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Autism in the News – 09.23.11

Startup company succeeds at hiring autistic adults (New Zealand)
The software testers at Aspiritech are a collection of characters. Katie Levin talks nonstop. Brian Tozzo hates driving. Jamie Specht is bothered by bright lights, vacuum cleaners and the feel of carpeting against her skin. Rider Hallenstein draws cartoons of himself as a DeLorean sports car. Rick Alexander finds it unnerving to sit near other people. Read more.

California leads U.S. in measles cases (Los Angeles Times)
California has outpaced every other state this year, with 28 reported cases. Most of the patients were unvaccinated or likely to lack the vaccination, health officials say. Read more.

Standoff threatens autism research funding (Washington Times)
House lawmakers Wednesday implored their Senate counterparts to break a logjam they said is endangering federal support for autism research and funding. Read more.

Doting dad plans daredevil plunge to raise autism awareness (UK)
A doting dad dad will take to the skies to raise awareness of autism after his three-year-old son made great progress coping with the condition. Read more.

Birmingham autism charity gets £500,000 lottery windfall (UK)
A Birmingham autism charity is celebrating after being handed a near-£500,000 lottery windfall. Read more.

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  1. Rowena Beatty
    September 23, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Hello My name is Rowena Beatty. I am the mother of a lovely 28 year daughter with Autism/ID. I am also a member of the Loudon County, Va. Disability Services Board (DSB). I wanted to share this inspiring story with you.

    I work with others on the Disability Services Board to increase the communities awareness of persons with disabilities. I asked the Loudon County Virginia Library system to consider hosting (1) event in Disability Awareness Month in October. I asked to show the Movie: Blindsight, the story of a young man who had already climbed Mt. Everest and a group of young students with a disability of blindness that had a goal of climbing a 12,000 ft. mountain in Tibet. http://www.blindsightthemovie.com

    Ms. Linda Holtslander, the Programming Director for the library said not only will we team with you to present your movie but we will host an entire month of Disability Awareness Programs featuring different disabilities!! The library already hosts monthly social events for youth’s with Aspergers and special story times at all it’s branches just for young children ages 3-5 with a disability of Autism.

    See: library/loudoun.gov for all programs being featured in Disability Awareness Month..

    Ms. Holtslander researched and found funding for a inspirational program for youths featuring Jessie Billauer, a paralyzed surfer/athlete who started the foundation: Life Rolls On which is now a part of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. http://www.liferollson.org..

    The Loudoun County Virginia Library system is truly a shining example of taking Disability Awareness and programming to heart year round! Hopefully this positive story will serve as an example to other communities of what can be done to educate and entertain in Disability Awareness Month and year round.

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