29 November 2007

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Please note particularly—this evening:

Secrets to Biomedical Interventions – The Most Common Beneficial Therapies
Free Web Presentation by Kurt Woeller, DO (DAN! physician)
Thursday, November 29 6:00pm (Pacific Standard Time)
6:00pm Los Angeles/Vancouver (PST)  
7:00pm Denver/Calgary (MST) 8:00pm Chicago/Dallas (CST)   
9:00pm New York/Toronto (EST)  
These FREE web conferences will offer an invaluable resource for professionals and parents all over the country who want to find out more about the biomedical treatments for autism, developmental disorders and chronic neurological disorders.  Dr. Woeller’s live web conference will be held on a monthly basis at
6pm (Pacific Standard Time).
After a 60 minute slide presentation by Dr. Woeller, you will have a chance to ask questions on the presentation topic or related topics for 30 minutes. For more information and to register go:




High functioning versus low functioning autism - it's more complex than you think
Column by Donna Williams in The American Chronicle about the wide range of complex ways in which people may experience  autism spectrum disorders.

Hillary Clinton stresses commitment to autism
People with autism would see $700 million a year in spending for more research for cures and services if Hillary Clinton is elected, the Democratic presidential candidate said. Clinton said she would like to see an autism task force, grants for services for adults, teacher training, and a new national assistance center.

Our Assumptions About What Causes Chronic Diseases Could Be Wrong
An excerpt embedded in the article:
"But first, a more fundamental question: Do we even understand what today's chronic diseases are? It is beginning to appear that what we call autism may in fact be many illnesses that we've lumped together because those who are afflicted seem to behave similarly.
"Doctors base their diagnosis on behavioral symptoms, not on what caused those symptoms. Some scientists now refer to the condition as "autisms," acknowledging that we've yet to find a single, unifying biological mechanism, despite the identification, in some studies, of a handful of genes that may confer increased vulnerability."

Adults With Autism: a new frontier
Most programs for people with autism are geared toward children. But as these children age, the issue of how to help adults living with autism becomes much more clear. Maggie Rodriguez reports in this CBS video.


PROTECTING THE VULNERABLE: Who will care when the caregiver goes?
The Star features aging parents in Ontario who are taking care of autistic sons and daughters and fear their own mortality will put their children at risk.

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."




Coordinator Position

Wednesdays 9am – 3:30pm

Orchard Park (Ignatius College), Guelph

Mature, flexible and kind individual needed to assist a small group of adults with autism to work and relax together, encouraging their gifts, their fellowship and their contribution to the Orchard Park community.

The focus has been on gardening and outdoor exploration, particularly during the summer months. In the fall and winter they have volunteered for land and farm tasks, but also welcome indoor forms of work and recreation too. Some gardening experience is an asset but the primary requisite is a sincere desire to help these adults grow and learn and to develop healthy relationships with one another and with the larger community.

Training opportunities will be provided as needed.

Please send resume with references to:
Moira Hollingsworth
Tel: 519-885-2683
Fax # 519-576-5816

Email: rm.hollingsworth@rogers.com


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