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US Autism & Asperger Association
January 17, 2013

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Toxic releases rise

By Judy Fahys | The Salt Lake Tribune

toxic dumpToxic releases have inched up in Utah, with Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon mining operations once again ranked second overall in the nation.

Based on the latest Toxics Release Inventory from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Utah's slight uptick followed a national trend of bigger releases to the air, land and water. Nearly 21,000 companies nationwide reported a total of 4.09 billion tons in 2011, an overall increase of 8 percent of 650 mineral and chemicals considered in the count.

In Utah, 182 facilities handled a total of 196,982,429 pounds, an increase of 21,978,749 pounds or 12.6 percent, for the year.

Nearly 21,000 companies nationwide reported a total of 4.09 billion tons in 2011, an overall increase of 8 percent of 650 mineral and chemicals considered in the count.

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Whole Foods Apologizes For Telling Customer With Autism To Wear A Leash

The Huffington Post | By Eleanor Goldberg

customerAfter a security guard at Whole Foods shamed her autistic brother, Emily Goldman took to the Internet to get the store to apologize and to change their staff training policies.

Earlier this month, Goldman's brother, Michael -- who doesn't speak -- took some food from the hot bar as the two shopped at a Whole Foods in Milwaukee, FOX6 reports. Goldman told the news outlet that she immediately apologized to the security guard on the scene, explained her brother's condition and offered to pay for the grub. But she said she was met with an infuriating response.

"They told me he needed to get out of the store and not come back unless he was on a leash," Goldman told FOX6.

"They told me he needed to get out of the store and not come back unless he was on a leash,"

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Physician Empathy Helps Patients Overcome Colds Faster

Contributors: David Rakel MD, Assoc Professor

logoA final study led by Department of Family Medicine (DFM) Associate Professors David Rakel, MD, and Bruce Barrett, MD, PhD, has shown that physician empathy really does help patients fight the common cold.

In fact, a therapeutic encounter based on empathy, compassion, and a willingness to listen not only helps patients feel better faster, it can also translate to actual changes in their immune response.

"this shows even more powerfully how patients' perception of empathy can support their immune function's ability to recover"

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Stories about Charismatic Adults: Relationships that Change Lives

By Robert Brooks, PhD

mentorIn my October, 2012 article I focused on one of my favorite topics, that of a "charismatic adult." As I have often noted, it was a description introduced by the late psychologist Julius Segal. He emphasized that children who overcome adversity and become resilient do so in great part because of the presence in their lives of a charismatic adult, that is, a person from whom "a child or adolescent gathers strength."

I was immediately drawn to this definition while reading an article authored by Segal in 1988. I found the image of "gathering strength" to be very powerful and in concert with a major finding in the resilience research literature. When individuals who had persevered in spite of challenging childhoods were asked to reflect upon what factors contributed to their success and optimism, an almost universal response was that there was at least one adult in their lives who steadfastly believed in and supported them. Their resilience was rooted in great part in their interaction with this charismatic adult.

"she saw something in me and provided me with opportunities to grow and become a leader. She put me in positions to learn and help others.."

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In this issue:

Toxic releases rise

Whole Foods Apologizes For Telling Customer With Autism To Wear A Leash

Physician Empathy Helps Patients Overcome Colds Faster

Stories about Charismatic Adults: Relationships that Change Lives


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