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NEWS BULLETIN
5 May 2003

NEW ON OAARSN

Latest issue of Adult Autism Issues in Waterloo-Wellington now on site.
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AUTISM IN THE NEWS

Lack of Autism Funding in Ontario Called Discriminatory
The Ontario government's failure to properly fund an intensive therapy for all children with autism is discriminatory and violates the principles of medicare, a civil trial heard last week. Parents from 28 families whose children have the brain disorder are suing the province to force it to pay for the treatment after the child reaches the age of six.

Newton and Einstein showed signs of autism
They were certainly geniuses, but did Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton also have autism? According to autism expert Simon Baron-Cohen, they might both have shown many signs of Asperger syndrome, a form of the condition that does not cause learning difficulties. Although he admits that it is impossible to make a definite diagnosis for someone who is no longer living, Baron-Cohen says he hopes this kind of analysis can shed light on why some people with autism excel in life, while others struggle.

Autistic Differences
The hero/narrator of Mark Haddon's new novel has Asperger's syndrome, a huge bstacle to storytelling, you'd think. Instead it's one of this year's most compelling reads. And its creator is equally fascinating...  By Kate Kellaway in The Observer. 

Rainy River starts new chapter of ASO
A story about ASO's newest chapter in one of Ontario's most sparsely populated regions. The chapter's function as a parent support group is stressed.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS OF EVENTS OR SPECIAL PROJECTS

See details of more events on OAARSN Bulletin Board and Calendar
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 Name of Event
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new announcement
ORGANIZATION FOR AUTISM RESEARCH (OAR)
"Research that helps families today"
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS – 2003
Pre-proposals due June 15, 2003
The Organization for Autism Research (OAR), seeks applied autism research proposals for its 2003 Autism Research Competition.  Through this competition, OAR intends to promote research in the analysis, evaluation, or comparison of assessment or treatment models in
· Applied aspects of early education, behavioral, or communication intervention
OR
· Adult issues such as continuing education, employment, housing models and “later intervention”
OAR seeks to fund studies that will likely produce practical and clearly objective results that may aid parents, families, caregivers, and people with autism to make more fully informed choices that will lead to healthier and happier lives.
Please note that researchers in Canada and abroad are most welcome to enter this competition.  Click for more details

previously posted, in brief:

Thursday, May 8th, 2003, in Fergus
ASO: Wellington County Chapter's AGM 
For more information: Marlene Klimkosz, phone # (519) 822-2578. Email: aso_wcc@hotmail.com
 

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
 

Tuesday 3rd June 2003 in Kitchener
Annual General Meeting of Waterloo-Wellington Autism Services
More information
 

June 21 & June 22, 2003 
Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario
BIOMEDICAL CONFERENCE 
Open Windows Essential Training: 
www.autismcanada.org   Call (905)-332-4766 
 

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. 
Click for more information and contacts
 

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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ISSUES AND ADVOCACY

See also: Funding Issues--in OAARSN Discussion Boards and Topics. Press the Communications bar on OAARSN’s main page then choose Discussion Area

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FROM THE FRONT LINES: 
CALLING FOR HELP AND SHARING EXPERIENCES

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

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