Autism in the News – Wednesday, 2.17.10
Autism: Oxytocin Improves Social Behavior of Patients, French Study Finds (Science Daily)
Autism is a disease characterized by difficulties in communicating effectively with other people and developing social relationships. A team led by Angela Sirigu at the Centre de Neuroscience Cognitive (CNRS) has shown that the inhalation of oxytocin, a hormone known to promote mother-infant bonds and social relationships, significantly improved the abilities of autistic patients to interact with other individuals. Read more.
Turning Pointe raising funds to build autism academy (Chicago, Ill.)
Like most parents, Randy and Kim Wolf want the best for their son Jack. They want to give him opportunities to succeed, both academically and socially. Read more.
Special education funding falls short, Toronto board says (Canada)
Despite a drop in enrolment, Toronto’s public school board says it has more special education students than ever — and inadequate funding from the province to provide programming for them. Read more.
Immigrants struggle with declining health (Canada)
Some healthy people who immigrate to Canada find their health deteriorating after their arrival — an issue immigrant communities are struggling to understand and address. Read more.
Missouri House endorses bill mandating autism insurance (Jefferson City, Mo.)
A mandate for insurers to cover treatment for autistic children has cleared an important hurdle in the Missouri House. Read more.
Colo. recognizes people with disabilities (Denver, Colo.)
Today, hundreds of individuals with disabilities, family members, direct-support professionals and other service providers will descend upon the capital in Denver. Read more.
Autism Treatment Coverage Bill Passes VA Senate (Richmond, Va.)
The Senate has overwhelmingly passed legislation that would mandate coverage for an effective treatment for small children who have autism. Read more.
Coffee shop becomes home for mentally disabled children (Vietnam)
Tam became speechless trying to talk about her indescribable joy the first time she saw her grandson, suffering from Down’s syndrome, carry a tray of drinks to a customer and not forgetting to say “please have a drink, uncle.” Read more.
Race/walk to benefit UF Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (Gainesville, Fla.)
The third annual STAR 5K Race/Walk benefitting the University of Florida Center for Autism and Related Disabilities will be held Saturday. Read more.
Autism camp offered April 9 – 11, registration ends March 2 (Boone, N.C.)
Crinkleroot Retreat, a free respite day camp to be held April 9-11, is recruiting campers ages 8 – 14 with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The retreat will be held in Valle Crucis at Camp Broadstone and is staffed by trained Appalachian State University volunteers. Read more.
Autistic adults pose challenge (Ariz.)
Several of Arizona’s leading real-estate groups have tackled a growing national housing problem in a new report, Opening Doors: A Discussion of Residential Options for Adults Living With Autism and Related Disorders. Read more.
All for Animals Sets Up “Cuddles Fund” (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
When Bonnie Crowe received a Shih Tzu puppy from The Miracle Run Autism Foundation in 2008 as a therapy dog for her then 9-year-old autistic son, Jakob, she hoped things were finally turning around for her family. After all, the Agoura Hills resident had weathered Jakob’s autism diagnosis when he was two, she has a younger daughter with ADD and her husband was laid off from his job over a year ago… Read more.
Luke Faint paints up a storm (Australia)
Budding artist Luke Faint has picked up an art award in his first competition since taking up painting a year ago. Read more.
Autistic boy’s family wins fight to keep car (UK)
A Lincoln family who faced losing the only mode of transport for their autistic son have won a battle to keep their car. Read more.
Braddock father isn’t autistic, judge rules (Alleghany County, Penn.)
An Allegheny County judge Tuesday determined a Braddock man accused of abandoning his toddler daughter to die in freezing temperatures is not autistic, clearing the way for prosecutors to seek the death penalty against him. Read more.
Colby ready to fly (Australia)
If you’ve seen a young boy whizzing past you on a bike with a huge smile plastered on his face, it could have been Colby Matthews. Read more.