Autism in the News – Friday, 07.02.10
UCSD Center Advances Understanding Of Mental Illness (San Diego, Calif.)
Jonathan Sebat, PhD, a pioneering young geneticist whose focus is psychiatric disorders such as autism and schizophrenia, has been named the first chief of the Beyster Center for Molecular Genomics of Neuropsychiatric Diseases at the University of California, San Diego. The Beyster Center was initiated with a gift from philanthropists Betty and J. Robert Beyster, PhD. Read more.
Charge: Renton woman beat, burned disabled man while cashing his disability checks (Renton, Wash.)
A Renton woman is facing assault charges on allegations that she beat and burned a developmentally disabled man while cashing his disability checks. Read more.
60,000 people could lose mental health treatment because of budget cuts, advocates say (Chicago, Ill.)
As many as 60,000 people will lose mental health treatment and an additional 20,000 developmentally disabled people will stay on waiting lists indefinitely because of major budget cuts, advocates said Thursday. Read more.
Unique High School Opening in Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
A high school in Ann Arbor may look like your typical, pristine, private school, but it is the first of its kind in the Midwest. Read more.
Hoped-for autism bill fails, leaves families with few options (Knoxville, Tenn.)
As a parent, you want the best care for your child. But for many parents of children with autism in East Tennessee, therapy for their children isn’t an option because they simply can’t afford it. Read more.
Florida Gov. Crist gives Marino award (ESPN.com)
Miami Dolphins legend Dan Marino has been named the latest recipient of Florida Gov. Charlie Crist’s “Point of Light” award, in recognition of the Hall of Fame quarterback’s work for autism research. Read more.
United States of Autism: Behind the Scenes (Rock Rapids, Iowa)
Thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project, a film crew is traveling 10,000 miles in 40 days documenting the United States of Autism. They’ll meet 20 families including the Wessels from Rock Rapids, Iowa. Read more.