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US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. December 18, 2008

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The American Medical Autism Board’s (AMAB) First International Conference

The American Medical Autism Board and Phillip C. DeMio, MD, provide their first International Conference on biomedical and other techniques for parents and healthcare providers, presented February 20-22, 2009, in Novi, MI/Metro Detroit, by world leaders in these treatments.

AMAB’s first Practitioner's Overview Course, for MD’s, DO’s, and other healthcare practitioners is scheduled for Sunday, February 22, 2009.

Special session, Sunday, February 22, 2009: AMAB’s first Practitioner Overview Course, for MD’s, DO’s, and other healthcare practitioners. The American Medical Autism Board will present a thorough overview of the principles and practice of Biomedical Treatment of ASD’s and other developmental disorders. This course will be taught by Phillip DeMio, MD, James Neubrander, MD, and Jerry Kartzinel, MD, all of whom are major practitioners in the field of Biomedical Autism Treatment. Attending part or all of the conference will accumulate credits for eligible MD’s & DO’s toward AMAB board certification.

Who Should Attend: Parents/Grandparents, Persons living with ASD’s, Family & Caregivers, MD’s & DO’s, Chiropractors, RN’s, LPN’s, & NP’s, & Clinical Nurse Specialists, Psychologists, Naturopaths, Homeopaths, Educators and Administrators, Speech/Language Pathologists and Therapists.

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Pediatrician to lead Health Care Community discussion nationwide
Webcast to reach hundreds of participants

drbergerDr David Berger, Board Certified Pediatrician from Tampa, FL, will be leading a Health Care Community Discussion on Saturday, December 27, at 3:30PM at the Jimmie Keel Library in Tampa. The main focuses of the discussion will be increasing research and insurance coverage for biomedical/alternative therapies and vaccine safety.

In order to involve as many people around the country as possible, there will be a webcast of the discussion.

If you wish to attend this event, please RSVP to emily@wholisticpeds.com. In order to involve as many people around the country as possible, there will be a webcast of the discussion. Please RSVP if you are interested ASAP to lab@wholisticpeds.com, as there is currently a limit of 75 viewers at a time, but if the demand is high enough the webcast can be moved to a larger server. The link for the webcast will be sent by email on 12/26 to those who sent in an RSVP email. All participants, either in person or on the webcast, will also be emailed a Participation Guide which can be filled out after the event. This provides a survey and questions to be answered, so that the opinions of each participant can be registered directly with the Health Care Transition Team.

For more information or to register, email emily@wholisticpeds.com.

Dr. David Berger is the Medical Director for Wholistic Pediatrics in Tampa, Florida. Dr David is a Board Certified Pediatrician who specializes in holistic pediatric primary care, nutritional and detoxification therapies for autism, ADHD and related disorders and immune dysregulation.



Come Join the US Health Care Community Reform Discussion / Webcast on Autism, Biomedical Therapies and Vaccine Safety
(as posted at http://change.gov/page/s/hcdiscussion)

“President Elect Obama’s transition team is asking for citizens to sign up to lead a health care discussion over the holidays.
Health care is a top priority for President-elect Obama and for Senator Tom Daschle, Secretary-designate for Health and Human Services (HHS). They both are committed to health care reform that comes from the ground up -- that's why this holiday season, we're asking you to give us the gift of your ideas and input.

Please sign up to lead a Health Care Community Discussion in your home, community center, or even a local coffee shop, anytime until December 31st.

Please sign up to lead a Health Care Community Discussion in your home, community center, or even a local coffee shop, anytime until December 31st.

We'll provide you with a special Moderator's Guide that will give you everything you need to get the discussion going. Secretary-designate Tom Daschle will even choose some discussions to attend in person. “

Click here to for more information and to watch the video.


 

Children forced into cell-like school seclusion rooms

By Ashley Fantz
CNN

Editor's note: USAAA featured this topic last year in our December 9, 2007 issue. CNN is addressing the issue this week.

MURRAYVILLE, Georgia (CNN) -- A few weeks before 13-year-old Jonathan King killed himself, he told his parents that his teachers had put him in "time-out."

"We thought that meant go sit in the corner and be quiet for a few minutes," Tina King said, tears washing her face as she remembered the child she called "our baby ... a good kid."

Dr. Veronica Garcia, New Mexico's education secretary, said her state had found more sophisticated and better ways to solve behavior problems. Garcia, whose brother is autistic, said, "The idea of confining a child in a room repeatedly and as punishment, that's an ethics violation I would never tolerate."

But time-out in the boy's north Georgia special education school was spent in something akin to a prison cell -- a concrete room latched from the outside, its tiny window obscured by a piece of paper.

Called a seclusion room, it's where in November 2004, Jonathan hanged himself with a cord a teacher gave him to hold up his pants. Watch Jonathan's parents on their son's death »

An attorney representing the school has denied any wrongdoing.

Seclusion rooms, sometimes called time-out rooms, are used across the nation, generally for special needs children. Critics say that along with the death of Jonathan, many mentally disabled and autistic children have been injured or traumatized.

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Autism Strains Families' Pocketbooks, Emotions

Nancy Shute, US News & World Report

Having a child with autism can be a huge financial strain, with 52 percent of parents saying the family's finances are drained. Three quarters of parents of children with autism worry that their child won't ever get a job or won't have enough money to get by after the parents die.

Three quarters of parents of children with autism worry that their child won't ever get a job or won't have enough money to get by after the parents die.

These sad numbers come from a new survey of 1,652 parents of children with autism up to age 30, as well as 917 parents with typically developing children. The survey was conducted by Easter Seals.

"Normal" families weren't nearly as stressed financially—just 13 percent of typical parents said child-rearing was draining their family's resources, and 18 percent said they worry about who will provide for their children after they die.

Easter Seals will be holding workshops around the country at which parents can learn how to make that happen. It's time for those parents to hear that they can dream those dreams, too.

Having a special needs child pretty much guarantees financial stress, whether it stems from paying for therapy that insurance doesn't cover or from quitting work to provide care and drive children to therapy. "But every time we look at autism versus other disabilities, the disparity is greater," says Patricia Wright, national director of autism services for Easter Seals, a Chicago-based organization that provides services for people with disabilities. She came by U.S. News's offices today to talk about why autism feels different than other disabilities.

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GoodSearch: You Search...We Give!Shop Online and Support USAAA

What if USAAA earned a penny every time you searched the Internet? Or how about if a percentage of every purchase you made online went to support our USAAA? Well, now it can!

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Just go to www.goodsearch.com and be sure to enter US Autism and Asperger Association as the charity you want to support. And, be sure to spread the word!





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In This Issue:
The American Medical Autism Board’s (AMAB) First International Conference

Pediatrician to lead Health Care Community discussion nationwide

Come Join the US Health Care Community Reform Discussion / Webcast on Autism, Biomedical Therapies and Vaccine Safety

Children forced into cell-like school seclusion rooms

Autism Strains Families' Pocketbooks, Emotions
Shop Online and Support USAAA

Special Holiday DVD Offer!




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