Autism in the News- 06.28.11
For Kids With Autism, More Than Just Tennis Lessons (Hartford, Conn.)
They’d only been at it for a few days, but participants in the Well-Served Tennis Academy were already showing progress in their ability to hit a tennis ball. The camp, open to children with autism, is arranged by Autism Speaks and hosted by the Ethel Walker School. Participants, who are taught by volunteer coaches, learn how to hold a racket, hit a ball and play within the boundaries of a court. “I love it, it’s awesome,” said 11-year-old Parker Timothy Therrien. “Playing on the courts is awesome and the coaches are fantastic. I learned backhand and forehand.” Read more.
How music helped autism sufferer Richard to express his emotions (Daily Record)
For 19 years, Richard Bolton was unable to weep more than a single tear. The only way he could express emotion was by exploding into destructive rage. Richard suffers from severe autism and although he had been a happy baby who developed normally until he was 15 months old, he started regressing until he was unable to connect with other people at all. “Any expression of emotion he had always had a tormented element and I felt I would give anything just to understand what he was thinking and feeling,” remembers his mother Anne. Read more.
Autistic man’s academic achievements earn him scholarship to Cochise College (The Herald)
When Ray and Diane Thomas walked to the tricycle races at Buena High School during Project Graduation, “both eyes lit up and she said, ‘Come on Ray, lets go for a spin,’ ” said Tim Quinn, the Sierra Vista Rotary Club’s new president. Quinn was touched by what he saw that night and when he learned more about Ray’s story, he decided to approach the club’s board about giving an extra scholarship this year by using funds they had set aside for a trip to an international conference. On Monday, that scholarship was presented to Ray, giving him $1,000 to take art classes at Cochise College. Read more.
More carers needed for children with autism (This is Gloucestershire)
In Gloucestershire, there are 615 children with disabilities. A fifth of these have autism. There are currently 23 children in care in Gloucestershire with disabilities, of whom seven are on the autistic spectrum. Many of these children need long term care and it is in their best interests to place them with a family in the long-term, or even as a permanent arrangement. Read more.
Ballarat pair to walk the Kokoda for autism (The Courier)
The combined hiking experience between these two is limited, but their passion has no boundaries. Paul Sheridan and Stacy Shepherd will put their bodies to the limit in October when they walk the Kokoda Track, all in the name of autism. The pair will be two of 19 people to make the trek to raise awareness for Autism Victoria. Read more.