19 May 2003
NEW ON OAARSN
AUTISM IN THE
Court to hear autism case
The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear
a landmark case involving the right of judges to direct how health-care
money should be spent. In the decision under appeal by the British Columbia
government, the B.C. Court of Appeal ordered the province to provide intensive
treatment for autistic children. See also: Appeal
ruling hailed by advocates
diagnoses double in California [in four years]
A New York Times story about last week's major
links to the official California report
alert Newsweek's commentary on the California
on the California data in The Telegraph (UK)
Krieger Institute awarded $7.7 million over 5 years to study autism,
as one of eight centres of STAART,
or Studies to Advance Autism Research and Treatment, in the US.
problems, social competence and self-concept in siblings of children
Abstract of a Dutch research project,
with a link to the full text. "Overall, siblings of children with HFA are
not more susceptible to adaptation problems than siblings of children without
a disorder. Implications for practice and further research are discussed.
traits in the general population
An abstract in Archives of General
Psychiatry of twin-based research that found that the social deficits characteristic
of autism spectrum disorders are common.
"I am fascinated by autism and love
my sons, but it is relentless. I cope by making sure I still have a life
outside." Charlotte Moore, who has two sons with autism, writes a regular
thought-provoking column in The Guardian. This column begins:
'As autism is a spectrum disorder,
autists exhibit wildly differing traits. Their idiosyncrasies, deficits,
and abilities can make one autist almost as unlike another as he is from
a non-autistic person. But if autists often have little in common, there
is one experience that unites all their parents: being asked the question
"how do you cope?"'
appeals for more understanding
A story from the front lines about
a mother in Wales whose two sons and father all have Asperger's.
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May 24, 2003, in Richmond Hill
SENSORY INTEGRATION - 'MAKE
& TAKE' WORKSHOP
INSTRUCTOR - SHIRLEY SUTTON,
Saturday May 24th 9:00 a.m. to 4:00
p.m. Pre-registration required
Meeting Room B13, Loyal True Blue
and Orange Home, 11181 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill
June 12 & 13, 2003 in Toronto (at Ryerson
Results Based Management
and Evaluation Workshop
presented by Harry Cummings and Associates Inc.(HCA)
"Evaluation is a form of analysis
that helps managers make decisions about current or future projects, programs
Nandana Prasad, who is on the OAARSN
network, is a member of the HCA team. She writes: "I think that evaluation
and planning could play an important role in the autism field. A social
impact assessment of having a child with ASD in the classroom, in the school
and in the family would be one aspect of evaluation and planning. Another
would be access to services in rural areas. What are they, how many and
who is providing them? HCA has conducted and written a report on services
for immigrants in a northern community. This study revealed the deficits
and challenges for new Canadians in rural northern towns. In another study,
HCA conducted an evaluation of the second chance program for Justice, Canada.
This is a program that helps youth find meaningful employment or return
to school. The workshop teaches transferrable skills that can be used everywhere."
workshop information Visit
the HCS website
October 17 and 18, 2003 in Edmonton, Alberta
to the Treasure Chest
4th annual conference featuring Carol Gray and
Dr Tony Attwood
previously posted, in brief:
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
June 10, 2003, in Hamilton
Canadian Psychological Association
and Ontario Psychological Association present Community Speaker Series
on "Some ABCs of attention, learning and behavior in children" with
Dr Tom Brown and Dr Susan Bryson. Free admission.Click
June 21 & June 22, 2003
Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario
Open Windows Essential Training:
June 29-July 2, 2003,
in the Adirondack region of New York State.
Autreat is a retreat-style conference
run by Autism Network International.
for more information and contacts
July 4-6, 2003, in Kingston Ontario
5th Canadian Fragile X Syndrome and Autism Spectrum
Click for Conference
for Autism updated website
Please note the new material on autism
See also: Funding
Issues--in OAARSN Discussion Boards and Topics. Press the Communications
bar on OAARSN’s main page
then choose Discussion Area
The Canadian Autism Intervention
Research Network (CAIRN) is a consortium of researchers, parents,
professionals, and policy makers from across Canada that is dedicated to
using a repeating cycle of defining the research agenda, conducting research,
disseminating the findings, and receiving feedback, which is then used
to redefine the agenda (The Research Iterative Loop) to improve diagnostic
methods and interventions in autism spectrum disorders. The CAIRN
website is committed to posting the best
available evidence-based findings.
See the Report
on the 2003 CAIRN conference February 8 & 9, Toronto, Ontario.
"The one theme that emerged from
the feedback was the need for consistency — in research outcomes and outcome
measures, in research methods, in screening tools, in policy about interventions,
and in the delivery of interventions."
Autism Society Ontario York Region Chapter and
the Junior League of Toronto plan to launch the latest in a series of comprehensive
educational manuals dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Children
Diagnosed with Autism--What to Expect & Where to Get Help:
Strategies and Information
for Ontario Families and Care Providers
This parent-friendly guidebook will
be publicly introduced at a celebration on:
Tuesday, May 27, 2003, 7:00 to 9:00
at the Loyal, True Blue and Orange
Home 11181 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill
This project is a complete and thorough
discussion of ASD. It covers everything from what you can do to help
the child with ASD all the way to financial resources. This is a must attend
event for not only parents of children with ASD and their service providers,
Preschool Autism Services Wait Listed
Pre-, Nursery and Primary School
Private Service Providers of ABA/IBI
Private Agencies Including: Occupational
Therapists, Speech and Language Pathologists and Behaviour Consultants
Publically Funded Autism Service
Other Supporting Professionals
We look forward to your attendance
at this event and to sharing with you a terrific new resource that will
help so many! Phone 905-780-1590
New Software Program to Help
Learn Emotions & Facial Recognition
Mind Reading: the interactive
guide to emotions.
Bernice Polinsky and the AHA-AS-PDD Newsletter http://www.aha-as-pdd.org
Click on either
the Social Skills area or the Important News area.
Simon Baron-Cohen, Jacqueline Hill, Ofer Golan, and Sally Wheelwright at
the Autism Research Centre of the University of Cambridge in the UK, this
program (available for Windows and Mac on DVD-Rom and CD-Rom) uses actors
to portray over 5000 video and audio expressions of emotion. ;-)
There is an
"Emotions library" where 412 different emotions are organized into 24 groups.
Video clips of people of all ages demonstrate through the use of stories,
definitions and explanations of the facial expressions.
Center" includes lessons and quizzes. The "Games Zone" allows users to
have a bit of fun while practicing and testing their skills. Here users
will find a special visitor -- the young actor who portrays Harry Potter.
AUTISM TODAY invites you
to consider membership
our expanding list of "Resident Experts"
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FROM THE FRONT
HELP AND SHARING EXPERIENCES
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.
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