28 April 2003
NEW ON OAARSN
Latest issue of Adult Autism
Issues in Waterloo-Wellington now on site.
FROM THE FRONT
HELP AND SHARING EXPERIENCES
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
In it, I have all the gifts, charms, personal experiences, and unique perceptions
who I am. I am mute, but have rich inner language. I'm equipped to describe
things about being autistic. The negative is stressed by people who live
in. But, I'm on the inside, looking out, and don't view the condition of
as being bad
Pennsylvania Journal on Positive Approaches, VOLUME 1, NUMBER 2, SPRING
by the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Retardation (OMR) Statewide Training
Initiative through Temple University, Institute on Disabilities, University
Affiliated Program and Contract Consultants,
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for OAARSN.
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AUTISM IN THE
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
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?
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
Persisting Autism Mystery
A review in the Harvard Mental Health
Letter (Tuesday, 01-04-2003).
"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."
power helps handicapped surmount life's daily obstacles
A good story from Japan about therapeutic
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Thursday, May 8th, 2003, in Fergus
ASO: Wellington County Chapter's
(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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday 3rd June 2003 in Kitchener
Annual General Meeting of Waterloo-Wellington
at the Stanley Park Baptist Church, 31 Lorraine
Ave, Kitchener. More
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
CALLING ALL ARTISTS -
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION CONFERENCE
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
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 email@example.com
as soon as possible.
previously posted, in brief:
May 12, 2003 in Brampton, Ontario
Kerry's Place Autism Services offers
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
July 4-6, 2003, in Kingston Ontario
5th Canadian Fragile X Syndrome and Autism Spectrum
Click for Conference
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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
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