Autism program for toddlers a super success (Edmonton Journal)
John Crabtree used to think his son was a natural genius with numbers. At two years old, Alexander could count to 100 in English, French, Spanish and German, and was trying out Arabic and Cantonese. But when the counting became an obsession, and when Alexander stopped making eye contact with his parents and began flapping his hands, his parents became concerned. He was soon diagnosed with autism. Read more.
Province launches new five-year autism strategy (Winnipeg Free Press)
The provincial government has launched a five-year plan to support Manitobans of all ages that are affected by autism spectrum disorders. The new strategy, called Thrive, will eventually include 40 initiatives, everything from a technology centre to make the latest tools accessible to parents, to a post-secondary scholarship for high school graduates with autism. Read more.
Autism Delaware awards $10,000 to innovative community programs (Dover, Del.)
Autism Delaware recently announced $10,000 in grant money has been awarded to five local organizations. The money was awarded to organizations with innovative community programs for those affected by autism in Delaware. Keystone Human Services was awarded a grant to improve communication skills for 10 individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Read more.
Boyz II Men to perform at autism event (Mooresville Tribune)
Boyz II Men, among other celebrities, will be on hand July 23 to help raise money for the Autism Services of Mecklenburg County at the first Lake, Land and Lyrics event in Mooresville. “We’ve done fundraisers in the past, but this is the first time we’ve done an event like this one,” said Hollis Nixon, event coordinator. “With the economy the way that it is, we wanted to give everyone the most bang for their buck, and I think we did that. It’s a great way to raise money and appeal to a wide range of people.” Read more.
Golf pros return to Kingsport in support of autism (Kingsport, Tenn.)
Golf professional, and recent recipient of Golfweek Magazine’s Father of the Year award, Cliff Kresge, announces his Third Annual Kresge’s Krew Foundation Charity Pro-Am Golf Tournament in Kingsport, Tenn. The Charity Pro-Am is scheduled for September 11-12, 2011. Sunday night will feature a reception and entertainment by Edwin McCain at Meadowview Marriott Conference Resort and Convention Center. The Pro-Am Golf Tournament will be held on Monday at The Club at Ridgefields, with PGA Tour professionals in attendance. Early commitments to play include PGA professionals: Ernie Els, Tommy “2 Gloves” Gainey, Will McKenzie, Steve Marino, Matt Bettencourt, Chris Stroud, and Vaughn Taylor. Read more.
For Kids With Autism, More Than Just Tennis Lessons (Hartford, Conn.)
They’d only been at it for a few days, but participants in the Well-Served Tennis Academy were already showing progress in their ability to hit a tennis ball. The camp, open to children with autism, is arranged by Autism Speaks and hosted by the Ethel Walker School. Participants, who are taught by volunteer coaches, learn how to hold a racket, hit a ball and play within the boundaries of a court. “I love it, it’s awesome,” said 11-year-old Parker Timothy Therrien. “Playing on the courts is awesome and the coaches are fantastic. I learned backhand and forehand.” Read more.
How music helped autism sufferer Richard to express his emotions (Daily Record)
For 19 years, Richard Bolton was unable to weep more than a single tear. The only way he could express emotion was by exploding into destructive rage. Richard suffers from severe autism and although he had been a happy baby who developed normally until he was 15 months old, he started regressing until he was unable to connect with other people at all. “Any expression of emotion he had always had a tormented element and I felt I would give anything just to understand what he was thinking and feeling,” remembers his mother Anne. Read more.
Autistic man’s academic achievements earn him scholarship to Cochise College (The Herald)
When Ray and Diane Thomas walked to the tricycle races at Buena High School during Project Graduation, “both eyes lit up and she said, ‘Come on Ray, lets go for a spin,’ ” said Tim Quinn, the Sierra Vista Rotary Club’s new president. Quinn was touched by what he saw that night and when he learned more about Ray’s story, he decided to approach the club’s board about giving an extra scholarship this year by using funds they had set aside for a trip to an international conference. On Monday, that scholarship was presented to Ray, giving him $1,000 to take art classes at Cochise College. Read more.
More carers needed for children with autism (This is Gloucestershire)
In Gloucestershire, there are 615 children with disabilities. A fifth of these have autism. There are currently 23 children in care in Gloucestershire with disabilities, of whom seven are on the autistic spectrum. Many of these children need long term care and it is in their best interests to place them with a family in the long-term, or even as a permanent arrangement. Read more.
Ballarat pair to walk the Kokoda for autism (The Courier)
The combined hiking experience between these two is limited, but their passion has no boundaries. Paul Sheridan and Stacy Shepherd will put their bodies to the limit in October when they walk the Kokoda Track, all in the name of autism. The pair will be two of 19 people to make the trek to raise awareness for Autism Victoria. Read more.
San Leandro woman hopes for new autistic basketball league (San Leandro, Calif.)
Laura Bradshaw-Ve’e knows the social isolation and loneliness that autistic children must learn to deal with. Her 10-year-old son, William, is autistic with limited verbal skills. Read more.
‘Pump It Up’ accommodates autistic kids (Chicago, Ill.)
The nation’s largest indoor inflatable playground, Pump It Up recently started making accommodations for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Read more.
St. Johnsbury Boy Creates Soda Company To Raise Money For Autism (VPR News)
If you’re feeling thirsty and you happen to live in the Northeast Kingdom you might try “Kent’s Soda,” a soft drink developed by a nine-year old entrepreneur with autism. Read more.
Chance meeting was fate for James and Eddie (Herald Sun)
James is terrified of dogs. But the eight-year-old, who has severe autism and epilepsy, is calmed by Eddie’s presence. The two lived just a few doors apart in Balwyn and first bumped into each other about six weeks ago. Read more.
Devoted to the cause (Evesham, Penn.)
Matt Cortland is devoted to serving. From the days of raising autism awareness at Cherokee High School to being instrumental in the creation of a mentoring program at Rutgers University over the last few years, Cortland has been committed. Read more.
Center to help autistic children proposed in Portage (Portage, Mich.)
The vacant Moose Lodge on Portage Road could become the home of a new center that will help autistic children and their families from Southwest Michigan as well as the entire state. Read more.
Morelle’s autism bill may be closer to becoming law (Irondequoit, N.Y.)
Assemblyman Joseph D. Morelle, D, Irondequoit, announced late last week that legislation, which he sponsored, requiring health insurance coverage for autism treatments and therapies has once again been unanimously approved by the New York State Assembly and Senate. Last year’s version of the bill was vetoed by former Gov. Paterson. Read more.
Ex-Pa. school worker admits online threats (Easton, Penn.)
A former employee at an eastern Pennsylvania school district admits posting online threats against the middle school where he worked and a nearby airport. Read more.
Car knocks person off bridge into Ohio River (Covington, Ky.)
Police say crews in northern Kentucky are searching the Ohio River after a person was struck by a car and knocked off the Brent Spence Bridge. Read more.
Parents lose fight to save city school (UK)
Plans to close a special needs school in Glasgow have been approved despite protests from parents. Councillors agreed the proposal to shut St Raymond’s Primary, Castlemilk. Read more.
Autism therapy coverage nears OK (Providence, R.I.) Her voice breaking, Joanne Quinn said she hopes no Rhode Island family ever again experiences what she did. Twelve years ago, when her 4-year-old son, Patrick, was newly diagnosed with autism and barely able to talk, Quinn’s health insurer refused her request for the intensive treatment he needed. The insurer would cover only six weeks of speech therapy, Quinn recalled. Read more.
Bikers Who Care of Clarksville honored by Autism Speaks (Clarksville, Tenn.)
For the past 30 years Bikers Who Care, located in Clarksville, has supported many charities for the benefit of children. The group has been honored time and again for the work it does. Recently BWC was honored with a statewide award from Autism Speaks of Tennessee. BWC was presented the very first Hero Award for Autism during a ceremony at the Annual Autism Speaks Picnic. The Hero Award for Autism is given to an individual or a group of individuals who makes a difference in someone’s life and/or makes a difference in the autism community as a whole. The recipients were chosen by a panel of Autism Speaks supporters. After reading the entry sent in highlighting all that the Bikers Who Care does for those in the autism community, the panel voted overwhelmingly in support of BWC. Read more.
Awareness first step in managing autism (Nigeria)
Ronke Katagum is the Executive Director of Zamarr Institute. She is also the national president of the Nigerian National Society for Autism. The Zamarr Institute is one of the few centres where children with learning disabilities can get a proper education. As one of the few Nigerian experts on the social disorder that remains a mystery the world over, Katagum spoke to Correspondent, Kemi Yesufu on autism and the challenges of bringing succour to kids as well as families affected by the disorder. Read more.
Parents Cry Foul Over Special Education Transfers (Disability Scoop)
A group of parents is accusing the Philadelphia schools of illegally shuffling kids with disabilities from one school to another. Now, they’re taking their case to federal court. Read more.
Study finds autistic toddlers’ brains out of sync (UK)
Researchers studying autistic toddlers have discovered their brain activity appears to be out of sync at a very early stage — a finding that sheds light on the biology of the condition and may help in earlier diagnosis. Read more.
Autism insurance bill nears final approval (Providence, R.I.)
A measure that would require insurance companies in Rhode Island to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism is nearing final passage. Read more.
A 5-minute screen to diagnose autism (The Clinical Advisor)
A checklist that takes about five minutes for a caregiver to complete can help clinicians identify autism in very young children. The Communication and Symbolic Behavior Scales Developmental Profile Infant-Toddler Checklist is designed to be filled out at the child’s 1-year, well-baby checkup. Read more.
Giant Steps Autism School Forges Relationship With Darien Lions Club (Lisle Patch)
The Lions Club’s motto is “We serve.” So when Darien Lion Steve Hiatt got the call that Giant Steps school in Lisle needed a hand with its auction in February, it was a no brainer. Read more.
Four parents of autistic children sue Philadelphia School District (Philadelphia, Penn.)
Four parents have filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of their autistic children, alleging that the Philadelphia School District is illegally moving the children from school to school based solely on their disability. Read more.
Joplin Tornado Destroys More Than Buildings (Joplin, Mo.)
On May 22, 2011 an EF5 tornado, jokingly referred to in the movie Twister as “the finger of God,” tore through Joplin, Missouri. Almost 30% of the city was destroyed, including one of the two main hospitals. Read more.
Beechwood College Cardiff Art for Autism photo gallery (UK)
Beechwood College, near Cardiff, has launched a national art competition to showcase the creativity of young people with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This entry is from James Bowler, 18., from Bury in Greater Manchester. Read more.
Hamilton Theater welcomes film-goers who have autism (video) (Hamilton, N.Y.)
For a child with a sensory processing disorder, going to the movie theaters can be overwhelming and disorienting. Read more.
RF team earns autism group’s top-fundraiser title (River Falls)
For the past two years, the River Falls-based Cruisin’ for Carter team has earned the title of No. 1 fundraising group of the Walk Now for Autism event, held to benefit the nonprofit organization Autism Speaks of Minnesota. Read more.