SPECIAL NEWS ABOUT RDSP
Click to read observations on the RDSP by John Toft, parent, of the Families Matter Co-op in Ottawa
As we have advised in earlier bulletins, 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 will not disqualify someone from ODSP. 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 announces the launch of the new website www.rdsp.com --the place to go for any information relating to the RDSP, including financial updates, provincial treatments, details and analysis, stories...
Try out the RDSP Calculator.
Canadian Government extends RDSP deadline to March 2009
Canadian Government welcomes national availability of Registered Disability Savings Plans and extends deadline for establishing a plan and applying for the 2008 Grant and Bond.
Read the full article
AUTISM IN THE NEWS
Researchers pulling back the veil on adult autism
A story, with Canadian content, about adults with Asperger's who may have normal or above normal intelligence, but disastrous social skills.
Egyptian Autism Study Published
Anti-myelin–associated glycoprotein positivity was elicited in 62.5% (20/32) of all autistic children, in 50% (9/18) of patients with mild to moderate autism, and in 78.5% (11/14) of those with severe autism. Click for extracts from this paper and the full text of Serum Anti-Myelin-Associated Glycoprotein Antibodies in Egyptian Autistic Children by Gehan Ahmed Mostafa, Zeinab Awad El-Sayed, Manal Mohamed Abd El-Aziz and Mohamed Farouk El-Sayed, in Journal of Child Neurology. This research replicates similar studies by Singh and others in North America.
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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.
· 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 VancouverMarch 11, 2009: Deadline for Call for Papers:
3rd International Conference - October 21 - 25th, 2009.
Come To Your Senses: Creating Supportive Environments to Nurture Sensory Capital Within
Organized by Dr. Nehama Baum and MukiBaum Treatment Centres
Click on this link for more
The Canadian National Autism Foundation hosts
Autism Awareness Day Concert to mark World Autism Awareness Day
at the Studio at
Our featured guests will be Rik Emmett, Sons of the Hammer (Members of Teenage Head & Junk House-Tom Wilson), Victoria Boland and Andrew Rudd (
The CNAF was formed in
Educating the general public and professionals
Providing information and resources to families of children with Autism
Providing funding for Canadian based research and development
Promoting national autism awareness
See website with more details about the concert: http://www.cnaf.net/
Autism Awareness Centre Presents:
April 2nd: Leslie Broun: Essential Elements of Positive Practice;
Dr Peter Gerhardt: Transition Planning for Any Age
April 3rd: Jenny Clark Brack: Ready S.E.T. Go! Sensorimotor Early Childhood/Elementary Themes & ASD
For more information, phone toll free: 1-866-724-2224 or (780) 474-8355 Fax: (780) 477-8350
E-mail: email@example.com or visit our website at www.autismawarenesscentre.org
May 14-15, 2009 Birmingham, UK
Eustacia Cutler: Life Experiences and A View of Autism
Dr Lori Ernsperger: How to Get Children to Eat: Practical Strategies for Addressing Food Aversions and Eating Challenges
Pamela Hirsch: Conversations in AutismClick for conference details and to register...
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