Autism in the News – Tuesday, 11.23.10
Ballet Serves as Therapy for Those with Autism (Tulsa, Okla.)
As the holiday season approaches, it brings with it a beloved tradition that Tulsans have enjoyed for the past 40 years; Tulsa Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Running from Dec. 11 – 23 at Tulsa’s Performing Arts Center, this remarkable production will enchant young and old alike. The audience is drawn into a young girl’s heartwarming fantasy story filled with sugarplums, snowflakes, toy soldiers, adventure, heroism, and an epic battle between a Mouse King and the Nutcracker Prince. With magical choreography by Tulsa Ballet’s Artistic Director Marcello Angelini and Tchaikovsky’s musical masterpiece, it’s truly a mesmerizing holiday event that the whole family will enjoy and remember. Read more.
The Pole Guy of Northeast Iowa (Waucoma, Iowa)
Nolan Milbrandt is sitting in a computer alcove, just off the kitchen of his family’s farmhouse in rural northeastern Iowa. As he squeezes the edges of the mouse to his Mac, dozens of images of electric utility poles dance across the screen so quickly that they appear almost animated. Read more.
Missing man with autism is found (Mahwah, N.J.)
An 18-year old with autism who was reported missing by his parents was found in a nearby storm water drain after police searched for more than two hours, a lieutenant said Tuesday. Read more.
Commission denies autistic boys center (Parawon, Utah)
The Iron County Commission unanimously denied an appeal by the Ranch at Kiva Pointe, a proposed residential treatment center for boys ages 10 to 18 with autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and other pervasive development disorders. Read more.
SDSU considered a national leader in autism work (San Deigo, Calif.)
Alberto Castro has limited ability to communicate, at least verbally. But, there he was last week, in Shayla Green’s classroom at El Cajon Valley High School, answering simple questions, either by pointing to pictures or pressing yes or no on an “augmentative communication device.” Read more.