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Autism Society of America and AMC Entertainment® Host Sensory Friendly Films

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Autism Society of America and AMC Entertainment® Host Sensory Friendly Films

AMC Entertainment (AMC) and ASA have teamed up to begin testing a pilot program to bring families affected by autism a special opportunity to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment on a monthly basis. “Sensory Friendly Films” are premiering across the country this month with a special showing of the new animated film Star Wars: Clone Wars. Read more …

Tidewater ASA and Surfers Healing Host 5K Run

The 2nd Annual Surfers Healing 5K Run will take place at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront on Saturday, August 16, 2008, at 8 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the Tidewater Autism Society of America and Surfers Healing Virginia Beach. Read more …

Chicago Area Girl “Takes a Stand” for Autism

It all started when Jill Kelly heard an advertisement on a local Chicago radio station. The station was promoting a contest in which a child could win a lemonade stand if he or she had a place to sell as well as a charity in mind. Her daughter Erin, 10, decided to fill out the application and wrote an essay about her brother Jason, 7, who has autism. Several weeks later, Sunkist delivered a giant card board lemonade stand to their doorstep to help Erin raise money for ASA. Read more …

Australian Indie-Band Invited to Play at United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities

A Melbourne band, which has five (out of six) musicians with a range of disabilities (blindness, deafness, Asperger’s, autism and Down Syndrome), has made history and become the world’s first indie-band to be invited to perform at the United Nations in New York. Read more …

Senators Kerry and Grassley Introduce Empowered at Home Act

Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Charles Grassley (R-IA) introduced the Empowered at Home Act (S. 3327) on July 24, 2008. The bill has four basic parts. First, it would improve the Medicaid home- and community-based services (HCBS) state plan option by giving states more flexibility in determining eligibility and by increasing the services states can offer under the program. This is expected to create greater options for individuals in need of long-term supports. Read more …

UT Houston Researchers to Study Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diets

Researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston have embarked on one of the first double-blind, clinical studies to determine whether gluten and dairy products play a role in autistic behavior as some parents have anecdotally claimed. Read more …

Yale Study Looks at Eye Contact in Children with Autism

Though lack of eye contact has long been one of the early warning signs of autism, a new study published in the August issue of Archives of General Psychiatry recently addressed this fact and confirmed it scientifically. Read more …

Study Presents Robots as a Possible Therapy Tool

Bubble-blowing robots may be a new tool for teaching social skills to children with autism, according to preliminary studies from the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering. Read more …

2008 NATTAP Conference in Columbus, Ohio

Registration is now open for the Network of Autism Training and Technical Assistance Programs (NATTAP) Conference, November 19-21 in Columbus, Ohio. This year’s conference includes five preconference sessions, keynote speeches by Paula Kluth and Temple Grandin, over 200 conference sessions on significant topics and themes in ASD and related fields, and continuing education credits. Read more …

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 this September. If you’re interested in exhibiting, advertising in the conference program guide or becoming a sponsor, please contact Meg Ellacott at

First International Autism Summit

Autism Today and Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital have teamed up to host the Autism Summit in Cleveland, Ohio, October 10 -12, 2008. Read more …

New Memoir of Life with Autism

A Regular Guy: Growing Up With Autism is Laura Shumaker’s memoir about life with her son Matthew, who has autism. It helps answer common questions that people have about autism through the story of Matthew’s life, from babyhood to young adulthood. Read more …

Film Shows Life through Eyes of a Boy with Autism

In 1995, documentary filmmaker Henry Corra gave his twelve-year-old son a video camera to document his own life. Henry and George, who has autism, filmed side by side over the next year, creating a film that is a swirling kaleidoscope of sights and sounds that turns into a stunning examination of autism and the fundamental nature of perception itself. Read more …

Enabling Devices Spotlights Autism Products

Enabling Devices will feature products for people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) this fall. Read more …

Children with Asperger Syndrome Share Stories, Essays and Poems

In More Than Little Professors, Lisa Barrett Mann gives readers an opportunity to “hear” (and see) the unique and often creative and insightful thoughts of children and young adults with Asperger Syndrome. Read more …

“The Bolt Hole”

In The Bolt Hole by Lyn Clark, eleven-year-old Dutch DuValle discovers Sam, a young boy with autism, sheltering in her play house. It would be natural for her to inform her landlady, report him to her older sister, or notify the police. She does none of these. Instead—with the help of her friend Ridley—she diagnoses the child, entertains him, and hides him, even as a state-wide search is narrowing its focus to her village. Read more …

Penagain Presents the Twist ‘n Write Pencil

The Twist ‘n Write™ pencil is a new model specifically designed to fit smaller hands and bring back the fun in writing. Parents, teachers, and occupational therapists report that the ergonomic rocket-ship design is helpful for kids with weak motor skills, autism, or any hand-related impairments. Read more …

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