Autism in the News – Thursday, 2.18.10
Mesibov Stepping Down As Head Of TEACCH (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
UNC Hospitals vice president of public affairs and marketing Karen McCall says Gary Mesibov did a fine job leading the TEACCH Autism Program at UNC. Read more.
Parents explore diet and autism (Houston, Texas)
“Very nasty, very foul odor and full of undigested food particles,” said Houston resident Michelle Groogan of her then 18-month-old son’s bowel movement. “It was the classic autism poop.” Read more.
Parents give up home in order to pay for son’s therapy (Wellington, Fla.)
Two years ago Denise Negron and Felix Hernandez of Wellington had to make a difficult choice – stop paying their mortgage or stop paying for their son’s autism therapies. They chose the former. Read more.
Parents access special programs (Canada)
Finding the right fit in a preschool can be a daunting task for many parents. This decision becomes even more challenging for those seeking the right programs for children with special needs. Read more.
Parents put their case for better education provision for autistic youngsters (UK)
Parents made their feelings known at an inquiry into autism in further education. Read more.
Kit Bond tours university autism center (Columbia, Mo.)
Missouri Sen. Kit Bond toured the University of Missouri’s Thompson Center for Autusm and Neurodevelopmental Disorders on Wednesday afternoon. Read more.
Autism bill passes in Virginia Senate (Va.)
A bill mandating insurers to cover treatment of autistic children ages 2 to 6 has passed in the Virginia Senate and is moving on to the House of Delegates. Read more.
Mo. 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.
Project Lifesaver under way (St. Helena, Calif.)
Seven years ago this month Sandra Lowry was one of hundreds of searchers looking for an 88-year-old St. Helena woman with Alzheimer’s, reported missing after setting out on a walk. She was found in a creekbed three months later, dead from exposure after apparently becoming confused and losing her way. Read more.
Museum offers outreach program (Charleston, S.C.)
The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, 25 Ann St., downtown Charleston, has announced a new outreach program dedicated to serving families of children with special needs. Read more.
Temecula autism center plans fundraiser (Temecula, Calif.)
There’s a simple reason why Mary Mollway and Helen Robinson, a friend with an autistic child, opened New Vision Children’s Services in 2006. Read more.
Australia Opens New Autism Early Learning And Care Centre In Perth (Australia)
A new Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre in Perth will give young West Australian children with autism spectrum disorders access to specialist early childhood services to help them reach their full potential. Read more.
Grant funds music therapy program (E. Lansing, Mich.)
Drumming along to his favorite tunes on the piano, David Opsommer spends his music therapy class in complete bliss on MSU’s campus. Read more.
Blow for Norfolk autistic youngsters (UK)
Two hundred parents with autistic youngsters will lose dedicated support from a charity which specialises in caring for them, as the cuts facing public services in Norfolk begin to bite. Read more.
Children’s therapy clinic open in Mac (McMinnville, Ore.)
Karen Belje and her husband, Brent, have acquired Gentle Steps Children’s Therapy Center, located at 2191 N.W. Second St. They have renamed it Neurotherapeutic Pediatric Therapies Inc. Read more.
Siblings learn about developmental disabilities (Bismarck, N.D.)
The question had the boys at the table confused. “What’s braiding?” Michael Seibel said. Read more.
Life looking up down on the farm (UK)
Plans to create so-called care farms to give vulnerable people a better life across Worcestershire have received a financial boost. Read more.
Jury selection coming in western Pa. toddler death (Pittsburgh, Penn.)
Jury selection was scheduled to begin in the death penalty trial of a Pittsburgh-area man accused of leaving his 23-month-old daughter outside to die in the freezing weather. Read more.
‘Helpless’ mum waits on daughter’s diagnosis (UK)
A second West Fife mum has spoken out against lengthy waiting times in the Kingdom to diagnose children with suspected Asperger’s syndrome. Read more.
Call to help disabled to enjoy surfing (Australia)
Volunteers are needed to help put “smiles on dials” at a Collaroy event to help disabled people experience the thrill of surfing. Read more.
Ont. teen convicted after fatal car crash (Canada)
A 15-year-old Barrie, Ont. teen who stole a car and crashed and killed a man as he fled from police was sentenced to six months in secure custody, on top of six months he has already served in jail. Read more.
Be on the lookout for a missing New Port Richey boy (New Port Richey, Fla.)
Be on the lookout for this missing boy. The Pasco County Sheriff’s deputies were notified around 10:30 Wednesday morning for a child with autism who is missing. Read more.