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Autism Society of America Newsletter - December 3, 2010

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NEWS

Twelve Tips for Helping People with Autism and Their Families Have a Happy Holiday
While many happily anticipate the coming holiday season, families of people on the autism spectrum also understand the special challenges that may occur when schedules are disrupted and routines broken. Our hope is that by following these few helpful tips, families may lessen the stress of the holiday season and make it a more enjoyable experience for everyone involved. The following tips were developed with input from the Autism Society, the Indiana Resource Center for Autism, Easter Seals Crossroads, the Sonya Ansari Center for Autism at Logan and the Indiana Autism Leadership Network. Read more…
Give the Gift of Training to the Special Caregivers in Your Life
You always wanted to give the bus driver or respite worker some extra training to thank him or her for caring for your child with autism, but didn't know where to turn. Now, our colleagues at New York Families for Autistic Children have developed a training program specifically designed for people who work with children with autism. These books and DVDs are quick and easy to use, and provide video presentations from professionals like Jim Ball, Ed.D, BCBA-D, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Chairman of the Autism Society Board of Directors. This holiday season, with each purchase you make during the holiday season, NYFAC will donate $25 for each book sold and $10 for each video to help the Autism Society fulfill its mission of improving the lives of all individuals affected by autism. Read more…
Autism Society Urges Congress to Expand Therapy Caps Exceptions Process in Advertisement
Today, the Autism Society was featured in an ad appearing in Roll Call and Politico to warn against allowing the federal government to impose outdated and arbitrary spending limits on rehabilitation treatment. The Autism Society was one of 30 organizations listed on the advertisement. See the advertisement here. Read more...
Please Think of the Autism Society for your End of the Year Holiday Giving

Your gift to the Autism Society will help support autism education, awareness, advocacy, research, and most importantly, enable us to assist families living with autism. Read more: http://www.autism-society.org/donate_home

Don't Miss the Next Sensory Friendly Film!

Join AMC Entertainment and the Autism Society on December 11 for a special showing of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. We will be showing the movie at 10 a.m. local time in participating theatres nationwide. Don't miss our new location in Tallahassee. For more information or to find a theatre near you, visit www.autism-society.org/sensoryfilms.
Autism Journeys: Maggie
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 family's love for each other leads them to spread autism awareness. Read more…
Autism Headlines Weekly

The Autism Society brings you the best autism news from around the Web. This week, MRI scans may speed up detection of autism, a teen with autism living his music dreams and a big settlement for a kindergartner voted out of his class. Read more…

ADVOCACY

United States Congress Sets Priorities for Remainder of “Lame Duck” Session

Congress returned to work this week after a week-long Thanksgiving recess. The duration of the remainder of the “lame duck” session is uncertain, but will likely last two to three weeks. Top priority items likely to be debated are the tax cuts set to expire December 31, the continuation of Fiscal Year 2011 federal funding, the so-called "Doc Fix" to delay major cuts to Medicare physician reimbursements, possible votes on recommendations from the President's deficit reduction commission and legislation on food safety, child nutrition and extending unemployment benefits. Read more…
International Day of Persons with Disabilities to be Held December 3
Special Advisor for International Disability Rights Judy Huemann, in partnership with the U.S. International Council on Disability, is hosting an event at the State Department on December 3. Panel discussions and presentations will address HIV/AIDS and disability, violence against women and girls with disabilities, and the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Read more…
Administration on Developmental Disabilities Seeks Comments on its Proposed Survey
The Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) is conducting an independent evaluation of the effectiveness of the three state developmental disabilities (DD) programs -- the Councils on Developmental Disabilities (DD Councils), the University Centers on Excellence (UCEDDs) and the Protection and Advocacy programs (P&As). Read more…
Government Officials Commemorate 35th Anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a federal law that guarantees free and appropriate education for every child with a disability in the United States. President Barack Obama released a statement about the legislation, which was passed in 1975 and reauthorized in 2004. Read more…
White House Disability Group to Begin Monthly Phone Calls
From the White House Disability Group:
In order to help keep you more informed, we are beginning in December to host monthly calls to update you on various disability issues as well as to introduce you to persons who work on disability issues in the federal government. Read more…

RESEARCH

UC Davis Study Finds Children with Autism Have Mitochondrial Dysfunction, are Less Able to Produce Cellular Energy
Children with autism are far more likely to have deficits in their ability to produce cellular energy than are typically developing children, a new study by researchers at UC Davis has found. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), found that cumulative damage and oxidative stress in mitochondria, the cell's energy producer, could influence both the onset and severity of autism, suggesting a strong link between autism and mitochondrial defects. Read more…

EDUCATION

New Approach Finds Success in Teaching Youth with Autism
As the number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders continues to increase, the one thing that won't change is the need for those children to develop social skills. Statistics show that if these students are able to communicate effectively, they can achieve success in the classroom, and later, in the workplace. Read more…

CONFERENCES

Autism Society's 2011 Conference to Take Place in Orlando, Florida
The call for papers for the 2011 Autism Society National Conference will close on December 22. The 42nd National Conference will be held in Orlando, Florida, at the Gaylord Palms Hotel and Convention Center July 6-9, 2011. The call for papers is for all conference breakout session presentations and poster presentations. Visit www.autism-society.org/conference for more details. Read more...
"Think Autism" at the 18th Annual CARD Conference in Florida
The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) has become the standard instrument for assessing autism and PDD across age, developmental level and language skills. Providing Autism Links & Supports (PALS) is offering a 2-day workshop in conjunction with the statewide annual CARD conference. Read more…

RESOURCES

Autism Book Wins a Gold Award at the 2010 Inaugural World Book Awards
Sandy Howarth, the mother of a 15-year-old boy with autism, is the author of No Matter What. Her child Steven was diagnosed with autism and a severe receptive language disorder at two and a half. The book outlines her first-hand experience with Steven. It has been written to assist and offer support to families, to create awareness of autism and to demonstrate the complexities in brain development. Read more…

DVD Designed to Teach Children on the Autism Spectrum about Emotions
The Transporters is an award-winning DVD designed to teach children on the autism spectrum about emotions. It was developed by Professor Simon Baron-Cohen's team at the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University, UK. Read more...

New Books Out on Autism

Bonnie Kelly, president of A.C.T. Now, Ltd.; Program Director of P.A.T.H Academy for Autism; and President of the Autism Society of Northwest Ohio, recently shared her reviews of two books of interest to the autism community. Read more...

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