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Autism in the News – Monday, 2.22.10

TREATMENT

Curemark CM-AT Autism Treatment Granted FDA Fast Track Status (Rye, N.Y.)
Curemark LLC, (www.curemark.com), a drug research and development company focused on the treatment of neurological diseases, announced that its CM-AT autism treatment, now in Phase III clinical trials, has been designated as a Fast Track drug by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Read more.

EDUCATION

Portable, practical learning (Allentown, Penn.)
For 29 years, Deborah Hartman spent her days in the classroom, working with special education students. Read more.

SJSD sees drop in students with mental health care needs (Canada)
The total number of students with mental health issues in the St. Joseph School District has dropped in a year’s time. But certain areas have grown, while others have declined. Read more.

Limiting restraint on disabled students (Orlando, Fla.)
One child felt the snap of bone as her arm twisted behind her back during a tightening bear hug. Read more.
School for children with learning, behavioral needs marks milestone (Indiana, Penn.)
Milestones Achievement Centers and Milestones Community Healthcare – leading providers of private schools and services designed to help children with serious and complex behavioral and educational challenges – have changed their name to New Story. Read more.

PUBLIC POLICY

Insurance Mandates May Hurt Businesses (HartfordBusiness.com)
State lawmakers want health plans to offer expanded coverage for more than six new medical conditions, stirring concerns that small- and median-sized businesses will take a financial hit that they can’t afford. Read more.

Living with autism (Neosho, Mo.)
In both the Missouri House and Senate, pending legislation would require insurance coverage for children with autism. Read more.

Tiger moms want autism covered by health insurance (Dayton, Ohio)
Here’s a warning to the Ohio Senate, especially the Republicans who run the place and decide what gets passed and what gets ignored: The tiger moms are coming after you. Read more. 

RESOURCES

Health bits: New autism website will give support (Ireland)
A new website, autismsupport.ie, aimed at giving information on autism, has been set up. Read more.

Museum opens its arms to children with autism (Cherry Hill, N.J.)
Kim Marple knew just how to gauge how much fun her 6-year-old had Sunday evening at the Garden State Discovery Museum. Read more. 

 

Kids take to stage, tackle challenges (Milford, Conn.)
Debra Marchese envisions a red curtain as the backdrop for her students’ Broadway-themed show, so while they’re working set design, she tells them, “Just cover it in red paint.” Read more.

Training gives officer tips on dealing with autism (Boardman, Ohio
Family members or caregivers of people with autism can help educate police in the best ways to interact with those who have the disorder. Read more.

 

Borrowed Freedom hopes to help special needs individuals (Endicott, N.Y.)
A new organization is hoping to assist special needs individuals by giving them some experience on a farm. Borrowed Freedom is a horse and farm-based therapy program. Read more.

ADULT SERVICES

Getting to work (Tracy, Calif.)
Most mornings at Barista’s, a bustling downtown cafe, a line snakes around tables and workers rattle off regulars’ names. Read more.

PEOPLE

McKinnon gets a date for ‘final’ appeal (UK)
Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon and his legal team have been given three months to prepare for a judicial hearing on whether the Home Secretary proceeded correctly in allowing extradition proceedings to proceed in spite of dire medical warnings. Read more.

Sunday Journal: Autistic sibling redefines normal (San Antonio, Texas)
Where was that coming from? Nose twitching, I attempted to identify the peculiar scent. The blades of the fan made a faint whirring sound, making it hard for me to concentrate. With the flip of a switch, the blades halted, leaving me with the silence I craved. Read more.

Life Among the ‘Yakkity Yaks’ (WSJ.com)
‘Who do you think made the first stone spear?” asks Temple Grandin. “That wasn’t the yakkity yaks sitting around the campfire. It was some Asperger sitting in the back of a cave figuring out how to chip rocks into spearheads. Without some autistic traits you wouldn’t even have a recording device to record this conversation on.” Read more.

AUTISM SPEAKS NEWS

Grandmother’s Love Could Bring More Autism Awareness (Midessa, Texas)
An Odessa grandmother is trying to bring more awareness to a disorder plaguing families here in West Texas – autism. She told NewsWest 9 it’s the love of a grandson that inspired her. Read more.

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