NEST Blue Garden Candle for Autism Speaks (Bungalux)
Candlelight. We love it because it’s the most flattering light ever (instant dermatology) and that little golden glow allows you to see a bit more of that hot guy or girl you couldn’t see in the dark. Yes, candles are one of the sexiest must-haves for every Bungalux. But can they also be good for you? In the case of NEST’s Blue Garden Candle the answer is a resounding yes, because it’s good for someone else. Read more.
Swinging away: Athletes gather to create autism awareness ahead of RTO (Reno, Nev.)
Former Carson High School pitcher Donovan Osborne played 10 seasons in Major League Baseball and his wife, Herah, was a competitive beach volleyball player. When the couple was expecting eight years ago, many thought their children would be just like their parents — athletically gifted. Read more.
Aparan summer recreation camp hosts children with autism (Armenia)
In the scope of strategic cooperation between Orange and “Arabkir” United Children’s Charity Foundation, the children in care of “ArBeS” Health and Day Care Center and its rehabilitation affiliates in regions, participate in summer recreation camp in Aparan this year. Read more.
Autism school holds summer program to prep students (Jacksonville, Ark.)
Pathfinder Inc. in Jacksonville has opened a middle school for children with autism. The school year begins on Aug. 15 and the organization is holding a summer program to prepare the students for the school year. Read more.
Triad Autism Specialists Return from Nepal Trip (Winston-Salem, N.C.)
Two autism specialists from the Piedmont have returned home after an overseas trip to help families in Nepal who are dealing with the disease. Read more.
Ohio Valley Easter Seals Child to be Honored in Utah (Wheeling, Ohio)
When Kyle Simala was around 2 years old, his family noticed that he started to drift into his own little world. Words that Kyle used to say, were no longer there. His father Mark said he would no longer react when his family was calling him; he was diagnosed with Autism. Read more.
Autism fund-raiser fills Joe Louis Arena with Detroit sports figures (Detroit, Mich.)
They came out do the swing and rumba and raise awareness of autism at Joe Louis Arena on Monday night — Tigers pitching ace Justin Verlander an enthusiastic onlooker and club president Dave Dombrowksi a proud supporter of the charity event. Read more.
Love Ride For Autism Returns To Castaic Lake (Glendale, Calif.)
On October 23 Jay Leno will once again lead motorcyclists on Love Ride 2011 from Glendale to Castaic Lake in the country’s largest motorcycle ride-for-charity. This year, Love Ride will benefit Autism Speaks, the nations largest autism science and advocacy organization. Since 1984 the ride has resulted in more than $13 million in donations for children’s charities. Read more.
A Doctor and Father Of Autistic Son ‘Pays It Forward’ (Basking Ridge, N.J.)
Dr. Paul Abend has always believed in paying it forward. The idea that a simple act of kindness can inspire a ripple effect of benevolent gestures greatly appeals to Abend, a father of three—ages 21, 17 and 13—the youngest diagnosed with autism at the age of two. Read more.
Erlanger boy living with autism saves friend from drowning (Erlanger, Ky.)
An Erlanger boy with autism is being called a little hero by his parents for saving another boy’s life, after a 4-year-old nearly drowned. Read more.
Congress Delays Hearing in Autism Bill (Santa Monica, Calif.)
The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee has just announced that it is postponing a meeting on the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act (CARA) until September 7. Read more.
Community Rallies to Break Eden Autism 5k and Fun Run Fundraising Record (Princeton, N.J.)
Eden Autism Services’ 8th annual Eden Autism 5k Race and 1-Mile Fun Run, sponsored by Munich Re, took place on July 17th and broke last year’s fundraising record with $125,000 in net proceeds. Read more.
Mother to run 13 miles inspired by autistic daughter (U.K.)
A mother whose daughter endured bullying due to autism is running a half marathon to raise money for other sufferers. Sophie Walker, 40, of Avondale Avenue, North Finchley, has been in training for the Royal Parks Half Marathon, which will see her do a circuit of major parks in central London. Read more.
Camp Brings Summer Fun To Autistic Children (San Marcos, Texas)
Frisbees soared and scooters skated across the Crockett Elementary School gym floor, but 8-year-old Sebastian Tamez chose not to take part in these activities. This was his second week at camp, and he knew what he wanted to do: go swimming. Read more.
Camp Jigsaw helps adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (Mississippi State, Miss.)
For adolescents with autism spectrum disorders, a new summer camp at Mississippi State combines fun activities with exercises designed to help participants overcome common communication and socialization effects. Read more.
Stand by autistic children, parents urge government (Bangladesh)
Parents living with autistic children have urged the government to stand by them with sustainable programmes for healthy growth of the victims as the ongoing international conference on autism came as a beacon light to the families concerned. Read more.
Using touch screens and apps to treat autism (Mercury News)
As a commercial software expert for the financial services industry, Ted Conley was frustrated with the technology that a speech therapist recommended to help his developmentally disabled son. So he decided to build his own app. Read more.
Funding questioned as autism service shuts down (New Zealand)
The Government is being called on to do more to help autism sufferers, as Autism New Zealand pins hopes of saving its Waikato branch on a funding miracle. Read more.
Autism support group offers families hope (Herald Tribune)
“Mr. Don” urges two distracted children to dip fingers into the bowl of flour-and-water paste between them. Read more.
Autism program sets up Queens thrift store to save arts classes for kids (Jamaica, N.Y.)
A cash-strapped Jamaica program that gives autistic children music and art classes has crafted a creative solution to its money troubles – its very own thrift shop. Read more.
State Legislation Would Mandate Insurance Coverage for Autism Therapies (Yorktown Patch)
Maureen McEnroe, a Pearl River resident whose son T.J. was diagnosed with autism at four-years-old, says she has spent $10,000 to $15,000 on therapies not covered by her insurance company. Read more.
California health insurers agree to cover autism therapy (Sacramento, Calif.)
Blue Shield of California and Anthem Blue Cross have agreed to cover the initial cost of autism therapy for a minimum of six months. Read more.
Autism meeting shares life strategies (Orlando, Fla.)
His name tag reads “Christopher Payne, Individual with Autism, Computer Geek.” The first label is one the 14-year-old will wear all his life. The second is one that, thanks to persistent parents and professionals pushing back the barriers of autism, he can take pride in. Read more.
Opening the doors into the world of children’s autism (The Bolton News)
Researchers at the University of Bolton have developed a groundbreaking new tool that could eventually improve the lives of autistic children and their families all over the world. Read more.
When the “Autism Classroom” Doesn’t Fit (About.com)
The educational world has a tough time with providing appropriate educational supports for individual kids. And that’s understandable: it’s a whole lot easier to create an “autism classroom” than it is to meet the needs of individual children one at a time. And so, in many districts, classrooms are created around an understanding of what it means to be autistic. Generally speaking, it’s assumed that kids in that classroom will have these characteristics: Read more.
Special Kids’ Painting Expo Opens (Bangladesh)
A weeklong exhibition of some 70 paintings of special children from various special schools has commenced in the DRIK Gallery of the city’s Dhanmondi area. Read more.
Study: Siblings of Autistic Kids Show Similar Brain Activity (TIME)
The genetic roots of autism may reach further in families than previously thought, according to new research. Read more.
Risk factors for autism remain elusive (New York, N.Y.)
Research has hinted that various factors around the time of birth may raise a child’s risk of autism later in life, but there is still too little evidence to point to specific culprits, a US study said. Experts have long believed that genes play a key role in autism risk, but the study released last week found that genes appeared to explain a much smaller portion of the risk than previously suggested. Read more.
Father sues care home over death in van (Philly.com)
The father of a severely autistic man whose caretaker left him to die in a sweltering van last summer is suing the Bucks County facility he entrusted with his son’s care. Read more.
Former Memphis Man Charged With Dismembering Child In New York City (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
A two-state investigation is now underway to figure out why Levi Aron, 35, murdered and dismembered an autistic boy who was lost and trying to find his way home, according to the NYPD. Read more.
Insider: Nationwide Tour important part of Els’ career (Nationwide Tour)
Before Ernie Els was an international star he was like a lot of golfers who need a place to play to refine their talents. So like many others, Els turned to the Nationwide Tour. Read more.
Hastings college is first in UK to get autism award (UK)
Sussex Coast College Hastings (SCCH) last week became the only general further education college in the country to be awarded autism accreditation status from the National Autistic Society (NAS). Read more.
Woodbury, Minn., women team up to help families living with autism (Woodbury, Minn.)
For Kristin Pruitt and Lisa Valera, celebrating the Fourth of July with family is not an easy thing. In fact, they usually just avoid it. Pruitt’s 12-year-old son was diagnosed eight years ago with autism that is triggered by noise, crowded spaces and hectic events. Johnathon is a monotone boy who’s uncomfortable with hugging, expressing emotion and making eye contact. Read more.
Autism funding to help families (The Observer)
A centre offering assistance and therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder will start helping Gladstone families almost immediately thanks to new funding. Autism Queensland program manager Valerie Preston said the centre would offer family and group-based early intervention programs for children aged under six. Read more.
Mom finds support and understanding through autism society (The Western Star)
Ever since her son was three Sheila Wight has been dealing with his behavioural issues. Tyler Best is now 15 and last summer was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder. That diagnosis has given the single mother from Pasadena and her son more control over their lives. Read more.
Joey Travolta film camp at St. Mary’s opens new horizons for campers with autism, Asperger’s syndrome (San Diego, Calif.)
In a small classroom at St. Mary’s College, Joey Travolta is in “director mode.” From testing sound equipment to pointing out markers in the scene where his actors should stand to deliver their lines, every aspect of the room he commands is reminiscent of a Hollywood film set. Read more.
Skating mom helps son with autism soar (USA Today)
“Fiend Club,” Lyra Stephens’ roller derby persona, is a dark, fierce competitor, circling the rink fighting for the Deadutantes in bouts all over the South. She’s the captain of the team, which is part of the only derby league in Montgomery, Ala., the River Region Rollergirls. Read more.
Police locate parents of possibly autistic boy left at hospital (The Miami Herald)
The mother of the autistic 10-year-old boy abandoned last week at Broward General Medical Center told a Broward judge on Saturday that she was “overwhelmed” and didn’t know what else to do. Read more.
Short Film by Autism Advocate Sheds Light on Condition (Autism Key)
Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting a number of different people within the autism community at the Autism Society’s 42nd annual conference in Orlando, Florida. We attended as exhibitors to introduce a new line of autism jewelry that will help benefit autism awareness, with a portion of proceeds going towards various autism-related programs and services. Read more.
Practical Tips About Autism (Glen Burnie Patch)
I do not know how people react when they learn they have a child with autism, but for Penny Reisler of Pasadena it was her second child that she loved and adored just as much as her first. Read more.
Miss. requires no special austism training for its teachers (Clarion Ledger)
Unlike most other children his age, 7-year-old Austin Carter can’t tell his dad about his day in school. Read more.
National Class Action Status Sought Against CIGNA in Philadelphia Over Denial of ABA Therapy For Autism (Philadelphia, Penn.)
A federal court in Philadelphia is reviewing a motion for class action in a lawsuit brought by the father of an autistic child against CIGNA Insurance over its policy of denying insurance coverage for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy. Read more.
Glasses remove guessing from reading emotions (Montreal Gazette)
Airport security may see through your body, but new “social X-ray specs” peer right into your soul. Well, kind of. Read more.
Harry Potter And The Well Of Medical Research (Los Angeles Times)
Who knew the world of Harry Potter was such a rich source of material for medical researchers? For more than a decade, the phenomenally popular series has provided grist for studies on topics ranging from genetics to social cognition to autism. Read more.
Mommy blogger writes about family, autism (The Miami County Republic)
With 4,500 to 5,000 page views a month, stay-at-home-mom Rebecca Madrid-Burton’s blog may start bringing in some income for her family, but her reason for starting it was for her own well-being. Read more.
The Surf Report: bad weather, good waves (Ireland)
The SURF2HEAL Program is Ireland’s first surf camp for kids with autism. It’s a non-profit organization and was the brain child of GTown Surf School’s John Hynes and Alayne and Nollaig Hayes, whose son has autism. Read more.
Camp helps kids with autism have fun (The Manhattan Mercury)
At some point Wednesday morning, a girl decided she wanted to be a “cheetah” goat at the Flint Hills Summer Fun Camp. She took the cheetah print sheet, draped it over her body and got on all fours. After practicing her goat noises and crawling, she was ready for her close-up. Read more.
Autism: One family’s journey (Turn Again Times)
When her adopted 23-month-old child got off of the airplane that brought him from Russia, Elaine Hall was excited. She was about to start a life with her new son. But Elaine had no idea that she was about to take on a journey that would change her life and the lives of so many others. Read more.
Family fun for launch of Newham autism society branch (UK)
A host of events are planned for a fun day in Beckton this Saturday for families, friends and professionals who have been affected by autism and want to raise awareness while enjoying themselves in the sun. Read more.
Family in fight to get support for autistic son (Australia)
A family say they have been discriminated against by the State Government because their autistic son cannot access disability support services. Read more.
Popular autism therapy a bit closer to insurance coverage (The Seattle Times)
Two recent events come as good news for parents of children with autism — some of whom have struggled to pay for an expensive therapy not now covered by state-funded insurance plans. Read more.