Thinking creatively about new opportunities......
.... just published
A HOME AND GOOD LIFE OF MY OWN
functioned as a
housing trust since 1997, its mission to help adults with autism to
live in their own homes with dignity
safety, supported by family and friends--and with self-directed
individualized funding, and infrastructure services as needed. Other families and
organizations are interested in following
the paths pioneered by GSA, so we have compiled this 120-page guide to
various agreements and procedures, with some explanatory text.
resource that is valuable for anyone who is trying to direct their own
person-centred life, and for their families and friends.
GENERAL ADULT AUTISM NEWS
What is autism? Beyond the symptoms and stereotypes
Donna Williams' "definition of autism has evolved through [her] experience as an autism consultant with hundreds of children since 1997 together with [her] own experience as a person assessed as a psychotic infant in 1965 at age 2 and later diagnosed with autism. In [her] view, autism is NOT ONE CONDITION and hence there is no one-size-fits-all approach which will best fit ALL people diagnosed with autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Atomic Structure Of Proteins Altered In Autism
A new study by an international group of scientists describes in atomic detail a protein complex that is affected by genetic mutations implicated in autism spectrum disorders. The research team, including scientists from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SSPPS), details the neuroligin family of proteins, which are encoded by genes known to be mutated in certain patients with autism. Their study will be published in the December 20 issue of Neuron.
Helping Police Officers Understand the Autistic
An autistic boy is discovered standing in the middle of a busy road, on his way to the beach. A young girl with autism outsmarts a number of locks, leaves the house before her mother wakes up and is found, naked but alive, in a neighbor’s pool. At a recent training for police officers here, both cases illustrated the often delicate task of dealing with people who suffer from autism, a devastating neurological disorder that often strikes in childhood and that impairs one’s ability to communicate and to relate to others. People with developmental disabilities, including autism, have up to seven times more contact with law enforcement officers than others....
Autistic adults learn about themselves by acting
A story about the theater workshop organized by the Autism Center at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey together with the College of the Arts at Montclair State University. The nine participants, ages 17 to 39 including two women and seven men with AS or HFA, travel as far as 75 miles each way to get to the weekly sessions. "The individuals who we see in our center are high-functioning, and often brilliant," says the founder. "They have passions and gifts, but they're not able to use them or to take more than a menial job. This could be a path to finding employment, social networks, roadways that would otherwise not be open to them, so then they can get a job in something they're really passionate about."
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Sunday January 6 starting at :
TVOntario repeats special TV-web event on autism (originally on November 18)
The evening begins with an in-depth documentary on the history of the condition and the latest research. Next is a feature-length drama based on a true story of a couple's challenges trying to find help for their autistic child.
The Autism Puzzle – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE on TVO
Filmmaker Saskia Baron brings personal insight to this historical examination of autism. Baron's older brother Timothy was one of the first kids in
After Thomas – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE 9 pm on TVO
Inspired by a true story, this moving film depicts the struggles of a couple to care for and communicate with their autistic child. Keeley Hawes and Ben Miles play the parents of six-year-old Kyle (Andrew Byrne), who can't communicate his fears. His mother Nicola has given up everything to care for her only child, and her fierce determination to break into Kyle's isolated world places an intolerable strain on her marriage. Into this setting comes Thomas, a golden retriever who opens the door to possibilities the family could have never imagined. This show repeats on: Monday, January 7 at 3:59 AM
Click for TVOntario schedule in January 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008, all-day,
with 7 half-day weekly workshops to follow
(Tuesday evenings or Wednesday afternoons)
Compassionate Practices: taking care of ourselves and each other
In Oshawa, led by Felicia Claire Jervis
Click on title for the brochure with full information
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?
Dr. Kevin Stoddart, PhD, RSW
and Young Adults with Asperger Syndrome: Psychosocial Issues and
Youth and Young Adults with Asperger Syndrome: Psychosocial Issues and Interventions
Youth and young adults are increasingly coming to the attention of clinicians for assessment and intervention. This presentation will review the diagnostic criteria as it may relate to affected youth and young adults. Dr Stoddart has extensive experience in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders. His focus for the last 15 years has been individuals with Asperger Syndrome. He is Lecturer in Social Work at U of T and a national speaker on Asperger Syndrome.
is required. Call 905-780-1590 or email:
Workshop to be held at Loyal True Blue & Orange Home @
Cost: $10 for members, $20 for non-members.
NOTE:By registering and participating in this event, you are acknowledging that you may be contacted by Autism
However, participation in these surveys is not mandatory.
Changing the World One Person at a Time: The Canadian Experience
Sponsored by Community Living
Living, Canadian Association for Community Living
April 3 & 4, 2008, in
Autism Awareness Centre Presents Michelle Garcia Winner
Thinking About YOU Thinking About ME and Implementing Social Thinking Concepts
and Vocabulary into Our School and Home Day: A Day to Develop Team Creativity
Contact Victoria Harris for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone Toll Free 1-866-724-2224 or (780) 474-8355 Fax: (780) 477-8350
Register On-Line or download brochure at www.autismawarenesscentre.org
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
Recovery Rising - Meet the Strongest Gathering of Biomedical Presenters
Ever Assembled at an Autism One Conference
Parents.Doctors..Recovering children together
Autism One, a member of the Autism Collaboration (http://www.autism.org), the most experienced collective body of autism organizations worldwide covering all aspects of the spectrum, joins in celebrating the message that "autism is treatable and recovery is possible."
The Autism One 2008 Conference will bring together the most recent research and treatments in the most crucial biomedical areas:
-Toxic burden and detoxification
-Immunological dysregulation and autoimmune activity
-Metabolic profiles, including methylation capacity and transsulfation
International Conference on Diverse Abilities & Innovative Supports 2008
Join us as we explore topics such as:
Dual Diagnosis * Direct Support Worker Issues & Solutions
Supervision & Managment * Clinical Issues
International Best Practices * Self-Advocacy/Independent Living
Autism/Aspergers * Employment * Caregiving
Find out more from http://www.lifelibertyandthepursuitof.com
International Conference 2008 presented by Laurier Centre for Music Therapy Research
Exploring the relationship between music therapy and music education
Music Therapy keynote speaker, Dr Amelia Oldfield of the
Click for full information
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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