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OAARSN NEWS BULLETIN
 
31 May 2006

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AUTISM IN THE NEWS

Autism linked to aberrant chromosomes

Eight children with four different disorders with autistic features were studied by the Sahlgrenska Academy at Göteborg University in Sweden and all had an extra chromosome, one damaged chromosome or pieces of chromosomes missing in their genes. The children in the study had Asperger’s syndrome, infantile autism, ADHD, and Rett’s syndrome.


Harvard researchers confirm Gl/autism link
AUTISM RESEARCH REVIEW INTERNATIONAL
Vol. 20, No.1, 2006
Biomedical Update:

Harvard physician Timothy Buie recently reported that biopsies performed by him revealed the presence of chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, as well as the presence oflymphoid nodular hyperplasia, in 15 of 89 autistic children. The findings parallel those of Andrew Wakefield, the researcher who first identified the presence of a unique type of gastrointestinal disorder in children with autism spectrum disorders. Buie told a conference in December, “These children are ill, in distress and pain, and not just mentally, neurologically dysfunctional.”

Buie, Rafail Kushak, and colleagues also have measured the activity of dissaccharidases (enzymes that break down carbohydrates in the intestine) in tissues obtained from duodenal biopsies from 308 autistic individuals, comparing them to samples from 206 non-autistic controls. All of the subjects underwent endoscopy for suspected gastrointestinal problems. The researchers report, “Autistic individuals with diarrhea [206 individuals] demonstrated significantly lower maltase activity than non-autistic individuals with diarrhea. Frequency of lactase deficiency in autistic individuals with failure to thrive [five individuals] was significantly higher (80% vs. 25%) than in non-autistic individuals with failure to thrive, and frequency of palatinase deficiency in autistic individuals with diarrhea was significantly higher than in nonautistic individuals with the same gastrointestinal problem.” Autistic and non-autistic individuals with other gastrointestinal problems exhibited similar frequencies of disaccharidase deficiencies.

These findings further support the link between autism and a novel form of gastrointestinal disease, and are consistent with clinical evidence that many autistic children improve physically and behaviorally when they are placed on gluten- and casein-free diets and receive supplements of disaccharidase enzymes.

Read a UK report on this story


Heavy metals may be implicated in autism

Urine samples from hundreds of French children have yielded evidence for a link between autism and exposure to heavy metals. If validated, the findings might mean some cases of autism could be treated with drugs that purge the body of heavy metals.

Samples from children with autism contained abnormally high levels of a family of proteins called porphyrins, which are precursors in the production of haem, the oxygen-carrying component in haemoglobin. Heavy metals block haem production, causing porphyrins to accumulate in urine. Concentrations of one molecule, coproporphyrin, were 2.6 times as high in urine from children with autism as in controls.

Autism is thought to have a number of unknown genetic and environmental causes. Richard Lathe of Pieta Research in Edinburgh, UK, says he has found one of these factors. "It's highly likely that heavy metals are responsible for childhood autistic disorder in a majority of cases," he claims. The study will appear in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology. Lathe says these porphyrin metabolites bind to receptors in the brain and have been linked with epilepsy and autism. The researchers restored porphyrin concentrations to normal in 12 children by treating them with "chelation" drugs that mop up heavy metals and are then excreted. It is not yet known whether the children's symptoms have eased, but Lathe cites anecdotal reports suggesting the drugs might do some good.


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CANADIAN AUTISM NEWS STORIES


iRunman Autistic Celebration Run:
Autistic Youth Runs PEI Tip-to-Tip for Autism Acceptance and Education


(Oyster Bed Bridge, PEI, May 28, 2006) On July 2nd, 2006, 18 year old Alex Bain will leave North Cape in a bid to be the first autistic to run Prince Edward Island tip to tip. Along the way, he hopes to raise $20/km for his almost 300 kilometre trek that will end in East Point on July 15th. The funds will be used to bring internationally recognized expert Dennis Debbaudt to PEI on September 27, 2006, for a series of 3 seminars about what happens and what should happen in encounters between autistics, emergency first-responders and law-enforcement officers.

Almost every weekend, for most of the year,  Alex puts on this trademark yellow t-shirt, heads to a charitable road race on the
Island. He runs not only for the charity benefiting from each race, but also for autism. Not to raise money to find a “cure” or to “prevent” people like himself from ever being born, the focus of most autism runs, but to raise awareness and acceptance.  His recognition as the PEI RoadRunners 2004 Patterson Palmer Rookie of the Year and 2005 Ewen Stewart Inspirational Runner of the Year reflects both his running and advocacy abilities.

Accompanying Alex on her bike, and organizing Mr Debbaudt's PEI seminar, is Alex's mother, janet norman-bain, known as "jypsy" to many in the autistic community both locally and internationally through a website she ran from 1995-2005, "Ooops...Wrong Planet! Syndrome" at PlanetAutism.com. jypsy and another of her four children are diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome, an autistic spectrum diagnosis. jypsy watched Alex start grade 1 unable to speak and graduate from
Bluefield High School twelve years later with honours and prizes for top marks in two of his classes. This July she'll be there to see him fulfill his dream to be the first autistic to run PEI tip to tip and help fundraise to make PEI a safer, more inclusive community for all autistic people.

Studies show that autistic people are no more likely to break the law than non-autistic people, but are 7 times more likely to come into contact with law enforcement officers. Dennis Debbaudt, a professional investigator, journalist and a member of the American Society for Law Enforcement Training (ASLET), is the father of a 21-year-old autistic son. He has educated law enforcement, criminal justice, and education professionals, as well as first-responders, autistics, and parents throughout
Canada, the US, and the UK but has yet to present in the Maritimes.

The response of autistic people to encounters with emergency first responders may not always be socially expected or behaviourally typical. Mr. Debbaudt will explain how autistic reactions in some situations, such as running away, unsteadiness, apparently unpredictable or impulsive behaviour, or failure to respond in the expected way, may be misunderstood by first response professionals, resulting in serious consequences. Mr. Debbaudt's law enforcement and first responder seminars offer tips and options for communications and responses designed to successfully resolve a call involving a person on the autistic spectrum, while his seminar for autistics, parents, caregivers, school personnel and other people, will address the many ways that parents can keep their child secure and safe both in the home and in the community and how autistics can increase their own safety and security. Everyone will come away with a good, practical understanding of the best approaches to make interactions with autistics more informed, safer and less stressful for all involved.

Autism is a neurological difference classified as a developmental disability. Autistic people have atypical behaviours in three areas: social interaction, communication, and restricted interests or repetitive behaviours. Autistics are different at the most basic level available: how they experience the world, and how they learn from it. Autism presents with measurable differences in perception, attention, memory, intelligence, etc. The autistic order and progress of development is different from the typical version as is autistic brain structure, allocation, and function. Autism presents strengths not available to the typical population, but the different pattern of strengths and weaknesses characterizing autism results in many difficulties as atypical needs and adaptive but atypical autistic behaviours are at odds with what is considered or expected as "normal".

The PEI Council of the Disabled is assisting PlanetAutism.com in this fundraiser and will be handling the donations. Charitable donations can be made to the "PEI Council of the Disabled" (Runman Fund) by mail or at any Credit Union across
PEI. Online donations can be made on the Run's website, www.PlanetAutism.com/runman  where much more information about the Run can be found including the daily schedule and a blog where you can follow the Run day by day. 

Contact: janet norman-bain
         515 Crooked Creek Rd.
         Oyster Bed Bridge,
PEI, C1E 1Z4   
         E_Mail: jypsy@isn.net

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GOOD IDEAS

D.O.O.R. 2 Adulthood Project

“D.O.O.R. 2 Adulthood” (Disability Ontario Online Resource) is a website that was developed for youth with disabilities who live in Ontario.  It is about making the transition to adult life as a person with a disability.

 

People with disabilities, parents and service providers joined together to plan, develop and evaluate this online resource.  The goal is to make the transition to adult life for youth with disabilities easier. 

 

The website includes:

·        A database of resources and services related to transition in Ontario

·        Stories and blogs about transition to adulthood

·        An E-chat where people can talk and share information, experiences and ideas about making a smooth transition

·        An “Ask a Mentor” link to youth who have experienced transition

 

We are always looking for new information about transition services and resources for our database. Please click on the following link to add an entry:  http://www.ablelink.org/public/transition/search.htm

You will see the word Add your service or resource to the D2A database on the left side of the page in the blue sidebar. Click this link for the database template


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IMPORTANT SPECIAL ISSUES FOR ADULTS IN ONTARIO

We urge you to read the following report and respond to MCSS via the feedback page very soon. The report is the culmination of the recent process of transforming developmental services in Ontario, and may become the "blueprint" for services and funding in the next 25 years.

Opportunities and Action: Transforming Supports in Ontario for People Who Have a Developmental Disability
is the Ontario government's response to the challenges facing our developmental services system.  The paper outlines key directions to achieve the Province's vision of an inclusive Ontario for people with a developmental disability, and is the product of 18 months of consultation with people who have a developmental disability, their families, community agencies, academics and clinical experts.  The paper also includes a series of questions to generate thought on how best to implement changes to the system of supports in Ontario.

Opportunities and Action is now available for public comment so that all Ontarians can contribute to shaping the future of a fair, accessible and sustainable developmental services system for Ontario.  Comments may be submitted via a feedback page, e-mail, fax or mail until June 30, 2006.  The government will also be holding focus groups with families to encourage further discussion and obtain their input about how to implement changes to the system. 

The input received from the consultation will guide a blueprint for the future of developmental services in Ontario:  one that is focused on long-term solutions to help individuals with a developmental disability realize their potential and fully participate in our communities.

Read the Full Report
Read the Plain Language Version
Read Executive Summary
Feedback Page


New Study Demonstrates Impact of Making Disability Supports Personalized

The Individualized Funding Coalition for Ontario has released a new study on the role of individualized funding in Ontario. Moving Toward Citizenship is a comprehensive study of how four projects across Ontario are providing supports to people with disabilities in a unique and personalized fashion. Researchers studied 130 individuals and their families who receive individualized funding for their support needs. Individualized funding is based on a support plan developed by the person and their network.....

Principal Investigator John Lord said that the study showed that families who use this innovative approach tend to be highly involved. “At all sites, we also found a deep commitment to citizenship and choice among staff and families,” said Lord.  In addition to strong values and organizational support, the researchers found that there were three things that were vital to the success of individualized funding; the facilitator that worked closely with individuals and their families, networks and relationships that assisted the person to live in the community, and effective workers that enabled people to build creative supports.

Please click on title to read more about the research
Click on this link to reach the full report: Moving Toward Citizenship
Click to reach more articles on John Lord's website
Check out all the resources of the IFCO website


Locating Technology Project

A collaborative project of the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University and the Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) is related to gaining a better understanding of the complex realities related to using locating technology with citizens who are at risk of wandering and subsequently becoming lost.  It is being undertaken through Accessibly Yours (AY), the School’s consultation arm that aims to enhance environments for the purpose of facilitating individuals in their search for living well and participating in their communities.  

Research is focused on determining the relative merits of various technologies that may improve the safety and security of individuals who live with problems in communication and/or cognitive function, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Autism Spectrum Disorders or other developmental disabilities which cause them to wander. The project should provide families and caregivers with knowledge and education concerning the different approaches that are available and their relative merits and application to individual circumstances.

Research is divided into two phases.  The first phase involved a technical evaluation and field testing of all locating technologies that were offered for study. The outcomes of this testing provided the data required to decide which technologies were best suited to the target populations. Phase 2 involves ‘Consumer Trials’ and a ‘Consumer Panel’ where the technologies are presented to the consumers to receive feedback with respect to the strengths and weaknesses of the technologies.  Both portions of Phase 2 aim to determine and recommend the necessary criteria of locating devices as they apply to the different populations with known wandering behaviour.  Phase 2 will also consolidate the project findings and provide specific recommendations concerning the technologies in the trial. 

The research team is now recruiting consumers to participate in the Consumer Panel.  There will be a consumer panel in Hamilton on June 26, 2006.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Nicole Grochowina at (905) 525-9140 extension 26896. Please click for a colour poster about the Consumer Panel


Estate Planning for developmentally disabled family members
Families Matter Co-operative Inc. secretary, John Toft, writes:
"I am today sending this letter to the Federal Finance Minister.
There is a window of opportunity in the next few months to influence Federal Government policy on Estate Planning for (developmentally) disabled children. Lobbying efforts can be made by groups and individuals on this issue in order to bring about much needed change. To do this individuals and groups are asked to write to the Finance Minister and their MPs and MPPs requesting changes be made for Estate Planning for legacies to disabled persons."

The letter commends the Finance Minister for mentioning the plight of families with severely disabled adults and children and suggests the following might be examined by the “select group of experts” that is to report within six months:

  • Develop a Registered Disability Savings Plan to benefit such children.
  • Change legislation concerning “Survivor Pensions” for severely disabled children, and develop cross-Canada harminisation with the provinces concerning these pensions. Henson Trusts are one option for safeguarding these assets.
  • Enable families to leave their homes to their severely disabled children without penalty.
  • Enable families to leave other assets (stocks and bonds, savings for example) to their severely disabled children for their benefit.
  • Can such legacies be tax free? Can trusts be set up to protect such legacies? Should limits be placed on such legacies? Can harmonisation be achieved with the provinces?

Andre Picard, in an article in the Globe and Mail of May 11th, concludes: “Acting swiftly will send an important message to Canadians with disabilities – and their loved ones who care for them – that they matter today, tomorrow and for a long time in the future.” (Worrying future: Parents of Disabled need Ottawa’s help, Globe andMail, May 11th, page A15.)

John and Anne Toft are parents of an adult autistic son in Ottawa. anne.toft@sympatico.ca
www.familiesmattercoop.ca for and about people with developmental disabilities
Backgrounder: Federal Budget Features Disability-related Measures 
Minister of Finance James Flaherty tabled the budget on May 2. He said that he will appoint a small group of experts to examine ways to help parents save for the long-term financial security of a child with significant disabilities that will provide recommendations within six months. Other disability-related
measures in the budget included: improvements to the Child Disability Benefit; an increase in the refundable Medical Expense Supplement; and doubling the disability-related expenses that can be claimed by a caregiver. Read the speech at http://www.fin.gc.ca/budtoce/2006/budliste.htm#2.


Losing the Waiting Game: ODSP adjudication delays
Ombudsman André Marin presented his report on his investigation into unreasonable delay at the Ministry of Community and Social Services' Ontario Disability Support Program's Disability Adjudication Unit at a press conference this morning. Following a two-month investigation, Mr. Marin presented seven recommendations in his final report titled, "Losing the Waiting Game," aimed at curbing delays at the Disability Adjudication Unit and improving service standards. "The time has come to change the rules of the Ontario Disability Support Program waiting game. The Ministry must go back to first principles and remember why the Program exists in the first place; it is to serve low income Ontarians with disabilities," Mr. Marin commented in his findings.
Click to view the full report here
Click for press release and backgrounder



Of related interest: ODSP Action Coalition Calls for Submissions to Ombudsman
The ODSP Action Coalition is encouraging people who receive funding from the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) to make submissions to Ombudsman Ontario about the quality of service delivered by the program. The goal of the coalition is to advocate for improvements to income and employment supports provided by the ODSP. According to the coalition, many applicants and recipients have complained about how they are treated by the
ODSP. The coalition has developed a fact sheet that describes how to complain to the ombudsman. See "Ombudsman Complaints" at http://www.odspaction.ca

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ANNOUNCEMENTS OF EVENTS

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.
Please provide details of the following as BRIEFLY as possible: 
 Name of Event
 Main Speakers and Topics of Event 
 Date of Event 
 City and Location of Event
 Contact information to learn more about event
 URL Link for more information/registration 

 Please Do Not Send Files Or Brochure Attachments


TASH Teleconferences (mid-May to early June)
TASH is pleased to announce an exciting new series of Telephone Conferences on issues related to Facilitated Communication.  Co-Sponsored by The Autism National Committee
This series includes a range of sessions on Facilitated Communication to increase knowledge and understanding of the research supporting the practice and the experiences of individuals who use FC in their lives. 
To view complete session descriptions, speakers and registration information for this series please go to <http://www.tash.org/teleconferences/index.htm>   Still to come: June 2, June 5.   


Autism One Radio Schedule
A Worldwide, Web-Based Radio Station for the Care, Treatment, and Recovery
of Children with Autism  http://www.autismone.org/radio



June 2006, Monday evenings, in Pickering
Towards a Culture of Gentleness
a four part introduction to gentle and compassionate caregiving practices
presented by Felicia Jervis
-Understanding the "language of pain"
-Healing the pain
-Safe from harm
-Taking care of the caregivers
For parents, family members, friends, caregiving companions, students, educators, service providers and mental health professionals.
Click for brochure and contact details


Thurs.  June 1, 2006
Thurs.  June 22, 2006
SUPPORT APPROACHES & COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES
Day workshop series aimed to assist service providers in supporting Adults living with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities. See also June 22.
Groves Hospital in Fergus
Time:  9am  to 4:00 pm
Cost:  No cost
Click for brochure and map in PDF


June 9th, 2006
Kerry’s Place Autism Services is pleased to host
Dr. B. Duncan McKinlay
& THE CPRI BRAKE SHOP
Service for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders
“For When It’s Hard to Stop”

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
St. Peter Catholic School
150 Westwood Rd., Guelph
There is a $10.00 fee
Click on title for more


June 16-17, 2006, in Toronto
Autism Society Ontario: 2006 Annual Conference
"Kids Grow Up": Teens and Adults on the Autism Spectrum

Click for program and registration details


Thursday June 22, 2006
SUPPORT APPROACHES & COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES
Day workshop series aimed to assist service providers in supporting Adults living with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities. See also June 1.
Groves Hospital in Fergus
Time:  9am  to 4:00 pm
Cost:  No cost
Click for brochure and map in PDF


June 26-30, 2005

Autism Network International presents AUTREAT 2006
Autreat is a retreat-style conference run by autistic people, for autistic people and our friends and families. It is an opportunity for autistic people and those with related developmental differences, our friends and supporters to come together, discover and explore autistic connections, and develop advocacy skills, all in an autistic-friendly environment.
Autreat focuses on positive living with autism, NOT on causes, cures, or ways to make us more normal. We have an exciting lineup of presentations on a variety of subjects of interest to the Autistic community, including communication, relationships, daily living aids, travel, effects of prejudice, and more. Autreat has been approved to offer Continuing Education Units through the Center on Human Policy at Syracuse University.
Autreat 2006 will take place on June 26-30 at a small university campus in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, area. The campus has plenty of open space for walking, recreation, and enjoying the outdoors. Lodging is in a residence hall with two to four people per room. Registration includes a supervised activity program for children and teens under 18. For fee information, registration form, a list of workshops, and further autreat information, check out ANI's website at: http://www.ani.ac


July 8-13, 2006
, in Toronto
Inclusion Network presents
The Toronto Summer Institute
INCLUSION, COMMUNITY AND DIVERSITY
FOR: People working actively on the complex issues of inclusion and diversity in communities, workplaces and schools will want to attend this event. This Institute is for Thinkers and Doers. - for people who know there are no easy answers and who are seeking new ways of thinking and acting. This will be a unique adventure in building a learning community together. The faculty see themselves as a jazz combo who have a definite theme and a flair for improvisation - harmonizing with the participants.
Click for flyer



July 10 -
July 12, 2006, in San Diego, CA
The University of San Diego announces
1st Annual Autism Institute.
People Moving On: A 21st Century Approach to Understanding and Supporting Individuals with Autism and Those Who Care For Them and About Them
At last, an approach to autism that integrates neurological, behavioral, social and communication knowledge in a holistic and respectful person-centered way.”
Drawing on over a century of combined experience in autism research, training and practice, Anne M Donnellan, PhD, Gary W LaVigna, PhD, Martha Leary, MA, CCC-SLP, Kate McGinnity, MS, Nan Negri, PhD, and Jodi Robledo, PhD will address:
* Learning from First-Hand Accounts
* Valuing People and Developing Successful Strategies from Early Intervention through Adulthood
* The Role of Movement Differences in Communication and Behavior Challenges
* Supporting Social/Emotional Development
* Communicative Functions of Behavior
* Humanizing and Personalizing Effective Applied Behavioral Analysis Approaches
* Communication Supports
* Sensitivity Training: Understanding the lived experience of persons with the autism label
* Relaxation Techniques and Yoga
* Sensory-integration and other techniques
Click on this link for full details


July 17-21, 2006, in Syracuse
The Facilitated Communication Institute at Syracuse University
is hosting a week long summer institute.
There will be conference sessions and hands-on workshops
aimed at both new and veteran FC users and facilitators.
Please check out the flyer by clicking on this link.

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SPECIAL EARLY ANNOUNCEMENTS


Monday 18 September 2006, in Cambridge UK

The Autism Research Centre (ARC) at the University of Cambridge announces its

First Autism Research Conference at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge.

Features include keynote speakers, poster presentations and an autism publishers' fair. 

Calling all artists and musicians. As part of the conference, there will also be a music concert and an exhibition of art by people on the autistic spectrum, taking place on Sunday 17 September 2006 at the same venue. Artwork will be auctioned on the day and proceeds will be divided equally between the artists and autism research. Profits from the concert will also be donated to autism research. The ARC is calling for artists and musicians who would like to get involved in the celebrations and perform or exhibit on the day. They welcome applications from people with autism spectrum conditions (or their carers on their behalf) who would like to be considered as performers in the concert, or have their artwork exhibited. For further information about the conference, art exhibition and concert visit: www.arc-conference.com



October 25, 26, 27, 2006, in Metro
Toronto Convention Centre

Autism 2006 - Geneva Centre for Autism International Symposium

Complete program now available on our website.

Go to www.autism.net now to view this year's exciting conference program
including speakers from around the world.

The comprehensive agenda includes presentations on the latest intervention and research in autism and neurology, biomedical interventions, positive behavioural intervention, communication, social skills, sensory processing disorders, anger management, adolescents, adults/employment, first hand accounts, Aspergerís disorder, cognitive behaviour therapy, intensive behavioural intervention, OCD and much more. 

Don't miss this international exhibit hall, art gallery and remarkable opening ceremony featuring the talents of gifted individuals with ASD.


30 October-November 2, 2006, in Cape Town, South Africa
World Congress on Autism "Autism Safari - Exploring New Territories"
Please keep visiting website for updates


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BOOKS, ARTICLES, WEBSITES AND OTHER RESOURCES


More Than a Mom--Living a Full and Balanced Life When Your Child Has Special Needs"
The new book by Amy Baskin and Heather Fawcett, published by Woodbine House, is now available in bookstores, or online at Chapters.ca, Amazon.ca. If your local store doesn’t carry it, they (or you) can order it from Monarch Books 1-800-404-7404 or Parentbooks 1-800-209-9182. 500 women who filled out our surveys in order to add your experiences to the book (that previously was titled “From Struggle to Strength: How Mothering a Child With Special Needs Transforms Your Life.”

According to the press release, the book "offers advice based on real-life challenges and solutions.  This book is jam-packed with practical strategies that will help you create a more manageable and balanced life. Each chapter ends with words of wisdom from moms who answered our surveys.  You may recognize your own advice or story within the pages (though all names have been changed to protect your privacy.) We’ve attached a one page flyer describing “More Than a Mom.” Please feel free to forward it or to post it to friends, family members, agencies and organizations.  Help spread the word about the challenges we all face and the strengths we’ve developed, as moms of kids with special needs".

From the back cover:
“MORE THAN A MOM is more than a book -- it's a long overdue acknowledgment of what moms give to their children -- in this case, children with special needs. Baskin and Fawcett provide mothers with a smorgasbord of practical and achievable strategies for working towards a full and balanced life. By the time you finish reading it, you'll be convinced that you can take care of yourself while nurturing and advocating for your child. The authors aren't arguing that you can "have it all," but they're arguing that you can -- and should -- enjoy plenty of it.”
- Ann Douglas, author, The Mother of All Parenting Books

The authors would love to hear your comments about the book. Email info@morethanamom.net and visit the website at www.morethanamom.net to get the latest news.


AUTISM SOCIETY
ONTARIO: YORK REGION CHAPTER
announces its Brand New Website at
http://www.asoyork.ca/
Effectiveness of Sensory Integration (SI) Therapy
In this document Nancy Pollock, Associate Member of CanChild and practicing occupational therapist, has explored the effectiveness of SI by reviewing the literature published over the past several years. Nancy also offers implications for clinical practice based on her review. Click to view her report


The Autism Perspective Magazine
"The Autism Perspective magazine was founded upon the passionate philosophy that those living with and treating Autism Spectrum Disorders and Pervasive Developmental Disorders should have a single resource that presents the full perspective of options to encourage and inspire us and make every family feel a little less alone in its struggles, hopes and dreams.
"Within the pages of The Autism Perspective magazine you'll find inspirational stories, new therapies and treatments, personal accounts and advocacy advice. There is an entire department devoted to people with autism who share their insight, along with From A Sibling and Our Grandchildren departments. TAP's goal is to enrich and enhance the lives of those living with autism and give them new sources of hope. The Autism Perspective is a non-profit organization."
To subscribe http://www.theautismperspective.org/l_subscribe.htm


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FROM THE FRONT LINES: 

CALLING FOR HELP AND SHARING EXPERIENCES

News about adults with autism is usually negative. We receive 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 perceptions, problems and success stories, if you think others might help or benefit.

If you wish, we will not print 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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