Autism in the News – Monday, 03.01.10
Child-Brain Development Experts to Present Latest Research at UAB April 22 (Birmingham, Ala.)
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) will host experts in child-brain development and neurodevelopmental disorders during the 2010 Neurodevelopment/Simpson-Ramsey Symposium Thursday, April 22 from at 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the UAB Hill University Center Alumni Auditorium, 1400 University Blvd. Read more.
Parents Still Worried About Vaccine Safety (Business Week)
Although most American parents vaccinate their children, many are concerned about the safety of vaccines and some choose not to have their children protected from potentially deadly diseases, a new study found. Read more.
Scientists look to help children with autism find a voice (CNN.com)
When Ryan Wallace got a diagnosis of autism at age 2, his parents never thought they’d hear him speak. Read more.
Parents rally to guard program (Raleigh, N.C.)
The recession could lead to sharp cuts in a popular Wake County school program that has helped thousands of children for more than 40 years.Read more.
Church asks Supreme Court for OK to sponsor charter school (Columbus, Ohio)
Brookwood Presbyterian Church runs an educational program for 64 students with autism and other special needs, but as a church, it is disqualified from sponsoring charter schools, the Ohio Department of Education says. Read more.
Autism center clicks for students, staff (Cumberland, Md.)
The new autism center at Jefferson School at Finan opened less than two months ago, but already, staff and students seem to be at home there. Read more.
Some food for thought: Vouchers save money (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Things are hopping these days on Capitol Hill. Some people are lobbying to get things passed. Some people are lobbying to stop things from getting passed. Read more.
DeLauro Hosts Autism Forum (Ansonia, Conn.)
Mark Randall and his wife Angel, of Ansonia, got the word out Sunday about autism. Read more.
Coping with the cost of autism (Neosho, Mo.)
Last year, bills were introduced in both the Missouri House and Senate to mandate insurance coverage for autism therapies but neither made it into law. Read more.
Toldo gift lights up autism gala (Canada)
Even after his death, one of Windsor’s greatest philanthropists is still giving generously to his community. Read more.
Sheriff’s office recommends Project Lifesaver (Circleville, Ohio)
The Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office is appealing to persons in Pickaway County who have a loved one who suffers from Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism, or any other mental disorder that causes them to wander from home to enroll in the Project Lifesaver program. Read more.
Special Parents Information Network celebrates 10 years of helping families of those with disablities (Santa Cruz, Calif.)
The Special Parents Information Network will celebrate 10 years of helping families of children with special needs with a celebratory fundraising dinner next month. Read more.
Theater project welcomes autistic children (Chicago, Ill.)
The Centers for Disease Control estimates an average of one in 110 U.S. children has autism spectrum disorder. Read more.
Fight To Save Freedom Ride Continues (Orlando, Fla.)
Jill Hartman started bringing her 7-year-old son, Jake, to Freedom Ride at Trotters Park two years ago. Read more.
Camp fun for children, saving grace for parents (Austin, Texas)
Four-year-old Maddie Stratton sashayed past a dozen volunteers who applauded as she raced the green walker decorated with metallic streamers into the First Evangelical Free Church with a bright smile. Read more.
Break Time for Parents of Special Needs Children (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Parents with special needs children in southern Colorado were given a much needed break Saturday at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs campus. A local non-profit’s efforts are benefiting more than tired adults, as education students from UCCS worked the event for school credit. Read more.
Autism challenges last a lifetime (Phoenix, Ariz.)
The founder of the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center still faces challenges years after she started the center when she learned her son had autism Read more.
Autistic Greenville High student dies after jumping from ambulance (Greenville, S.C.)
Shelley Hodge said nobody believed her when she protested her 16-year-old son’s release from a state psychiatric hospital, warning that he could hurt himself or someone else. Read more.
Autism covers a broad spectrum (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Asperger’s Syndrome is a little-known disorder that has many of the same symptoms as autism and can have devastating effects on those with the disability. Read more.
Temple Grandin: Why Autism is a gift (CNN.com)
Temple Grandin sees her autism as a gift, not a disability. The professor at Colorado State University, who has become a prominent animal rights activist, spoke at the recent TED Conference in California about how people’s brains work in different ways – and how that’s something that should be appreciated, not stigmatized. Read more.
Family seeks community involvement to fight autism (Salem, Ohio)
“We want to host a benefit concert to help raise funds for research into the causes, treatments, prevention and a cure for autism,” Kimberly Sheets of Salem said. Read more.
Model trains a lifelong fascination for young and old (Canada)
For 12-year-old Nicolas Villafuerte-Diaz, the Essex Model Train and Toy Show is exactly what he’s been waiting for. Read more.
A touchy situation (Boston.com)
Ana can sit on the couch for only about five minutes before it’s time to move. First she rides her bright blue unicycle a few times around the dining room table. Then she gets on a swing hung from the doorway and pumps until her feet can touch the ceiling. A few minutes later she’s doing laps around the table on her RipStik – a skateboard-like balance board. Then she runs outside and climbs the back fence (more fun than going through the gate), to jump on a trampoline. After mastering a flip, she manages to climb back into the house through an open window. Read more.
Kaitlin Bounds: Remarkable Story (Little Rock, Ark.)
Kaitlin Bounds has autism, a complex development disorder that typically appears in children before the age of 3. It affects the functioning of the brain in the areas of communication and social interaction. Read more.
Prosecutor’s employee delivers with speed (Hamilton, Ohio)
Elizabeth Crehan loves sports. Known as Liz or Lizzy to most, she excels in softball and is looking forward to playing shortstop this spring. But perhaps she should have considered track, because the 39-year-old laps everyone daily in her deliveries for the prosecutor’s office. Read more.
A quiet strength, an excellent example (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Raymond Rutland sat at a desk in the middle of his chaotic geometry class one morning last week. Most of his Manual High School classmates were talking, laughing, sleeping or sending text messages. But not Raymond. As usual, the 18-year-old senior was working. Read more.
Penn Trafford student blossoms in his musical niche (Penn.)
When Penn Trafford High School music department chairperson and choral director Beverly Rubright informed junior Ryan Lynch he would be accompanying the chorus on the piano for the song “The Colors of Winter” as part of the Christmas concert, Lynch memorized the song by the next day. Read more.
Irish-themed ball to benefit autism group (Tucson, Ariz.)
Kathy Mundinger likes to say the Irish know how to throw a party. She and a force of volunteers are setting out to prove that’s no blarney at the Emerald Ball Saturday at Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. St. Andrews Drive. Read more.
Teen fights ‘R-word” (Milton, Fla.)
Katie Smith bristles when someone says retard or retarded. Read more.
How TV shows try (or choose not) to depict Asperger’s syndrome: Sepinwall on TV (N.J.)
The mother can’t quite get the words out as she tries to tell her husband the therapist’s diagnosis of their son Max. Read more.
Picoult’s latest a compelling tale of murder and Asperger’s (Tampa, Fla.)
In her latest novel, best-selling author Jodi Picoult returns to a theme she’s used before: exploring the effects on the family and beyond of someone with a rare disease or condition. Read more.