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US Autism & Asperger Association

July 22, 2014

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Setting a Civil Rights Precedent

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The Five Keys to Unlocking a Successful School Year

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USAAA 2014 World Conference - Sept 4-7 - REGISTER NOW

legal news

Setting a Civil Rights Precedent
Undergraduates in the USC Trial Advocacy Program and Olu Orange of political science help obtain justice for the family of an autistic man gunned down by police.

Justice has been upheld and USC [University of Southern California] Dornsife faculty and students helped ensure it.

"We can't just sit by and let them get away with killing this kid."

On May 19, six years after police shot and killed a young autistic man, Mohammed Usman Chaudhry, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Chaudhry's family is entitled to pre-death pain and suffering damages resulting from violation of his civil rights.

On May 19, six years after police shot and killed a young autistic man, Mohammed Usman Chaudhry, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Chaudhry's family is entitled to pre-death pain and suffering damages resulting from violation of his civil rights.

The ruling overturned a previous decision by a Los Angeles district court which struck down a $1 million settlement for pre-death pain and suffering, part of an original $1.7 million damages award that included $700,000 for loss of companionship. The new ruling was based on the argument that the California state law that would bar a plaintiff's estate from recovering pre-death pain and suffering damages in wrongful death cases cannot be applied to a federal civil rights claim when wrongful police conduct causes the death. Full Article...

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education news

The Five Keys to Unlocking a Successful School Year

By Samantha Feinman, Program Director, New Frontiers in Learning and Casey Schmalacker, Coach, New Frontiers in Learning

Executive functioning skills are essential to succeed in life. Certain executive functioning skills, such as time management and organization, help individuals in their jobs, daily chores, and day to day responsibilities. Students with a variety of learning challenges, such as ADHD, learning disabilities, or autism spectrum disorders, may have deficits in such executive functioning skills, which can, in turn, adversely affect the school experience. Although these deficits may seem insurmountable at times, there are ways to tackle them to achieve success. Full article...

Students need to understand that asking for help will not make them look bad; rather, it will actually show their parents, teachers, and other professionals that they care about the class and want to be successful.

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conference news update

Conference update on CEU Accreditation

Attention Parents: Tell all your teachers and other professionals to sign up and join you at this year's conference in Kansas City.

Professionals: Expand your skills, network, and career. There is no better way to meet parents, physicians, and educators under one roof than at a US Autism & Asperger Association conference. Parents, professionals, and educators share their experiences and tips. Pre-Register or call 1-888-9AUTISM.

CEU Accreditation - Continuing education is offered throughout the entire 2014 conference for all professionals. Check with your state or national associations to ensure CEUs are accepted by your organization. Attendees may register to receive a Certificate of Attendance (COA) or CEU certificate with their association. For additional information, click here.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) - CEU certificate. This course is offered for up to 1.65 ASHA CEUs (Various level, Professional area). The Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing Association is approved by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide continuing activities in speech-language pathology and audiology. See course information for number of ASHA CEUs, instructional level and content area. ASHA CE Provider approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.

National Association of Social Workers (NASW) - "This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #886673846-2887) for 15.5. Social Work continuing education contact hours." Boards that Endorse the NASW CE Approval Program include Kansas and Missouri. For a list of all Boards, click here.

Public/Private Schools - A Certificate of Attendance is offered throughout the conference. USAAA introduces breakout sessions geared toward school sessions for educators and professionals throughout the conference. Learn more about registration and the special discount for school educators and staff.

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USAAA 2014 World Conference
Kansas City, Missouri
September 4-7, 2014

they are coming to kansas city

Over 30 of the world’s most respected researchers, practitioners, and education specialists in the Autism Spectrum Disorders community come to Kansas City, Missouri to share valuable resources for your child, family member, patient, friend, student, or yourself. Join us at the award winning Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza hotel September 4-7, 2014.



Introducing for the first time:
Self-Advocates in a short-form presentation with four presenters in combined one hour plenary session.

Special plenary sessions:
The Doctors and Researchers Panel:
Phillip C. DeMio, MD
Ted Henderson, MD, PhD
Martha Herbert, MD, PhD
Valerie Hu, PhD
William Shaw, PhD
Kenneth Stoller, MD
J. Michael Uszler, MD
Ten Tips to Reduce Brain Overload by Martha Herbert, MD, PhD
Self-Advocacy - Challenges Throughout the Lifespan Panel
Tim Page, DFA, Pulitzer Prize winner and USC professor of music, communication and journalism
Stephen M. Shore, EdD, world renowned professor of special education at Adelphi University
Jennifer O'Toole, Founder of Asperkids and teacher
Raun Kaufman, subject of an award-winning NBC television movie
Christopher Gauthier, MFA, Assistant Professor of Art, Photography at Utah State University
Bringing It All Together
Joyce Miller DeMio
Phillip C. DeMio, MD
Christopher M. Gauthier, MFA
Ted Henderson, MD, PhD
Raun K. Kaufman
Lori Knowles-Jimenez
Julie Matthews, CNC
William Shaw, PhD
Marlo P. Thurman, MS
J. Michael Uszler, MD
Theresa Wrangham

Medical/Biomedical track:
Biomedical Interventions: Treating the Underlying Causes of the Symptoms
by Dr. Phillip C. Demio
The Detection and Treatment of the Most Common Biochemical Abnormalities in Autism
by William Shaw, PhD
New Discoveries in the Underlying Pathobiology of Autism
by Valerie Hu, PhD
Diagnosis of and Treatment for Disorders that are Comorbid with Autism
by Ted Henderson, MD, PhD
A Compelling Story of Recovery
by Lori Knowles-Jimenez and Daniel Knowles
Functional Imaging of the Brain - New Discoveries
by J. Michael Uszler, MD
Get Started Now - Food and Nutrition Matter!
by Julie Matthews, CNC
Improvements in Overall Behavior
by William Shaw, PhD
Co-Infections Including Lyme Disease and How To Treat Them
by Kenneth Stoller, MD
Tips and Tricks for Your New Grocery Shopping Treasure Hunt
by Joyce Miller DeMio
Nutrition Workshop: Supplements, Kids, and Fun with your Blender
by Julie Matthews, CNC

Educational and Developmental track:
Autism Breakthrough: The Groundbreaking Method
by Raun K. Kaufman
Core Academics: All Classrooms Begin With a Focus On "Me"
by Gil Tippy, PsyD
Assessing and Teaching Functional Living Skills to Individuals of All Ages Using The AFLS™
by Jim Partington, PhD, BCBA
Unlocking the Precious Precocious Potential of ASD Kids
by Jennifer O'Toole
The Continuums of Autism: Cognition, Sensory Processing and Behavior
by Marlo Payne Thurman, MS
Music, the Carrier Signal for Verbal Communication

by world renowned professor of special education, Stephen M. Shore, EdD
New Interventions in Schools Panel:
Jennifer O'Toole, Jim Partington, PhD, BCBA, Stephen M. Shore, EdD, Marlo P. Thurman, MS Gil Tippy, PsyD
From Preschool to Post-Secondary Education: Navigating Systems and Preparing for Transitions
by Marlo P. Thurman, MS
Special exclusive interview with Tim Page. Grateful for the Diagnosis; It Explained Everything
by Tim Page, DFA
10 Key Steps to Finding a Job and Keeping It
by Margaret Dillon Katz
Building Relationships, Marriage, and Family in the Context of Autism

by Gil Tippy, PsyD and Christopher M. Gauthier, MFA
Panel: Support Services for Missouri and Kansas,
by Vonda Minor and Jennifer Smith
Living with Aspergers: Navigating a Delicate Balance, by Christopher M. Gauthier, MFA
Parents Facing a Lifetime of Daunting Challenges Panel

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