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US Autism & Asperger Association

July 19, 2013

Welcome to USAAA WeeklyNews, an email newsletter that addresses a range of topics on autism, Aspergers Syndrome, PDD, and other related disorders.

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Tuesday, July 23, 6:00 PM PST

Quick Tips for Supporting a Healthy Diet

Real-Time, Cook Along, and Ask Questions

Certified Nutrition Consultant Julie Mathews will be sharing some sensational recipes and professional advice for supporting a healthy diet. The event will be streamed live July 23rd at 6:00pm PST. Set your evening aside for this special USAAA pre-conference event. No registration is necessary and the event is free. Join us from Julie's kitchen to yours at with an introduction by US Autism & Asperger Association Chairman, Larry Kaplan, PhD.

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Why Diet Helps - Science and Research

summettimeBy Julie Matthews, CNC

Parents report positive changes to health and behavior when applying special "autism diets:" which involve removing offending foods and boosting the nutritious foods children eat. They are realizing that they can affect their child's health through these calculated omissions and additions to diet. Since parents determine what their children eat, implementing a diet is an empowering step parents can take to help their child(ren) feel better, reduce their autism symptoms, and help them pursue their full potential. FULL STORY

While "dietary intervention" (change) can seem overwhelming, with learning and focus, even busy moms can, and do, make it work.

Julie Matthews will be participating on a panel on Nutrition Intervention Improving Autism Related Disorders Friday, August 16, presenting Get Started Now - Food and Nutrition Matter! Saturday, August 17, and Nutrition Workshop: Supplements, Kids, and Fun with your Blender on Sunday August 18 at the USAAA 2013 World Conference.

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Brain Imaging Study Confirms Addictive Nature of Processed Carbs

By Dr. Mercola

carbsA staggering two-thirds of Americans are now overweight, and one in four are either diabetic or pre-diabetic. Carb-rich processed foods are a primary driver of these statistics, and while many blame Americans' overindulgence of processed junk foods on lack of self-control, scientists are now starting to reveal the truly addictive nature of such foods. FULL STORY

To protect your health, I advise spending 90 percent of your food budget on whole foods, and only 10 percent on processed foods. It's important to realize that refined carbohydrates like breakfast cereals, bagels, waffles, pretzels, and most other processed foods quickly break down to sugar, increase your insulin levels, and cause insulin resistance, which is the number one underlying factor of nearly every chronic disease and condition known to man...

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More in U.S. caring for someone with health issues, study finds

By Emily Alpert
LA Times

A rising share of Americans is caring for someone with health issues, often juggling the task with a job and family, the Pew Research Center found in a newly released survey.

Researchers found that 39% of U.S. adults surveyed said they were caring for an adult or child with significant health challenges in 2012, compared with 30% who said the same in 2010.

Experts say the numbers will continue to surge as the American population ages, putting added demands on workers and families. An earlier Pew study found nearly half of Americans surveyed said they would probably end up caring for an aging relative in the future. FULL STORY

"One example is expanding government programs providing "respite care" for a few hours so that caregivers can take a break"

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Don't Hide the Disability

Lynn O'Shaughnessy

don't hide disabilityEleven percent of college undergraduates have a disability, the majority being learning disabilities, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Yet many colleges and universities do not publicize their learning disability programs. Schools worry that if their LD services are well-known, it might scare away students with no learning issues. FULL STORY

Parents and teenagers often wonder if they should keep a disability a secret out of fear that it will harm admission chances. That's a mistake for a variety of reasons.

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USAAA 2013 World Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, August 15-18


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These are some of the 30+ experts who have the solutions: Temple Grandin, PhD, one of the most accomplished adults with autism in the world; Martha Herbert, MD, PhD, a Harvard professor who is on the cutting edge of autism research; Tim Page, DFA, a Pulitzer Prize winner and professor, who is grateful to have a diagnosis; Stephen M. Shore, EdD, a world renowned lecturer who overcame his autism challenges and is now a professor of special education; Phillip C. DeMio, MD, a father and a nationally recognized expert physician who has treated thousands of persons with ASD; Elaine Hall, a mother who is making miracles for children, teenagers, and adults.


On August 15 - 18, the US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA) launches its 2013 Annual World Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel and Convention Center. Over 35 of the world's most respected experts will discuss New Research, Treatment Modalities, Resources, and Avenues for Advocacy. After four days, you will leave the conference armed with tools of practical protocols, valuable hope, and new resources for support for your child, family member, patient, friend, student, or yourself.

Our speakers and panelists include physicians, behaviorists, educators, researchers, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, developmental specialists, psychologists, social workers, scientists, nutritionists, siblings, teachers, self advocates, parents, education consultants, plus more. USAAA features World Premiere presentations.

Dr. Temple Grandin, PhD, one of the most accomplished and well-known adults with autism in the world, will keynote the opening session on Friday morning, August 16 and there will be an exclusive special "One on One" with Temple. Dr. Grandin ranked 31st on Time Magazine's list of the most influential people of 2010 in the world. Dr. Grandin's fascinating life was brought to the screen in the HBO production full-length film, Temple Grandin, which received seven Emmy awards in 2010. Dr. Grandin works as a Professor of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University.

Continuing education is offered throughout the conference.

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Why Diet Helps - Science and Research

Brain Imaging Study Confirms Addictive Nature of Processed Carbs

More in U.S. caring for someone with health issues, study finds

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Don't Hide the Disability

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