Alex Lowery’s review of BBC ‘Autism: Challenging Behaviour’

Below is Alex Lowery’s review of the BBC documentary ‘Autism: Challenging Behaviour’
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aN5N8hIBTgM

To see the original documentary, click on the link below
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGSVM5dsH5U

Alex’s Story

Alex was born in October of 1993 in the Countess of Chester Hospital. He had delayed language with severe behaviour problems from his earliest years. However, he suffered with severe eczema and asthma as a child and his problems were initially thought to be due to this. It was not until he was three years old that his parents began to have serious concerns.

Alex was given a verbal diagnosis of classic autism when he was four years of age and attended a special school for children with autism until he was seven. Following this, the local authority agreed to an intensive Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) programme.

Alex when he was four

Alex when he was four

Alex has made a lot of progress and is now able to share his experiences of autism with others. He sees it as his life’s work to raise people’s understanding of autism.

He still struggles in many areas and yet is willing to work very hard to achieve his goals. He remembers a lot of his earlier experiences in pictures and has used his photography and PowerPoint to get his message across. Alex is also very interested in filmmaking and uses this media to make short films on different aspects of autism.

Alex is funny and engaging; but more than this, he has a gift for public speaking. He very much wants to help others.

Alex has finished writing a book about his life and hopes to publish it soon.

Women of Marvel Announced for Marvel Universe LIVE!

Here’s another update from Marvel Universe Live! I can’t wait to see these ladies in action.

Feld Entertainment and Marvel Entertainment continue to reveal some of the amazing characters lined up for the original live show – Marvel Universe LIVE! – and today it was time to give thanks for the women of Marvel. With a fair balance between evil doers and the ones put on this planet to thwart their plans the following characters will play a role during the Marvel Universe LIVE! arena spectacular – Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Maria Hill Pepper Potts, Black Cat and Madame Hydra.

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San Diego Comic-Con Preregistration Will Not Occur In November!

I think by now it’s safe to say this isn’t a surprise. Since Thanksgiving is next weekend, they pretty much ran out of November. I’d expect to to be sometime in December but I have no inside information on that! It’s just a guess on my part. Here’s more from CCI:

We wanted to give everyone a heads up that 2014 badge preregistration for Comic-Con will not occur in November. EPIC registration is fine tuning the process and needs a little more time to make sure everything is in order. As soon as we have a better idea of the timeline we will let everyone know at least 48 hours prior to preregistration going live. So in the meantime, please relax and enjoy your upcoming Thanksgiving weekend!

The post features some other tips too like making sure to double check your Member ID, making sure you’re receiving the emails, and the most important thing, that you’re eligible.

Marvel Universe LIVE – Loki to Appear

Marvel Universe LIVE has slowly been announcing which characters will be appearing when the show hits the road. I for one plan on taking my nephew to see this if it comes to the area. Now it’s been announced that the and only Loki will be joining the group. Is there anyway we can get Tom to come back and take over the role? Maybe? Please?

Loki is currently burning up the screen in “Thor: The Dark World” and it may be awhile until the breakout character returns to cinemas, but that isn’t the only time fans will get a taste of his unique brand of villainy. Today, Feld Entertainment and Marvel Entertainment announced that Loki’s wily skills will be on stage at Marvel Universe LIVE! alongside other top Marvel villains such as Red Skull, Dr. Aldrich Killian, AIM and the Chitauri Warriors.

If you aren’t familiar with Marvel Live

Marvel Universe LIVE! will bring Marvel’s most iconic heroes and fearsome villains to life like never before during a live-action arena spectacular that will tour 85 North American cities in its first two years. In association with Feld Entertainment, it will redefine the live show experience by integrating a Marvel character driven story with state-of-the-art special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts and countless other show elements.

And here’s a look at the costume design!

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Meet The New Ms. Marvel!

MARVEL COMICS TO LAUNCH THE ALL-NEW MS. MARVEL

New Super Hero to Be Introduced This January in All-New Marvel NOW! Point One Comic, With Monthly

Ms. Marvel Series to Debut in February

Ms_Marvel_1_Pichelli_Cover This coming January, Marvel Comics will continue to break new ground in its rich storytelling history as it launches the new monthly Ms. Marvel debuting as part of the Company’s popular All-New Marvel NOW! initiative. The All-New Marvel NOW! Launch provides readers and fans with accessible stories of their favorite characters, and in the case of Ms. Marvel, stunning new characters to delve into and explore. The All-New Ms. Marvel will be introduced in January in a special All-New Marvel NOW! Point One Comic Book in advance of the Marvel NOW! Ms. Marvel dedicated series in February 2014.

Ms. Marvel will center on 16-year-old Kamala Khan, a Muslim-American teenager living in Jersey City, New Jersey. Like any teenager, all of her opportunities are in front her and she is full of potential, but her parents’ high expectations come with tons of pressure and has led Kamala to carve out a future that she has little interest in.

“At her core, Kamala is just a 16-year-old girl, exploring the many facets of her identity when she is suddenly bestowed with super-human powers that send her on the adventure of a lifetime,” says Marvel Comics Editor In Chief Axel Alonso.

The series, and its central character, are brought to life by an all-star creative team, led by acclaimed novelist and multi-Eisner nominee, G. Willow Wilson (Air, Mystic, Alif The Unseen). Her writings about modern religion have appeared in such outlets as New York Times’ Magazine and The Atlantic. Critically-acclaimed artist Adrian Alphona (Runaways, Uncanny X-Force) brings his vivid artistry to the project capturing the vibrantly rich and kinetic world in which Kamala lives.

Series editor, Sana Amanat, states, “The inspiration for the new Ms. Marvel series stemmed out of a desire to explore the Muslim-American diaspora from an authentic perspective and yet, this story isn’t about what it means to be a Muslim, Pakistani or American. Those are just cultural touchstones that reflect the ever changing world we live in today. This is ultimately a tale about what it means to be young, lost amidst the expectations bestowed upon you, and what happens when you get to choose.”

Writer, G. Willow Wilson, “I wanted Ms. Marvel to be true-to-life, something real people could relate to, particularly young women. High school was a very vivid time in my life, so I drew heavily on those experiences–impending adulthood, dealing with school, emotionally charged friendships that are such a huge part of being a teenager.” Willow continues, “It’s for all the geek girls out there, and everybody else who’s ever looked at life from the fringe.”

Every FIRST ISSUE bearing the All New Marvel NOW! branding includes a code for a free digital copy of that same comic on the Marvel Comics app for iOS and Android devices.

Once again, the biggest creators bring you the biggest characters in the biggest stories…and it’s happening NOW!

Ms. Marvel #1 blasts off this February! For more on Ms. Marvel & All-New Marvel NOW!, please visit now.marvel.com and join in the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #MsMarvel.

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