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Autism in the News – 09.23.10

Study follows new siblings of kids with autism (Baltimore Sun)
Autism is a collection of related neurobiological conditions that is being reported more often. Researchers are now exploring genetic and environmental factors that may contribute to the disorders that affect social interactions and communication. M. Daniele Fallin, an associate professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, is the principal investigator of a multistate study, called the Early Autism Risk Longitudinal Investigation, or EARLI, that is looking at siblings of those with the disorders. Read more.

Autistic Icelandic Boy Inspires Winslet to Start Fund (Iceland)
English actress Kate Winslet announced yesterday that she has established a fund to support people with autism in cooperation with Margrét Dagmar Ericsdóttir, the mother of autistic Icelandic boy Keli, the star of the documentary A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back to Autism (original title: Sólskinsdrengurinn, or “The Sunshine Boy”) by director Fridrik Thór Fridriksson, for which Winslet did the English narration. Read more.

Delight as Avenue School earns outstanding praise (UK)
Pupils and staff at The Avenue School in Tilehurst are celebrating after the school become one of the first in the country to be ranked ‘outstanding’ by a disability charity. Read more.

This show means more than most to the artists (Westerville, Ohio)
“Disability” and “creativity” are not mutually exclusive attributes. That’s one lesson viewers can take away from “The ADDvantages of Art,” an exhibition that opens Saturday at Gallery 202 in Westerville. Read more.

Donor covers full cost of guide dog (Canada)
The offer of assistance came right out of the blue. Members of the Merritton Lioness service club had been planning on putting a little bit of their fundraising proceeds aside each year to eventually pay for a guide dog for someone in need. Read more.

  1. Dadvocate
    September 23, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Kudos to Kate Winslet and Sir Richard Branson for creating the Golden Hat Foundation and especially to Keli and his mother from Iceland who inspired them.
    I look forward to seeing the documentary.

    Whether verbal or non verbal and at whatever point on the spectrum they may be, people with autism can do great things if they have access to good, comprehensive support structures throughout their lives.

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