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Autism in the News – 11.04.11

Kerry: Dover family on the front lines with autism research (Wicked Local)
From a very young age, Jack was a little boy unafraid to give you a piece of his mind. He’d blow kisses to say he loved you, yawn when he was bored with you, and honed a mischievous grin that disarmed the most disciplined of doctors, nurses, and teachers alike. Read more.

Viewing Autism as Difference, Not Just Disability (Psych Central)
A provocative new article suggests society has been biased in its view of autism and should accept the condition as one in which an individual presents unique capabilities. Read more.

Possible Genetic Link to Autism Identified (HealthDay News)
A gene variation associated with an increased risk of autism in boys has been identified by scientists. Read more.

GDS International Charity Runner Completes 119 Miles in 41 Hours (UK)
GDS International’s HR Director Fraser Jamieson has completed an astonishing feat of physical endurance in aid of the company’s 2011 charity fund raising for the National Autistic Society. Read more.

Mom raising awareness about autism with a concert in West Palm Beach (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
Elena Correia is a local mom with the singing voice of an angel. She trained at Juilliard and is practicing with equally gifted musicians this week on behalf of those who struggle to find their voice. Read more.

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  1. November 5, 2011 at 5:07 am

    I like the last article abour raising money for autism by doing a concert. It’s a very creative idea, and a great way to say thank you to those in the community who have helped her. Autism awareness is of course very important, and so is fundraising, both for local organizations that help with autism related issues and for national ones. I actually know someone in the NYC area attempting to do the same thing – she is a classically trained pianist, and got together with some other musical friends for a concert to raise money for an autism related cause. It would be great it we could do this on a larger regional scale and involve people from different cities or states. (Some additional organizations that help people with autism/Asperger’s and could benefit from such an effort are here http://www.aspergerssociety.org/articles/support.htm ).

    Keep the good work and creative thinking.

  2. November 6, 2011 at 5:55 am

    Re: Viewing Autism as Difference, Not Just Disability (Psych Central)
    A provocative new article suggests society has been biased in its view of autism and should accept the condition as one in which an individual presents unique capabilities.

    The above is nothing new. One does not have to be a scientist to have had the same thoughts years ago e.g.:

    (Extract of comments made during video interview on DIPEX (Oxford) VIDEO 2008 by mum, Barbara and autistic son, Howard, which is on the Web):-

    Barbara gets cross when people talk about cures and suffering from autism.
    Barbara: And even in The New Scientist there was something about autism but it was something that I have already written about on the web to one of these organisations. And I have seen people write since. You know they say they want a cure. Well there is no cure. And then they say ‘suffer from’… Well I can’t see it is suffer from. I think it is a different type of mind. I think you know, with all the technical stuff, computers, Howard is so good on a computer, because it is in a virtual world and because he has such concentration. Now most of us, you know, we haven’t got good memories because we are sort of diverted. Our minds are diverted so I mean. He has got to concentrate on one thing at a time so when he is on the computer he is better than the average person, because his mind is just going in one direction and I think that perhaps could it be, oh this wasn’t in The New Scientist but I sometimes think could it be that in autism they are trying to prepare future man for technology, future technology because yes. I am cross. You know I took to computers and I have got a little bit of something like that in me haven’t I?

  3. November 16, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Great information! Really help me

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