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Seven Ways to Celebrate National Autism Awareness Month

In order to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism, ASA has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s. The United States recognizes April as a special opportunity for everyone to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community. ASA has launched several family-friendly awareness activities to give people with autism and their communities a chance to celebrate National Autism Awareness Month in unique ways this April. Read more …

Videoconference and Webcast Presented for World Autism Awareness Day

Global Education Motivators (GEM) in collaboration with the United Nations Office of Special Events will present “Educational Challenges,” a videoconference and Webcast on Monday, March 30, 2009, at 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Eastern time as part of the week-long celebration of World Autism Awareness Day. Read more …

Temple Grandin to Speak at UN

In honor of World Autism Awareness Day, Dr. Temple Grandin will speak at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City on April 1. Read more …

AMC and ASA to Host Two Sensory Friendly Films this April

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, there will be two Sensory Friendly Films this April: Monsters vs. Aliens on April 4, and Hannah Montana: The Movie on April 18, both at 10 a.m. local time. Visit to find a theatre near you, and be sure to look for our new locations in Grand Rapids, Mich.; Houston; San Francisco; Spokane, Wash.; and Tampa, Fla.

Santa-America and ASA Launch Partnership

Santa-America and the Autism Society of America announced a partnership last week that will help children affected by autism and their families have rewarding, inclusive experiences with Santa for the holiday season. Read more …

The Thunder Will Roll May 2

Join radio personalities Lex and Terry, Adamec Harley-Davidson, and the Autism Society of America for Ticket to Ride VII on May 2 in Jacksonville, Fla. Ride side by side with hundreds of riders from around the region to make a difference in the lives of individuals with autism and their families. Every year, this wildly popular police-escorted motorcycle ride sells out in weeks, so reserve your tickets right away! Read more …

AFP Launches Employment Initiative for Citizens with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The Alliance for Full Participation (AFP), of which the Autism Society of America is a member, has announced a national effort to increase employment in the U.S. for people with developmental disabilities. Individuals with developmental disabilities want and need real jobs like everyone else. About 10% of the U.S. population has disabilities, but, within that group, only 37% are employed. And it’s worse for Americans with developmental disabilities, where only 22% of the group is employed. Read more …

Family Fun Night with ASI

Kick off Autism Awareness Month with Fun Night, sponsored by the Autism Society of Indiana and POWER KIDS. Read more …

ASA-York 4th Annual Autism Awareness Fair

Join the Autism Society of America-York Chapter for a day of information and fun at the 4th Annual Autism Awareness Fair, Saturday, April 4, at 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Read more …

Northeast Wisconsin Awareness Events

The Autism Society of Northeast Wisconsin (ASNEW) has a busy Autism Awareness Month planned. Read more …

Alaska Gears up for National Autism Awareness Month

ASA-Golden Heart Chapter has several events planned for Autism Awareness Month this year for those in the state of Alaska. Read more …

Celtic Nations Autism Partnership Celebrates World Autism Awareness Day

Awareness initiatives are taking place across the globe for the United Nations World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. The Celtic Nations Autism Partnership between Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales has undertaken an effort to raise awareness of autism and to campaign for autism-specific legislation across the Celtic Nations, with the support of the Autism Society of America. Their objective is to have the European Charter of Rights for Persons with Autism enshrined in legislation. Read more …

Urge Your Representative to Support 2010 Autism Appropriations

As the fiscal year 2010 budget works its way through Congress, it is vital that appropriations are included for autism spectrum disorders. Please take a minute to ask your member of the U.S. House of Representatives to sign on to the Coalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE) appropriations requests for $211 million for autism in the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education budget, and $15 million for autism in the Department of Defense budget. Read more …

NIH Will Use $60 Million in Recovery Act Funds to Support Strategic Autism Research

The National Institutes of Health will commit roughly $60 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to support autism research and meet objectives set forth earlier this year by a federal advisory committee. The Request for Applications is the largest funding opportunity for research on autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to date and, combined with other ARRA initiatives, represents a surge in NIH’s commitment to finding the causes of and treatments for autism. Read more …

In Preparation for Autism Awareness Month, Senator Menendez Reintroduces the Helping HANDS for Autism Act

With Autism Awareness Month beginning next week, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) reintroduced his legislation yesterday that would support families dealing with autism spectrum disorders. The Helping HANDS for Autism Act, which is supported by the Autism Society of America, is a three-part legislative package that includes a program to guide families seeking services and care, increased awareness among first-responders and housing for adults with ASD. Read more …

Ohio Fights for Autism Insurance Coverage

The Autism Society of America joins with the Autism Society of America-Ohio Chapter and the nine local chapters in Ohio, the Ohio Alliance for Autism Insurance Reform and other groups in support of House Bill 8 “to prohibit health insurers from excluding coverage for specified services for individuals diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.” This bill will require private health-care policies to provide coverage of the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). HB 8 will cover Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and other medically necessary treatments prescribed by an insured’s treating physician or psychologist. Read more …

Survey on Accessibility of Public Transportation

In conjunction with a grant received from the Federal Transit Administration, Meeting the Challenge, Inc., is conducting a survey designed to collect information from people with disabilities regarding their experiences with public transportation. Read more …

Half of Utahns with Autism Lead Fulfilling Lives, Follow-up Study Shows

Twenty years after first being assessed in a long-term autism study, 41 Utahns with the disorder had a higher social outcome than those in similar studies, University of Utah psychiatry researchers have reported in the Journal of Autism Research online. Read more …

Heightened level of Amygdala Activity may Cause Social Deficits in Autism

Researchers at the University of Washington have discovered an increased pattern of brain activity in the amygdalas of adults with autism that may be linked to the social deficits typically associated with the disorder. Previous research at UW and elsewhere has shown that abnormal growth patterns in the amygdala are commonly found among young children diagnosed with autism. Read more …

Model Me Conversation Cues® Teaching Manual & Student Workbook

Children with autism face significant challenges in reading social cues. A child with autism might talk about a favorite interest, not reading the cues that his audience is bored by the topic. This can interfere in the child’s ability to engage successfully with peers. Video modeling has been found to be an effective teaching tool to help children with autism acquire appropriate social skills. Read more …

ASA National Conference, July 22-25 in St. Charles, Ill.

Early bird registration for the 2009 ASA National Conference and Exposition has been extended to April 30. Register now to get the best registration rate! This year’s conference will be held in St. Charles, Illinois, at the Pheasant Run Resort July 22 to 25. The full conference program with breakout session and presenter information is now online. In addition, respite care information will be online within the week. You can access all information about the conference and registration at our Web site:

The 2009 Conference includes a Continuing Medical Education track as well as a full-day Science Symposium, all part of the regular registration rate. We anticipate close to 2,000 attendees this year and 150 exhibitors.

Over 101 booths have already sold for this year’s event. To participate as an exhibitor, program guide advertiser or sponsor, please contact Meg Ellacott, or 302.260.9487. Visit and click on exhibit information to learn more. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

Back-to-Back Workshops from the Autism Society of the Philippines

The Autism Society of the Philippines will host two back-to-back seminars on March 28: Aquatic Therapy at 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and Sensory Integration at 1:30-4:30 p.m. Read more …

USAAA/CoMed Regional Conference

The U.S. Autism Asperger Association will present the Whole Health and Wellness Conference April 30-May 3, 2009, in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Read more …

New Book on Nutrition for Special-Needs Children

In a new book, Special-Needs Kids Eat Right: Strategies to Help Kids on the Autism Spectrum Focus, Learn, and Thrive (Perigee, 2009), pediatric nutritionist Judy Converse, MPH, RD, LD, has synthesized more than a decade of clinical practice into a seven-step program, along with comprehensive tools, tips and resources, to help parents of special-needs children customize a diet that could change their child’s life. Read more …

Summer Camp for Kids with Emotional and Learning Challenges

Camp Ramapo is a residential summer camp in Rhinebeck, N.Y., for boys and girls ages 6-16 with social, emotional and learning challenges. Ramapo campers participate in experiential learning activities that promote essential character values, build social competencies and enhance self-esteem in special children. Read more …

Hygiene Tutorials for the Developmentally Disabled

Hygien-e is a series of hygiene coaching products designed for individuals with special needs. Read more …

New Service Dogs Placed with Children on the Spectrum

As America begins to gear up for Autism Awareness Month this April, the North Star Foundation, a non-profit organization specializing in the placement of assistance dogs with special-needs children, will have already welcomed a new litter of golden retrievers into its assistance dog program. To date, the North Star Foundation has placed over 100 dogs in support positions, and six pups from the new litter have already been assigned to six children on the autism spectrum across the U.S. Read more …

Brookes Publishing Autism Library Giveaway

In recognition of National Autism Awareness Month, Brookes Publishing is giving away an autism library worth nearly $500 each week in April. Drawings will be held April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2009. Preview the library or enter at

Software Helps Children with Autism Recognize Facial Expressions

Don Johnston recently announced the release of Faceland, a software program to help children with autism, Asperger’s and developmental deficiencies learn how to recognize facial expressions that display the emotions of surprise, fear, disgust, anger, sadness and happiness. Read more …

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