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Calendar

DATE: August 8-11
USAAA 2007 International Autism and Asperger Conference

US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. (USAAA) kicks off its annual International Autism and Asperger Conference in Denver, Colorado, August 8-11, 2007. Thirty-three of the world’s most renowned leading autism experts will present new interventions and new research in both education and medicine. The conference is co-hosted by Autism Society of Boulder County (ASBC) and will be held at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center.

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Click here to register


Attention New York Families
Date: June 7

Writers on Autism – Reading at Lifespire in Empire State Building, Thursday, June 7 @ 7 p.m. For more information, click here.


Atlanta, Georgia
Date: June 8

The Simpsonwood Remembered Rally. For more information, click here.


Attention Utah Families
Date: June 12-14

Strong Foundations for Development & Learning:The Roles of Nutrition, Reflexes and Vision Workshops for Parents and Professionals working with children on the Autism Spectrum - June 12-14. For more information, click here.

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 Feature Articles
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Supreme Court Rules: "Parents Have Independent, Enforceable Rights"

Recently, the US Supreme Court granted all parents the right to advocate for their children's special education needs without the assistance of a lawyer. WAMU 88.5 , Washington, D.C., looks at what the case means for students, parents and school districts, both locally and nationwide.

Click here to listen to the report, "Supreme Court & Special Education."


USAAA appoints Stephen Shore, ABD to USAAA Advisory Board

Stephen Shore, ABD
US Autism and Asperger Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen Shore to the USAAA Advisory Board. Diagnosed with "Atypical Development with strong autistic tendencies" Stephen Shore was viewed as "too sick" to be treated on an outpatient basis and recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and with much help from his parents, teachers, and others, Stephen Shore is now completing his doctoral degree in special education at Boston University with a focus on helping people on the autism spectrum develop their capacities to the fullest extent possible.

In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Stephen presents and consults internationally on adult issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, advocacy, and disclosure as discussed in his book Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Ask and Tell: Self-advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum, and the newly released Understanding Autism for Dummies.

A board member of the Autism Society of America and president emeritus of the Asperger’s Association of New England, Stephen serves for the Board of Directors for Unlocking Autism, the Autism Services Association of Massachusetts, MAAP, and the College Internship Program.

Stephen will present "Examining Five Promising Approaches for Working with Children on the Autism Spectrum," at the USAAA 2007 International Conference in Denver, Thursday, August 9, from 2:00pm - 3:00pm. He will also present "Personal Experiences on the Autism Spectrum and Challenges Surrounding Communication and Socialization," with Dr. Valerie Paradiz, Saturday, August 11 from 4:15pm - 5:15pm. Click here to preview an abstract of Stephen's presentations for the USAAA 2007 conference.


S.C. health plans to cover autism

Savannah Morning News
June 2, 2007

COLUMBIA, S.C. - For families of autistic children, the financial options are few and often unattractive. Ask grandparents for help. Take out a second or third mortgage. Limit their children's treatment or pay for it themselves, sometimes at an annual cost of $50,000 to $60,000. "A lot of families, in most cases, Mom stays home and tries to learn the best she can to try and do it (the treatment) on her own," said Craig Stoxen, president of the South Carolina Autism Society. Now, though, the state is stepping in to offer help.

Among the 47 S.C. bills that became state law this week is a provision that requires health insurers to cover disorders such as autism and Asperger's syndrome. There are exceptions and exemptions, such as for small businesses, but the state health plan is included.

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A Case Series of Children with Apparent Mercury Toxic Encephalopathies Manifesting with Clinical Symptoms of Regressive Autistic Disorders

Impairments in social relatedness and communication, repetitive
behaviors, and stereotypic abnormal movement patterns characterize
autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). It is clear that while
genetic factors are important to the pathogenesis of ASDs, mercury
exposure can induce immune, sensory, neurological, motor, and
behavioral dysfunctions similar to traits defining or associated with
ASDs. The Institutional Review Board of the Institute for Chronic
Illnesses (Office for Human Research Protections, U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services, IRB number IRB00005375)
approved the present study. A case series of nine patients who presented
to the Genetic Centers of America for a genetic/developmental
evaluation are discussed. Eight of nine patients (one patient was
found to have an ASD due to Rett’s syndrome) (a) had regressive
ASDs; (b) had elevated levels of androgens; (c) excreted significant
amounts of mercury post chelation challenge; (d) had biochemical
evidence of decreased function in their glutathione pathways; (e)
had no known significant mercury exposure except from Thimerosal-
containing vaccines/Rho(D)-immune globulin preparations;
and (f) had alternate causes for their regressive ASDs ruled out.
There was a significant dose-response relationship between the
severity of the regressive ASDs observed and the total mercury dose
children received from Thimerosal-containing vaccines/Rho (D)-
immune globulin preparations. Based upon differential diagnoses, 8
of 9 patients examined were exposed to significant mercury from
Thimerosal-containing biologic/vaccine preparations during their
fetal/infant developmental periods, and subsequently, between 12
and 24 mo of age, these previously normally developing children
suffered mercury toxic encephalopathies that manifested with
clinical symptoms consistent with regressive ASDs. Evidence for
mercury intoxication should be considered in the differential diagnosis
as contributing to some regressive ASDs.

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Prying open autism's door
June 3, 2007
by Paul Brooks
Times Herald-Record

Fishkill — Temple Grandin is autistic. Her brain is missing wires. She thinks in pictures. Yet for hundreds of people yesterday, she was the picture of hope — hope for their own children and the others locked inside autism, Asperger syndrome and related disorders. More than 550 people crammed into the big room at the Holiday Inn in Fishkill yesterday. The Mental Health Association in Orange County and the other sponsors of the daylong conference had turned away a couple of hundred more people. That is the power of Grandin's story. Yesterday, Grandin's mother, Eustacia Cutler, added the power of her own views and experiences as the mother of an autistic child to the message. Grandin didn't talk until she was 3-and-a-half. She would rip down the wallpaper, smear feces on the wall and throw all her toys into the corner. Later, she got tossed out of high school for fighting.

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TIP of the week - Fluorescent Lights

"Some autistic people are bothered by visual distractions and fluorescent lights. They can see the flicker of the 60-cycle electricity. To avoid this problem, place the child’s desk near the window or try to avoid using fluorescent lights. If the lights cannot be avoided, use the newest bulbs you can get. New bulbs flicker less. The flickering of fluorescent lights can also be reduced by putting a lamp with an old-fashioned incandescent light bulb next to the child’s desk.” Teaching Tips for Children and Adults with Autism (revised December 2002) Temple Grandin, Ph.D.

(excerpt from "Diagnosis Autism: Now What?", Distraction #3 )

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REGISTER NOW for the USAAA 2007 conference

Register now for the US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. (USAAA) annual International Autism and Asperger Conference in Denver, Colorado, August 8-11, 2007. Thirty-two of the world’s most renowned leading autism experts will present new interventions and new research in both education and medicine. The conference is co-hosted by Autism Society of Boulder County (ASBC) and will be held at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center. The conference is presented in part by International Hyperbarics Association.

Click here for more conference information. To register, click here. For conference partial scholarship information, click here.



Gordon Brown Must Act On Autism', Says Ivan Corea, Head Of Autism Awareness Campaign, UK
Medical New Today

June 2, 2007

Ivan Corea, who heads the Autism Awareness Campaign in the United Kingdom, has urged the Prime Minister Elect, Gordon Brown to take up the whole issue of autism. Gordon Brown has pledged to act on education as a key plank to his government's strategy. Ivan Corea appealed to the Prime Minister Elect to view autism as one of the concrete issues he plans to tackle in his premiership.

Autism has been pushed right up the political agenda in the UK. Autism is a neuro-developmental disorder, according to estimates 587,900 people in the UK are on the autism spectrum. According to researchers in the UK 1 in 100 children may have autism. Numbers are rising and autism campaigners are calling on Gordon Brown to show leadership by taking decisive action on the issue.

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MPPs debate autism Monday
Training of up to 1,400 teachers, principals and educational assistants will take place this summer.

June 1, 2007
By: Michael Power, Staff Writer
YorkRegion.com

(Ontario, Canada) The Alliance for Families with Autism is hosting a three-party debate Monday on policies and programs surrounding the disorder.
The event takes place at the Sheraton Parkway Inn, with the debate kicking off at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Autism is a neurological disorder that, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States, affects about one in every 150 children. "Much has happened since the last election in the field of autism policies," said Sam Yassine, founding member of the alliance, in a press release. "The coming (provincial) election is critical and we want to hear the parties debate their autism policies so everyone will know where they stand." Education Minister Kathleen Wynne announced last month that starting in September, school boards across Ontario must begin providing specialized instruction for children with autism.

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In This Issue :
Calendar
USAAA 2007 International Autism and Asperger Conference, Denver, Colorado - August 8-11

Attention New York Families
Writers on Autism – Reading at Lifespire in Empire State Building, Thursday, June 7 @ 7 p.m.

Atlanta, Georgia
The Simpsonwood Remembered Rally, June 8

Attention Utah Families
Strong Foundations for Development & Learning:The Roles of Nutrition, Reflexes and Vision Workshops for Parents and Professionals working with children on the Autism Spectrum - June 12-14


Feature Articles
Supreme Court Rules: "Parents Have Independent, Enforceable Rights"

Stephen Shore appointed to USAAA Advisory Board.

S.C. health plans to cover autism

A Case Series of Children with Apparent Mercury Toxic Encephalopathies Manifesting with Clinical Symptoms of Regressive Autistic Disorders, by Dr. Mark Geier and David Geier

Prying open autism's door

TIP of the week - Fluorescent Lights


Speaker Spotlight
Temple Grandin, PhD


REGISTER NOW for the USAAA 2007 conference

USAAA News Around the World
Gordon Brown Must Act On Autism', Says Ivan Corea, Head Of Autism Awareness Campaign, UK

MPPs debate autism Monday
Training of up to 1,400 teachers, principals and educational assistants will take place this summer.


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Speaker Spotlight
Temple Grandin, PhD

Dr. Temple Grandin is inarguably the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world. She has been featured on major television programs, such as "ABC's Primetime Live", the "Today Show", "Larry King Live", "48 Hours" and "20/20" and written up in national publications, such as Time magazine, People magazine, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, and New York Times. Among numerous other recognitions by media, Bravo Cable did a half-hour show on her life, and she was one of the "challenged" people featured in the best-selling book, Anthropologist from Mars. Dr. Grandin didn't talk until she was three and a half years old, communicating her frustration instead by screaming, peeping and humming. In 1950, she was labeled "autistic," and her parents were told she should be institutionalized. She tells her story of "groping her way from the far side of darkness" in her book Emergence: Labeled Autistic, a book which stunned the world because, until its publication, most professionals and parents assumed being diagnosed "autistic" was virtually a death sentence to achievement or productivity in life.

Dr. Grandin will present "My experiences with Learning, Language, Sensory problems and Visual Thinking" in a Keynote Presentation at the USAAA 2007 International Conference in Denver, Thursday, August 9, 9:00am - 10:00am. Click here for a bio of Dr. Grandin.

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