GOOD NEWS IN ONTARIO
The Ontario government has announced that it will change the Ontario Disability Support Program to ensure that both Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) assets and withdrawals are fully exempt!
Read the Government press release
Bulletin from PLAN, which spearheaded this form of savings for families with a son or daughter with a disability:
December 1, the RDSP Becomes Official!
The Registered Disability Savings Plan is now an official Canadian Registered Plan and can be issued by financial institutions across Canada. The RDSP promises to be a life-changing future planning tool for hundreds of thousands of Canadians with a disability, and we are excited that this has become a reality. We see the RDSP as an opportunity for families and individuals across Canada to greatly increase their future financial security and quality of life.
PLAN is also excited to announce the launch of our new website www.rdsp.com. This website is the go-to website for any information relating to the RDSP, including financial updates, provincial treatments, details and analysis, stories...
AUTISM NEWS, MAINLY ABOUT ADULT ISSUES
Landmark Study: Autism
Howlett said mGluRs had already been targeted in possible treatments for schizophrenia, epilepsy and other “excitability” diseases, so it’s not a stretch to think his research could lead to even more strategies in treating neurological ailments. “Actually, all of the molecules involved in our model have been implicated in one way or another with neurological diseases, but no one has been able to link them together into a coherent explanation of the diseases,” he said. “Our model provides a novel framework that could really go a long way toward doing that.” Link to the paper:
action has been called for by the NAS,
which found that 148 out of the 149 local authorities surveyed had no
assessing how many people in their jurisdiction suffered from the
only 27 per cent said they were planning to address this issue.
per cent had failed to follow Department of Health recommendations to
set up a
specific team or post to take responsibility for autism. The NAS said:
"All schools have to record the number of children with autism and we
to see local authorities pass that information onto adult services, so
can be planned for those children in adulthood. "Earlier this month,
NAS called on government to factor the needs of 300,000 working-age
sufferers into new welfare legislation.
Ambitious plan would create site for adults with autism at Dubuque property
A good story from
Unique Challenges Face Adults With Autism And Their Parents
Includes a good story of the "Ausome Social Group for Teens and Young People" started in 1997 in Madison, Wisconsin, with just four teens, including Matt, with autism. It has since grown to nearly 150 members with ages ranging from 12 to 30.The group meets the first Saturday of every month, and parents say it's one of the few places they feel at home.
Researchers say brain waves are window into autism language woes
"Unique brain wave patterns, spotted for the first time in autistic children, may help explain why they have so much trouble communicating. Using an imaging helmet that resembles a big salon hair dryer, researchers discovered what they believe are "signatures of autism" that show a delay in processing individual sounds. That delay is only a fraction of a second, but when it's for every sound, the lag time can cascade into a major obstacle in speaking and understanding people, the researchers said. Imagine if it took a tiny bit longer than normal to understand each syllable. By the end of a whole sentence, you'd be pretty confused."
Adult brain neurons can remodel connections
Overturning a century of prevailing thought, scientists are finding that neurons in the adult brain can remodel their connections. In work reported in the Nov. 24 online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Elly Nedivi, associate professor of neurobiology at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, and colleagues found that a type of neuron implicated in autism spectrum disorders remodels itself in a strip of brain tissue only as thick as four sheets of tissue paper at the upper border of cortical layer 2.
"This work is particularly exciting because it sheds new light on the potential flexibility of cerebral cortex circuitry and architecture in higher-level brain regions that contribute to perception and cognition," said Nedivi, who is also affiliated with MIT's departments of brain and cognitive sciences and biology. "Our goal is to extract clues regarding the contribution of structural remodeling to long-term adult brain plasticity -- the brain's ability to change in response to input from the environment -- and what allows or limits this plasticity."
Two articles suggesting "disturbance of mitochondrial energy production as an underlying pathophysiological mechanism in a subset of individuals with autism."
Mitochondrial Disease in Autism Spectrum Disorder Patients: A Cohort Analysis
Hannah Poling Autism-Vaccine Case: Mitochondrial Dysfunction for ME/CFS-Labelled Patients
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a multidimensional approach - research and practice
For researchers, parents, professionals, people with autism, and others with an interest in autism and related disorders. Meeting of Minds is a concept which brings different mindsets together. The 2009 conference centres on issues in areas such as the medical, the educational/psychological and quality of life
will build on the phenomenal success of the 2007
International Conference "Meeting of Minds 2" that brought
together professionals, families, carers and people with ASD from
the world. The first
Meeting of Minds conference on autism and related disorders
was held in
· Lorna Wing, Dr., NAS Lorna Wing Centre for Autism
·Judith Gould, Director, NAS Lorna Wing Centre for Autism
Elkhonon Goldberg, Professor,
Christopher Gillberg, Professor,
Gary Mesibov, Professor,
Rita Jordan, Professor,
Mohammad Ghaziuddin, Associate Professor,
Per Hove Thomsen, Professor,
·Maria Råstam, Associate Professor,
·Richard Mills, Research Director, Research Autism/National Autistic Society
Olga Bogdashina, Visiting lecturer,
Eva Billstedt, Dr.,
Holger Kallehauge, Retired High Court
Disabled Peoples Organisations
·Kjeld Høgsbro, Professor,
Further details on the conference, including the full programme can be accessed via the website www.meetingofminds.dk where online booking is now available.
February 26-March 1, 2009, in Vancouver_____________________________________________________________________
Autistic Son Reveals Family Shame and Strength
Movie review of "The Black Balloon" by Stephen Holden in The New York Times.
Would you be able to cope? That is the unspoken challenge laid down by “The Black Balloon,” a harrowing, unsentimental portrait of a middle-class Australian family whose oldest son has severe autism compounded by attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Would you find in yourself the seemingly infinite reserves of love and patience possessed by the Mollisons, the movie’s itinerant, highly stressed army family who have just moved to the suburbs of Sydney? Maybe not. "The Black Balloon,” directed by Elissa Down, was inspired by her experiences growing up in a household with two autistic brothers.....
Girls Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum: What Parents and Professionals Should Know About the Pre-Teen and Teenage Years by Shana Nichols with Gina Marie Moravcik and Samara Pulver Tetenbaum.
Growing up isn't easy, and the trials and tribulations of being a teenager can be particularly confusing for girls with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). This book covers all the concerns commonly faced by girls with ASDs and their parents, from periods and puberty to worries over friendships and "fitting in".
Shana Nichols is a Canadian-born psychologist and the
Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-84310-855-9, 234mm x 156mm / 9.25in x 6in, 256pp, November 2008, £13.99, $19.95
New Book Weaves Rich Fabric of Stories about Hope, Difficulty, Determination"
Teresa Finnegan, Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Tel: (215) 922-1161; Fax: (215) 922-1474; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Autism Myths: How Things Got So Bad
Described as "a very simple website. It discusses in detail the myths that have come to be associated with the causes and treatment of autism. The site is run and owned by Kevin Leitch, father to a severely autistic child living in the UK." Includes:
Understanding Autism through Rapid Prompting Method by Soma Mukhopadhyay, 296 pages, Publisher: Outskirts Press (October 20, 2008), ISBN-10: 1432729284,ISBN-13: 978-1432729288
Read more about the book
Visit Soma's HALO website
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