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Autism in the News – 09.19.11

Autistic and Seeking a Place in an Adult World (Montclair, N.J.)
For weeks, Justin Canha, a high school student with autism, a love of cartoons and a gift for drawing, had rehearsed for the job interview at a local animation studio. Read more.

Autistic boy, 7, found after extensive overnight search in Goshen (Goshen, N.Y.)
A 7-year-old autistic boy was found Sunday morning after a search that involved dozens of volunteers, multiple emergency responders and a police helicopter. Read more.

Tell Congress to Pass the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act (The Washington Times)
Today’s guest column by Judith Ursitti is about the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act, which is essential legislation that affects the autism community. Read her words to learn not just why this legislation is important, but how you can help its passage. Read more.

iPads, iPhones, Apps and autism (The Brownsville Herald)
The fall open house usually was well attended by students and their families at the elementary schools. This was also the case in the structured for life classrooms for children with sensory perception disorders. The evening meeting gave a chance for the parents to speak with the child’s teacher after school hours, away from the rush of work. Read more.

Enhancing the School Year for Kids With Autism (Fox News )

The transition from summer back to school can be tough for many students, but it can be especially challenging for families of kids with autism. Getting back into the classroom helps emphasize the importance of social skills for children on the spectrum. Dr. Manny recently talked with Dr. Ronald Leaf, psychologist and the co-founder of Autism Partnership —who shared some insight on how to help these kids build friendships while improving their grades. Read more.

 

 

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  1. Gene Bensinger
    September 19, 2011 at 11:02 am

    The NY Times front page piece on Sunday was an excellent “look” at what “transition” means for one young adult with autism, but I thought it was a bit short on resources and direction for others in similar situations. I hope that the Times does a follow up piece highlighting terrific resources like the Autism Speaks Transition Toolkit and the Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism (AFAA)initiative.

    http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/tool-kits/transition-tool-kit

    http://www.afaa-us.org/site/c.llIYIkNZJuE/b.5063863/k.BE3C/Home.htm

    While reading the piece, I was especially touched to learn that “Pinocchio” was Justin’s favorite movie. It’s one of my son’s, too. It get’s one wondering just what it is about some of the iconic films, books, and cartoons like Thomas the Tank Engine and, in our case, every Godzilla, Wizard of Oz, or Transformers video ever created that makes them SO appealing to so many affected by autism.

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