Autism in the News – 01.28.11
Don’t isolate students with autism (Asbury Park Press)
Gov. Chris Christie’s recent proposal to create a state-funded autism school in every county has turned a lot of heads. Coming from a Republican governor in a time of fiscal austerity, many disability advocates have seen it as a welcome statement that some things are still worth spending money on. Read more.
With speaker in support, autism insurance coverage mandate wins key Virginia House vote (Richmond, Va.)
A Virginia bill that would mandate some employee health plans to cover treatment for autism cleared a major legislative hurdle Thursday that has been the measure’s killing field. Read more.
Temple Grandin, the voice of autism, rocks the crowd at Villa Esperanza (Pasadena, Calif.)
Grandin, in town to address today’s sold-out Autism Conference at the Pasadena Hilton, gained widespread fame as the subject of an award-winning HBO movie, and her life story has become an inspiration to those affected by autism. Read more.
Women’s Hockey Creates Puzzle-Piece Fundraiser (Hamilton, N.Y.)
The Colgate women’s hockey team is holding a Player Puzzle Fundraiser as part of its Autism Awareness Project. Each player has created their own individual online puzzle on the Web site for Autism Speaks. Read more.
Nice calls for more cross-sector working to improve autism services (UK)
The NHS must improve its autism services for children and young people if it is to cope with the increasing demand on them, according to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice). Read more.
Wausau Girl Scout Kirsten Radant battles autism to become top Girl Scout cookie seller (Wausau, Wis.)
A year ago, Kristen Radant of Wausau sold 1,301 boxes of Girl Scout cookies. Let’s put that number in context. If a Girl Scout sells more than 300 boxes in a selling season, it’s considered a superlative effort, and it’s likely that family members have gotten involved with those sales, said Christin Stapelmann, product program manager for the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes Council. Read more.