4 April 2009

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Autism Society Canada Proposes
Canadian Charter of Rights for Persons with Autism

World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) was on 2 April this year, and April is often celebrated as Autism Awareness Month. The Board of Directors of Autism Society Canada has proposed a Canadian Charter of Rights for Persons with Autism [PDF]. ASC's ultimate goal is to one day adopt the Canadian Charter recognizing the inherent rights of all Canadians living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

The charter is inspired by a European Charter presented at the 4th Autism-Europe Conference in 1992 which was adopted as a written declaration by European Parliament in 1996. It also references the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1990) as well as the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006). ASC is proud to present a Canadian version based on the belief that individuals living with an ASD should share the same rights and privileges enjoyed by all citizens of Canada with appropriate consideration to the best interests of the person with autism.

Please read the charter and share it with others.

Special invitation from Autism Ontario and Ontario Partnership for Adults with Aspergers and Autism
Adults with ASD – What’s going on at Autism Ontario?
Ontario may have approximately 50,000 adults with ASD based on the prevalence rate of 1:150. How many adults and their families are familiar with current programs offered by the Ontario Government? With the work of Autism Ontario and the Ontario Partnership for Adults with Aspergers and Autism? Have you read Autism Ontario’s  the Forgotten Ontario Adults with Autism and Adults with Aspergers? Do you feel you are all alone trying to cope with such a complex problem?  Would you like support? Do you know what community supports and services are available in your community? Do you know of someone with an adult with ASD living with “aging parents? Are they members of Autism Ontario?
Autism Ontario invites you to a teleconference meeting on ADULT ISSUES.
Date: Monday, April 6  Time : 7–8 pm
Find out what Autism Ontario is doing for adults with ASD. Members of the Adult Working Group will be on the line to field your questions, concerns and issues, and will provide answers and suggestions.
To register and receive the call-in information, please email karyn@autismontario.com with “April 6 Teleconference” as your subject line. The call will be open to the first 20 people who register.
Howard Weinroth and Patricia Gallin, Co-Chairs
Ontario Partnership for Adults with Aspergers and Autism

Still Overlooking Autistic Adults

by Linda H. Davis Saturday, April 4, 2009; Page A15 Washington Post
Essay by parents of a 22 year old son with autism, who are also founders and leaders of the nonprofit SAGE Crossing Foundation, formed to create a farmstead for autistic adults. They conclude: "In 15 years, the cost of care just for the autistic children entering adulthood over that time will be about equal to the current state budget of Tennessee. Meanwhile, services are dangerously strained, and the influx of autistic adults is underway. This country urgently needs to focus on adult autism, new models of care and new sources of funding. Before the looming tidal wave delivers another crushing blow to our economy, we should have a national discussion. It should begin today."

AHEADD.org to Celebrate First National Adult Autism Awareness Day on April 18
with Education, Employment, and Legislation Panels
AHEADD.org, the first and only private program in the United States to provide support for students with autism and Asperger's Syndrome in college, today announced a series of expert panel discussions to commemorate the first annual celebration of Adult Autism Awareness Day on April 18. "The goal is to create awareness of our Adult Autism Community, demonstrate the importance of transition planning, promote inclusiveness through education, and improve social and employment outcomes for adults with autism." Visit website at www.aheadd.org

New Theory Of Autism Suggests Symptoms Or Disorder May Be Reversible
"Scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have proposed a sweeping new theory of autism that suggests that the brains of people with autism are structurally normal but dysregulated, meaning symptoms of the disorder might be reversible.
"The central tenet of the theory, published in the March issue of Brain Research Reviews, is that autism is a developmental disorder caused by impaired regulation of the locus coeruleus, a bundle of neurons in the brain stem that processes sensory signals from all areas of the body.
"The new theory stems from decades of anecdotal observations that some autistic children seem to improve when they have a fever, only to regress when the fever ebbs. A 2007 study in the journal Pediatrics took a more rigorous look at fever and autism, observing autistic children during and after fever episodes and comparing their behavior with autistic children who didn't have fevers. This study documented that autistic children experience behavior changes during fever."

Autism Skews Developing Brain With Synchronous Motion And Sound
Individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) tend to stare at people's mouths rather than their eyes. Now, an NIH-funded study in 2-year-olds with the social deficit disorder suggests why they might find mouths so attractive: lip-sync—the exact match of lip motion and speech sound. Such audiovisual synchrony preoccupied toddlers who have autism, while their unaffected peers focused on socially meaningful movements of the human body, such as gestures and facial expressions.


Focus on OAR Research: Building Joint Attention in Children Who Use Communication Devices

Two words sum up the ultimate goal of the OAR-funded research project that Mary Jane Weiss, Ph.D., and Ivy Feldman, Ph.D., are conducting: practical relevance. “I hope that we can identify an effective way to build joint attention in children who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices. More important, I hope that we can transfer those skills across environments and to the significant people in their lives so that they can be used in the classroom, at home, or wherever they are,” explains Dr. Weiss. 

While many studies have looked at using augmentative devices to make requests, not many have been done to examine the use of the devices for social uses, such as with family members in the home, says Dr. Feldman.



Difficulties in communication of some sort are regarded as a central impairment in Autism Spectrum Disorders. People who cannot use their voices to speak are often written off as lacking intelligence or human feelings. They are seldom assessed with the presumption of competence or given opportunities to learn to read and express themselves reliably.

Experiences in developing Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) methods for people with neurological and movement disorders have shown that people with Autism can also use these. Each person needs communication allies and assistants who support them physically in whatever ways are necessary. Significant people who support and share their lives must listen deeply and uphold their rights to express themselves.

New opportunities for people with disabilities to plan their own lives and direct their own supports call for greater awareness of how this can be done.

A Focus on Communication is timely, even overdue, and will be included in the OAARSN Bulletin.
Here are some news items illustrating the potential, so far mainly from outside Canada.

Everyone Communicates! The Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Resource
"As our name indicates, we believe that everyone communicates, in one way or another. We also believe that communication is a basic need in life. When an individual does not have fluent, natural speech, it is urgent that other methods of communication, often called augmentative or alternative communication (AAC), be explored exhaustively.
Being unable to speak does not mean that an individual does not understand, cannot learn to communicate, or cannot think and reason. It only means that the person has a barrier to communication. With access to a variety of methods, and with creative, attentive, and dedicated people providing support, people with communication impairments caused by a wide range of disabilities can work to develop effective communication."

Tell your story and teach the world

about the importance of communication and
the need for better listening and understanding among all people!

Writing Contest for People who Use AAC....
"Many Methods, One Goal: To Communicate”
sponsored by the AAC Awareness Task Force for ISAAC (International Society for AAC)
People who use AAC are encouraged to write stories, poems, or essays--or submit narrated slide shows or video--to describe all the many ways in which they communicate. effectively - at any time, in any place, with any person, and about any topic.
Link for information on the contest, including a downloadable flyer.

Last year over 100 stories were submitted from 14 countries around the world.
All entries will be posted on the website in early August for the world to share.
The goal is to encourage writing activities and literacy instruction for all people who use
AAC and to highlight the importance of literacy in improving communication. Many people who use AAC to communicate receive little or no literacy instruction. The AAC Task Force is working to change that. ". . . we see literacy as a powerful force in people's lives--a solace in times of trouble, a means for reflection and communication, a source of comfort and help, and a lever for personal and social change." Paula Kluth and Kelly Chandler-Olcott in A Land We Can Share: Teaching Literacy to Students with Autism

New documentary that is nearly ready for distribution
“A New Kind of Listening" is about Chris Mueller-Medlicott, a young man who used FC from the age of 15 until his death at age 21. He co-wrote and performed in a theatrical production called The Song that Greens the Earth, which was performed in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2005. 
"The story of a visionary director, a one-of-a-kind theater group, and a young man who could not speak, yet found the voice he had been looking for all his life... Laura, Chris and Eve are cast members who can't talk because of their physical and neurological disabilities, and have therefore been labeled mentally retarded. They have learned to type using the innovative technique of facilitated communication. With their mobile keyboards they contribute rich dialogue, lilting poetry and deeply insightful commentary on their lives and on the theater work in progress. . . . A New Kind of Listening weaves together deep feeling, playfulness, vulnerability, and unexpected loss into a joyful, painful celebration of our connection to each other. The result is a groundbreaking film that will change your beliefs about intelligence, disability, and what it takes to be heard."
See website with more information  The website also has a videoclip

Review - Autism and the Myth of the Person Alone
by Douglas Biklen NYU Press, 2005. Review by Sue Bond Jan 23rd 2007 (Volume 11, Issue 4) Link for review

The co-authors of Autism and the Myth of the Person Alone are not academics nor clinicians, but seven people labeled as autistic who provide the core of this book.  Together with Douglas Biklen, they have produced an immensely readable, well-written, enlightening and humane text.

Biklen gives an overview of how autism has traditionally been defined as a 'triad of deficits' affecting social interaction, communication and imagination. He notes the two ways of viewing autism, as a static condition ('autism-in-the-person') or as a 'set of qualities among many where the experience of the person can be understood only as being located and negotiated in complex social-cultural contexts'. This book and its contributors take the latter viewpoint.

The contributors to this book provide the reader with ideas about what it is like to live with autism. They show that there is a disjunct between how they might appear to others, and what is going on inside their heads, between action and intent. Such a disjunct, as Biklen discusses, has lead to people with autism being assumed to be mentally retarded, even though no physical evidence for this has been found.

Many of the contributors provide startling examples of this disconnect, including Lucy Blackman. She is a young woman who 'barely speaks', but types fluently as her major means of communication. She describes herself as having come late to language, 'about twelve years too late', but who completed high school and went on to study literature at university, and has written a memoir. An incident is described where she was standing at a pedestrian crossing with an older woman next to her:

"I assume she was concerned at my odd movements. She asked me if I were all right. Confused by the fact that she expected me to respond, I started running in a little circle"... A half hour later, Blackman was still making her circles and the "would-be benefactor was standing aghast"...Her movements were social overtures, attempts to engage, but they were so outside the normate notion of how to connect socially that it would have been hard for any passerby to realize her intentions. (56)

Blackman goes on to make the comment that "[t]he strange thing was that I could see the ridiculous and comic scenario in my mind's eye, but I could not alter the behavior", which makes it perfectly clear how aware she is of her behavior, and how different it is from her thinking and what she actually wants to do.

Sue Rubin writes of her literal-mindedness, fascination with certain objects, and the echolalia that really annoys her. She needs others to break the circuit of it by telling her to stop. She also makes a point about being aloof: 'Some perceive autistic people to be rude and antisocial, I view it as being true to one's self....When I don't want to be around others I won't place myself in their existence, I will stay away.' (104) She believes 'not all communication is best served through speech', and that we should all 'look beyond the obvious'. Although she may not look at others when they are talking, 'I am always listening and I always understand'.

It is finding a means to communicate that has changed the lives of people with autism. Richard Attfield describes how being able to finally communicate by typing was exhilarating. Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay, aged thirteen at the time of the interview in this book, speaks softly and slowly, with his mother by his side; when he writes, he needs her by him to 'provide an environment' that enables him to concentrate. He wrote a book about autism when he was eleven. 

What comes through in the stories of each of the contributors is their persistence, imagination, struggle with ignorance and misunderstanding, their humor and intelligence. They are not necessarily antisocial: Richard Attfield gains great pleasure in the social interaction gleaned from his public presentations, for example. The important role of carers, and of assistants in everyday living, become clear. Lucy Blackman writes that her mother 'socializes for two', acts as her personal facilitator in interactions with others, as Blackman provides the words on the screen.  What Biklen starts with in his book is the premise that autistic people are 'thinking people with ideas about their lives and their relationship to the world', which he calls a 'presumption of competence'. This valuable book shows the importance of this presumption, and its application.

See below for announcement of the 2009 Summer Institute at Syracuse University in July.



Please send submissions for this news bulletin or for the OAARSN Calendar and Bulletin Board in plain text format by email to ebloomfi@uoguelph.ca with "announcement" at the beginning of the subject line.
Please provide details of the following as BRIEFLY as possible: 
Name of Event
 Main Speakers and Topics of Event 
 Date of Event 
 City and Location of Event
 Contact information to learn more about event
 URL Link for more information/registration 

 Please Do Not Send Files Or Brochure Attachments

Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: St. Mary's Catholic High School, Kitchener ON
Information for Persons with Disabilities, their Families, Caregivers, and Professionals within Waterloo Region 
Highlights of the evening include:
Advocacy and Supports
Financial Assistance
Personal Care and In-Home Supports
Respite and Residential Programs
Work, Day Programs, and Volunteer Supports

Visit the
Access Waterloo Region website

April 8, 2009

Great Plains Laboratories Webinar
Common Medications Used as Biomedical Therapy in Autism:
What are They, How Are They Used, etc.
Link for details

April 14, 7-9pm, at Guelph Kidsability location
All About Me: An Advocacy Seminar / Workshop
presented by Beverly Grant
If your child has any kind of special need, you will benefit from this seminar.
You will learn how to:
Construct a 2 - 3 page resource document describing your child
Illustrate your child's personality, dislikes and interests
Highlight your child's strengths, weaknesses and gifts
Summarize your child's needs
Describe your child's useful and doable strategies
Find out where and who needs to have this document
Learn why this is so important in regards to education and services
Hear useful tips and suggestions on the construction of your document
Find out what other parents and professionals have said
Hear concrete and clear examples
Have personal support if needed to organize and develop your own document
To register for this Seminar /Workshop please reserve your spot by calling 519-744-4410 or emailing beverlygrant@rogers.com $5.00 material fee payable at the door

April 22, 2009
, all day, in London
A one-day workshop with Martha Leary:
Creative Strategies & Accommodations to help People with Autism and other Neurological Challenges to Grow in Learning, Communicating, Participating and Relationships.
Click for a poster with more information


April 21-25, in
Associated with the Leary workshop is Dreaming on the Artful Side of the Brain,
a collaborative exhibit of art works by people who have autism etc
Click for announcement and how to apply to submit a piece of art.

April 28,
7-9pm, at Waterloo Kidsability location
All About Me: An Advocacy Seminar / Workshop
presented by Beverly Grant
If your child has any kind of special need, you will benefit from this seminar.
(For more about what you will learn, see under the Guelph event on April 14, above)
To register for this Seminar /Workshop please reserve your spot by calling 519-744-4410 or emailing beverlygrant@rogers.com $5.00 material fee payable at the door

April 29 - May 2, London, ON

CASLPA 34th Annual Conference
The Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA) presents their annual conference. This year the conference theme is "London Bridges - Truly Canadian." The program is designed to highlight the natural bridging and shared focus on communication in the practices of audiology and speech-language pathology. For more information visit www.caslpa.ca/english/events/conference.asp

May 1 - 3, St. Victoire De Sorel, QC

Liaison Cheval (Horse Connection) CanTRA National Conference
The Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA) is bringing together experts from a diversity of fields and countries for their 2009 Conference. This conference will provide valuable tools for excellence in a challenging field. Dr. Jeanette Holden Professor of Autism Research at Queen's University, is the keynote speaker. For more information and registration details visit http://www.cantra.ca/ or contact the CanTRA office, phone: 519-767-0700 or by Email:ctra@golden.net

3-5 May 2009, in Winston-Salem NC
International Conference on Self-Determination
with Pre-conference workshops as well
DON'T MISS this opportunity to learn from nationally and internationally known speakers what
Self-Determination across disability really is, how it works, how it is implemented, and what it means to individuals!

Click for full details

May 7, 14, 21, in
Families for a Secure Future presents
Three Thursday workshops facilitated by Judith McGill
The Power of Support Circles
Our relationships shape who we are and give us a deep sense of something bigger.
Click for full information and how to register

May 8, Waterloo, ON

5th Annual Learning Disabilities Conference
Presented by Webster Educational Services and Learning Outside the Box

"What the Eye Doesn't See: Understanding and Managing Behavioural and Emotional Issues in Students with Learning Differences" with Dr. Maggie Mamen Ph.D. Award Winning Clinical Psychologist and Best-Selling Author. For conference details and online registration please visit http://www.learningoutsidethebox.ca/

May 14-15, 2009 Birmingham, UK

Autism Awareness Centre Conference
Lori Ernsperger: Girls Under the Umbrella of ASD

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 Autism

Click for conference details and to register

June 13, in Guelph, 10-3pm
Families for a Secure Future invites you to
Join other siblings in a Sunday of sharing and being together
Adult siblings of individuals with developmental disabilities rarely take the time to come together and reflect on what the experience has meant to them.
Facilitated by Judith McGill who is herself a sibling
Click for full information and how to register

June 14, in
Oshawa, 10-3pm
Families for a Secure Future invites you to
Join other siblings in a Sunday of sharing and being together
Adult siblings of individuals with developmental disabilities rarely take the time to come together and reflect on what the experience has meant to them.
Facilitated by Judith McGill who is herself a sibling
Click for full information and how to register

July 13-16, 2009
at Syracuse University
Summer Symposium on Facilitated Communication
Announced by The Facilitated Communication Institute at Syracuse
Keynote Presentations:
July 13: Douglas Biklen and Larry Bissonnette
July 14: Rosemary Crossley
July 15: Martha Leary and Tracy Thresher
July 16: John Hussman and Jamie Burke
Concurrent Sessions and Workshop Topics are arranged in three strands:
Strand 1: Intro Level--Getting Started
Strand 2: Skill Building Level
Strand 3: Advanced Level--Working Toward Independence
Click for more information, a flyer and a registration form,

Also see the FCI website calendar of coming events:


Special Opportunity.......

The Julien Project- using gardening to enrich lives

Gardening Programs for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders
When: May to November 2009
Location: Ignatius Jesuit Centre, Courtyard garden
                 5420 Highway 6 North, Guelph
Fee: $10. per person per session
         $40. for 4 sessions
Ages:  young adults 18 or older
Support worker or family member must accompany individual
* one to one supervision is not provided
Weekly Sessions Wed. from 1 30 to 3 pm starting May 13
*Other session times may be available
Under the direction of a registered horticultural therapist, participants will engage in weekly planned gardening activities May through November.  Activities will focus on planting, watering, maintaining, and harvesting a broad variety flowers, herbs and organic vegetables.
Based on group interest and plant availability, activities may include:
1.   Container gardening
2.   Starting a plant of your own, cuttings and/or seedlings
3.   Planting, cutting and harvesting everlasting flowers for design or pot pourri
4.   Planting, maintaining, watering, mulching and harvesting vegetables and herbs
5.   Pressing foliage and flowers
6.   Willow house creation, grapevine wreath design
7.   Raking and sweeping, composting
8.   Organic Seed saving
To register contact Sharon Stewart R.N., H.T.R. sharon_stewart@rogers
519-824-5524  www.thejulienproject.com



Best Journey to Adult Life: Best Practice Guidelines

A network of youth, parents, community members, service providers, educators and researchers have developed Best Practice Guidelines for the transition to adulthood for youth with disabilities, and a lifecourse model to represent the best journey to adult life. View it
 on CanChild website: http://www.canchild.ca/Portals/0/pdf/BJA_Model_Best_Practice_Guidelines.pdf

New Book: Calming Meltdowns In Kids With Autism
New Manual Helps Parents Manage Catastrophic Reactions

Managing Meltdowns: Using the S.C.A.R.E.D. Calming Technique with Children and Adults with Autism, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, February 2009, 80 pages, paperback, 978-1-84310-908-2, $14.95.

“Society depicts autism as a disorder, but at its core, it is a neurological difference in how we perceive the world around us. Autistic individuals have many unique gifts and talents,” write Deborah Lipsky and Will Richards. “Yet, with these gifts come some limitations. One of these limitations is termed a catastrophic reaction or ‘meltdown.’ It is not a temper tantrum. To the outside world, catastrophic reactions look appalling and much more frightening than they actually are. The key is to understand how an autistic individual perceives danger and to react in such a way as to de-escalate the situation."

In a chaotic or threatening situation, fear is the primary emotional response of an individual with autism. Often the initial physical response is to freeze. ‘Meltdowns,’ or brain overloads can be scary for the individual with autism, and for the person trying to help if they don’t know how to react in this situation. This new book offers strategies and practical techniques that will be a valuable reference tool to anyone in a first response position. The authors have created a training program to explain the autistic experience and mindset, and guide the interventions of first responders to individuals with autism in crisis.

Common coping strategies of individuals with autism, such as hand flapping or leg shaking, can be misperceived as being willful, noncompliant and uncooperative; and some techniques commonly recommended during times of distress or crisis, such as maintaining eye contact or using light touch, can be counter-productive rather than providing relief.

“Most written material regarding autism is composed by neurotypical (non-autistic) individuals,” write the authors. “This has resulted in portraying autistic learning styles as dysfunctional. A new and more fruitful approach is currently gaining acceptance. This conceptualization accepts an autistic cognitive style as different, with different gifts and different limitations. The purpose of this manual is to help explain the autistic experience and mindset and to guide the interventions of first responders."

Deborah Lipsky is a high-functioning autistic individual with substantial experience in emergency and trauma management, having formerly worked as a firefighter, emergency medical technician and reserve police officer. She is now a Continuing Education Seminar Presenter and Keynote Speaker, and is a consultant for schools, agencies and private parties specializing in meltdown management plans. Will Richards is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Maine.



"Etsy for Autism" by John Toft of Ottawa

On March 2nd I joined an on-line selling organisation called "etsy." In my retirement I make, and sometimes sell, handcrafted baskets of cane, willow and grapevine. Etsy provides a place for me to open an on-line "shop" to market my baskets. Etsy has a tremendous number of "shops" from all around the world that market all things hand-made (jewellery, art, knitted items, sculptures, wooden boxes, clothing, millinary etc).

On March 30th I became aware of a young person with autism, Arthur Simo of Florida, and his etsy shop through which he, with the help of his mother, markets his awesome paintings. (See www.arthursimo.etsy.com). I purchased one of his paintings, and then became aware that etsy has a large number of sites and shops with autism connections. When I searched for "autism" I found a huge number of places that had that word as part of their title or as a "tag", a descriptive word connected with items being sold.

This search led me to "etsy for autism." This is an offshoot of etsy and is a private Yahoo group.

"We (etsy for autism) are an Etsy Global Street Team created to help spread awareness of Autism and to support each other. Many of us ...are parents of autistic individuals. Some are educators, some are therapists, some are family friends, and some of our members have autism. Global Street Teams are groups of individuals with "like" skills or arts, or have a common cause through etsy.com."

"We keep our team in private status because many of our members share personal things about their situations and our families that go outside the Etsy realm."

Members of the "Etsy for Autism" team are engaged in spreading the word about autism, particularly in this month of Autism Awareness. Most members include their connection to etsy for autism in their "shop announcement" on their first page of their shop. Most add the tag "etsy for autism" to each
item in their shop so that searchers may find them. Many support autism through a portion of their sales.

Check out the many shops on the etsy website that help in making autism better known. The etsy site may be reached at www.etsy.com. Search for "etsy for autism" and enjoy.

Thank you all, John Toft trading as JohnToftBasketry.



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