Autism in the News – Tuesday, 05.18.10
8-year-old promotes better understanding of autism (Marlboro, N.J.)
Ava Panza may be young, but she already has compassion that could rival that of any adult. Ava’s consideration drives her to help raise money and awareness for autistic causes. Read more.
JAMA commentary: Time to rethink causes, possible treatments of mental disorders (EurekAlert)
It is time to reassess mental disorders, recognizing that these are disorders of brain circuits likely caused by development processes, according to a commentary in the May 19 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on mental health. Read more.
Chicago Walk Now for Autism Speaks Welcomed 15,000 (Chicago, Ill.)
Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, hosted the 8th annual Chicago Walk Now for Autism Speaks fundraising and awareness event on Saturday, May 15 at Soldier Field. All event proceeds will support Autism Speaks’ work to increase awareness about the growing autism epidemic, fund innovative autism research and family services, and advocate for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder, with 1% of the population affected. Read more.
Thousands graduate St. John’s (Queens, N.Y.)
It was a day that 2,600 St. John’s students had been looking forward to all year. Read more.
Call him Larry Legend: Autistic singer shines (Staten Island, N.Y.)
Although Larry Oliveri needs no introduction, last year we acquainted you with the Huguenot resident who was tapped to perform “God Bless America” at the Dover (Del.) International Speedway prior to the Autism Speaks 400, sponsored by the nationally known organization of the same name. Read more.
Miami-Dade County students afflicted with autism attend their senior prom at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens (Miami Gardens, Fla.)
The music went silent and students crowded the stage for the big announcement. Read more.