Autism in the News – Friday, 2.26.10
Do Fertility Treatments Raise Autism Risk? (Boston, Mass.)
Doctors at 15 autism treatment centers nationwide have collected data that show an association between autism and children conceived through in vitro fertilization, WCVB-TV in Boston reported. Read more.
New hope for autism care (Scotland)
A new study by researchers from Edinburgh could aid the search for treatments for an autism condition which affects more than 1,000 girls in the UK. Read more.
Pushing the limit (Corvallis, Ore.)
Cheers erupted Monday at the Osborn Aquatic Center as Rachel Grant slowly floated in a pool on her back – without any assistance – for the first time.Read more.
Do what’s best for special needs kids (Canada)
Debate raged this week over the use of educational assistants (EAs), the people in Saskatchewan classrooms who assist special needs students. Read more.
Parents of teen with severe autism allege abuse at Orlando school (Orlando, Fla.)
In fall 2008, 15-year-old Christopher came home from school with a contusion on his forehead and a scrape on his nose. Read more.
Great expectations? The Autism Act meets hopes, misconceptions and realities (U.K.)
The 2009 Autism Act promised much but putting it into action is a whole different ball game, even though some improvements can be delivered at very little cost, writes Dr Mitzi Waltz. Read more.
Hampton Roads mother of autistic child speaks out to delegates who voted against autism insurance bill (Va.)
Vania O’Keefe’s son, Sean, is one of many American children with autism. Read more.
SC budget would cut services for 30K disabled (Columbia, S.C.)
Children with autism, people with spine and brain injuries and the long-term disabled in job programs are among the 30,000 people who would lose state help under a $5.1 billion spending plan approved by a House committee Thursday. Read more.
Autism Summit held at S.U.P.E.R. Learning Center (Lakemore, Ohio)
S.U.P.E.R. Learning Center, located in Lakemore is inviting the public to a 2010 Autism Summit which will be held March 13 at the school from 8 am until 3:30 pm. Read more.
A new resource is available to Del Norte County residents who are at risk of wandering off and getting lost. Read more.
New devices aid task of finding missing people (Del Norte County, Calif.)
Council says no to special needs centre (UK)
Plans for a revamped special needs centre in Vange have been turned down following a protest from residents. Read more.
Life Works set to unveil new home (Longview, Wash.)
A once-empty warehouse has been transformed into a light, cheery hub of classrooms, offices and spaces for getting exercise, learning to cook, puttin’ on the Ritz and for kids to romp. Read more.
City’s moving on Freedom Ride (Orlando, Fla.)
Perhaps Orlando will prove to have a heart after all when it comes to providing a vital service for some of the area’s most vulnerable kids and adults. Read more.
Camp For Kids With Disabilities Eliminated (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
A Southern Colorado mother is speaking out after learning a Colorado Springs city program that helps children with disabilities has been canceled. Read more.
Autism strikes adults as well (Joplin, Mo.)
While much of the attention directed toward autism is centered on children the condition is pervasive. Read more.
Bangor guesthouse owner killer gets 12 years (U.K.)
A man who knifed a Bangor guesthouse owner to death in a “frenzy” was jailed for life today and told that he will have to serve at least 12 and a half years before even being considered for release. Read more.
Man who lost camera gets replacement from Walleye (Toledo, Ohio)
Simon Greenspan was pleased but casual yesterday about meeting his hockey hero, Toledo Walleye defenseman JC Sawyer. Read more.
Police criticised for failing to properly investigate rape claims (U.K.)
Police failed to properly investigate the alleged rape of a Worcestershire man who was later killed, an investigation has found. Read more.
Friend: NY Mom Had Obsessed Over Dead Son’s Autism (NYT.com)
Gigi Jordan quit a high-powered job as a pharmaceutical company executive and abandoned her social life to devote all her time to her severely autistic son. Read more.
A yen for Pokemon (Forest Grove, Ore.)
At 5-feet-7, with black, close-cropped hair and sporting a hip pair of glasses, Jeremiah Stephens looks much older than his 12 years. Read more.
AUTISM SPEAKS NEWS
Singing for a cure for autism (The Rider News)
Not everyone is blessed with a golden voice like Mariah Carey, but many belted it out for a good cause last Friday at the Alpha Xi Delta (AZD) Karaoke for the Cure Pub Night to help raise money for the international philanthropy Autism Speaks. Read more.