10 March 2003
AUTISM IN THE
The REAL "Rain Man":
On A Roll
Presents Kim Peek as Radio Special Guest (Sunday evening,
Kim Peek was the inspiration for
screen writer Barry Morrow's 1988 Oscar-winning movie "Rain Man" starring
Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. Kim, originally labeled as an "Autistic
Savant" is now described as a "Megasavant" because of his remarkable diverse
knowledge of 15 subjects and his total recall capabilities of most items
read and heard since age three. An autistic savant generally has
two or three specialized subject areas. The Center for Autism at UCLA and
several savant researchers believe he is presently "one of a kind."
Since March of 1989, following the
movie Rain Man, Kim and his father, Fran, have flown over 1 million miles,
driven about 350,000 miles in the US, and have interacted with over 1,375,000
people, 950,000 of whom have been students. Kim's message: "Learn to recognize
and respect differences in others and then treat them as you would like
them to treat you. This will help give us the kind of world we hope
for. Share. Care. Be your best."
A story about Andy Warhol by Clara
Sturak in the Santa Monica Mirror. Warhol has been interpreted as having
autism/Asberger's syndrome and the author's son is autistic.
adults seek treatment support
A story about a young woman who
was sucessfully treated early, the Calgary-based Society for Treatment
of Autism's plans for a new $3-million centre, and its year-long awareness
campaign, Hope Through Treatment.
up 1500 % in Michigan
One example of many accounts of
increased prevalence in various states and regions.
An article in the journal PEDIATRICS
(Vol. 111 No. 3 March 2003, pp. 674-679) that considers current evidence
that mercury at any known dose, form, duration, age, or route of exposure
leads to autism.
Committee Statement (ACS), National Advisory Committee on Immunization
Disease Report, Volume 29 (ACS-1) 1 March 2003
Families show strength while juggling
attempts at normalcy and needs of children stricken with lifelong brain
disorder. A story from Jacksonville Florida.
up for autistic kids
The fight to extend funding for
ABA beyond age 6 in the greater Toronto area..
sues to keep son's educational assistant
The mother of an autistic boy (now
11) is going to B.C. Supreme Court to ensure he gets the same (effective)
teacher's aide at school. She has refused to let him attend school since
education helps autistic children. A California story
featuring earlier intervention for Black autistic children.
Sign language helps babies communicate
Focus on autism
The currently posted issue of Family
Net includes several stories about aspects of autism in Ontario, including
one about the Cycle for Autism.
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Autism Society Ontario: Summer
ASO is pleased
to announce the ASO Summer Student Scholarship Program to start in May
2003. The Scholarships (minimum of two per year) will support individuals
conducting research in any field related to Autism Spectrum Disorders.
The $4,000.00 Scholarship is to be applied towards the summer stipends
for the successful applicants. Supplementary funds for the student from
the researcher are recommended to ensure minimum recommended summer student
stipends at the university/clinical setting where the student will be working.
To qualify, the student must be returning to University as a full-time
student during the fall.
Thursday, March 20, in Guelph
Autism Society Ontario:
Wellington County Chapter meeting.
Saturday morning, April 12, 2003,
Planned Lifetime Networks-WWO
presents an Information Workshop:
WHOSE DECISION IS IT ANYWAY?
Living with an adult with developmental
Who can decide medical care,
personal care and financial matters?
How are these decisions made?
Capacity Assessment and Substitute Decision Making
with Elaine Atchison
information and to register
April 25 and 26 (Friday and Saturday):
The London Family Network and Integration
Action for Inclusion: London and Area are jointly hosting the Provincial
Conference and AGM for both Family Alliance Ontario and Integration Action
for Inclusion See more
details of the conference program and a poster
in PDF format.
June 20-22, 2003 in Vancouver BC
Vela Microboard Association of British Columbia
First Training Institute
on Developing and Supporting Microboards
Learn more about:
-the intent and philosophy of Microboards;
-the practical tools needed
to develop Microboards; how to support and sustain Microboards; and
-how to assist in creating a healthy
Please note that this workshop is
for people outside BC who wish to set up a network of microboards, rather
than a single microboard around an individual.
Cost for the weekend will be $1,000.00
Canadian (approx $700.00 U.S). This fee includes: the Institute; all related
materials; on site accommodation for two nights/three days; and all meals
from dinner Friday through brunch on Sunday. For
more information or
e-mail Linda Perry and look
up Vela website
FOR AUTISM : Help Solve the Puzzle
Beginning on July 6th, 2003, John
Keating and Luc Vandeermeeren, both fathers of children with autism Autism
Spectrum Disorders (ASD), will embark on a bicycle journey that will take
them from one end of Canada to the other. They will begin the cycle in
Vancouver, British Columbia and end in St. Johnís, Newfoundland. It will
take them 8 weeks to complete this journey. They will stop in many cities
along the way. Our goal is to promote awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders
(ASD) and raise $1,000,000 in Canada for ASD research through an annual
cross Canada Cycle for Autism. The Cycle will begin July 5 to August 24,
2003 with fundraising events held in various cities across Canada including
Vancouver, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax and St.
Johnís. These events will not only raise funds but increase public awareness
as well. Please click on the link above to reach the project's website
which is now under construction.
See also: Funding
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FROM THE FRONT
HELP AND SHARING EXPERIENCES
adults with autism is usually negative. We receive many appeals for advice
on where to turn for help--with diagnosis and assessment, advocacy, planning
for the future, alternatives to approaches that are not working. There
are virtually no obvious sources of help for isolated adults with autism
and their caregivers.
We know that
some adults and their families and caregivers are heroically using what
resources they have to achieve some successes with their challenges. Some
can report remarkable progress. We invite you, as an adult or caregiver
living with autism, to share your problems and your success stories, if
you think others might help or benefit.
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