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Autism In The News – 01.13.2012

January 13, 2012 Leave a comment

Stephen Daldry’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Below The Line)
Once he read the book and script for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, it was “very simple” for Academy-Award nominated director Stephen Daldry to immediately say yes to directing the film for producer Scott Rudin, who he had worked with on The Hours. Read More.

Autism on the increase according to conference (RTE News Ireland)
An international conference on autism which is taking place in Galway has heard that the condition is on the increase. Read More.

Casino Night benefit goes ‘All in for Autism’ (Orange County Register)
Tickets are available at $50 each for “Casino Night – All in for Autism,” a Jan. 21 benefit for Hope 4 Hanna, a local nonprofit that helps children with autism and families affected by autism. Read More.

7-Year-Old Vermont Girl Dies After Flu Vaccine. (echochildsplay.com)
It’s a parents worse nightmare to have your child to have a child injured or die from a vaccination. It’s one of those situation where you want a do over. If you could just go back in time. Read More.

Rapid Growth in US Inpatient Autism Units (Medscape News)
Over the last decade, the United States has seen a rapid rise in the number of specialized inpatient psychiatric care units set up exclusively to serve children with developmental disorders, particularly autism, results of a survey suggest. Read More.

Autism Speaks’ daily blog “Autism in the News” is a mix of top news stories of the day. Autism Speaks does not vet the stories and the views contained therein do not necessarily reflect Autism Speaks beliefs or point of view.

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A Word from Family Services: Autism and Driving

January 12, 2012 6 comments

On Monday, January 9th, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies announced a new study focused on how teens with high-functioning autism approach learning to drive. According to the study which surveyed almost 300 parents, two-thirds of teenagers with a high-functioning autism of legal driving age in their state are currently driving or plan to drive.

The CHOP study represents exciting news for the autism world! Not too long ago, many families were given little to no hope that their children would develop the skills that are necessary to drive. This is exciting news for the autism community, as an individual’s ability to drive can play a big role in establishing independence and increasing opportunities for participation in the community.

At the same time, there are a number of critical precautions that must be taken to ensure the safety of individuals with autism and the rest of the community when learning to drive. So while we embrace this exciting opportunity, we know that driving may not be an option for all living with autism.

In order to help our community explore the possibility of driving, Autism Speaks awarded a Family Services Community Grant to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 2011 for project called DriveAdvise. This project involves the development of a tool kit and an educational video that will help families decide whether an individual with ASD might consider driving. The video will interview individuals, family members, service providers and driving instructors and will provide us with an in-depth look into the factors that contribute to the potential and the skills necessary to help qualified drivers with high functioning autism get behind the wheel. Read more about the grant here.

Autism Speaks will provide the tool kit and video on our website as soon as this exciting project is completed.

by Lisa Goring, Autism Speaks Vice President, Family Services.

Autism In the News – 01.12.2012

January 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Piece by Piece: Learning to Yield Control (Eastchester)
Over the summer when my son Peter was struggling with loud thunderstorms, I sent a question to Dr. Temple Grandin about the subject.Read More.

Little Known About How Autism Affects Teen Drivers: Researchers (Newsday)
Two-thirds of driving-age American teens with a high-functioning autism spectrum disorder are currently driving or plan to drive, and these teens have a number of common characteristics, a new study says. Read More.

New Program Uses Art, Dance as Therapy (Norcross Patch)
A new program at a local community center seeks to help children with autism and other cognitive disabilities with a unique medium: the arts. Read More.

Little Known About How Autism Affects Teen Drivers: Researchers (US News: Health)
Two-thirds of driving-age American teens with a high-functioning autism spectrum disorder are currently driving or plan to drive, and these teens have a number of common characteristics, a new study says. Read More.

DDS seeks Mini-ACES registrations (LDN News)
Developmental & Disability Services of Lebanon Valley and Easter Seals are enrolling for Mini-ACES, a social group specifically designed for children ages 5 through 12 with Asperger’s syndrome and high-functioning autism. The program provides opportunities to enhance socialization and friendships among youth, according to a news release. Read More.

Autism Speaks’ daily blog “Autism in the News” is a mix of top news stories of the day. Autism Speaks does not vet the stories and the views contained therein do not necessarily reflect Autism Speaks beliefs or point of view.

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New Episode of Autism Talk TV – Post Secondary Education

January 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Alex, Jack, and Kirsten spend this entire episode talking about supports for people with autism who are attending college or university. This is the third and final part of our episodes at the ASA 2011 conference in Orlando. We talked with Marc Ellison of Marshall University’s disability services and Michael McManmon of the College Internship Program.

http://www.wrongplanet.net/article420.html

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Autism In The News – 01.11.2012

January 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Autistic Teen Charged in Alleged Teacher Attack (CBS News)
A 13-year-old autistic student is facing felony battery charges in Florida for allegedly hitting a middle school speech therapist in the head with headphones. Read More.

‘Love Hormone’ Which Makes Mothers Kinder Could Help Treat Autism (Mail Online)
A natural chemical known as the ‘love hormone’ makes people kinder and could help millions suffering from psychiatric disorders such as autism, say scientists. Read More.

Study: Completely Different Gut Bacteria Found ONLY in Autistic Kids (Strollerderby)
In yet another study we can file under “things parents already kinda knew,” researchers at Columbia University have found that the bacteria in the gut of autistic children is different than that in non-autistic children. Researchers are unsure if it is a cause, or an effect, of autism. Read More.

Autistic teens, pets a perfect fit (Smithfield Times)
Paris, a mixed-breed dog, jumped up and down with excitement when Christopher Koonce came to the Isle of Wight animal shelter to take her for a walk. Koonce, a shelter volunteer, didn’t speak to Paris, and Paris offered only barks, but the two were able to communicate without any problem. Read More.

Kiwanis Donation To QSAC Helps Families In Need (The Queens Gazette)
The LIC Astoria/Kiwanis recently donated $1,000 to the Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC) at their annual Christmas party. Read More.

Autism Speaks’ daily blog “Autism in the News” is a mix of top news stories of the day. Autism Speaks does not vet the stories and the views contained therein do not necessarily reflect Autism Speaks beliefs or point of view.

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Autism In The News – 01.10.2012

January 10, 2012 Leave a comment

‘Biggest Losers’ Couple to Keynote Autism Forum Feb. 15 in The Woodlands
Phil and Amy Parham, contestants on the NBC TV show “The Biggest Loser” in 2008, will share their experiences as parents of an autistic child when they keynote the Community Autism Resource Forum on Wednesday, Feb. 15 in The Woodlands. Read More.

Warwick mum slams hospital
A WARWICK mother has lashed out at Warwick Hospital staff after her autistic son was sent home without treatment and with a sewing needle still embedded in his foot. Read More.

GenomeQuest awards genetic sequencing software grants
GenomeQuest Inc., a Westborough developer of sequence data management software for genome-based research, is supporting the use of next generation sequencing (NGS) based tests by giving about $120,000 in software and service grants to six U.S. laboratories. Read More.

Gut Bacteria In Autistic Children Different From Non-Autistic Children
Scientists have found that the bacteria in the gut of autistic children is different from that of non-autistic children. Read More.

Bill To Allow Service Animals To Accompany Special Needs Students To School Now Law
Legislation to allow students with special needs to bring service animals to school was signed into law Monday. Read More.

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Autism In The News – 01.09.2012

January 9, 2012 1 comment

Sheriff’s Office preparing to launch Project Lifesaver (WBTV Lincoln County, NC)
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is preparing to launch Project Lifesaver to assist Search and Rescue operations. The system can be used when children and adults with autism, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, Down’s syndrome or other memory-related illnesses wander from the safety of their parents or caregivers. Read More.

Gift Card Eases Christmas Present Problems (Athens Patch)
Because her husband Norman is on dialysis as he waits for a kidney, pain often prevents him from working in his Wal Mart job. With three children and her business manager position at the University of Georgia the only full-time job, Georgi Austin had been a little concerned about buying Christmas presents for their family this season. Read more.

New Study Probes How Teens With High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders Approach Learning to Drive (PR Newswire)
In the first study to investigate driving as it relates to teens with a high-functioning autism disorder (HFASD), child development and teen driving experts at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies found that two-thirds of teenagers with a high-functioning autism spectrum disorder (HFASD) who are of legal driving age in their state are currently driving or plan to drive. Read More.

Audax Health(TM) and Autism Speaks Partner to Provide Autism-Specific Wellness Tools, Community and Personalized Recommendations via Careverge(TM) Website (MarketWatch)
Digital health leader Audax Health(TM) ( http://www.audaxhealth.com ) and Autism Speaks (www.autismspeaks.org ), the world’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, today announced a partnership to offer an Autism Speaks community within Audax Health’s Careverge(TM) platform, an end-to-end digital health destination that provides personalized tools and community for simple, healthy living. Read More.

Wakefield Sues for Libel in Texas (The Scientist)
Andrew Wakefield, the gastroenterologist who reported a link between a vaccine and autism in a small group of children in 1998—work that has now been discredited and retracted—filed a defamation lawsuit in Austin, Texas, last week against the British Medical Journal (BMJ), and the authors of a series of reported articles questioning his research. Read More.

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A Loving Aunt Includes Autism Speaks in her Will

May 3, 2011 1 comment

This blog post is written by Sharon of Rochester, NY.  Her nephew’s son has autism and she has decided to honor him and his parents by including Autism Speaks in her will.

I am an Aunt of several nieces and nephews, including one who has a child with autism.  I have such a love for children.  I can’t do enough for them.  Unfortunately at a very young age, I found out I couldn’t have children.  So when children come into my life, I am very touched by them and cherish our time together.

In September of 2008, I was diagnosed with Lymphoma.  Never in a million years did I ever expect this news on a sunny Sunday afternoon.  Not knowing what my future held for me, I decided to get my things in order, meaning my will and what my wishes would be if I were ever to pass.  I feel everyone should have something in place for the future no matter what, so that your wishes are met.

Given that I do not have children of my own, I put some serious thought into who to leave my inheritance to in my will.  Finally, I decided, let me contribute a percentage of it to Autism Speaks.  I have been touched by several children with autism and was always amazed at how gifted they can be.  A young gentleman from my church congregation is a senior in high school this year and will be going on to a local elite music school for college.  It just totally amazes me.  My nephew’s son who just turned 7 was diagnosed with autism at an early age.  I was so moved in how my nephew jumped in and got involved with Autism Speaks.  They started doing the yearly walks and they came up with a team name called “Sage’s Unit.”  They rally a huge team to do the walk every year.  Sage loves to draw and my nephew says that one of the things he is best at currently is golf.  AMAZING!   Sage’s parents try to keep his life as normal as possible.  He is involved in lots of activities outside of the home.   He is doing really well in school and loves it.  I am very moved by all of their accomplishments and the support they receive from other families who have children with autism.

I realized that one way I can make a difference for Sage and my nephew is by adding Autism Speaks into my will in their honor.  This way, I know there will continue to be research on autism to help Sage as he gets older.

My favorite saying for my nieces and nephews is:

 Nieces and Nephew are the Children that we Borrow,

Intending not to raise but merely love,

Ever watchful from our open window,

Caring deeply at a slight remove.

Everywhere you go, my love will follow,

Still part of you wherever you may live.

I know whether I am fortunate enough to live out my life or become an angel in heaven, they will always be cared for by my donations.

If you have put Autism Speaks in your will or would like to learn more about doing so, we hope to hear from you.  Please contact Christine Pecorella at 646-843-6676 or Christine.pecorella@autismspeaks.org.

Claire Danes wins Golden Globe for “Temple Grandin”

January 17, 2011 4 comments

Congratulations to Claire Danes, who won a Golden Globe for Best Performance By An Actress In A Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television for her work in HBO’s “Temple Grandin.” The much lauded film won seven Emmy’s in August of 2010 and is available for purchase on DVD.

Watch Danes’s acceptance speech below and read an interview with Grandin from the red carpet.

Tune in to NBC Nightly News, Saturday, January 1

December 30, 2010 3 comments

NBC Nightly News will air an interview Saturday with Peter Bell, Autism Speaks’ executive vice president for programs and services, as part of a segment on new laws that are going into effect on January 1, 2011. Bell will address autism insurance legislation that will become effective in eight states: Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada and New Hampshire. These vital new laws, which affect state-regulated plans, will require health insurance policies to cover the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. To date, 23 states have passed autism insurance legislation. Autism Speaks is actively working to introduce new bills in an additional 15 states during the upcoming 2011 legislative sessions.

For more information on federal and state autism initiatives and to contact your legislators about much needed autism insurance reform, visit www.autismvotes.org

Check your local listings for NBC Nightly News.

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