Jerrie Williams is a blogger on the Beauregard Daily News website. The name of her blog is C.O.P.E. Community Organized Parents in Education. This blog is syndicated statewide to all GateHouse websites. She will not only be blogging about local ...
Jerrie Williams is a blogger on the Beauregard Daily News website. The name of her blog is C.O.P.E. Community Organized Parents in Education. This blog is syndicated statewide to all GateHouse websites. She will not only be blogging about local education concerns, but information about resources for parental research on different subjects concerning children and their well being. Jerrie Williams is the mother of three autistic children. Her journey began in 1999, when she discovered that her children were not developing according to the national mind stone charts. This was after they had received immunizations and developed reactions to them. She later learned the immunizations contained an agent that her children were allergic to, which led to their developmental delays. She moved her children to Georgia to be treated by a specialist in autism and brain injury in 2000. Since then she has been searching and discovering several research-based interventions and resources to educate, support and assist in the recovery of autism. She moved to Louisiana in August, 2011, and has been involved in educating the community about autism and the resources available to parents of autistic children as well as adults with autism. She has been instrumental in helping the Beauregard Parish school system to design an individualized curriculum that was suited for the educational needs of her children as well as other special needs children. Her children have since blossomed with this curriculum and continue to thrive. She will continue in her journey as a mother and an advocate for others.
British astronomer Patrick Moore, who hosted the BBC program The Sky at Night, died Sunday at his home after battling an infection. He was 89.
"After a short spell in hospital last week, it was determined that no further treatment would benefit him, and it was his wish to spend his last days in his own home, Farthings, where he today passed on, in the company of close friends and carers and his cat Ptolemy," said a statement released by Moore's friends announcing his death.
Moore was born in Middlesex, England and suffered from heart problems as a child, according to the New York Times. During World War II, he joined a bomber squad after lying about his age. He was knighted in 2001.
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Throughout his career as an astronomer, Moore published more than 70 science fiction books and books on astronomy. One of those was a 2008 collaboration with Queen guitarist and fellow astronomer Brian May, titled Bang! The Complete History of the Universe. He was also a former president of the British Astronomical Association, as well as a co-founder and former president of the Society for Popular Astronomy.
Moore's interview subjects on The Sky at Night included Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. He often worked conservative political commentary into his broadcasts, speaking out against Britain integrating into the European Union and once referring to immigrants as "parasites," according to the Times. The show, which aired its latest episode Sunday, is the longest-running television program with the same presenter in television history.
Moore never married and had no children.
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