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US Autism & Asperger Association
August 31, 2011

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A Full Spectrum of the Arts:
An Evening of Autistic Expression

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wandering soul
"Wandering Soul"
photographer: Forrest Sargent

NOTE: If you have any questions regarding "A Full Spectrum of the Arts: An Evening of Autistic Expression" that will be presented at the US Autism & Asperger Association 2011 World Conference in October in Seattle, WA, please contact The Autism Society of Washington (ASW).

The Autism Society of Washington (ASW) is presenting a dinner and creative arts program Saturday evening, October 29, in conjunction with the US Autism & Asperger Association 2011 World Conference: "Autism Education and Treatment: A Road to Wellness", October 27-30, 2011 at the Holiday Inn Seattle-Seatac International Airport.

Artists with autism spectrum disorder are invited to exhibit visual arts in a juried and judged show at the conference on Friday and Saturday, October 28-29, 2011.

"Artists with autism spectrum disorder are invited to exhibit visual arts in a juried and judged show at the USAAA 2011 World Conference.

Expressive artists will also be featured in the dinner program on Saturday including essays, poetry and music. Family members and care providers are also invited to contribute poetry and essays. Contact the Autism Society of Washington for more information on the expressive arts program or if you have an interest in presenting a musical performance.

ASW is seeking submissions for the art show that can be sold in a live auction with a portion of the proceeds going to the artist and a portion as a fundraiser to ASW - a valuable opportunity for emerging professional artists. Or, art may also be donated 100% to ASW in support of our on-going programs, mission and goals.

CALL FOR ARTISTS submission details.

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Ohio student with Asperger’s feels at home in IU Swim Club, Bloomington

From The Herald Times
By Dann Denny

swimming IUSeveral weeks after Pam Gertz began a nationwide search for the ideal city for her 21-year-old son Braden, who has autism spectrum disorder, she found it — Bloomington, Indiana.

Gertz, who lives with her husband in Akron, Ohio, said she was impressed that Bloomington has two colleges — Indiana University and Ivy Tech where Braden could pursue a degree in early childhood education.

"The swim club has been a wonderful experience for Braden,” Gertz said. “The people on the club have been so gracious and welcoming, and have taught him so much about navigating life on campus.”

She was also excited that B-Town had a College Internship Program, a national private organization with sites across the country that offer support services to college students with Asperger’s or other learning differences.

“The College Internship Program has a great location close to campus,” Gertz said. “There are College Internship Programs in other towns, but most are sequestered 15 to 20 miles away from campus.” Full Story.

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Program Hopes to Make Broadway Friendlier to Those With Autism

By ERIK PIEPENBURG
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com

broadwayEarlier this month the Theater Development Fund, the nonprofit organization that runs the city’s TKTS discount ticket booths, announced that it was starting the Autism Theater Initiative, which aims to make theatergoing accessible to children and adults living on the autism spectrum. The program kicks off on Oct. 2 with a sold-out matinee of “The Lion King” for what T.D.F., in a news release, calls “the first ever autism-friendly performance in Broadway history.”

“Parents of autistic kids are concerned,” said Lisa Carling, T.D.F.’s director of accessibility programs. “They want their child to be comfortable, and they don’t want people thinking they are bad parents because they can’t calm their child down. It’s so important for families who are raising kids with autism to feel they are in a friendly place.”

"Theater Development Fund... announced the it was starting the Autism Theater Initiative, which aims to make theatergoing accessible to children and adults living on the autism spectrum.

For the special 1 p.m. performance, T.D.F. bought out the entire Minskoff Theater, which has about 1,600 seats, and sold tickets at a discount. Full Story.

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October 27-30: USAAA 2011 World Conference & Expo, Seattle, Washington

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Whether you've just received a diagnosis of autism or you've struggled for years to find answers, you know how difficult it can be to find hope. The vast amount of information, in cyberspace or print, from doctors to friends, on special diets to social skills, can overwhelm even the most dedicated parent. How can you sort through the junk mail and begin down the road to success?

"The primary function of the USAAA conference is where parents, caregivers, health care practitioners, individuals with autism, students, educators, therapists and anyone who wants to learn more about services and treatment for persons living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can learn about effective interventions – both medical and educational.

Introducing the US Autism & Asperger Association 2011 World Conference & Expo. The theme: "Autism Education and Treatment: A Road to Wellness." The goal: to demystify the confusion around autism and to arm you with tools of practical protocols and new resources. After four days, you will leave the conference with a considerable head start down the road to wellness.

With an unprecedented conference format and presentations from some of the most respected experts in the international autism community, the USAAA conference is a can't-miss opportunity. Here's a sneak peek at just a few of the conference highlights:

  • "Meet Temple Grandin's Mother - Coming to Terms with Expectations"
  • "The 7 Keys to Unlock Autism"
  • "The Doctors Who Treat Autism Spectrum Disorders"
  • Panel workshops on advocacy, adjunct therapies, biomedical interventions, nutrition, support services, and more

"Full 4-day packages start at just $95.

Full conference information.

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