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NEWS

The Autism Society Launches New Website
Last week, the Autism Society, the nation's leading grassroots autism organization, launched its new website, www.autism-society.org. The new site will continue to serve as the top “go-to” source for the autism community worldwide while introducing new user experiences such as a blog, seamless interaction with our social media channels, an art gallery and “story spaces” where visitors can share their stories with millions of users each year. Read more...
Support the Miami-Dade and Broward County, Florida, Autism Society Chapters in WalkAbout Autism
The Autism Society of Miami-Dade and Autism Society of Broward County are featured nonprofit organizations that will benefit from the Dan Marino Foundation's “WalkAbout Autism” this weekend. Read more...
The Autism Society Congratulates Clare Danes on Golden Globe Win
The Autism Society congratulates actress Claire Danes on her Golden Globe award for her portrayal of Temple Grandin in the biographic film Temple Grandin. Danes was honored as “Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.” Read more...
Don't Miss the Next Sensory Friendly Film!
Join AMC Theatres and the Autism Society on February 12 for a special showing of Gnomeo & Juliet. We will be showing the movie at 10 a.m. local time in participating theatres nationwide. Don't miss our new location in Schererville, Illinois. For more information or to find a theatre near you, visit Sensory Friendly Films.
Autism Journeys:  Forrest
In Autism Journeys, we ask individuals on the spectrum, professionals and family members of all kinds to share their stories of what they have learned in their journeys with autism. This week, a gifted photographer shares his passion. Read more...
Autism Headlines Weekly
The Autism Society brings you the most important autism news from around the Web. This week, a gifted timpanist rises among peers, a flash mob in West Virginia raises autism awareness and a tragic story about one man's encounter with local police makes news. Read more... 

ADVOCACY

Advocates Up to the Challenge of Renewing the Combating Autism Act
The Combating Autism Act of 2006 (CAA), legislation that sets aside funds for autism research and awareness and established the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee,  will sunset on September 30, 2011. This month, Autism Society Vice President of Public Policy Jeff Sell, along with a panel of policy professionals, said renewing the act this year will be a challenge, but it is a necessary fight for the autism community. Read more...
Advocates Convene in Washington, D.C., to Reform Toxic Chemicals
On Monday, Jan. 24, advocates from across the county came to Washington, D.C., for the forum, "Reforming Toxic Chemical Policy to Protect Public Health: Science & Advocacy Training for Health Organizations." Read more...
National Disabilities Rights Network Finds Exploitation at Work
In a report released earlier this month, the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) found a total failure of the disability service system to provide quality work for people with disabilities. The report focuses on problems with segregated work, sheltered environments and low wages, and highlights a massive breakdown between good federal and state policies and their implementation and oversight. Read more...
Ask Your Representatives to Join CARE
Representatives Doyle and Rep. Smith are once again proud to serve as co-chairs for the Coalition for Autism Research and Education for the 112th Congress. Read more...

RESEARCH

Economist Revolutionizes Mapping of Genetic Pathway for Autism
A son of physicians and an economist by trade, John P. Hussman, Ph.D., may seem like an unlikely lead author on a paper identifying a new genetic pathway in autism research. Read more... 

EDUCATION

Developing and Evaluating Educational Programs for Students with Autism
Recent years have witnessed a marked increase both in the number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and those placed alongside their typically developing peers in general education classrooms. Read more...

CONFERENCES

Autism Society's 2011 Conference to Take Place in Orlando, Florida
The 42nd National Conference will be held in Orlando, Florida, at the Gaylord Palms Hotel and Convention Center July 6-9, 2011. Read more...
27th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities Will be Held in April
The 27th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities will take place April 18-19, 2011, at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. More than 1,000 participants will be a part of this year's conference, whose  theme is "Humanity: Advancing Inclusion, Equality and Diversity." The conference will feature 15 topics and 30 keynote speakers. Read more...

RESOURCES

The Cake Mix Doctor Bakes Gluten-Free
Thirty million Americans are gluten-intolerant or have gluten sensitivity, and must eliminate wheat flour from their diets. The food industry has bullishly taken notice. The number of gluten-free baking products on grocery shelves has increased sevenfold in recent years, and includes cake mixes from Betty Crocker, King Arthur, Whole Foods and others. Read more...
New App for iPhone and iPod Touch Teaches Appropriate Smiling to Children
Smiling can be difficult for many children. Some children – particularly those with autism spectrum disorder – may feel uncomfortable and resist smiling when it is appropriate. They may also smile when it is inappropriate. Smile at Me provides quick repeated practice in interpreting these social cues, and rewards children for practicing appropriate smiling. Read more...
How to Detect Developmental Delay and What to Do Next
If a child is not meeting expected milestones, it can be a source of great anxiety for parents and teachers. This forthright guide offers practical advice on how to recognize the signs of developmental delay, address difficulties effectively and help the child to flourish. Read more...

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