevent its spread. The bird flu so far has killed about 60 people in Asia, mostly poultry workers. Millions of birds have been slaughtered to try to prevent the spread of the virus. Health officials are concerned about the possibility that the virus will mutate into a form that can be spread easily from person to person. Such a scenario would be catastrophic because people have no natural immunity to it. “In a world with international travel as prevalent as it is now, if there is a pandemic influenza anywhere, there is risk everywhere,” Leavitt said. He said he was heartened by the willingness of so many countries to participate in the conference and pledge their cooperation. A group of Democratic senators wrote Leavitt on Friday that they believe the U.S. response to the threat of a pandemic has been inadequate. Specifically, they said the government has not stockpiled enough medication to treat viral infections once they occur. “While other nations have ordered enough antiviral medication to treat between 20 and 40 percent of their populations, the federal government has only ordered enough to treat less than two percent of Americans,” the six lawmakers wrote. The lawmakers asked Leavitt to explain why the U.S. preparations are “behind those of other countries” and to “explain your plan to provide sufficient protection for the American people.” The letter was signed by Sens. Harry Reid of Nevada, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Evan Bayh of Indiana, Tom Harkin of Iowa, Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts and Barack Obama of Illinois. The ordinary flu kills 36,000 Americans every year, far more than bird flu has killed anywhere so. The danger is that bird flu virus will mutate into a form that spreads easily from person to person. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Get along to Garrett’s Pharmacy amazing pre-Christmas sale!

first_imgChristmas is just around the corner and what better way to begin, than at Garrett O’Donnell Pharmacy in Glenties. The store’s Annual Three Day Pre Christmas Sale, has build up a brilliant reputation for Christmas gift bargains and it takes place this year on Thursday 17th, Friday 18th and Saturday 19th of November 2016!So much more than your local pharmacy, Garrett O’Donnell Pharmacy, on Glenties Main Street, caters for all your family needs. And yet again this year the shop is offering an amazing 20% of ALL front of shop stock with bargains galore throughout the store.What has now become a tradition, Garrett and girls will be holding their annual three day Pre Christmas Sale on Thursday 17th Friday 18th and Saturday 19th of November 2016.Garrett O’DonnellWith amazing value already in store, there will be an additional 20% off all front of shop stock. You have read that right, EVERYTHING front of shop will have an extra 20% taken off at the till..!!For the past two years, people have travelled miles at this time of year, to grasp some amazing value, across all Christmas stock, and everyday bargains too! With a huge range of well known brands such as, Yankee, Max Factor and Vichy, this is the essential opportunity for everyone to get a piece of the action.Also stockists of a wide range of new and popular perfume, Garrett O’Donnell Pharmacy is the only place to be this Christmas.All year round, they are your local stockists of hot products, such as, bloggers favourite, Blank Canvas Cosmetics, the famous Pippa Pallet, So Su nail, face and lash products, Sleek Make Up and the divine Sanctuary Spa..!!For the farmers out there, we have a hugely popular Veterinary Department, stocking various brands of Sheep Dip, Dosing products and treatments and some special treats for our smaller four legged friends.Always on hand to give professional, private advice, Garrett will be treating us all to a wonderful weekend of fun, excitement and amazing value for your money. Check out Garrett O’Donnell Pharmacy on Facebook, for more information or call Garrett on 0749551289 for further information!Get along to Garrett’s Pharmacy amazing pre-Christmas sale! was last modified: November 9th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Corsairs offense explodes for 19 runs in twin bill against Mendocino

first_imgEureka >> Any thoughts that the 2017 version of the College of the Redwoods baseball team’s offense would resemble last season, where the Corsairs’ finished at or near the bottom of every major offensive category in the California Community College Athletic Association, were quelled after a 19-run outburst during Sunday’s double header against Mendocino College. The Corsairs bashed their way to a 12-0 win in game one that ended a 16-game losing streak dating back to last season. CR followed …last_img

HQdeal Feather Hair Extension Kit : Feather hair extensions

first_img Arrived quick but had no user guide/instructions/helpful hints paperwork ? good ol u tube ? solved this. Funky product, arrived quick but had no user guide/instructions/helpful hints paperwork ? good ol u tube ? solved this. Love these for a wee restyle. Very happy with these, easy to use and they stay in, even when hair is washed. Exactly what i expected and fast delivery but only received 40 feathers and 30 beads. Great product, quick delivery. It is what it says it is , brilliant would order again. Brought for my granddaughter who loves them. Good for a festival/ short time wear. I you tubed how to put them in and ran the straighters over them every day for a week. I found them quite fiddly to put in but easy to take out. They only cost a tenna (real feathers would cost you that for just one) so all in all i’d buy again. Very quick delivery thanks again my lil girl loves them. Good to add some colourarrived quick but had no user guide/instructions/helpful hints paperwork ? good ol u tube ? solved thisFeather hair extensionsHQdeal Feather Hair Extension Kit with 52 Synthetic Feathers, 100 Beads, Pliers and Hook (mixed colors)This kit includes:52 Synthetic Feather Hair Extensions100 Silicone Micro BeadsA Pair of pliers and a hook toolPlease note: These are synthetic hair extensions which are professionally dyed to look like feathers (not real feathers) Arrived quicker than expected and my daughter loves them. No, they’re not feathers but the description doesn’t say they are. There’re reusable and you get a lot for your money. last_img read more

Racing the Rain

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Pamela SmithDTN Progressive Farmer Crops Technology EditorASSUMPTION, Ill. (DTN) — Jeff Brown has taken to keeping changes of clothes in his tractor this spring. Home may only be 15 miles or so away as the crow flies, but most nights this spring he wasn’t sure when he’d see it next.The Blue Mound, Illinois, farmer has been racing the rain. On Sunday, the long-range forecast started calling weather to move in Tuesday night or maybe Wednesday morning. Bri-Mac Farms still had 2,000 acres to go before he could sleep.Brown is by reputation meticulous about planting — about everything, really. But he loves the preciseness of this ritual and the fresh start it brings each year. Spring is a clean slate and a promise. At least, it always has been.A perennial winner in the National Corn Grower Yield Contest, Brown is among the first to embrace modern innovations — whether it is technology or genetics. He subscribes to the yield-winning philosophies that every kernel of corn needs to emerge together. He has many of the planting tools to deliver just the right amount of pressure to tuck every baby seed in just right. Before he started farming full time in 2018, he saw and learned a lot as a company representative for Monsanto about how to make the most of every field.Nothing, however, prepared him for #plant19. “This year we have definitely learned who is in charge,” he said reverently.Across the landscape on Sunday, puffs of dust indicated other farmers in the same scurry to plant whatever they can as fast as they can. He knows them all and knows many are experiencing similar frustrations now that May has slipped away and with it, some of the yield potential for both corn and soybeans.Those yields and the pressure to produce are even more critical now that prices might finally be responding to the reduced planting prospects. Having a crop this year could potentially be more lucrative than was ever dreamed when farmers picked out hybrids and varieties last fall — tariffs notwithstanding.Still, making profits while others struggle isn’t how Brown, or most other farmers, prefers to operate.“Planting in June,” he spits out the words as if the stripe of dirt that decorates his cheek has somehow slipped and he’s tasted it for the first time.“Farming at night might be a blessing this year. At least when we look behind us, we can’t see all the agronomic sins we’ve committed,” Brown said. “There have been plenty of them this year.”He clicks off a list of things he thinks this crop will need to push past the subpar conditions. Ironically, more rainfall will be needed, especially if the corn gets lazy and roots higher in the soil profile, instead of pushing deeper for moisture. Heat units are needed — but not too many at pollination time.While an early harvest potential grabs headlines, he’s more worried about what conditions will be like in July.It’s not the first time that rain and even ponded conditions have held planting hostage, and it won’t be the last. This year differs in that about the time a field became fit, it would rain again and again. “We just never have caught much of a break. Usually we get bigger breaks,” he said.Brown knows he’s not even in the worst of this current farming fiasco and feels bad even complaining about it. He can name friends and fellow farmers stretched out along rivers that likely will not plant at all this year and others that have planted fields now flooded. Shoot … you don’t even have to be along a river to be weathered out this year.Central Illinois caught a small break in mid-May and a fair amount of corn was planted at that time. But black cutworms have already shown up to feast on those first fields to emerge — cutting down the young seedlings where they stand.He proactively sprayed for black cutworms last week. “They were small and going to be around long enough to do some real damage to some of the best fields we had so far,” he said.The tractor groans slightly as it pulls across land that is dry on top, but still too damp for ideal underneath. This pull is not something an experienced driver hears as much as feels.A tractor and field cultivator toiled all night in this spot the previous evening, opening up the soil to promote drying. The winds, which might ordinarily be a drawback for other practices such as spraying, came along strong to give the field a “good enough for this year” go-ahead.As a waterway comes on the horizon, Brown checks his first impulse to drive across it. The giant tractor stops just short of a deep, washed-out crevice hidden in a tumble of grass and weeds. These fields so carefully mapped have changed in a way no automation yet available can detect. “That’s what 23 inches of rain in a month will do,” he said.He backs the tractor up and works around the bottleneck. The phone rings as he gets to the far end of the field. It’s his wife, Amy. She’s arrived with dinner and is positioned as far away from the tractor as possible in this field.Brown chooses the most direct guidance line and heads for the dinner bell — only to have a different alarm begin to beep about halfway through the field. Row No. 23 isn’t getting full population. Deep breath … these are not welcome interruptions when the operator’s brain is running on pure adrenaline mixed with coffee or Red Bull or both. He discovers the hopper lid wasn’t properly sealed. A “please let that be it” look momentarily flashes across his face as he climbs back up to take the driver position.Anyone that knows Brown can tell you he’s looking thin these days, even for this extremely lanky guy. Inviting smells are coming from the slow cooker in Amy’s car and she starts to dish up sandwiches. He tells her only one, but she makes him take two. He waves off the other offerings, downs a bottle of water, swallows one sandwich and gnaws on the second, as he stalks back toward the planter.Then, he stops, turns around and comes back to give Amy a quick kiss and a thank you.Planting seasons like these don’t happen alone. There’s a big crew of people in the background — including the equipment dealer, various input reps, and it’s incredible how important the fuel guy becomes, Brown noted. Most of all, there is a list of family and farm partners pulling together to outpace a rain that at the moment they don’t want and in a few days they will likely need.As evening falls, Brown’s son Marshall arrives to run the planter so Dad can sleep in the truck for a few hours. Meanwhile, his other son, Walker, is in another field replanting and patching in areas that were previously too wet.“Everyone is learning on their own and the heat is on,” Brown said. The familial resemblance between these men is strong, but the streaks of dirt outlining their features on this evening make it more remarkable. The agrarian war paint might be comical under other circumstances, but this year it almost seems symbolic.When the June 5 prevented planting date turned over, Brown and the Bri-Mac farm crews had met the deadline. Relief and accomplishment mixed with a feeling of being blessed. “We know many farmers this year are not so fortunate,” he said.The sleepless nights because they weren’t farming, or because they were farming, may be temporarily behind them. Still, there’s no real rest for the weary. It’s already time to sidedress nitrogen in corn and tackle weeds in fields where residuals are quickly losing their hold.But for now, Brown and his boys will head home to take a shower, and ironically, those seeds so hastily planted will soon need one too.Pamela Smith can be reached at Pamela.smith@dtn.comFollow her on Twitter @PamSmithDTN(ES/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Making Sense Of Google’s New Social Stuff: Messaging, Hangouts & Google+

first_imgtaylor hatmaker Google Talk. Talk was Google’s Instant Message client. It’s also called Google Chat or “GChat,” by many people who didn’t even know it was called Talk to begin with.Google+ Hangouts. Hangouts was Google+’s group video chat service, from the social network’s launch back in 2011.Google+ Messenger: A product redundant with Google Talk, Messenger was Google+’s own IM client.Google Voice: Google’s cult-hit digital telephony client, Voice allows users to route all their calls to one phone number. Google Voice works for calls and texting both on desktop and on its much-neglected mobile apps for iOS and Android. Now, Hangouts becomes the messaging mini-umbrella under the social mega-umbrella of Google+. Hangouts, now available across desktop and mobile, will unify Google Talk, Google+ Messenger and the old Hangouts video chat service of yore. According to a statement from Nikhyl Singhal, Google’s head honcho of real-time communications, Google Voice will be folded into Hangouts too (Yay!), though there’s no word on when.Google+ Gets A Lot Of LoveMessaging may have been the messiest area of Google’s social services, but Google+ is the big umbrella that covers them all. Amidst the company’s epic 3-hour-plus Google I/O keynote yesterday, Google+ guru Vic Gundotra announced approximately one million updates to Google+, the social network that the company launched two years ago. Okay, he pegged the number at 41 … but that’s almost a million. For a full breakdown of Google’s social updates, hit the company’s official blog post or just cruise around in Google+ for a while. The social network has been the butt of many a joke over the last few years, and we’re happy to see Google take the time to spruce things up a little.Photos by Nick Statt for ReadWrite.  The updates are extensive. As a regular Google+ user, it’s actually difficult to get a sense for what changed, since the redesign looks and feels right in stride with Google’s recent overall changes in user interfaces that runs from Google+ to Google Glass to Google Now and Android. So here’s a list of some of the most notable of the 41 updates: A multi-column layout. This can be toggled off, if you’re still into the Blogger single-column-era.Photos and videos get even bigger. Google is really into making media massive – and we would be too if the average person knew how to share properly high-res photos.New animations. Things are flipping and sliding all over the place in there.A third dimension. You can scroll up and down through your social stream, but Google wants you to be able to scroll in too. Now you can take a deeper dive on a given Google+ post -or is it a Card? I think we’re suppose to call everything Cards now — via related hashtags, which will lead you to more content of interest. It will also take you further down the Google+ rabbit hole, of course. Lots of treats for photographers. Google+ has a thriving community of awesome photogs, and Google is keen to do right by them. Photos in Google+ now have all sorts of cool bells and whistles. A few I’m particularly stoked about include “auto highlight,” which de-emphasizes duplicate and blurry pics, automatically picking the best shot out of a batch. I’ve yet to test this extensively, but since I have a habit of bracketing (taking multiple shots at different exposures) – even on my phone – choosing the best photo of a set can be a major timesuck. This feature could help there. Another feature, “Auto Awesome,” can stitch together shots in a series to make a playful Photobooth-esque picture or even a Vine-like animated gif. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#Google#Google IO13#io13#social media#social networks Related Posts With a whirlwind of announcements at its Google I/O developers conference this week, Google’s vast suite of social products is finally starting to look like it was created by a single company and not cobbled together via a series of haphazard acquisitions. Here are the highlights of what’s changed:Hangouts: Google Messaging, Unmessy At LastGoogle is finally doing something to prune its thicket of messaging products. Let’s start with a look at the various chat and messaging products that were due for some much-needed spring cleaning: Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Supporting Siblings of Children with Autism

first_imgby Hedda Meadan, Ph.D. Return to article. Long DescriptionTwins Hugging Brothers,, CC0In our recent webinar “What Do We Know: Autism Screening, Diagnosis, and Supporting Young Children and Families” we discussed the increasing prevalence of autism in the US and common red flags for autism. We also addressed strategies for partnering with and supporting families with children with autism.All family members should be respected, valued, and supported. Siblings of children with autism need to feel informed as well as other family members.  Siblings should be encouraged to advocate for their needs and the needs of their sibling with autism. Learning how to relate to or interact with their sibling with autism may be another area in which support is needed.Guide Books and Tool KitsThe Organization for Autism Research (OAR) developed three guidebooks to validate the experiences of siblings, help siblings understand their responsibilities, and identify helpful strategies to address challenges.Brothers, Sisters, and Autism: A Parent’s Guide to Supporting SiblingsThis guide explains how parents can support siblings of children with autism.Autism, My Sibling, and MeThis workbook, designed for children ages 5 to 10 years, helps siblings learn what autism is and to better understand their brother or sister with autism.Life as an Autism Sibling: A Guide for TeensFor teens who have a sibling with autism, this guide is written in a Q&A format and includes strategies to help them address different challenges.Autism Speaks provides a tool kit for siblings on their website. The Sibling’s Guide to Autism: An Autism Speaks Family Support Tool Kit is designed to help children learn about autism and ways they can support their sibling with autism as well as themselves.  Stories from siblings of a child with autism are also included throughout the book.Support ProgramsPrograms for siblings such as the Sibling Support Project help local communities start Sibshops– peer support groups for school-age brothers and sisters of children with special needs.Children’s BooksThere are also many children’s books available to support siblings of children with disabilities, including autism that may be helpful.HANDS in AutismThis training and resource center extends the work of the Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center at Riley Hospital at Indiana University Health and the Indiana University School of Medicine.  One of their Pinterest boards is devoted to books for siblings related to autism.American Psychological AssociationThe APA also provides a list of books for children related to autism.Sibling Support ProjectThis organization provides a list of resources that includes books to support siblings of children with autism.The Sibling Slam BookThis book, geared towards teens, was a finalist for a 2006 Independent Publishers Book Award. In it, teens read and answer personal questions specifically about having a sibling with a disability.Sesame StreetIn honor of Autism Awareness Month, Sesame Street recently introduced Julia’s family. Julia, the orange-haired, twinkly-eyed character with autism joined Sesame Street online in 2015 and became a part of the television show in 2017. The family includes Julia’s older brother, Sam, her mom, Elena, her dad, Daniel, and her dog, Rose.Sesame Street’s autism initiative website, See Amazing in All Children, offers three new videos featuring Julia’s family, an interactive game, and articles with tips for parents, families, siblings, and friends.In the video below, the character Abby Cadabby is sad.  Sam, Julia’s brother, suggests they give Abby a starfish hug.  He explains, “Starfish hugs are awesome! Because Julia has autism she doesn’t like big hugs so we do starfish hug instead.”Exploring these resources may help caregivers identify what will be most helpful for siblings of children with autism.  Do you know of other resources to support siblings of children with autism?  Leave us a comment below! Siblings,, CC0last_img read more