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R.J Mitte Will Be Headed to NEPA

Posted: August 30, 2017 by AMCPress And Co in Disability News
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We all know R.J Mitte from Breaking Bad as Walter Flynn White Jr. R.J Mitte is an actor, model and advocate. 

R.J Mitte will be headed to Northeastern Pennsylvania to speak as the keynote speaker for the 16th Annual U.S Conference on disaAbility which this year’s conference will be held in Scranton, Pennsylvania at the University of Scranton.  

The town hall event will bring professionals and students a better prospective of the challenges people face as well as showing how services can adapt to the needs of the individuals who are utilizing the services in smaller communities and providing more opportunities for services in larger communities. 

This event will be held on September 28th. If you are in the area don’t miss out on this event since there so much the area can learn from this event. This event will be open to the public as well. The programs that Northeastern Pennsylvania offers definitely needs improvements especially when it relates to OVR or other programs to help those achieve their goals. 

I had the opportunity to see R.J Mitte at ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival when he was apart of a panel. I highly recommend you attend this event. 

Day three of the ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival was a jammed pack day with filled with a panel that related to Hollywood and disabilities then after the panel there was serval other panels. We had an amazing time and it was definitely a day that was fun and work at the same time. More has to be done to bridge the gap between disabilities and the entertainment industry since there are stories out there at need to be out there.


  We here at AMCPress&Co attended opening night. We enjoyed the  film of Margarita With A Straw. The film is about a woman with cerebral palsy (CP). She struggled with accepting herself.

We met some amazing people who are involved in filming making and advocacy work. The film envokes self love and acceptance of her disability. We here at AMCPress&Co enjoyed the opening night. Marc Ruffalo was at the event as well.

New research has have suggested that many drugs have been overprescribed to people who have  intellectual disabilities despite evidence that they provide any benefit for people who are being prescribed. An analysis of medical records for more than 33,000 adults which have intellectual disabilities in the United Kingdom between 1999 and 2013 which found that one in four were prescribed antipsychotic medication.

Often, when the drugs were only used to correct behavior problems such as aggression and self-injury, according to findings that were published on Tuesday in The BMJ.

The trend is troubling which a researcher said. 71 percent of those with intellectual disabilities who have been prescribed antipsychotics had no record of severe mental illness which the drugs are meant to treat.

“Research evidence does not support using antipsychotics to manage behavior problems in people with intellectual disabilities,” said Rory Sheehan of University College London, who led the study. “Many people with intellectual disability and behavior disturbance have complex needs and other interventions, such as looking at the support people receive and their communication needs, should be prioritized. Antipsychotics, or indeed any medications, should not be prescribed lightly and are no substitute for comprehensive care.”

The study participants, antipsychotics were more common in those who were older and also individuals with intellectual disability and have had been diagnosed with autism or dementia.

The beyond questions about how efficacy, inappropriately giving people antipsychotics puts those at risk for side effects such as  drowsiness and weight gain, which can lead to other long-term health consequences such as diabetes, Sheehan said.

The researchers have also noted that use of antipsychotics declined gradually over the 15 years studied. The study also  suggested  that doctors may have been adjusting their methods of treating intellectual disabilities. I am glad that doctors who are treating people with intellectual disabilities are being treated with new methods.

The study has also found that medications for anxiety and depression have been frequently prescribed to people with intellectual disabilities.

Did you ever think there is a link between people who have Autism and being creative? Recently the BBC has done a study which as showed that people with Autism shows that those who have Autism are creative. It’s awesome that this study has come out with since it does make an impact for those who are diagnosed with the Autism since everyone does think differently and people can be creative when it comes to what they do when they are faced with problems. This is a sign that more people can see what people can do instead of them underestimate their potential.

I am creative in my own way and running AMCPress&Co I tend to be creative in the ways I come up with new ideas which we here at AMCPress&Co are working on new ideas. Our podcast shows how creative we are with incorporating satire and disability news into one show which is unique listening experience. Tune into tonight when we discuss this new study which we find to be an awesome find with the study. Listen in at

Federal funding for autism research has yo-yoed in recent years, but  is on the rise which was reported in a government report finds. In between 2008 and 2012, federal dollars for autism research as grown 45 percent, reaching $245 million in 2012 according to the Government Accountability Office.

The increase is due to the part of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which is to stimulus effort in a response to the recession which boosted funding for autism research over $288 million in 2010 before spending back the funds. 

11 federal agencies gave out nearly $1.2 billion in funding for autism research between 2008 and 2012. The majority came from the National Institutes of Health. Though overall the funding increased, spending remained disparate by category, according to the GAO. Biological research consistently received the most support followed by efforts to examine treatments and interventions, causes, diagnosis as well any infrastructures and surveillance.

Funding for services and the lifespan issues have remained low throughout the years which have been assessed. The GAO report came at the request of U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander from Tennessee and Senator Patty Murray from Washington who has led the Senate’s education committee along with other members of Congress. The finding have been sent to the lawmakers in June however the finding were not released to the publicly until last month.