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February 17, 2014

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Housing Help Unlikely Until Parents Die

Film: Unlimited Potential

Asperger's athlete Jonathan Stern from Scottsdale Desert Mountain High adapts, inspires

VIDEO: Boy with Autism Gets a Special Gift from Sanitation Worker

USAAA 2014 World Conference - Sept 4-7


Housing Help Unlikely Until Parents Die

By Arielle Levin Becker, ©The Connecticut Mirror

Scott Langner was so excited when he learned he could one day move into an apartment with friends that he soon began talking about the invitations he'd use for his housewarming party.

He'd seen his older brother and sister go off to college and then their own apartments, and his parents hoped that Scott, who has developmental disabilities, autism and a seizure disorder, would eventually be able to move into a home with his friends, with supports funded by the state Department of Developmental Services.
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One woman told legislators that she wakes up nearly every morning to her 15-year-old son banging on the walls, so loud that neighbors threaten to call police. Her son, who has developmental delays, routinely eats his feces, and his doctor has said he needs constant monitoring. But she said her family is unable to get residential services for him. She said they're among the state's "lost families," stuck between the school system and the developmental services system and unable to get residential services..

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Film: Unlimited Potential
USAAA Advisory Board Member Dr. Stephen Shore in a Short Film

Editor's note: In the video, the host incorrectly states that Stephen was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, where the actual diagnosis when Stephen was a toddler was "Atypical Development with strong autistic tendencies".shore

Stephen Mark Shore, EdD serves on the US Autism & Asperger Association Advisory Board and is an Assistant Professor at Adelphi University. Dr. Shore, a self-advocate, who has presented in more countries on autism than anyone else in the world, spent part of last summer teaching in New Zealand. Click here to watch Unlimited Potential, a film about Dr. Shore that was produced by Attitude Live in New Zealand.
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Dr. Shore, who has presented at multiple USAAA conferences, will be a featured presenter at this year's USAAA 9th Annual World Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, September 4-7, 2014.

"Music is a great way of communication that works very differently from verbal communication. Whatever seems to scramble the verbal centers of the brain, responsible for speech, leaves the musical connections intact. So music may become the means of communication. It may be helpful in promoting verbal interaction. Music can serve as a carrier signal for verbal communication."

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Asperger's athlete Jonathan Stern from Scottsdale Desert Mountain High adapts, inspires

By Paola Boivin
azcentral sports columnist.

The chant started with eight minutes left in the game.

"I'm going to drive myself to keep working harder every day because I want to help people who face the same obstacles. "And I want them to know: 'Work hard and believe in yourself.' That's what I did."

'We … want … Jonathan! We … want … Jonathan!'

With 2:01 remaining on the clock Friday night, Desert Mountain basketball coach Kurt Keener sent him in, a ball of energy sporting a white headband.

To understand why a crowd of high school students went crazy when the student manager entered the game against North Canyon on Friday night you must understand who senior Jonathan Stern is.
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VIDEO: Boy with Autism Gets a Special Gift from Sanitation Worker

By ALICIA C. DENNIS. People.com

boy garbage pick upDaniel Mulligan of Ojai, Calif., 5, looks forward to his neighborhood's weekly trash pick-up, watching in fascination as the garbage is picked up by sanitation workers. But his usual Monday routine had a welcome surprise, captured on video, when he got to meet one of his heroes - and got a truck of his own.

Mulligan, who has autism, first became interested in garbage trucks after his mother, Robin Newberger, showed him videos of them to help him understand he didn't need to be afraid of their loud noises.
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"We will literally be waiting outside for hours on trash day because he hears the truck in the neighborhood and can't focus on anything else."

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conference news update

USAAA 2014 World Conference
September 4-7, 2014

On September 4-7, 2014, the US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA) launches its 9th Annual World Conference in Kansas City, Missouri at the award winning Marriott Country Club Plaza hotel. 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.
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