NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR ADULTS WITH AUTISM
Haadd: Helping Adults with Autism And Developmental Disabilities
announces new bursaries & grants for residents with autism
in the Greater
Haadd, a family based organization that helps adults with autism to establish meaningful lives and homes in their community, is pleased to announce
The Joseph Umbrico Bursary and Grant Programme
This programme has been developed in honour and memory of Haadd founding member, Joseph Umbrico who was deeply committed to improving the lives of adults with autism and their families.
Haadd welcomes proposals for bursaries from individuals on the autism spectrum for projects that will add to the quality of their lives. Applications will also be accepted from non-autistic individuals for grants to assist in the development of projects designed to provide opportunities for adults on the autism spectrum. These projects may foster the development of interests and skills in areas which may include work, art, social and recreational pursuits.
Details regarding suitable projects, bursary and grant limitations, the selection process, and downloadable applications are available online at http://dante.med.utoronto.ca/haadd/
or may be requested by writing to:
The first grants and bursaries will be awarded in the spring of 2008.
Thinking creatively about new opportunities
for person-centred and self-directed lives.......... just published
A HOME AND GOOD LIFE OF MY OWN
functioned as a
housing trust since 1997, its mission to help adults with "Autistic
live in their own homes with dignity
safety, supported by family and friends--and with self-directed
individualized funding, and infrastructure services as needed.
organizations, concerned with persons who have other special needs, 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
Chromosome flaw likely cause of small proportion of autism cases
Canadian Press version of a very widely carried news story)
Researchers have pinpointed a chromosomal abnormality believed to cause about one per cent of autism cases, a finding that fills in a small but significant piece of the puzzle underlying this increasingly common developmental disorder.
In a study published online Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, scientists from the Autism Consortium report that a tiny slice of chromosome 16 is either deleted or duplicated in about one per cent of those with autism or related disorders. What's noteworthy is that in most cases the chromosomal abnormality was present in those affected by ASD, but not in their parents, suggesting that the deletions or duplications of DNA were not inherited but arose spontaneously.
Read The Globe and Mail version of this story, which describes a Canadian research project as well
U. plans adult autism center
Adults With Autism
A story about Jeremy (20) who was diagnosed with Aspergers at 16. "I am trying to train myself to do things that normal people can do. I am trying to train myself to learn basic social boundaries. Basic social rules, social interactions, like personal space, topics of conversation," he says.
A Leg Up On Life: Adults With Autism Are Getting Help With Life Skills
A story about a new program to offer a comprehensive set of support services to adults with normal intelligence on the autism spectrum. Launched in the New Haven area in July 2006, the program serves 28 people, and state officials hope to receive more money to expand into the Hartford area this year.
His mother taught him to write. Then the world met the person hidden inside the brain
The assumption, once commonly held, was that people at the extreme end of the autism spectrum needed to be locked away, unreachable, unable to perceive, much less communicate meaningfully, express complex or abstract thought or empathize. Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay does. In a notebook, on a word processor or a computer, he writes. He writes his memories and musings, mostly about what it's like to be autistic, and often with a certain playfulness and wit. He writes poetry. He e-mails. He blogs. Tito, now 19, has just published his 3rd book, entitled "How Can I Talk if My Lips Don't Move? Inside My Autistic Mind." The article also explains the Rapid Prompting Method developed by Tito's mother Soma, to help her son focus his mind on what he wants to say.
Josh Harris, autism and the ambition to become a rabbi
Autism can severely restrict an individual's ability to communicate with the outside world, and that poses a big problem when it comes to effectively educating someone with the disability. Josh Harris, a young man with autism from the Orthodox Jewish community in Salford, has learnt this the hard way. But having been classified as what his mother describes as 'mentally retarded', he is now enrolled at a Yeshiva, a Jewish school for advanced religious studies, in his community.
Says Josh: "I want to become a rabbi because I feel mostly sad if religion was not my chosen life. When I complete my training I will begin the grand learning of torah (Jewish Laws) and mitzvot (religious obligations). Faith has affected my approach to autism in that I only see positives. Autism has influenced my training so that I just focus on things I am very capable of doing. Because of autism training it is sometimes harder but also much easier in many ways. It is easier because of my intelligence and memory."
With little official
support, Carol says the community has made up the shortfall in other
ways. "We are relentless in our search for ways to enrich his life and
have learnt to take life a day at a time. We try to give him
unconditional acceptance. We don't always succeed, but we have what to
A new report, think
differently - act positively,
based on a survey of over 2,000 adults from across the UK, reveals that
many damaging misconceptions about autism still remain, with a lack of
public understanding and awareness about what it really means to live
with the disability. Whilst the report found that the public would be
far more willing to engage with people with autism if they understood
more about the condition, there remains a significant gap between these
good intentions and the reality experienced by people living with
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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?
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
Message from Michelle McIntyre, event organizer: "The first Stages of Autism: Adolescence & Beyond Conference attracted 300 parents, educators, service providers and healthcare practitioners from all over Canada and the US. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to attend a unique conference that will provide an open forum for discussion and cover a multitude of topics related to adolescent and adult Autism Spectrum Disorders."Click for links to full conference information
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 of Center for Self-Determination
”Cutting Edge in a City with an Edge”
§ Discussions about meaningful lives, real freedom
§ Community membership, income asset & development
§ Aging with dignity & freedom
§ Recovery in the context of self-determination
§ Families truly supported to best assist in developing self-determined lives
§ International perspectives on these issues as well as discussions of what system change requirements are needed: what works and what interferes
Click for more information
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
Tree Membership Website Provides Information and Support for Parents
Book: Changing the Course of Autism: A Scientific Approach to Medical Treatment
by Bryan Jepson, M.D. with Jane Johnson. Sentient Publications, 2007. 358 pages. ISBN 1591810612
From the National Autism Association: “We're in the midst of a long-overdue shift in our understanding of Autism. What was once seen as a mysterious, incurable mental illness is now being recognized as a medically treatable, whole-body disorder.”
Click for more details
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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