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Resources for Gulf Coast Families Affected by Autism

ASA stands ready to assist families and individuals with autism spectrum disorders in finding the resources they need as Hurricane Ike approaches the area. During any emergency, whether it be weather-related or man-made, we want those in the autism community to be prepared to weather the storm both before it hits and in the aftermath. Read more …

Sensory Friendly Films Return this September

ASA and AMC Entertainment® Sensory Friendly Films were a hit in August, and the events will continue this month with a special showing of Igor on September 20. In order to accommodate the unique needs of the autism community, as well as those with other disabilities, the movie auditoriums will have their lights brought up, the sound turned down, and AMC’s “Silence is Golden®” policy will not be enforced. Read more …

Ride for ASA in Dallas!

Don’t miss Dallas’ first Ticket to Ride on September 27, a motorcycle ride to benefit ASA, with radio personalities Lex and Terry, 97.1 The Eagle, and Dallas Harley-Davidson. Why ride? Just ask Steve Travis, a motorcycle enthusiast in Mansfield, Texas. Read more …

ASA in the News

National Public Radio and The New York Times feature commentary by ASA representatives this week. Read more …

Children of the Stars Screening to Benefit San Diego ASA

Children of the Stars, a new documentary, will be shown at the San Diego Asian Film Festival on their closing night, 5:45 p.m. on October 16. Proceeds will benefit the San Diego Chapter of ASA. Read more …


House to Introduce Legislation to Provide Autism Coverage to Military Retirees

Next week, Congressmen Jim Moran (D-VA) and Jeff Miller (R-FL) will be introducing legislation to expand the health care program for military retirees to include coverage of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy. Read more … 

Autism/Special Needs Highlighted at National Conventions

Autism drew mentions in several high-profile political speeches at both the Democratic and Republican conventions in the past few weeks. Read more …

Congress Returns for End of Session

Congress returned this week for the final three weeks of session before they adjourn to hit the campaign trail. There’s a lot to be done in the next couple of weeks, and there are several autism-related items on the horizon. Read more …RESEARCH

Statement on Columbia University Study on Measles Virus Vaccine and Autism

On September 4, 2008, the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University released a study entitled, “Lack of Association between Measles Virus Vaccine and Autism with Enteropathy: A Case-Control Study.” Read more …EDUCATION

A Letter to my Teacher

With the new school year, Natural Learning Concepts is offering a free customizable letter that will help a teacher get to know his or her student with autism a little better. Read more …CONFERENCES

2009 ASA National Conference to be Held in Chicago, July 22-25, 2009

Have fun in sunny Orlando this year? You’ll love the Windy City in 2009! Save the date for ASA’s 40th Annual National Conference and Exposition on Autism Spectrum Disorders, July 22-25, 2009, at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Ill., outside of Chicago.Stay tuned for our call for papers, coming later this month. If you’re interested in exhibiting, advertising in the conference program guide or becoming a sponsor, please contact Meg Ellacott at

Autism Society of Iowa’s Fall Conference & 20th Annual “Christmas in October” Benefit Auction

The Autism Society of Iowa will hold their Fall Conference and 20th Annual “Christmas in October” Silent and Live Auction on Friday, October 3, at the Sheraton of West Des Moines. The 20th Annual Auction also falls in line with the celebration of the Autism Society of Iowa’s 30th anniversary of serving Iowans with autism spectrum disorders. Read more …

P2K: Parents to Kids 2008

Pediatric Therapy Network will sponsor Parents to Kids (P2K), a conference devoted to building healthy families, particularly those with members with special needs, on October 5 in Torrance, Calif. Read more …I

International Autism Summit Special Offer to Autism Society of America Members

Autism Today is offering a special opportunity to ASA members for the upcoming International Autism Summit: An ASA member who purchases a full conference registration can bring a complimentary friend. Read more …

AUTCOM Annual Conference

Register today for the AUTCOM Annual Conference 2008, “Embracing the Hope and Joy of Autism,” October 17-18 in Ann Arbor, Mich. Organizers designed this conference to be as comfortable as possible for people on the autism spectrum. All food events will include a gluten-free, casein-free option. There will be a quiet room with natural lighting, and all presentation spaces will have incandescent rather than fluorescent lighting. Read more …RESOURCES

Refrigerator Mothers” Released on DVD

Kartemquin Films is now offering Refrigerator Mothers on DVD. Refrigerator Mothers paints an intimate portrait of an entire generation of mothers, who lived for years under the dehumanizing shadow of professionally promoted “mother blame.” Read more …

New Book Gives Tips for Diagnosing Autism Earlier

Osnat and Philip Teitelbaum have worked for nearly two decades to develop ways of detecting signs of potential autism or Asperger’s syndrome in the first year of life by examining a child’s early motor development, and the results of their efforts are detailed in the new book Does Your Baby Have Autism? Read more …

Show Kids the Way

In The Chameleon Kid, author Elaine Marie Larson encourages children to control the personalized “Meltdown” lurking inside by evoking the adaptable abilities of the chameleon. Supported by colorful cartoon-like illustrations, she uses short verses to present the various reactions that the bad guy “Meltdown” can cause, followed by advice for how the Chameleon Kid can adapt his emotions and attitudes to prevent Meltdown from taking over. Read more …

“The Kid-Friendly ADHD & Autism Cookbook”

Pamela J. Compart and Dana Laake, authors of The Kid-Friendly ADHD and Autism Cookbook, offer three free articles for the new school season: “School Lunches for Kids With ASD: Delicious, Healthy & Possible”; “5 Back to School Lunch Ideas”; and “One Person’s Yummy Food Is Another Person’s Yucky Food.” Read more …

“Playtime With Zeebu” Now Available!

Playtime With Zeebu is a new option for parents and professionals seeking better strategies to develop the social awareness of children with ASDs. Combining a fun children’s video series and plush hand puppets, parents and educators can implement these tools to increase the social awareness of children on the autism spectrum.

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