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US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. July 15 , 2007

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Attention parents, caregivers, health care practitioners, teachers, therapists, school administrators, social workers, counselors, and others touched by autism & Asperger's Syndrome.

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

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US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. (USAAA) holds 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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The Opening of the 2nd ‘A PLACE OF GRACE’
California's Integrative Hyperbaric Center

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From left to right... Chitra Bhakta, MD, Francisco Morales, MD, Michael Uszler, MD. Dr. Michael Uszler is a USAAA Scientific Advisory Board member and will present at the USAAA conference in August.

by L.P. Kaplan, PhD,
USAAA Executive Director

Irvine, California....I had the opportunity to join over 500 people at the grand opening of the California Integrative Hyperbaric Center - 'A Place of Grace’ - in Irvine, California. Parents, supportive MD's , PhD’s, as well as authors and accredited colleagues from the integrative medical community gathered on April 30, 2007 to view this uniquely designed center and to lean about all that it has to offer. This is not a brick and mortar structure. It is a place where parents can bring their children with the hope and possibilities of significantly improving them through a combination of many interventions.

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From left to right... Larry Kaplan, PhD (USAAA Founder and Executive Director), Theresa K. Wrangham( Co-Founder, Autism Society of Boulder County & USAAA Advisory Board member), Maria Patel (Oxy Health Corporation).

As one enters the facility, each room has a healthy spirit in mind; from the Nutritional Kitchen, which offers cooking classes, samplings and support for those on a ’Gluten-Free diet’, in addition to education about other nutritional needs, to the Play Room where one can engage in all elements of social play in a bright colorful room filled with learning toys and books to explore, to the Occupational Therapy room which has large therapy balls and a Therasuite to learn balance and body control, and other occupational equipment for developmental training, to the Speech Therapy room which has been playfully decorated to resemble a jungle, encouraging patients to interact in the reading area and ignite communication and innovative play, to the Exam Room, where a physician will be able examine, test, and evaluate the child, and then discuss observations with the parents, to the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) room which houses Hyperbaric hard and soft form chambers for treatment in autism, Cerebral Palsy, Lyme disease, Multiple Sclerosis and many other debilitating diseases.

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From left to right... Shannon Kenitz, Executive Director, International Hyperbarics Association, Inc. and USAAA Advisory Board member, Lauren Underwood, PhD, USAAA Scientific Advisory Board member.

What is so exciting today is that we have new research, interventions and tools such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy that improve the function and well-being of our children that didn’t exist just a few years ago. Thanks go to Shannon Kenitz, Executive Director of the International Hyperbarics Association, whose dream of creating 'A Place of Grace' has been duplicated in California. This is the second center as the first dream was created in Madison, Wisconsin a few years ago. Thanks go to Samir Patel, owner of Oxy Health Corporation, who significantly contributes to the dream.

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Shannon Kenitz with daughter Grace at a TACA conference the day before the Grand Opening.

Both Shannon and Samir share the same vision in creating many centers throughout the country to enhance the quality of life of individuals and their families/caregivers touched by autism spectrum disorders as well as many other disorders and debilitating diseases that affect so many of our children today.

Click here for more information about the California Integrative Hyperbaric Center.

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for more information about the Wisconsin Integrative Hyperbaric Center.

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Speaker Spotlight
 

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Winner of Three
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Spanish/English version of the book is titled Guia de la Ley de Educacion Especial. Guia de la Ley de Educacion Especial features the Spanish and English text side by side. It is the only Spanish/English book on the subject. Both available at Amazon.com.

Randy Chapman is the Director of Legal Services at The Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People, Colorado’s Protection and Advocacy System. Mr. Chapman has represented people with disabilities for 29 years focusing on enforcing the rights of persons with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and protecting persons with disabilities from abuse and neglect. He has made more than 400 presentations on the rights of persons with disabilities, nationally and in Colorado. Mr. Chapman is the author of The Everyday Guide to Special Education Law, (The Legal Center 2005), The New Handbook for Special Education Rights (The Legal Center 2000), and Assistive Technology: Universe of Opportunities, (The Legal Center 1999). He will present "An overview of the key changes in the IDEA 2004,"at the USAAA 2007 International Conference in Denver, Saturday, August 11, from 3:00pm - 4:00pm. Click here for a bio of Randy Chapman.
 

 

 

 

William Shaw, PhD received his Ph.D. in biochemistry and human physiology from the Medical University of South Carolina. He is board certified in the fields of clinical chemistry and toxicology by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry. He has supervised large endocrinology, nutritional biochemistry, and toxicology and immunology departments in positions at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Smith Kline Laboratories in Atlanta. He was the director of Clinical Chemistry, Endocrinology and Toxicology at Children's Mercy Hospital, the teaching hospital of the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Shaw is the Director of The Great Plains Laboratory for Health, Nutrition, and Metabolism, a laboratory specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of metabolic disorders of adults and children along with autism, PDD, hyperactivity, inborn errors of metabolism, and adult disorders such as Depression, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Fatigue. Dr. Shaw will present "Oxalates Control is a Major New Factor in Autism Therapy,"at the USAAA 2007 International Conference in Denver, Thursday, August 9, from 3:30pm - 4:30pm. Click here for a bio of Dr. Shaw.
 

 

 

 

Patrick J. Rydell, EdD, CCC-SLP, has been in the field of autism and communication disorders for over 25 years in public school, hospital, university, private practice settings, and administration. Dr. Rydell is the owner and director of Rocky Mountain Autism Center (RMAC) in Lakewood Colorado, a private practice dedicated to working with children with autism spectrum disorders and similar disabilities. Dr. Rydell's doctorate and master's degrees were earned in the field of communication disorders and special education, with a primary program emphasis in autism and early childhood education. Dr. Rydell is a co-author of the SCERTS® Model and a Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant Recipient (2005). He has co-authored five book chapters and numerous research articles in autism and unconventional verbal behaviors, and frequently speaks at international, national, state conferences on topics related to autism. Dr. Rydell will present "The SCERTS Model: The Relationship Between Emotional Dysregulation and Behavior Challenges," at the USAAA 2007 International Conference in Denver, Friday, August 10, from 3:30pm - 4:30pm. Click here for a bio of Dr. Rydell.

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USAAA features "Through My Eyes" Art Show by Autism Society of Boulder County (ASBC) at the USAAA 2007 International Conference

The “Though My Eyes” Art Show by ASBC highlights talents and abilities of those who are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Art will be displayed in the main exhibit hall and also in the lobby area.

Here are some examples of art that will be displayed at the conference:


Wakefield disciplinary hearing starts next week

On July 16th the General Medical Council (GMC) will begin a disciplinary hearing into allegations relating to the research and clinical activities of Dr Andrew Wakefield, Professor John Walker-Smith and Professor Simon Murch. As these courageous doctors stand up for the groundbreaking work they have done for our children, the autism community is gathering to give a unified voice to the hundreds of thousands of children who are rarely heard.

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11-Year-Old Writes Book About Sibling's Asperger's Syndrome
WRAL.com

Raleigh — Some children with Asperger's Syndrome, a milder form of autism, may go undiagnosed for years. The behaviors can be difficult for families, especially for siblings. One person decided to put his thoughts down on paper. At 11 years of age, Sam Frender is like other boys his age, except he has written a book. It is about living with an older brother with Asperger's Syndrome. For 13 years, Sam's parents didn't know the cause of their oldest son's behavior issues.

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USAAA 2007 conference registration online

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. 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.



Cases of autism may be higher than believed
By Marion O’Mara

A NEW study estimating that 1 in 58 children in the UK has autism has prompted MEP, Kathy Sinnott, to express the view that the Autism Epidemic is affecting similar numbers in Ireland. Already, she said, every Health Service Executive and school area in the country is struggling to cope with the increasing numbers of children with autism and Autistic Spectrum Disorders entering their systems.

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Autism joins the campaign trail
Parents vow to make politicians improve services for children

By ANTONELLA ARTUSO, QUEEN'S PARK BUREAU CHIEF
Toronto Sun.com

July 15, 2007...Premier Bob Rae's re-election bid was dogged by social-contract-hating protesters. Giant flip-flops followed Liberal Lyn McLeod around during the 1995 campaign to spotlight same-sex rights. Mike Harris was swarmed by Kraft Dinner-throwing poverty protesters in 1999. Now, Premier Dalton McGuinty can expect to find his election steps haunted by a group of parents who intend to make autism front and centre in the coming provincial campaign, which gets officially underway on Sept. 10. Richmond Hill's Taline Sagharian, the mother of a 10-year-old son, told Sun Media this week that this new group is determined to play a "very strong" advocacy role in the election, bringing the issue directly to the politicians on the hustings.

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Awareness of Asperger's syndrome
After a lifetime of seeing the world differently and not knowing why, ALYSON BRADLEY has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome. Now, she offers some insight into her life.
New Zealand, press.co.nz

Asperger's syndrome? You may well ask. I did not think or even know about it until recently. I'm in my 40s and have just been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome. I also found out I'm dyslexic. Apparently, often people with Asperger's will have other learning difficulties. Dyslexia alone would be bad enough (but I think about 10 per cent of the population have it to some degree). Right now, though, I'm still trying to get my head around being an Aspies. All of a sudden, it's like not being who you thought you always were.

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In This Issue :
The Opening of the 2nd ‘A PLACE OF GRACE’, California's Integrative Hyperbaric Center

Speaker Spotlight
Randy Chapman
William Shaw, PhD
Patrick J. Rydell, EdD, CCC-SLP

USAAA features "Through My Eyes" Art Show by Autism Society of Boulder County at the USAAA 2007 International Conference

Wakefield disciplinary hearing starts next week

11-Year-Old Writes Book About Sibling's Asperger's Syndrome

USAAA conference registration online

USAAA News Around the World
Cases of autism may be higher than believed

Autism joins the campaign trail
Parents vow to make politicians improve services for children

Awareness of Asperger's syndrome


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For the second straight year, USAAA will offer a live webcast of the annual USAAA International Autism and Asperger Conference. USAAA was the first autism and Asperger's organization to offer a live webcast during the annual conference in August, 2006.

Get last year's conference DVDs now. Click here for more information and be sure to sign up for this year's live webcast now.


NEW! Your Choice!

This year at the USAAA 2007 International Conference in Denver, Colorado, August 8-11, approximately a week after the conference you can purchase downloads of presentations for playback on your computer in QuickTime, iTunes, and on your video iPod. Also, during the conference DVDs are available either as a single presentation or multiple packages.

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DVDs are available for purchase approximately one hour after each presentation. Full sets are mailed after the conference.

For more information, visit the ZenWorks Productions booth next to registration in the lobby on the second floor.

   

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