Congratulations to Autism Ontario for sponsoring the special TVOntario program about autism on Sunday evening (November 18) repeated Tuesday, November 20.
GENERAL ADULT AUTISM NEWS
The National Autistic Society (UK) has begun a major initiative encouraging people to escape some of the stereotypes about autism, especially in adults. Click on the title to reach the special website. Click on this link to read about a unique new photography exhibition in Manchester, exploring how people with autism view the world.
Autism: What are the ethics of treating disability?
A row about the correct response to the condition – acceptance or treatment – is dividing campaigners and carers. Jeremy Laurance reports in The Independent on a bitter ideological war. Battle has been joined between leading organisations in the autism field and parents of severely autistic children who believe they need help more than mere understanding. They criticize the "Think Differently about Autism" campaign by the National Autistic Society (NAS), to encourage greater understanding. Some of this ideological divergence reflects the wider definition of autism in the past 15 years. Classic autism, the severest kind, is thought to affect 30,000 people in the UK. However, more than 500,000 are said to have autistic spectrum disorders, including Asperger's syndrome.
Lessons From Lefties: Search For Cause Of 'Handedness' Yields Insights Into Genetics, Brain
Plato and Aristotle puzzled over left-handers, as did Charles Darwin. What determines "handedness"? Why are only 10 percent of us left-handed, and why did the ratio seem to change over the last century? Are lefties somehow different — less healthy, more creative? With brain scanning and the latest genetic technology, scientists are finally starting to crack the mysteries. Left-handers really are special, and the ways they differ are yielding insight into human diversity — especially how one person's brain differs from another's. Searches for a left-handed gene, meanwhile, are untangling the roles of "nature and nurture" in shaping our behavior and revealing ever more subtle ways that DNA can influence but not determine who we are.
"Left-handedness is connected to a lot of neurodevelopmental disorders," says Daniel Geschwind, a UCLA expert in what is known as neurobehavioral genetics. People with autism and schizophrenia are more likely to be left-handed, he says. "But with that risk, there is also gain."
Pioneering Supported-Living Scheme for People with Autism Launched in UK
The House of Commons has hosted the launch of The Drive – a pioneering supported-living scheme in Waltham Forest - offering adults with autism their own homes and giving them the opportunity to live more independently within the community.
the supported housing scheme consists of five self-contained units plus a communal lounge and garden. The flats have been custom-designed to accommodate the specific needs of individual tenants, who had previously lived in a care home. Tenants each have an individualised support package designed to help them develop independent living skills and become integrated into the local community
Iain Duncan Smith, MP, said: “Everyone should have the right to live with independence and dignity and giving people with autism increased choice and control through a scheme such as The Drive has to be applauded; I am very proud of its success."
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"Denying Work to Autistic People is Expensive"
The lifetime cost to society of someone with autism could be as high as £4.7 million per person, according to a new British study which calls for more job opportunities for those with the condition. The CEO of the foundation which commissioned the study says: "Children and adolescents with autism often receive adequate support up until school leaving age but are then left stranded with little hope of a meaningful future because they are given little support to enter further education or employment."
Panel trains first-responders in autism encounters
"When first responders and police without training in autism encounter someone with the neurological disorder, the call could end in tragedy...." This article reports a session called "Autism and the First Responders" which provided clues on how to identify signs of the disorder and guidelines on proper responses.
CANADIAN AUTISM NEWS
Collective Voice of the Autism Community in Canada Calls on Government to Take Steps to Establish National Autism Strategy
A growing stakeholder Alliance calls on the Canadian government "to embrace the recommendations of its Senate and to show the leadership we so badly need to address this crisis as other countries have done." It is regretted that "the government [has] declined to take up the Senate's recommendation to lead the way forward in committing to a National ASD Strategy.... in spite of receiving hundreds of hours of testimony from all concerned; well-vetted and honed down by a dedicated committee of Senators."
Read Government of Canada Response to Senate Committee's call for a National Autism Strategy
Read the Canadian Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs report Pay Now or Pay Later: Autism Families in Crisis (English version)
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26 November 2007 for a week and longer....
November 27 from , in
Dinner By You offers a special Open House
to discuss meal packages for those who require meals free from gluten, dairy, corn and/or soy. For more information see the website at www.dinnerbyyou.ca go to ‘select meals and sessions’ and click on ‘special menus’ at the top to see the gluten free menu. Please RSVP to email@example.com
November 28, 2007, 7-9pm, in Waterloo
All About Me: an advocacy seminar/workshop
by Beverly Grant, parent of three special needs children (the youngest with autism)
Click for flyer for more about who will benefit and what you will learn
Please pre-register; $5 fee at the door for materials
Seminar will be offered again on April 23, 2008
Wednesday, November 28, , in
POSITIVE INTERVENTION with Ed Mahony
A Practical Approach to Using Positive Behaviour Supports with Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Individuals with ASD have diverse interests, abilities and passions. But many also deal with anxiety that interferes with their learning and daily life. Anxiety can cause them to melt down or shut down. It doesn't have to be this way.
In this workshop, you'll learn:
& Practical ways to minimize anxiety in individuals with ASD
& Strategies to prevent crisis at home, school or the workplace
About the Speaker: Ed Mahony is Special Education Resource Teacher with the Hamilton Wentworth Catholic School Board. Ed supports students and teachers in the classroom. As Associate Faculty at
Zehrs Upstairs Community Room (Imperial &
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February 8-9, 2008 Edmonton, AB
Autism Awareness Centre Inc. presents
Dr Lucy Jane Miller
PH.D, OTR: Sensory Processing Disorder: How Does It
Affect Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders?
Wednesday & Thursday, April 23-24, 2008
Stages of Autism: Adolescence and Beyond
2nd Biennial Conference
In Hamilton Convention Centre
Click for preliminary information including call for presentations
TAP: The Autism Perspective is Going Green!
OAARSN welcomed the first appearance of TAP nearly three years ago. The magazine previously available only in print and on subscription, is now oing to be online. Click on the title for the announcement, how to get on the distribution list, and reach the current and past issues of TAP.
TAP, The Autism Perspective Magazine, is "founded upon the passionate philosophy that those living with and treating autism spectrum disorders and pervasive development disorders should have a single resource that presents the full perspective of options for therapies, new understanding, treatments, and services. Our goal is to enrich and enhance the lives of those living with autism and give them new sources of hope.
"This world-class publication will bring families balanced, informative, and educational articles from across the US and the world. Within the pages of our magazine, also included are legislative updates, advocacy advice, personal accounts and inspirational stories to encourage and inspire us and make every family feel a little less alone in its struggles, hopes and dreams."
Autism Heroes: Portraits of Families Meeting the Challenge
By Barbara Firestone, Ph.D. Forewords by Teddi Cole and Gary Cole and Catherine Lord, Ph.D.
Photographs by Joe Buissink . Jessica Kingsley Publishers .
Hardback, ISBN: 9781843108375, 240pp, November 2007, £19.99, $34.95
"Few have the combination of compassion, rigorous knowledge, passion for the field, and accomplishments in helping literally thousands of children with autism spectrum disorders as does Barbara Firestone. She is also an extraordinary listener, and a great observer of people, making her perspectives and collection of family stories coupled with Joe Buissink's photography extremely rich, inspiring, and instructive." Michael O'Hanlon, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, Parent of a Child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
Intimate, bold, and inspiring, Dr. Barbara Firestone's Autism Heroes provides a compelling and sensitive account of the experiences of 38 families from different walks of life confronting the challenges of autism spectrum disorders with courage, tenacity and love. With empathy and expertise gained from her three decades of leadership of The Help Group and commitment to children with special needs, Dr. Firestone engages the families in powerful and deeply affecting conversations about their lives. The family narratives are set against the backdrops of her insightful essays about the dignity, hope, opportunity and love that are so fundamentally important to all families living with autism.
The families offer their experiences openly and honestly, sharing their challenges, triumphs, and hopes. Their candor helps demystify and destigmatize autism and embraces other parents just beginning or already on the journey. Their reflections chart the course through the many stages of coping with autism and seeking solutions for their children, and they offer a lifeline of support, insight and encouragement and hope.
Girls Under the Umbrella of Autism Spectrum Disorders: Practical Solutions for Addressing Everyday...
by Dr Lori Ernsperger and Danielle Wendel. Paperback 241 pages, August 2007
Click on title to read review by Maureen Bennie, Director, Autism Awareness Centre Inc.
The Informative Pointing Method
Portia Iversen's new manual on Supported Communication, described as "a joint attention and literacy-based approach to communication for individuals with autism" based on experience with her son portrayed in her book Strange Son (January 2007).
adults with autism is usually negative. We receive many appeals for
where to turn for help--with diagnosis and assessment, advocacy,
the future, alternatives to approaches that are not working. There are
virtually no obvious sources of help for isolated adults with autism
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