ONTARIO ADULT AUTISM
RESEARCH AND SUPPORT NETWORK
 NEWS BULLETIN



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Send news, announcements and comments to gbloomfi@uoguelph.ca We welcome news items, announcements of autism events, new information, discussion questions and comments, and accounts of experience.

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Please note that this service is for information and awareness. We cannot endorse or be held responsible for the validity of any information or the value of any therapy or service. Nor do we necessarily agree with opinions that may be expressed.

Visit OAARSN's website and keep in touch through the OAARSN Listserv--send a message requesting to join to gbloomfi@uoguelph.ca


OAARSN NEWS BULLETIN
  29 March 2007


NEWS FROM CANADA'S SENATE

The Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology today released its report Pay Now or Pay Later: Autism Families in Crisis. (Click on title to reach this report in English).

The Committee heard from scores of expert witnesses between November 2006 and February 2007.  Its recommendations include that the federal government:

Together with provinces and territories, establish a comprehensive National ASD Strategy, with all stakeholders (including persons with autism) to be consulted, and also:
a. convene a federal/provincial/territorial conference to examine innovative funding arrangements for financing autism therapy
b. through Health Canada, in consultation with autistic individuals and other stake holders, implement a national public awareness campaign  to enhance knowledge and understanding of ASD
c. provide funding for the creation of an Autism Knowledge Exchange Centre
d. create an Autism Research Network and provide substantial new funding for this through the CIHR
e. work collaboratively with provinces to address human resource issues including training standards
f. in implementing measures of  financial security for children with severe disabilities,  ensure that autism qualifies as an eligible disability
g. study the implications of income splitting for ASD families and report by June 2008
h. through Health Canada, invite autistic individuals to attend  a symposium on ASD that is conducted with a clear set of goals and defined outcomes and based on consensus building.

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GENERAL AUTISM NEWS

Autism: It’s Not Just in the Head
The devastating derangements of autism also show up in the gut and in the immune system. That unexpected discovery is sparking new treatments that target the body in addition to the brain.
This important article by Jill Neimark in DISCOVER Magazine (April 2007) is now available online. Please click on title to read.


Autistic Children May Be Able to Gauge Emotion From Facial Expression
The eyes and mouth may be the facial areas that autistic kids pay the most attention to, British autism researchers report in Child Development (March-April 2007). Their findings counter previous studies showing that autism hampers children's ability to interpret facial expressions.

Aussies develop brain-driven computer game
Unveiled at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco last week, technology company Emotiv's "brain computer interface" helmet has been developed by former Young Australian of the Year and Emotiv president Tan Le and her partner Nam Do. The device picks up facial expressions and emotions of users and displays them on screen. The gaming system is one of a range of brain-operated devices that will become available this year, including computers and wheelchairs.

Huge Momentum After Major Parliamentary Debate On Autism, UK
A landmark debate on autism, held in Westminster Hall on 7th March, was initiated by the British parliamentarian Lee Scott, MP for Ilford North. Parliamentarians of all parties are now calling on the British Government to act decisively on autism in order to help and support adults and children with autism. The Prime Minister has been urged to formulate plans for autism before he leaves office in the summer. 

Asperger's an unseen disorder: Early detection critical to treatment
A story about Ross Wagner, 73, of Ypsilanti, who was diagnosed only four years ago.


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ANNOUNCEMENTS OF EVENTS

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Regional Support Associates
RSA (based in Woodstock) "provides services to adults with a developmental disability. The staff have clinical expertise and training in Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Nursing, Speech Pathology, Behaviour Therapy, and Developmental Services. Services are offered to the individual, their families and agencies supporting them in their community."
Click for RSA Workshop Calendar, January to March 2007
Also check the website for the calendar for the coming year, till March 2008.

Autism One Radio Schedule

A Worldwide, Web-Based Radio Station for the Care, Treatment, and Recovery
of Children with Autism  http://www.autismone.org/radio

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Tuesday, April 3, 2007, 5-8 pm, at St Mary's High School, Kitchener
Community Connections in Waterloo Region
Information for persons with disabilities, families, professionals and caregivers.
Announcement also includes links for online guide to resources.


April 10, 7-9pm, in Guelph
Amy Baskin on Keeping Strong, Sane and Connected
Amy is co-author of More than a Mom: Living a full and balanced life when your child has special needs (2006).

KidsAbility sponsored--at Ignatius-Orchard Park
Attendance free but pre-registration required because of limited seating.
Click on title for full details


April 20-22, 2007, in Alexandria, VA
DAN! Spring 2007 Conference
"DAN!® is known throughout the world as the premier conference (for both parents and clinicians) to come and learn the safest and most effective biomedical interventions for successfully treating autism. DAN!® provides a decision making framework for addressing biomedical issues presented by individuals with autism. DAN!® brings the most credible speakers on the subject of treating autism to the podium."



April 25, at 7pm, in Kitchener

Magnificent Moms: Amy Baskin on Keeping Strong, Sane and Connected
Kitchener Public Library
Please click on title for more


May 10, in London Ontario
Autism Ontario London Chapter presents
Temple Grandin at Centennial Hall, London
Click on link to reach information about admission prices.

May 23 – 27, 2007, Sheraton Centre Toronto

2nd International Come To Your Senses Conference

Opening the Sensory World to Children & Adults with Complex Disabilities

By MukiBaum Treatment Centres

Registration is now at http://www.sensoryconference.ca/ and you can take advantage of Early Bird rates.  There will be opportunities for you and your organization to exhibit, become a sponsor of the event and participate in a number of activities throughout the conference.



June 15 & 16, 2007

2007 Autism Spectrum Disorders Conference
Acceptance and Opportunities: See the Potential

A conference that will explore best practices and approaches for increasing quality of life, opportunities and independence. Save the Date! Friday, June 15 & Saturday, June 16, 2007 Toronto, Ontario
Member and Early Bird Registration discounts are available.
Keep an eye on www.autismontario.com for more information to be released in the coming months.


31 August, 1 & 2 September 2007, in Oslo, Norway
‘A WORLD OF POSSIBILITIES’
8th International Congress Autism Europe
Abstract submission, registration and further Congress information:
http://www.autismcongressoslo.org

E-mail: president@autismeurope.org
Do not miss this opportunity to contribute to take part in ‘a World of Possibilities’ for people with autism and their families, view the 4th International Art Exhibition of Persons with Autism, and to visit Oslo and its charming surroundings.

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OAARSN offers information and communication tools that can put you in touch with others. We can all benefit from the opportunities for mutual support, encouragement and information sharing. We hope that OAARSN's efforts to promote positive approaches and best practices in supporting adults with autism can help all who live and work on the front lines. Click on OAARSN's main page

This web-based bulletin is best read in Mozilla Firefox or Netscape. You may download Mozilla free from www.mozilla.org

See our archive of past OAARSN news bulletins.
Read about why OAARSN was started and the tasks still ahead


You may be interested in our Creative Supports Bulletins which carry news about disabilities and special abilities and creative strategies more generally. See for example:  http://www.ont-autism.uoguelph.ca/CS-20060720.html

Send news, announcements and comments to gbloomfi@uoguelph.ca We welcome news items, announcements of autism events, new information, discussion questions and comments, and accounts of experience.

Please send submissions for this news bulletin or for the OAARSN Calendar and Bulletin Board in plain text format by email to
ebloomfi@uoguelph.ca with "announcement" at the beginning of the subject line.

Please provide details of announcements as BRIEFLY as possible: 
 Name of Event
 Main Speakers and Topics of Event 
 Date of Event 
 City and Location of Event
 Contact information to learn more about event
 URL Link for more information/registration 

 Please Do Not Send Files Or Brochure Attachments if you have an online version to which you can provide a link.

Please note that this service is for information and awareness. We cannot endorse or be held responsible for the validity of any information or the value of any therapy or service. Nor do we necessarily agree with opinions that may be expressed.

Visit OAARSN's website and keep in touch through the OAARSN Listserv--send a message requesting to join to gbloomfi@uoguelph.ca

Please send news, announcements of autism events, new information,
discussion questions and comments, and accounts of experience to
gbloomfi@uoguelph.ca

Gerald & Elizabeth Bloomfield




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