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Autism Society of America Newsletter - 6/4/2009

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2009 Autism Society Award Winners

The Autism Society is pleased to congratulate the 2009 National Award winners, who will be honored at the 2009 Conference, July 22-25, in St. Charles, Ill. Read more …

Autism Society Announces 2009 Conference Keynotes

This year's conference in St. Charles, Ill., July 22-25, will include three exciting keynote panels on the Future of Autism, Public Policy Advances for Autism in America, and the Culture of Autism. Panel participants include some of the top minds in the autism community: Dr. Thomas R. Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health; Pennsylvania State Representative Dennis O'Brien; Dr. Mark Friedlander of Aetna; and author, advocate and individual on the autism spectrum Sondra Williams, among others. For 2009 we are also offering CEUs for BCBA and ASHA, as well as educators and a full-day CME track. Read more …

U.K. Autism Study Finds Prevalence One in 64

A new study by researchers in the United Kingdom finds that the prevalence of autism in that country is much higher than previously thought. The current estimate of autism in the U.K. is one in 100. But the new study, led by Professor Simon Baron-Cohen of the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University, found that for every three diagnosed cases of autism, there are two that are not diagnosed - meaning the true prevalence in the U.K. could be as high as one in 64. Read more …

Don't Miss the Next Sensory Friendly Film!

The next Sensory Friendly Film will be the new Pixar film Up on June 13 at 10 a.m. local time. Be sure to check out our new locations in Buffalo, N.Y.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Newark, N.J.; and Jacksonville, Fla. Find a theatre near you at


Senator Gillibrand Releases New Plan for Autism

The Autism Society applauds Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) for her new three-point plan to make necessary treatments for autism affordable for the families that need them. Read more …

Colorado Governor Signs Bill Requiring Insurance Coverage for Treatment of Autism

A landmark, bi-partisan bill expanding the treatment of autism in Colorado was signed into law on June 2. Senate Bill 244, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Brandon Shaffer (D-Longmont) and State Representative Dianne Primavera (D-Broomfield), will require health insurance providers to cover assessment, diagnosis and treatment of autism, including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), a substantially researched and favored behavioral treatment for autism spectrum disorders. This bill will require health insurance plans to include autism as a covered benefit. Read more …

Insurance Reform Gets One Step Closer in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin state budget now includes a proposal that could mandate certain insurance plans to cover autism treatment for Wisconsin children. The Assembly could take up the entire budget proposal this week. For more information about Wisconsin insurance legislation, visit

News from Congress

Congressional deliberations on health-care reform legislation kicked into high gear this week, and if Congressional plans hold firm, progress on proposed legislation will move quickly throughout June. Also,
Representative Phil Hare (D-IL) has introduced the Positive Behavior for Safe and Effective Schools Act [HR 2597], which champions Positive Behavior Supports and helps schools implement these kinds of programs. Read more …

Other Federal Updates

The Administration on Aging announces Lifespan Respite grants, the Census Bureau releases disability statistics and the American National Standards Institute issues an emergency preparedness report. Read more …


Medication is Ineffective for Repetitive Behaviors, Study Finds

Citalopram (Celexa), a medication commonly prescribed to children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), was no more effective than a placebo at reducing repetitive behaviors, according to a multi-site clinical trial. Read more …

First Neuroimaging Study Examining Motor Execution in Children with Autism

In the first neuroimaging study to examine motor execution in children with autism, researchers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute have uncovered important new insight into the neurological basis of autism. Read more …


Learn to Move, Moving Up! Sensorimotor Elementary-School Activity Themes

Jenny Clark Brack's latest book, Learn to Move, Moving Up! Sensorimotor Elementary-School Activity Themes, is filled with structured sensorimotor activities, ranging from baseball to outer space experiments, designed to support children's sensory needs. The themed lesson plans also include literacy and curriculum suggestions, making it easy for educators and other professionals to implement and fit them into otherwise busy schedules. Read more …


7th Annual Milestones Organization Autism/Asperger's Conference

The 7th Annual Milestones Organization Autism/Asperger's Conference will take place on June 15 at the Executive Caterers at Landerhaven, 6111 Landerhaven Drive, Mayfield Heights, Ohio 44124, at 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. (7:30 a.m. registration). Read more …

Conference on Autism for Parents and Professionals

QSAC (Quality Services for the Autism Community), with funding from the Queens Delegation of the New York City Council, is pleased to present a workshop on autism spectrum disorders. The New York City Council, through the efforts of Councilman David Weprin, created the New York City Autism Initiative in an effort to reach out to parents of newly diagnosed children and the professionals who serve them. Read more …

U.S. Autism and Asperger Association 4th Annual International Conference

The U.S. Autism and Asperger Association (USAAA) 4th Annual Autism and Asperger International Conference will be held July 9-12 at the Westin Los Angeles Airport, Los Angeles, California. Read more …


New Assistive Communication Application for iPhone/iTouch

AssistiveWare recently announced the release of Proloquo2Go™, a new application for iPhone and iPod Touch. Proloquo2Go is an affordable, full-featured communication solution for people who have difficulty speaking. This augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is a portable solution with natural-sounding text-to-speech voices, up-to-date symbols, powerful automatic conjugations, a default vocabulary of over 7,000 items, full expandability and ease of use. Read more …

Boy Alone: A Brother's Memoir

Karl Taro Greenfeld knew from an early age that his little brother, Noah, was not like other children. He couldn't crawl, and he had trouble making eye contact or interacting with his family. As Noah grew older, his differences became even more pronounced—he was unable to communicate verbally, use the toilet or tie his shoes, and despite his angelic demeanor, he often had violent outbursts. Read more …

New Picture Book about Autism and ADHD

Move, Move, Move: Alex's Story, by Terri Swavely, is about the daily struggles of the author's grandson with Asperger's Syndrome and ADHD. Read more …

Sensory Assault Operations Opens Online Store

Sensory Assault Operations has gone live on the World Wide Web with “Gear for Kids on a Sensory Mission.” Parents with kids who have sensory needs alone, or in addition to autism, ADD or ADHD, will find products created by a fellow parent. Featured are their two new products: the Sensory Assault Pack and the Propaganda Pad. Read more …

Amie and the Purple Butterfly

When Cheryl Pillsbury's daughter was diagnosed with autism in 1995, she found herself being a crusader for autism. She recently created a children's series, Amie, about a 5-year-old girl with autism. Readers discover the world by seeing it through her eyes. Read more …

Autism on the Seas

Autism on the Seas is dedicated to servicing the cruising travel needs of families and individuals faced with autism and Asperger Syndrome, and all cognitive, intellectual and developmental disabilities. Read more …

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