Preface: "THEN AGAIN, MAYBE NOT"
BREAKING NEWS! (Oct 19th, 2006 9:00 CST)
Looks like there has been much activity and damage control since this blog was posted just two short days ago.
1) The link to the Sadler Foundation Website is now dead. (gee what a surprise) But it is nice knowing that the Sadler PR Machine understands the error in the 'effort' to rush and slap together a link to fulfill a promise from over 8 months ago was just that, a band-aid on a cut that needed stitches.
2) Fans are no longer allowed to post pictures or have personal signatures in a certain fan club message board for some strange reason now. Some have managed to have links to watermarked pictures, and then suddenly those links are gone, too! Even a 'blind man can see that' changes are due to outside influences. Perhaps this blog is one of those influences?
3) And lastly, a 'Mystic' from Austin thinks she can skin a cat. Sorry, but I have not even begun to use any of those nine lives. Beers are still on me, although a LEO and a Taurus some times don't mix well, but I would make an exception this time and play nice. Just answer my email that you feebly 'used'.
Isn't it wonderful that such an 'insignificant' blog can much such an impact, just by exposing a few things? Thank you Al Gore!
Occasionally I ping the link of the 'under construction' Sadler Foundation Website just to see if there has been any progress to the PR/Spotter's claim of 'we are in the process of forming a Foundation website'. Much to my surprise this morning, there has actually been a bit of work (WTG goatfish!!!!) and changes to the site. And this only took eight months!!!!
No longer is the site 'under construction', but actually shows the MISSION STATEMENT. I did find it pretty interesting that the word 'cure' is used as that word realistically cannot apply to a 'brain-based disorder'. To cure means "to restore to health, soundness, or normality." In the medical sense, there is no cure for the differences in the brain which result in autism. Perhaps a more educated term would be replacing the word 'cure' with "finding better ways to understand the disorder and helping understand the most effective approaches to Autism."
One would think that such an important statement would have had more thought put into it and not be as misleading.
The 'Autism Fast Fact', however was a nice touch and something that if done more often, might help the average person who has not been directly touched by this disorder better understand it.
Of course there is a link to aid in donating to the Foundation (after all, that is the prime reason for any Foundation), but once again, the word 'cure' is mentioned. There is even a link there to the Autism Society of America but even searching through those pages, you do not find any mention of 'finding a cure'. Why is that? Because once again there is no 'cure' for a brain disorder. However there is mention of treatment and education approaches that may reduce some of the challenges associated with the disability.
Once again, the ball is being dropped by the Sadler PR machine with little if any thought being put into PUBLIC statements concerning their activities, by simply just slapping a band-aid and expecting people to blindly believe that their statement are the truth. I guess being factual is too much to ask, but then again, that is the history of this 'PR Machine'. Brett, you said it best recently on the SFC message board. "You can't always believe what you read". Were you looking in a mirror when you were thinking that? The 'pod people' will believe pretty much anything you say/write no matter how 'left field' it is. If the Foundation's Mission is to help EDUCATE the general public and to aid in TREATMENT, saying that is admirable, but to say that finding a CURE is a part of that, is simply inappropriate.
But one has to wonder had it not been for blogs such as these, if there would be ANY movement or work on the 'Under Construction' Foundation website in the first place?
The saga continues