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  12 July 2004


General Autism News

Study to probe the cause of autism
A Bristol University team of researchers is to examine whether vaccinations play a part in the development of autism.
See also:
New MRC study to look at the role of environmental risks in development of autism

Significant results from early treatment

Report of keynote address by Dr Geraldine Dawson, director of the University of Washington Autism Center, to the Autism Society of America's 35th annual conference.

Mothers of Courage

Presented by CBS Newsworld's' "ROUGH CUTS" Saturday July 10 at 10:00 pm.
"It's 10-year-old Bethany Shopland's school concert and her parents and sister are watching anxiously in the audience. Bethany lives with many physical challenges that include cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, hydrocephalus and visual impairment." Mothers of Courage is an in-depth look at the struggles and triumphs of a family devoted to the care and nurturing of a special needs child.

Music therapy helps children with ASD in New Zealand
Report of a successful pilot program during the school holidays.

Home-schooled boy wins award
Aaron Broadstreet of suburban Cleveland recently won the Temple Grandin Award for achievement with a disorder known as Asperger syndrome, or high-functioning autism. He plays the piano at nursing homes and raises butterflies, chickens, peacocks, strawberries and more on his family's 12-acre farm in Oakwood in suburban Cleveland. He gives tours of the farm, which includes deer, foxes, coyotes and a red-tailed hawk nest.

Living in the Spectrum: "Autism and Asperger's"

Mindscape Productions of Michigan announces a new audio CD contains interviews with those in the spectrum as well as parents and professionals. Poetry and music by those who have Autism and Asperger's is also featured. Brian Henson of Brantford, Ontario is featured on the CD with a couple of his poems. Click on the headline for more information, reviews and some audio clips.

Guardian Reviews of New Autism Books
Harriet Stewart is moved by Charlotte Moore's George and Sam and Paul Collins's Adventures in Autism: both parental accounts of living with autistic children.
George and Sam
by Charlotte Moore
252pp, Viking, £16.99
Not Even Wrong: Adventures in Autism
by Paul Collins
245pp, Fusion Press, £15.99

ASpar: A new website of Support and Advocacy for people raised by parents with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder or Asperger's Syndrome



Please send submissions for this news bulletin or for the OAARSN Calendar and Bulletin Board in plain text format by email to ebloomfi@uoguelph.ca with "announcement" at the beginning of the subject line.
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July 24, 2004, in
Autism Canada Foundation presents:
Biomedical Interventions for Autism
Click for more information

July 26, 2004
in Collingwood Public Library
Shirley Sutton presents on
Make ‘n Take Fine Motor Fun, Cognitive Tasks

Contact:  Martha Sutton  705-445-8069 sutt1850@wlu.ca

Sunday, August 22, 2004

Cambridge Chapter of Autism Society Ontario announces
its first annual golf tournament in support of individuals with autism and their families.
This dedicated group of volunteers supplies information, provides parent support, and advocates for programs and services to benefit the local autism community.

Grand Valley Golf & Country Club, 1910 Roseville Rd, RR#2, Cambridge ON N1R 5S3, (519) 623-8811
Shotgun start at 7:30 am, registration begins at 7am. Best ball format.

Fee of $75 per person includes 18 holes of golf, a power cart, buffet luncheon and a $20 charitable tax receipt.
Please make cheque payable to “Autism Society Ontario –
Cambridge Chapter” and mail to 160 Hespeler Road,
Cambridge, ON N1R 6V7 no later than Friday July 30, 2004.  We are limited to 144 golfers so please register early.

For more information: Barry at (519) 621-5501 all5ames@globalserve.net

Sept 13  2004
, in Barrie
Shirley Sutton presents on
Visual-Kinesthetic Printing  Skills: Preparing for Kindergarten and Primary level

Contact : Achimota Centre for Children with Autism (ACCA) Barrie 705-735-2336. achimota@vianet.on.ca


Friday, 01 October, 2004, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., in Woodbridge

Click for full information

*Oct 1/ 2, 2004, in Ottawa
Shirley Sutton presents on
Sensory Strategies,  Oral and Fine Motor Fun Make & Take.

Contact: Children at Risk Ottawa On  carsup@magma.ca

October 15 and 16, 2004, in Toronto
Communication Disorders and the Whole Child 
See more information

Shirley Sutton presents on

Sensory Strategies Make’n Take

Contact : Sue Wahl. Waterloo  sue@toy.com


Oct 17-18, in Hamilton
Canadian National Committee for Police/Mental Health Liaison

3rd Annual Psychiatrists in Blue conference. Click for details

Oct. 22, in
Victoria BC.

Shirley Sutton presents on
Making Sense of Sensory Integration

Contact: Autism Awareness Centre Inc. wendy.casdc@shaw.ca


Nov. 6, 2004
, in York Region

Shirley Sutton presents on
Sensory Oral and Fine Motor Fun Make’n Take

Contact:  Autism Society Ontario- York Region. Lynda asoyork@axxent.ca

Geneva Centre International Symposium
is scheduled for November 10, 11, 12, 2004 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

The Symposium 2004 brochure has been mailed out and is also available on our website.
This year you have the option to register on-line at www.autism.net




Autism and the Family
Melissa Hart of Guelph
wrote this report for her grade 12 "Individuals and Families in a Diverse Society" class, based on surveys kindly completed by mothers of children with autism who range in age from 4 to 36. 

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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