Wednesday, April 26, 2017

This week in USAAA WeeklyNews

- Arrest of 10-year-old boy with Autism "deplorable"
- Keeping Students with Disabilities in School Preventing Suspensions
- CIP Partners with Top Employers For Special Needs Programs
- 'Supergirl' star's musician hubby wrote song for son with Asperger's
- The USAAA 12th Annual World Conference - Register Now
- USAAA Bookstore - 32 books featured

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Arrest of 10-year-old boy with Autism "deplorable"


(CNN) - The 10-year-old boy cries, mostly quietly, "I don't want to be touched, I don't like to be touched.... Please don't touch me," as the officers handcuff him and walk him toward the car.

After watching the disturbing video that shows an Okeechobee County 10-year-old with autism being placed in handcuffs and arrested at school Wednesday, Dr. Jack Scott, the executive director of the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, or CARD, said this arrest should have never happened. “I find it deplorable, when I saw it in the video,” said Scott. “This should never be handled criminally in my view.”

Related links to this story
Washington Post - Police arrest 10-year-old with autism at school - 10-year-old boy with Autism spends the night in jail
CNN - In autism arrest, the only thing new was the video
WPTV - Mom wants changes after her 10-year-old son with autism arrested in Okeechobee County

In cellphone video taken by his mother, you can see 10-year-old John Benji Haygood in handcuffs being taken away by school resource deputies in Okeechobee County. You can also hear his mother, Luanne Haygood, try to explain that her son is on the autism spectrum.

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Keeping Students with Disabilities in School Preventing Suspensions


When schools repeatedly use disciplinary actions, children with disabilities may not be receiving appropriate behavioral interventions and supports. the case of a child whose behavior impedes the child’s learning or that of others, consider the use of positive behavioral interventions and supports, and other strategies, to address that behavior. 20 U.S.C. Section 1414(d)(3)

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- Keeping Students with Disabilities in School
- U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance to Schools on Ensuring Equity and Providing Behavioral Supports to Students with Disabilities
- Struggling During Recess & School Activities? Address PBIS in the IEP

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CIP Partners with Top Employers For Special Needs Summer Programs

The College Internship Program (CIP), a national transition program for youth on the autism spectrum and with learning differences such as ADHD, has partnered with major employers to enhance their two-week summer program offerings at five campus locations nationally.

Mploy is designed for young adults with ASD and LD ages 18 to 26 who are interested in entering the workforce and transitioning to independent living.

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Click here for Featured Mploy Partnerships

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'Supergirl' star's musician hubby wrote song for son with Asperger's

By Michael Starr,

Chyler Leigh answered a few questions about East of Eli and "Supergirl."

I understand the East of Eli song "Lost Transmission" was written for your son.

Our son, Noah, is 13 and deals with ADHD and Asperger's syndrome. It's been a struggle for him over the years and so encouragement on a regular basis is very important to all of us. Nathan wanted to record a song that Noah could take with him throughout life to remind him of how proud he is and that no matter what, a diagnosis doesn't have to be a definition. Noah is meant to soar in life and we are intent on helping him do so.

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The US Autism & Asperger Association 12th Annual World Conference & Expo is presented in part by The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc., New Beginnings Nutritionals, Vivint Gives Back, & Autism Hope Alliance


Register Now for the USAAA 12th Annual World Conference & Expo in Portland, Oregon, August 25-27, 2017







USAAA Bookstore - 32 books featured

The US Autism & Asperger Association online bookstore is a collection of books from individuals who have presented at USAAA conferences as well as a few other recommended books and DVD's/CDs by our advisory board.

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to US Autism & Asperger Association whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. When you are on Amazon Smile, all your purchases benefit US Autism & Asperger Association. Make sure you designate us as your charitable organization.
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Interventions and Therapies

"Our goal should be to help persons with autism understand and use their strengths to work around any presenting challenges so they, just like everyone else, has an equal chance at living a fulfilling and productive life".
- Stephen M. Shore, EdD (USAAA Advisory Board Member)

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US Autism & Asperger Association WeeklyNews is an email newsletter that addresses a range of topics on Autism Spectrum Disorders including Asperger Syndrome and related disorders. The e-newsletter is complimentary. After you sign up, be sure to visit the Newsletter Archive that started in 2005.
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