Autism in the News – Friday, 10.29.10
Phony autism specialist sentenced to three years in prison (Stamford, Conn.)
The New York woman who used forged credentials to fleece more than $150,000 from families with autistic children and the Norwalk school system was sentenced to three years in prison Thursday morning. Read more.
Autism SpeaksTM Launches Puzzlebuilder, the First-of-Its-Kind Social Network Driven Fundraiser to Help the One in 110 Children Struggling With Autism Spectrum Disorders (Marketwire)
Autism Speaks™, North America’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, today announced the launch of Puzzlebuilder, the first-of-its-kind social network driven fundraising campaign that enables people of all ages to help solve the puzzle of autism — the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder in the U.S. Anyone can become a Puzzlebuilder by uploading their favorite photos to create their own digital puzzle or by buying a piece of a participating celebrity, friend or family member’s puzzle. Each puzzle piece is $10 and all funds benefit Autism Speaks. The campaign launches October 28, 2010 and will run through the end of the year. Read more.
Candidates want more focus on early childhood education (Lansing, Mich.)
Education is poised for some big changes and, as Michigan Public Radio’s Laura Weber reports, teachers and parents are wondering if Michigan will be ready for them. Read more.
UC Davis goes all in against autism (Sacramento Business Journal)
Sixteen years ago, at the age of 2, our firstborn began to lose his language, imitative ability and connection to the world. Read more.
Anger over cuts to speech therapy service for autistic children (UK)
The family of a severely autistic six-year-old are angry that a service which helps him communicate has been cut by the NHS. Notts Community Health say it will only provide speech and language therapy services for children with autism until the age of six. Read more.