Archived | ASA Launches Online Art Exhibit; Easter Seals, ASA, and AUCD present for State Legislators | circa July 31, 2008 #NotAnAutisticAlly

July 31, 2008

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ASA Launches Online Art Exhibit

To celebrate the creativity and diversity of the autism community, the Autism Society of America is sponsoring a unique online art exhibition. This exhibit is comprised entirely of artwork created by individuals on the autism spectrum, and serves not only as a forum for expression, but will also help raise awareness that people with autism can realize their utmost potential.Visit the exhibit online or upload art here.

 Easter Seals, ASA, and AUCD Present for State Legislators

ASA presented in conjunction with Easter Seals and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities in New Orleans last week at the National Conference of State Legislatures. The session, entitled “Federal and State Public Policy Activities in Autism,” included Cathy Pratt, ASA Board of Directors chairand director of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism, Katy Beh Neas and Denise Rozell of Easter Seals, Kim Musheno of AUCD, and moderator Maria Blanco of the Louisiana University Center for Excellence. It was attended by state legislators nationwide. Read more …

The Michael Savage Autism Controversy

A few weeks ago, talk show host Michael Savage made inaccurate and derogatory comments about autism on his radio show, The Savage Nation. As always, the ASA community responded in the best interests of families and people on the spectrum. Read more …

ASA-Santa Barbara Hosts Surf and Beach Day

ASA-SB has partnered with the Santa Barbara Seals to host a unique surfing event designed with families in mind! Surf and Beach Day will take place Saturday, August 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Leadbetter Beach in Santa Barbara, Calif. The SB Seals are professional coaches and competitors with over 50 years’ combined experience in surfing. Read more …

Walk for Autism-Virginia Invites You to Help Someone Affected by Autism in Your Community 

The Autism Society of America – Northern Virginia Chapter is pleased to announce its 4th annual Walk for Autism – Virginia to be held on October 25, 2008, at the Prince William County Fairgrounds in Manassas, Va. This Autism Walk, Fun Run and Community Resource Fair will help raise awareness about the increasing frequency of autism and fund mini-grants for children with an autism spectrum disorder. Read more …


Department of Justice Proposes Changes in ADA RegulationsThe Department of Justice recently issued major proposed revisions to its regulations implementing Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Some of DOJ’s changes are excellent, and urgently needed. However, there are also many changes that would radically reduce the rights of people with disabilities to accessible facilities. Read more …


Autism’s Social Struggles Due to Disrupted Communication Networks in Brain, Carnegie Mellon Study Says

New research from Carnegie Mellon University sheds light on the neural mechanisms that are responsible for social difficulties associated with autism, and on the workings of these social brain mechanisms. According to the study, published in the journal Social Neuroscience, inefficient pathways for transmitting information between certain brain regions are to blame. The research implicates abnormalities in the brain’s inter-regional communication system, which connects the gray matter’s computing centers. Read more …

Caltech and UNC Research Finds Further Evidence for Genetic Contribution to Autism

Some parents of children with autism have a different way of evaluating facial expressions—in a way that is strikingly similar to patients with autism themselves, accordi
ng to new research by neuroscientist Ralph Adolphs of the California Institute of Technology and psychiatrist Joe Piven at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Read more …


Watch Me Learn® Releases New Curriculum

With the help of educators and behavioral researchers, Watch Me Learn®has produced a new video-based curriculum, to provide a tool capable of supporting full integration of a child’s home, school and private programming. The new series is called About Me and YouTM. The first video in the series was released July 15, 2008, and the company expects to produce a new DVD every 4-6 weeks. Each features chaptered skills lessons, which are “modeled” in three instructional levels. Read more …


ASA National Conference Recordings Available

Recordings of ASA’s 2008 National Conference sessions are currently available for purchase. Keynotes from Dr. Robert Hendren, Dr. James Ball, and Dr. Temple Grandin will be available for free viewing online soon – stay tuned for more information. ASA would like to thank its sponsors for making this event possible: MetDesk, the Eden Family of Services, the New England Center for Children, DynaVox Mayer-Johnson, Advance Newsmagazines, J.B. Autism Consulting, Direct Laboratory Services, Inc., the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, and InfiniFleurs.And don’t forget to save the date for next year’s conference, July 22-25, 2009, at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Ill., outside of Chicago.

Autism Neuroscience Conference from the Autism Research Centre

The Autism Research Centre hosted its first conference in September 2006. It recently announced its second conference, which is a specialist meeting focusing on the developmental cognitive neuroscience of autism, taking place in London October 6-7 at the Royal Society, Carlton House Terrace, London. Read more …


New Book Details ABA Successes

Triumphs in Early Autism Treatment offers a wealth of insight and hope to both parents and clinicians. This book documents the latest research that shows children who receive Applied Behavior Analysis treatment consistently progressing in skill development. A must-read for parents and clinicians, this book is the first to document “best outcome” case studies using exclusively ABA treatment. Read more …

Space Cartoon Helps Kids with Autism to Identify a Galaxy of Emotions

An animation studio in the United Kingdom has released the country’s first commercial cartoon series and computer game designed for young children on the autism spectrum. The Space Place, by Catalyst Video Ltd., features 12 computer-animated stories focusing on the link between emotions and facial expression. Eight characters, all lunar vehicles, come to life after their space museum closes its doors for the night. Their computerized faces form definite expressions that are central to the story and the dialogue. The animation series is narrated by Rob Rackstraw, the voice behind Bob the Builder’s Spud. Read more …

Walk a Mile in His Shoes

With the number of individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders on the rise, all of us are likely to interact with individuals on the autism spectrum every day. Thus, it’s important to be educated about the subject and what better way than to “walk a mile” in the shoes of a person with autism. Written for middle-school-age kids, Joanna Keating-Velasco’s latest book, In His Shoes, details highlights of the school year of Nick, a 13-year-old boy with autism. Read more …

Social Network for Those Affected by Autism, the place for people living with autism, is the newest social support network from the WeAre.Us platform—the leading platform of medical social support networks. offers much of the same capability set as larger social networks like MySpace and Facebook, but within a safe environment in which users know they are sharing private details of their trials and tribulations with only those who can genuinely relate and understand. Tools are geared towards support and health tracking, engendering a sense of trust and community. Read more …

Autism Society of America
7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 300, Bethesda, Maryland 20814
301.657.0881 or 1.800.3AUTISM

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