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US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. July 14, 2008

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Celebrity Has Compelling Testimony To Present At Her First Autism Conference
Actress, singer, and author Holly Robinson Peete will deliver the Keynote address at the USAAA 2008 Autism & Asperger International Conference which will also include more than 30 of the world’s leading Autism Spectrum Disorder experts who will discuss new treatment regimes and effective therapies never before presented to the public.

Austin, TX – July 14, 2008 – The US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA) is set to hold its third annual conference, the 2008 International Conference, from September 4-7, 2008 in Austin, Texas.  The event will be kicked off by well-known actress, singer, and author Holly Robinson Peete who, along with husband Rodney – a former NFL quarterback, has become a vocal national advocate for autism-affected families.  The Peetes have successfully managed marriage challenges and the difficulties faced in raising their  son Rodney Jr. who is affected by autism…  and they are still going strong as a family after 12 years!  Ms. Peete will offer her compelling testimony on the twin miracles of compassion and communication.

Actress, singer, and author Holly Robinson Peete will deliver the Keynote address at the USAAA 2008 Autism & Asperger International Conference

The conference itself will highlight many of the issues affecting both loved ones and individuals affected by autism spectrum disorders, and provide much-needed open and positive discussions of autism and Asperger‘s Syndrome treatment options.   The confirmed speakers for this extraordinary event include experts in the fields of  medicine, education, research, behavioral and developmental therapies, diet and nutrition, and family issues.  They are physicians, scientists, speech pathologists, developmental specialists, parents, caretakers, educators and individuals on the spectrum who are personally affected by autism or Asperger’s Syndrome, and serve as lifelines for others.  They will share a message of knowledge and hope and conference attendees will be privileged to hear success stories in even the most dire cases.

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Government's Defense of Mercury in Vaccines
Shaken by Withdrawal of Expert Reports

WASHINGTON, DC - In the United States Court of Federal Claims, National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, the contention by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), that mercury in vaccines does not cause autism, has suffered an unexpected setback.  In a June 27, 2008 Autism Omnibus Proceeding (OAP) conference, attorneys for the DHHS announced that they were withdrawing two key written reports and any statements which relied on those reports.  Those key reports, written by two world-renowned toxicologists (Dr. Laszlo Magos , formerly from the Medical Research Council Laboratories, England, and Dr. Thomas Clarkson, from the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY USA), were the toxicological pillars underpinning the government’s claim that Thimerosal does not cause autism.

Dr. Clarkson, working under a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), essentially declared that organic mercurial antiseptics, including Thimerosal, should be heavily restricted or withdrawn, as the fact that mercury readily penetrates intact membranes and is highly toxic seems to have been forgotten in a peer-reviewed study published in 1977.

On July 3, 2008, the three OAP Special Masters recorded that they had granted the DHHS request to withdraw the expert reports of Drs. Magos and Clarkson. In addition, their court order stated:
 respondent would be permitted to withdraw any reliance on those two expert reports, and that we would not consider those reports at all in resolving those test cases.

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Speaker Spotlight
Licensed Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst to present at USAAA conference

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James W. Partington, PhD, BCBA

James W. Partington, PhD, BCBA is the director of Behavior Analysts, Inc., in Pleasant Hill, California. He is a licensed psychologist and a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA), and has more than 30 years experience working with children with developmental disabilities. Dr. Partington will be presenting "Teach Your Children Well: Practical Advice for Parents and Professionals Regarding Designing and Implementing Effective Interventions for the Acquisition of Verbal Behavior" at the USAAA 2008 International Conference in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, September 4th. Dr. Partington's presentation is designed to provide parents with an overview of the “verbal behavior” analysis of language.

A major emphasis will be placed on identifying methods to enhance and utilize motivational variables to teach language in both structured teaching sessions and in daily activities.

"Children with an autism spectrum disorder have significant delays in their communication and social interaction skills. When attempting to teach them new language and social skills it is important to make the learning activities enjoyable such that while the child learns important language, he is motivated to interact with others, especially those who work with him," said Dr. Partington.


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Speaker Spotlight
Pediatric Physician and Researcher to present at USAAA conference

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J. Dennis Odell, MD, FAAP

Dr. Dennis Odell is Director, BioMedical Division, for Center for Persons with Disabilities, at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. He is Board Certified in pediatrics.

Dr. Odell will be presenting "Autism: what do we really know and how do we make sense of the informational overload" at the USAAA 2008 International Conference in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, September 7th.

"Autism is a challenging disorder for those who have autism, their families, health care providers, educators, and researchers. Major media campaigns have greatly heightened public awareness of autism, and public and private research efforts to understand the disorder have increased exponentially in recent years. With this increased awareness has come a burgeoning of conflicting views regarding causes, and best treatment approaches," said Dr. Odell.

This presentation will focus on... making sense of the huge informational overload that one is presented with related to autism.

Dr. Odell received his Medical Degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in 1979, and completed his residency in Pediatrics at Stanford University Medical Center in 1982. His training includes conventional and biomedical pediatrics, and has extensive experience treating children with disabilities, including autism. Dr. Odell is the author of many peer-reviewed publications in the field of autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), including the effects of medication on cognitive performance in ADHD and genetic influences in autism.

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TIP of the Week
Language and Social Skills

When attempting to teach children with ASD new language and social skills, it is important to make the learning activities enjoyable.
James W. Partington, PhD, BCBA


Asperger syndrome: 'Bosses say I'm not a team player'
Danny Hancock has a brilliant mind but can't hold down a job. Sheryl Moore talks to him and his mother about changing workplace attitudes to Asperger syndrome

asperger articleSurrounded by a pile of well-thumbed science journals and maths textbooks, Danny Hancock comes alive. The 22-year-old enthuses at length about the Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler and his French contemporary, Pierre de Fermat.

"Fermat's Last Theorem," he muses. "Now that's an interesting one." For a moment he makes eye contact with me - perhaps believing he has found an intellectual sparring partner - and he's off. It's hard to get a word in edgeways as he talks excitedly about his hopes of becoming a mathematician.

But ask Danny, who was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome (AS) earlier this year, about getting a job and he becomes subdued: "Employers don't seem to want people with disabilities like mine. They say I'm not a team player and haven't got the right skills for the workplace."

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In This Issue:
Celebrity Has Compelling Testimony To Present At Her First Autism Conference
Government's Defense of Mercury in Vaccines Shaken by Withdrawal of Expert Reports
Speaker Spotlight - Licensed Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst to present at USAAA conference
Speaker Spotlight - Pediatric Physician and Researcher to present at USAAA conference
TIP of the Week- Language and Social Skills

News Around the World
Asperger syndrome: 'Bosses say I'm not a team player'


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USAAA 2008 Annual International
Autism and Asperger Conference,
Austin, Texas, September 4-7, 2008

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US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. (USAAA) kicks off its third annual International Autism and Asperger Conference (and 5th overall conference since 2006) in Austin, Texas, September 4 - 7, 2008. Twenty-eight of the world’s most renowned leading autism experts will present new interventions and new research in both education and medicine. The conference is presented in part by CARE Clinics and International Hyperbarics Association and will be held at the Hilton Austin Airport.




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2008 Conference - Register Now!

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