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28 April 2003


Latest issue of Adult Autism Issues in Waterloo-Wellington now on site.
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A Place for All by Jasmine Lee O'Neill
"I write from the depths of myself. As an autistic lady, I have my own bubble world that
encases me. In it, I have all the gifts, charms, personal experiences, and unique perceptions
that create who I am. I am mute, but have rich inner language. I'm equipped to describe the
many good things about being autistic. The negative is stressed by people who live on the
outside, looking in. But, I'm on the inside, looking out, and don't view the condition of Autism
as being bad at all."
In The Pennsylvania Journal on Positive Approaches, VOLUME 1, NUMBER 2, SPRING 1997 
Published by the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Retardation (OMR) Statewide Training Initiative through Temple University, Institute on Disabilities, University Affiliated Program and Contract Consultants,
Inc., 105 Old York Road, New Cumberland, PA 17070.Dedicated to helping people with developmental disabilities and challenging behaviors live fulfilling everyday lives. Through case studies, Positive Approaches practices and tools, book reviews, interviews, policy and regulation reviews, and articles, the following Positive Approaches continuum of supports will be highlighted and explored: 
       Values and Changes in Environment 
       Effective and Enhanced Communications 
       Appropriate Specialized Assessments & Interventions 
       Wrap Around and Extraordinary Supports - Hanging In There

News about adults with autism is usually negative. OAARSN receives 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.

If you wish, we will not publish your name or email address. You may send a message to ebloomfi@uoguelph.ca for OAARSN. Or you might use the OAARSN Discussion Board, reached by pressing the Communication bar on our main page



Autistic treatment case heads to court in Toronto today
Autistic children are being denied essential medical treatment and education, according to 29 families who have launched a $100 million lawsuit against the province. The trial, which begins in Superior Court in Toronto this morning, seeks to force Ontario to provide intensive therapy for autistic children that would continue as the child progresses through the school system. Read more about the families' case

They just can't help it
What kind of brain do you have? There really are big differences between the male and female brain, says Simon Baron-Cohen. And they could help explain conditions such as autism. Simon Baron-Cohen is the director of the Autism Research Centre, Cambridge University. His new book, The Essential Difference: Men, Women and the Extreme Male Brain, will be published by Penguin on May 1.
Do you have a male or female brain? Take the test

Autism Advance: Mutated genes disrupt nerve cell proteins
A French research team has identified two mutated genes that appear to cause the neurological disorder known as autism. The little-studied genes both normally yield proteins that nerve cells use to form communication channels. "These are the first genes convincingly linked to autism," says team member Thomas Bourgeron of the Pasteur Institute in Paris. Other researchers find the evidence compelling, if not quite conclusive.

The Persisting Autism Mystery
A review in the Harvard Mental Health Letter (Tuesday, 01-04-2003).

Mind the gap
"When a child is diagnosed as autistic, there is no point wishing for a cure. Acceptance is the only way to cope." Charlotte Moore, whose two older sons are autistic, in her Guardian column, April 23, 2003. " If I had my time again, I'd intervene straight away with a gluten-free, casein-free, additive-free diet, and as much interventionist behavioural therapy as I could manage. I'd keep them out of mainstream school until I was certain they were ready for it - and I'd try to accept that that day might never come." 

Horse power helps handicapped surmount life's daily obstacles
A good story from Japan about therapeutic riding.



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new announcements

Thursday, May 8th, 2003, in Fergus
ASO: Wellington County Chapter's AGM 
(with dinner from 6:30 pm) at The Fountain Head Health Store, 212 St. Andrew St. W., Fergus. Len Kahn will give a PowerPoint presentation about the ASO and set the stage for a brighter future of our chapter.  RSVP a.s.a.p.  and for more information: Marlene Klimkosz, phone # (519) 822-2578. Email: aso_wcc@hotmail.com

Tuesday 3rd June 2003 in Kitchener
Annual General Meeting of Waterloo-Wellington Autism Services
at the Stanley Park Baptist Church, 31 Lorraine Ave, Kitchener. More information

Autreat 2003, June 29-July 2, 2003, in the Adirondack region of New York State.
Autreat is a retreat-style conference run by Autism Network International.  We are now accepting proposals for workshops to be presented at this year's Autreat.  Click for more information and contacts

An Opportunity to showcase artistic talents of Ontario students with ASD  (artwork required by June 30th, for display in Sept., see below)
Where? Autism & Education Conference in Toronto
What? Artwork produced by K-High School students with ASD in Ontario's Schools
When? September 10-12, 2003
¨ Autism Society Ontario is hosting a two-day display of the artwork of students with ASD at the Ministry of Education's Conference on Autism on September 10-12, 2003. 
¨ Ideally, we would like to have representation of student's work from each of our 30 ASO chapters. 
¨ Artwork must be tastefully framed and able to be easily displayed on a wall or supported by an easel. Three-dimensional pieces may also be considered. 
¨ Work must be delivered to the Provincial ASO by no later than Friday, June 30, 2003. The Coordinator for this project is Jean Woolford.
¨ Basic information (Name, age of student, home town) will be displayed along with the title of the work.
¨ A signed consent from the student and his/her parent will be required in order for us to display the work and to take a photo of the work for publication in a program booklet.
¨ Arrangements will be made to have the pictures returned after the show
If you would like to submit a piece of work for consideration, please contact Jean Woolford at ASO's provincial office: 416-246-9592 x 23 or by email jean@autismsociety.on.ca as soon as possible.

previously posted, in brief:

May 12, 2003 in Brampton, Ontario
Kerry's Place Autism Services offers
Long Term Planning Workshop

May 30 & 31, 2003 in Toronto
2nd National Conference on Aspergers Syndrome
Click for details

June 21 & June 22, 2003 
Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario
Open Windows Essential Training: 
Limited seating - Early Bird Rate expires May 1st, 2003 
www.autismcanada.org   Call (905)-332-4766 

July 4-6, 2003, in Kingston Ontario
5th Canadian Fragile X Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorders Conference
Click for Conference flyer

July-August 2003
Cycle for Autism updated website
Email: cycleforautism@sympatico.caTel:905-832-3959



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Accessible and Affordable Natural and Organic Foods
A Guelph family is forming a buying club linked with the Ontario Natural Food Co-op. A buying club is a group of individuals who get together to buy directly from the wholesaler, thus saving money and getting access to quality products. Of particular interest to families following special diets. For more information email gbloomfi@uoguelph.ca


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