GENERAL ADULT AUTISM NEWS
Adults with Autism: I exist!
Thinking Differently, the current effort in the UK to draw attention to adults with autism, launches a new phase today.
Click on the link above to explore what it means...
Autism also affects adults.
Most are isolated and ignored.
Think. Act. Transform lives.
A very good article in The Times yesterday is related to the "think differently" campaign, and features a whole village in Yorkshire devoted to young adults with autistic disorder, as part of a complex of other supports. It is a private venture, but each of the 67 "students" there, his or her local authority (municipality) pays an average of over $6000 per week. The values and principles are individualized, and the quality of life seems high. Read Care in the community about "Hesley, a purpose-built, privately run community for young adults with severe autism who have been excreted from the school system at 16..."
Read about The Hesley Group
The level of unemployment among people on the autism spectrum is massive
Donna Williams writes about www.auties.org in The American Chronicle:
"Because of poor social skills, sometimes because of limited communication skills, uneven abilities or other autism related issues, non-autistic people tend to get places at the front of the job queues. Socially, those on the spectrum are often the most socially isolated and have limited social networks to develop their interests and skills. But you don´t have to wait for the services. You can do something in the meantime. You can begin to create opportunities, then refine and develop your ideas...."
Visit Donna's website
Autism Sunday and International Day of Prayer for Autism and Asperger's Syndrome on 10 February
Ivan Corea, head of Autism Awareness Campaign UK, urges churches to speak out on the needs of people with Asperger's Syndrome and autism. There are around 60 million people with autism around the world and over 500,000 people affected in the United Kingdom, say health campaigners.
Autism link to immune system: study
"In another tantalising link between the immune system and autism, researchers at the University of California Davis have found 11 genes, all governing "natural killer" immune cells, that are more active in autistic children than in other youngsters."
Maverick Against the Mendelians
"Using standard inheritance theory, scientists have searched for the genes underlying autism with little success. Michael Wigler thinks he knows why - and how the disorder persists over generations."
Related Press Release by The Geneva Centre
APPEAL FOR HELP
"Can anyone suggest a family doctor or a psychiatrist in the Greater Toronto area? We are looking for someone who is respectful to clients and families, knowledgeable about autism, considers the whole person, and does not prescribe needless drugs."
Do You Have High-Functioning Autism, Asperger’s Disorder, or PDD-NOS?
Are you between the ages of 21-65?
Are your cognitive abilities within the low average to above average range?
Would you be interested in learning more about yourself and how you feel about relationships and sexuality?
If you answered yes to the above questions, you are eligible to participate in a research study being conducted by researchers at the North-Shore-LIJ Center for Autism and the University of New Brunswick.
The purpose of this study is to better understand sexuality and relationships of adults with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). The information collected from the study may increase knowledge of how best to help teens and adults with ASDs experience healthy sexual development.
Participation in this study involves completion of a set of online questionnaires at www.unbstudy.com that will take between 45 minutes and 1¼ hours to complete.
For more information about this project, please contact Shana Nichols, Ph.D., Psychologist at 516-802-8600
or Sandra Byers, Ph.D., Psychologist at 506-458-7697
Fay J. Lindner Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders
North Shore-LIJ Health System
4300 Hempstead Turnpike
Bethpage, NY 11714
creatively about new
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.
Please click on this link for the flyer
Adults with Autism And Developmental Disabilities
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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.
Monday, March 10, , at Kitchener Public Library
John Lord and Peggy Hutchison talk about their book
Pathways to Inclusion: Building a New Story with People and Communities
in the KPL’s Learning for Wellness series
The authors look at how our communities accommodate people with disabilities and discuss how society needs to change so our more vulnerable citizens move towards social inclusion.
Read Ted McCartney's review of this book for OAARSN
Copies of the book will be on sale.
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 email@example.com
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
Thursday April 24, 7 to 9 pm, in Guelph, discussion of
NEW INITIATIVE OFFERED FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM
Spark of Brilliance announces a new initiative for children and their supportive/families allies living with autism and developmental challenges!
KidZCreate will be launched in the spring of 2008! Highly qualified Creative Mentors will be facilitating workshops in creative expression, learning about nature, experiencing music and sounds, working with creative materials, and much more!
Spark of Brilliance along with Trellis and KidsAbility
and will be meeting with families, children and supportive
professionals on Thursday April 24 from 7 to 9 pm at 8 Royal Road to
present our program and generate dialogue that will enable us to
provide the very best in creative programming! Please click on link for
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
Thimerosal in Vaccines and Neuropsychological Outcomes?
This study was undertaken to more thoroughly evaluate exposure to mercury (thimerosal is ethyl mercury) through vaccines in prenatal, perinatal, and infancy periods to determine whether the extent of mercury exposure in vaccines was associated with neuropsychological outcomes. Data were derived from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Vaccine Safety Datalink, a monitoring program in several large health maintenance organizations (HMOs). Four HMOs provided data for the current study....
Overall, the authors detected no pattern of association with thimerosal exposure and developmental outcome. For example, prenatal exposure had a positive association (meaning that higher levels correlated with higher performance) with one measure and a negative association with another, and this only in the combined (male and female) subjects) and separately in males.
Future Direction of Evidence-based Psychopharmacotherapy in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Luke Tsai, M.D. is a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics, and the director of the Developmental Disorders Clinic at the University of Michigan.
It is clear that there is no single best medication to treat a person with ASD....There is an urgent need to establish a mechanism that will be responsible for setting up-to-date evidence-based guidelines or policies for psychopharmacotherapy in ASD populations.
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