AUTISM NEWS, MAINLY ABOUT ADULT ISSUES
Autism - The Past, The Present And The Future, Conference, UK
A major conference on the advances in autism research and practice is to be held on June 12th at Prior's Court, one of the country's leading autistic specialist schools near Newbury.
This year more children will be diagnosed with autism this year than diabetes, cancer, & AIDS combined. Increased awareness and diagnosis have brought a rise in the numbers with autism and today autism is thought to be the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the world with the autistic population in the UK recently estimated at more than 1 in 100.
- Keynote speaker, Professor Sir Michael Rutter, one of the world's most eminent figures in child psychology and psychiatry will give a presentation, entitled "Research into autism: accomplishments, puzzles and challenges"
- Professor Uta Frith, who translated Asperger's original paper, is acclaimed worldwide for her work on developmental cognitive disorders.
- Professor Anthony Bailey, renowned internationally for ground-breaking research into the causes of autism, will outline 'Developments in the neuroscience of autism'
- The Founding Principal of Prior's Court School Robert Hubbard will discuss specialist provision and interventional approaches
- Dame Stephanie Shirley, Founding Patron of Prior's Court and an influential figure in the autism field, will give the opening address.
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Permission To Spend Medicaid Money On Adult Autism
Pennsylvania has become the first state in the nation to receive the federal government's permission to spend Medicaid dollars on services that enable autistic adults to live more independently, Gov. Ed Rendell said Thursday. The state received approval earlier this month for a waiver from existing Medicaid rules to spend $20 million a year in combined state and federal dollars on home and community-based services for autistic adults.
Click here to peruse highlights of presentations at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) in London in May
This annual gathering brings together scientists to report the latest findings on the causes and treatments of autism May 15-17, 2008.
MMR: The debate that won't go away
It seemed the MMR controversy had been resolved, but does new research point to another possible connection between autism and vaccinations? The debate has been reignited in the
Good News In Our DNA: Defects You Can Fix With Vitamins And Minerals
University of California, Berkeley, scientists have found a welcome reason to delve into your genetic heritage: to find the slight genetic flaws that can be fixed with remedies as simple as vitamin or mineral supplements. Research reported in the online early edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) finds that there are many genetic differences that make people's enzymes less efficient than normal, and that simple supplementation with vitamins can often restore some of these deficient enzymes to full working order.
College's autism unit hailed a success
Interface, based at South Tyneside College, was set up last summer to help students with autism improve their communication, problem solving and social skills. Five full-time students (aged at least 16) enrolled on the course, with several others accessing its facilities, and now the unit has proven to be a success.....
Quebec Grandfather builds browser for autistic boy
John LeSieur is in the software business, so he took particular interest when computers seemed mostly useless to his 6-year-old grandson, Zackary. The boy has autism, and the whirlwind of options presented by PCs so confounded him that he threw the mouse in frustration. Mr LeSieur, from Saint Remi, Quebec, tried to find online tools that could guide autistic children around the Web, but he couldn't find anything satisfactory. So he had one built, named it the Zac Browser For Autistic Children in honour of his grandson, and is making it available to anyone for free. (from The Globe and Mail).
Autism: The Musical
A review by Maria Komodore in Greencine Primers.
End of the Spectrum on CBC Radio
One: IDEAS with host Paul Kennedy
CDs of both episodes may be purchased together for a basic price of $18.25, plus shipping and taxes.
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Report of National Autism Research Symposium, November 8-9, 2007
Part of a series of initiatives on autism announced by the federal Minister of Health, Tony Clement, in November 2006, the symposium brought together researchers, health professionals, educators, service providers, family members and persons with autism, as well as community organizations and government representatives. Held under the auspices of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada, its purpose was to inform participants about the current state of knowledge on autism, to further the dissemination of ideas and to assist the research community in planning research.
In accordance with the symposium's goal of information sharing, the event provided an opportunity for a variety of individuals to convey their knowledge and views on a diverse set of issues related to autism. The opening evening, for instance, featured a group of speakers who shared their insights and knowledge on living with the condition - a young man with autism, the parent of a child with autism, and a prominent researcher in the field. The second day of the event offered an opportunity for participants to learn about the state of the science on autism, with presentations by twelve leading Canadian researchers. The symposium also featured break-out discussion sessions, through which all participants were invited to share their thoughts on many different aspects of the condition.
This report provides an account of these informative presentations, and discussions. While research on ASD in children predominated, OAARSN welcomes the inclusion of adult issues in several of the discussions (see Section 3: Dialogue on Issues related to Autism).
AutismConnects has recently developed an interactive Service Map allowing individuals and service providers to find available ASD services and information.
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invites people with ASDs, their families and friends, educators,
therapists, service providers, organizations, researchers, legislators
and volunteers – anyone with an interest in autism and a desire to
improve the health and quality of life of people with ASDs – to become
Another Innovation in the Region of
Thousands of Ontario
Families are supporting an adult at home with a Developmental
May 2007, the Minister of Community and Social Services announced a
budget for Developmental Services. Out of that budget only $9M went to
with developmental disabilities and their families to hire support
enable their child to participation in community life. The remainder of
funding went to the "revitalization of traditional agency
and wages." The Minister promised a "transformation" of
developmental services to enable people with developmental disabilities
more meaningful lives of independence and citizenship. Pouring millions
dollars into the old system and then allowing the largest provider of
in this province ‘the family’ to reach a crisis will not accomplish
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PLAN Institute offers
Weaving the Ties That Bind
Online Training Course for Facilitating Social Support Networks
"Facilitated social support networks are an effective way to address the isolation and loneliness of many people living on the margins of our society. These networks (also known as “circles of friends”) are proven to contribute to the health, safety and well being of individuals who are vulnerable as a result of age, disability or social circumstance."
Click on title for details of availability and to register--for September, October, or November.
April 11 to July 13, 2008
Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto is hosting an exhibit
Out from Under: Disability, History and Things to Remember
organized by the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University
The 13-panel installation premiered in October 2007 at the ten-day Abilities Arts Festival in Toronto.
Learn more on the ROM website
A 60-page catalogue entitled Out from Under: Disability, History and Things to Remember (2008), accompanies the exhibition. Written by the curatorial team and produced by the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University it will be available in soft cover for $30 (plus applicable taxes) at the ROM Museum Store and the Ryerson University Bookstore, 17 Gould Street, Toronto.
June 9, 2008, from at
Haadd (HELPING ADULTS WITH AUTISM AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS) invites you to a meeting with speakers Carol Krause, Consumer Engagement Facilitator for the new Developmental Services Council and Tanya Weber-Kinch, a Senior Program Coordinator of the Developmental Services Branch, Ministry of Community and Social Services.
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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
Sexuality Workshop: “Better to be shocked now, and prepared later.”
Autism Partnership presents THE TALK The one talk on sexuality not to miss for parents and professionals of children and adolescents with developmental disabilities.
GUEST SPEAKER: DR. TRACEE PARKER, PHD
Dr. Parker is a behavioural psychologist who has specialized in Applied Behaviour Analysis for children, adolescents and adults with autism for the past 25 years. Dr. Parker lectures throughout the world and consults to numerous families and agencies. She is particularly known for her extensive expertise in social/sexual education and treatment for adolescents and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.
Cost: $175.00, Earlybird discount deadline extended to
Register: 416-410-7125 EXT 32 OR email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(416) 410-7125 Ext. #27
Elizabeth Bloomfield on Looking Ahead to Adulthood
for the Waterloo County Chapter, Autism Ontario
KidsAbility Centre in the Library at 500 Hallmark Drive, off Davenport Road (from out of town you can use the University Ave or King St exit off the
June 13-14. 2008, in Markham
Autism Ontario's Annual Conference - The Future is Now: Celebrating 35 years of Building Acceptance
June 13-15, 2008
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
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June 16, 2008, all day, in Rexdale (Etobicoke)
Issues of Power and Control that Lead to Violence in Human Services
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June 17, 2008, all day, in Rexdale (Etobicoke)
Exploration of Fundamental Issues of Restraint as a Human Service Technique
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Sunday, 22 June 2008, 2-4pm, in Guelph
June 23-25, 2008
Summer Institute at University of San Diego
Autism: Work With Me, Not On Me
This unique conference brings state-of-the-art ideas from national and international speakers on how to better understand and support individuals who live with autism. Topics will include:
Toronto Summer Inclusion Institute 2008
Hosted by the
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NB: Early Bird Special expires on May 31
Conference on Autism & Asperger's Syndrome
ISAAC 2008 - The 13th Biennial Conference of the
September 4-7, 2008
US Autism & Asperger Association presents
2008 International Conference in San Antonio, Texas
featuring Paul Shattock and Doris Rapp
Conference Theme: Treating Autism as a Medical Disorder:
Bringing Biomedical Treatments and Behavioral & Developmental Therapies Together
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October 22, 23, 24, 2008, in Toronto
Autism 2008 –
The Symposium will provide a cross-section of perspectives on the most recent research and information on evidenced based best practice. All topics of importance to autism intervention will be addressed including bio-medical and neurobiological research,
Click here for program information Along the right hand side are topics; simply scroll through the schedule, and topics specific to adults indicate ‘adults’ in the right hand column, or click on the ‘adults’ topic at the top of the list.
For registration information, visit www.autism.net or contact Eva Finna at email@example.com or 416-504-4500 ext. 208.
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