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US Autism & Asperger Association
January 31, 2013

Welcome to USAAA WeeklyNews, an email newsletter that addresses a range of topics on Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorders.


USAAA 2013 World Conference in Salt Lake City

US Autism & Asperger Association will host the USAAA 2013 World Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. An official release with the date and location in downtown Salt Lake City will be announced Monday. Look for details in your USAAA WeeklyNews e-newsletter this coming Monday for the announcement.

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A Child With Down Syndrome Keeps His Place at the Table

(Editor's note: Some research suggests that 10% of children in the US with Down Syndrome also have autism)

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restaurant imageIT'S rare that our daily lives adhere to dramatic form. But as reported on Today.com/Moms ("Waiter hailed as hero after standing up for boy with Down syndrome"), among other places, a little morality play took shape a few days ago in a Houston restaurant

According to the Today.com article, the Castillo family - Eric, Kim and their 5-year-old son, Milo, who has Down syndrome - were having dinner at Laurenzo's Prime Rib when a family nearby asked to be seated elsewhere. Read the entire Story

...his kind of bravery makes an enormous difference in the lives of people with disabilities.

...The history of disability in our country is mostly tragic. During decades of routine institutionalization and sterilization, a shared preschool - let alone friendship, or being a valued regular customer at a Houston restaurant - was not on the table. If there were a slogan for those grim decades, "let them be special somewhere else" would sum things up pretty well.

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Transition Planning: Setting Lifelong Goals

by Jennifer Graham and Peter Wright, Esq.

girl collegeAs we enter the second half of the school year, many parents hear the clock ticking louder and louder as graduation nears

We hope you have been working closely with your child's IEP team through high school to ensure that appropriate transition goals have been established and your child's progress toward these goals has been measured and documented. Read the entire Story

The student must be invited to participate in IEP meetings to discuss his/her goals for life after high school.

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Training working adults with Asperger's

asperger germanyBERLIN (CNN) - Adults with the form of autism known as Asperger's syndrome are given valued work place skills in Germany.

A company in Berlin, a technology firm called Auticon, is training dozens with Asperger's syndrome in specialized training to become software testers.

According to the German government, only 15 percent of working adults with Asperger's syndrome are employed in the private sector, due to difficulty with social interactions - a symptom of Asperger's. Read the entire Story

Psychologists state teaching specific skills in social interactions are important to the development of working adults with Asperger's syndrome.

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In this issue:

USAAA 2013 World Conference in Salt Lake City

A Child With Down Syndrome Keeps His Place at the Table

Transition Planning: Setting Lifelong Goals

Training working adults with Asperger's


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