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Autism Society of America Newsletter - December 30, 2009

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U.S. Autism Prevalence Rises to 1 in 110

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released their national autism prevalence report, confirming that the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders in the United States is 1 percent of the population, or one in 110 of children 8 years of age in 2006. Read more …

Start off 2010 by Helping Those with Autism

With just over 24 hours left in 2009, we're asking you to make one last gift in 2009 to the Autism Society. Why? You'll help us get off to a great start in 2010, and you'll get a 2009 tax deduction if you donate before midnight December 31! Your urgently needed year-end gift to the Autism Society will help us promote early autism diagnosis for all children, so they can get appropriate treatments and support. Your gift will also make possible more therapeutic research, and advocacy initiatives to help people of all ages on the autism spectrum. Please make your urgently needed gift today! 

Don't Miss the Next Sensory Friendly Film!

The next Sensory Friendly Film will be Alvin and the Chipmunks 2 on January 9, at 10 a.m. local time in select AMC theatres nationwide. Find a location near you at


Senate Passes Historic Health Insurance Reform

On December 24, the U.S. Senate passed historic health insurance reform legislation in a 60-39 vote. The Autism Society applauds the insurance reform amendments that will increase the availability of behavioral coverage for families affected by ASD across the U.S. Read more …

Registration Open for Day on the Hill 2010

The political spectrum in the United States today directly impacts the autism spectrum, from educational policies to federal funding for key disability programs to Medicaid reform, meaningful insurance reform and other policy initiatives. To ensure that families affected by autism are heard in Washington and beyond, the Autism Society invites autism advocates to attend its “Day on the Hill 2010,” February 24-25, 2010, at the Marriott Key Bridge Hotel, 1401 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA 22209. Read more …

Justice Department to Participate in Community Integration Case in North Carolina

The Justice Department filed a brief as a friend of the court December 23 in Marlo M., et al. v. Cansler, et al., a community integration case in federal court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The government's brief supports the two plaintiffs, individuals with a developmental disability and mental illness, who are seeking to block the state of North Carolina from making major reductions in services offered to them, which could also affect similarly situated people. Read more …


Carnegie Mellon Scientists Discover First Evidence of Brain Rewiring in Children

Carnegie Mellon University scientists Timothy Keller and Marcel Just have uncovered the first evidence that intensive instruction to improve reading skills in young children causes the brain to physically rewire itself, creating new white matter that improves communication within the brain. Read more …


Report on Community College Career Services for Students with Disabilities

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability has released a new report on “Career-Focused Services for Students with Disabilities at Community Colleges.” This case study report examines the efforts of community colleges to function as intermediaries in meeting the local workforce development needs of employers and promoting career opportunities and job attainment for students, including those with disabilities. Read more …


Autism Society National Conference July 7-10, 2010

Plan to join us for the 41st Autism Society National Conference and Exposition at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas, Texas on July 7-10, 2010.  Bringing together the expertise and experiences of family members, professionals and individuals on the spectrum, attendees are able to learn how to more effectively advocate and obtain supports for an individual with ASD. Read more …

Conference on Importance of Families in Autism

Eustacia Cutler, author of A Thorn in My Pocket and mother of Temple Grandin, will be speaking at the Manor Country Club in Rockville, Maryland at the “Perspectives on Autism: The Importance of Family” conference on February 19, 2010. Read more …


New iPhone/iPodTouch Graphical Communication Tool for People with Autism

Spectrum Visions, a Silicon Valley startup to provide technology products and services for autism spectrum community, recently announced that its first iPhone/iPodTouch application Voice4U is now available on Apple's iTunes Store. Read more …

Early Start Denver Model for Young Children with Autism Published

Ten years ago, children were rarely diagnosed with autism before the age of three or four. Today, thanks to growing awareness, it is often detected as early as 18 months. But what is the most effective way to intervene and treat children so young? Now available from Guilford Press, the Early Start Denver Model for Young Children with Autism is a manual for interventions embedded within play-based, relationship-focused routines. Read more …

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