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US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. August 30, 2008

Welcome to USAAA Weekly News, an email newsletter that addresses a range of topics on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Asperger's Syndrome.

Online Registration Closes Tomorrow at Midnight

Online registration will close at 11:59 p.m. (EDT) tomorrow, August 31, for the US Autism & Asperger Association International Conference, September 4-7, 2008. Click here to register.

If you are unable to register online, don't worry; you will still be able to register directly at the conference. On-site registration will be available on Thursday, September 4, from 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Friday, September 5, fr0m 7:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, September 6, from 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; and, Sunday, September 7, from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

"On-site registration will be available every day at the conference."

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. Over thirty of the world’s most renowned leading autism experts will present new interventions and new research in both education and medicine. Click here to learn more about the conference, or click here to register for the conference.


Presidential Candidates Debate on Autism

This week the USAAA Weekly News is including a special article of the presidential candidates' stances on autism.

John McCain has worked with issues on Autism Spectrum Disorders during his time in the Senate, such as when he cosponsored the Combating Autism Act of 2006. "John McCain is very concerned about the rising incidence of autism among America's children and has continually supported research into its causes and treatment," his campaign said. "He believes that federal research efforts should support broad approaches to understanding the factors that may play a role in the incidence of autism, including factors in our environment, for both prevention and treatment purposes."

As president, McCain would work to advance federal research into autism, promote early screening, and identify better treatment options. Click here to read his plan on combating autism in America.

Barack Obama has set forth a plan specifically on Autism Spectrum Disorders. "Some conditions like autism don't appear until age two, so infant screening is not enough," he said. "And to meet the needs of the growing numbers of Americans with autism, we need a comprehensive approach that includes not just screening, but early intervention, research, and education services."

As president, Obama would appoint a federal ASD Coordinator to oversee all federal ASD efforts, fully fund the Combating Autism Act and other federal autism research initiatives, support special needs education for children with ASD, and support universal screening. Click here to read his full plan, and click here to see his updated plan to empower Americans with disabilities.

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In This Issue:

Online Registration Closes at Midnight Tonight

Presidential Candidates Debate on Autism

holly robinson Peete

Keynote Address:
Holly Robinson Peete

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. Ms. Peete, 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.

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