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March 14, 2014

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Advocating for Your College Student With Autism

Autistic Teen Asks Ellen To Be His Prom Date!

Reaching My Autistic Son Through Disney

Bahamian student with Asperger's inducted into U.S. National Honor Society in Florida

USAAA 2014 World Conference - Sept 4-7


Advocating for Your College Student With Autism

By Emma Nicholson, Huffington Post

college campusAs throngs of students with autism head off to institutions of higher learning, colleges and universities are faced with the task of providing support to help them succeed. The detailed Individual Education Plans (IEP) required for younger students with disabilities as defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are replaced with accommodations covered under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 commonly referred to as Section 504 Plans.
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[The Professor] did not respond but I did hear from the Office of Disabilities notifying me the professor had complained about my interference. The director scolded me for contacting the professor and said Ben would need to learn to stand up for himself. Ben was confused by the whole process and was scared to go back to school. The people who were supposed to be helping him were waging a battle with his family.

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Autistic Teen Asks Ellen To Be His Prom Date!

ellen take me to my promLet me start off by saying that I didn't have a date to prom, largely because I was too scared to ask anyone out in my school; 17 year old Esteban Barriga had no such fear. In fact, he went all out with the help of friends and total strangers and asked one of the biggest names in television to be his prom date!
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"It's been an unbelievable experience because here's this kid who thought he had no friends at high school, who thought he was on his own,” Maribel Rueda, Barriga's mother, told the Globe. "Now he's suddenly the most popular kid in school."

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Reaching My Autistic Son Through Disney

By RON SUSKIND

In our first year in Washington, our son disappeared.

autistic son through disneyJust shy of his 3rd birthday, an engaged, chatty child, full of typical speech - "I love you," "Where are my Ninja Turtles?" "Let’s get ice cream!" - fell silent. He cried, inconsolably. Didn'’t sleep. Wouldn't make eye contact. His only word was "juice."
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"But by midafternoon, it's clear that Owen isn't self-talking in the streams of gibberish or flapping his hands as he usually does. Some, but not much. He seems calm and focused - following the group, making eye contact - and oddly settled, with a slight smile, eyes alight, just as he is while watching the movies on our bed. Owen seems at home here, as though his identity, or however much of it has formed, is somehow tied to this place.

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Bahamian student with Asperger's inducted into U.S. National Honor Society in Florida

aspergers national honorLAKE WALES, Florida -- It is the kind of honour that only a decade ago might have seemed unattainable - a student from The Bahamas with learning disabilities and special needs being admitted into the highest academic organization in high schools in the United States.

But this month, a Bahamian with Asperger's - the high-performing form of autism -- was inducted into the National Honor Society, receiving his coveted pin like hundreds of others across America who know that Honor Society status will serve them well for the rest of their lives, from opening doors at colleges to jumpstarting them in jobs.
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"Cole has matured so much with the small classes, special structure and individual attention at Vanguard. Although he was gifted with innate intelligence, it was hard for him to interact socially in a way that was acceptable."

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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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