GENERAL AUTISM NEWS, MAINLY ABOUT ADULT ISSUES
What in the World is Autism?
Richard Roy Grinker discusses how culture shapes our understanding of autism. Father of a daughter with autism, now 16, and author of Unstrange Minds: Remapping the World of Autism, he says: “The point I wanted to make with my book is that autism prevalence is a sign of progress for American culture.... [The rising rate of autism] is a sign that we are finally seeing and appreciating a kind of human difference that we once turned away from and that many other cultures still hide away in homes or institutions or denigrate as bizarre." A keynote speaker for the October Applied Autism Research and Intervention Conference, Grinker is currently researching the prevalence of autism in South Korea.
Autism's Social Struggles Due To Disrupted Communication Networks In Brain
"Picking up on innuendo and social cues is a central component of engaging in conversation, but people with autism often struggle to determine another person's intentions in a social interaction. New research from Carnegie Mellon University sheds light on the neural mechanisms that are responsible for such social difficulties in autism, and on the workings of these social brain mechanisms in all of us." The report is available on the website of the journal Social Neuroscience.
Autism centre one step closer
Sergio Cocchia and Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia - who own Vancouver's Century Plaza Hotel and Spa, and have a 13-year-old son with autism - envision an autism research and support centre that could cost up to $34 million to build. "What we hope is that, when you get this diagnosis, there's a place that you can go, where you could access all of the material, the professionals, the treatment plans, and you could prepare yourself for the challenge that's ahead of you," said Sergio Cocchia. For years, the Cocchias have been speaking with Premier Gordon Campbell about the possibility of a centre. Their dream started to materialize in the 2008 throne speech, when the province committed to developing a facility to "provide a residential environment for children with autism and create a national hub for research and a centre for parental supports."
After the speech, Campbell told The Vancouver Sun he asked the Cocchias to put together a proposal and a business plan.
However, other autism advocates in British Columbia disagree that this should be a priority, some saying that if government money is available, it should go toward programs and services rather than a building.
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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."
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Fall 2008, between October 18
and November 29, in Oshawa
Compassion in Action: Open Mind, Open Heart, Skilful Means
an 8-part introductory seminar series in compassionate practices with Felicia Jervis.
THE HEART OF THE MATTER: Some children and adults express themselves through actions that are at times difficult to understand and support safely. These actions may include: occasional withdrawal or aggressive acts towards self, others and property. These actions must be understood not as challenging behaviors that need to be controlled or eliminated, but rather as communicative acts that often speak of the pain of humiliation and rejection, and a yearning to belong....
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August 11-14, 2008: at Durham campus, University of New Hampshire
10th Annual Autism Summer Institute on theme
"Emotion, Behavior, and Belonging"
Three adults who have overcome obstacles related to living with autism spectrum disorders will speak:
-Amanda Baggs, a college student recently featured on CNN who has autism and uses a computer to communicate
-CarolAnn Edscorn, a mother with Asperger Syndrome
-Ros Blackburn, a lecturer from England.
"The goal of the Autism Summer Institute is to provide perspectives which focus on students' strengths in order to improve the quality of education in inclusive settings. Participants will gain skills and knowledge that will help support the full participation of students with ASD in their schools and communities."
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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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Dennis Debbaudt’s "Autism Risk & Safety Management Workshop
Autism Ontario is very pleased to be able to provide the Ottawa and Upper Canada (Cornwall) communities a workshop providing valuable information on Autism Risk & Safety Management by Dennis Debbaudt.
For more information regarding Dennis Debbaudt, visit his website www.autismriskmanag
Sessions at each workshop:
The morning session is for Parents and Care Providers.
The afternoon session dedicated to Law Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, First Response Teams and Criminal Justice Professionals.
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October 3-5, 2008, in Ottawa
Family Alliance Ontario Annual Conference
Engaging Families and Building Bridges
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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,