Autism in the News – Monday, 03.08.10
A possible early glimpse of autism’s impact on older siblings (EurekAlert)A new study suggests a trend toward developing hyperactivity among typically developing elementary-school-aged siblings of autistic preschoolers and supports the notion that mothers of young, autistic children experience more depression and stress than mothers with typically developing children. Read more.
Diagnosis in psychiatry’s ‘DSM-5′ has power to change lives (USA Today)
From the day she brought her son Jack home from the hospital, Kim Leserman knew something wasn’t quite right. Read more.
Autism programs focus on early intervention (Toledo, Ohio)
Lily Lyons was reading books while still in her crib, but speech continues to mostly elude the 3 1/2-year-old Toledo girl. Read more.
Providers ordered to compensate kids (Monterey, Calif.)
The youngest of three boys, Liviu Candreva is an inquisitive 12-year-old with a knack for playing practical jokes. He loves to put on his father’s glasses and mimic him, to build elaborate structures, and to read books upside down to get a laugh out of his mother. Read more.
Loss of Funding Threatens Autism Program (Newark, N.J.)
The United Way of Essex and West Hudson recently suspended funding of many programs, due to the national economic situation. Because of this, after 5 years, the afterschool program, Kidz Korner, hosted at the Branch Brook School by Autism Family Services of New Jersey (AFSNJ), a division of The Family Resource Network, will be ending its services mid-year. While Autism Family Services of NJ might normally have been able to absorb some costs, funds have been exhausted, threatening the program. Read more.
More teachers OK’d for autistic kids (Monterey County, Calif.)
A decision by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing will increase the number of special education teachers authorized to work with children with autism. Read more.
‘Inclusion companions’ work to make sure young athletes with special needs included (Chicago, Ill.)Like many basketball players, 8-year-old Ariana Ferruzza would much rather score than play defense. So when she lingered under the basket one recent Saturday as the action went the other way, a voice from the bench called out: “Ariana, you’ve got to get back!” Read more.
A cry for help from a mom with a special son (UK)
She feels the struggle growing daily as her special needs son falls through the cracks of the education system. Read more.
Court will hear case about vaccine side effects (Washington, D.C.)
The Supreme Court will decide whether drug makers can be sued by parents who claim their children suffered serious health problems from vaccines. Read more.
County Hopes Program A Lifesaver (Sebastian County, Ark.)
Sebastian County authorities have been working to implement a system that will enable authorities to locate quickly people with mental disorders who wander off. Read more.
Service dogs can encourage independence, pride (Canada)
When Dawson turned seven years old, his mother, Becky Brunton, decided it was time for the world to see what he could do. Diagnosed at 18 months with autism, Dawson didn’t speak and, according to his mother, people assumed he would never attain any level of independence. Read more.
Charity looking for volunteers to help families of children with disabilities (UK)
A charity is calling on people to give up their time to make a difference to the lives of children with disabilities. Read more.
Smooth sailing (Findlay, Ohio)
Ten-year-old Nicholas Werner of Alvada is to be among 46 skaters performing Sunday in the ninth annual Gliding Stars of Findlay ice show at The Cube in Findlay. Read more.
2 businessmen seek funds for autism center (Detroit, Mich.)
Two Detroit businessmen who have children with autism are making the rounds of companies and foundations to drum up financial support to open a multipurpose autism center. Read more.
ASU Best Buddies eats, runs for a cause at ‘Lord of the Wings’ (Tempe, Ariz.)
The ASU Best Buddies chapter held the first “Lord of the Wings” event Saturday, raising funds and awareness for the Best Buddies program in Arizona, which pairs volunteers with disabled persons to create long-lasting friendships. Read more.
Special needs resource fair at IUSB ‘invaluable’ (South Bend, Ind.)
A few years ago a family came to Kathy Ratkiewicz in search of area resources for special needs children. Read more.
Special recreation for young ones (Mission Gorge, Calif.)
Horseback riding is one of Ruben Jones’ favorite activities. Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, the 8-year-old can be found atop a patient Arabian named Pippi, gamboling about on the playground of Vista Hill’s Stein Education Center in Mission Gorge. Read more.
Plans under way for a special annual Passover celebration (Westchester, N.Y.)
A traditional Passover Seder takes a lot of planning and preparation. For the organizers behind a special Passover Seder for the mentally disabled, the job takes months. Read more.
Supermarket rapist given four-year sentence (UK)
A rapist who attacked a woman in the grounds of a Godalming supermarket has been jailed for four years. Read more.
Autistic musicians play with perfect pitch; gigs in San Jose, Santa Clara (Calif.)
Lawrence Wang used to hate the shrill sounds of the flute. He’d clamp his hands over his ears to drown out his sister’s piano playing. During music lessons, he’d fidget and fight with his teacher. Read more.
Area tennis community raises money for autism (Pensacola, Fla.)
More than 70 tennis players teamed up Saturday at Roger Scott Tennis Center for a special cause — The B.I.G. (Biomedical Intervention Group) Puzzle Piece Tennis Tournament benefitting autism and autism awareness. Read more.
AUTISM SPEAKS NEWS
Hundreds walk for autism awareness at Bicentennial Park (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
A crowd of hundreds gathered at Bicentennial Park this morning before embarking on an annual walk to raise awareness for autism. Read more.
Autism walk makes strides towards cure (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
Hundreds of people, from all walks of life laced up their shoes. Read more.
Fundraising bake-off for Autism Speaks to be held in Hoboken (Hoboken, N.J.)
Twenty bakers are squaring off to see who can bake the best pastry, and it’s to support autism awareness. Vicious and Victorious Hoboken is New Jersey’s first annual bake-off fundraiser to benefit Autism Speaks, a national autism advocacy organization. The event’s scheduled for April 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Willie Brides, 616 Grand St., in Hoboken. Read more.