Ohio State University’s Autistic Self-Advocacy Network Chapter

The Ohio State chapter of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) was originally formed in late 2008 but the group is trying to get the organization off the ground and up and running. An article appeared in today’s edition of The Lattern – Autistic students self-represent. A big difference between ASAN and similar organizations is that it is a self-supporting organization where autistic members holding power. “We’re an alternative organization. We’re especially concerned with self-advocacy and issues of representation, and issues {Read More}

Autism Summer Day Camp in Maryland

The St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks will be hosting an autism summer day camp for children aged 5-17 on the autism spectrum. The camp will be held in Leanordtown, Maryland. Children aged 5-10 can attend from July 6-10, 2009 and children aged 11-17 will have camp the week of July 13-17, 2009. Recreation & Parks Day Camp is a co-ed, one week day camp designed specifically for children and young adult’s between the ages 5 to 17 {Read More}

Genetic Link to Autism Identified

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One of the biggest mysteries about autism spectrum disorders is what causes autism. Scientists and researchers have a broad range of theories, but no 100% definitive proof. Proponents of the genetic link have a new research study to draw upon when discussing their thoughts on the cause of autism. The following is an article that appears on the NHS UK website: Autism Genes Identified Scientists have identified “rogue genes that could unlock the riddle of autism”, according to the Daily {Read More}

Autistic Teen Traveled from Florida to California to See His Mom

A 13-year old teenager with Asperger’s Syndrome went missing from his Florida home yesterday. Kenton Weaver’s father, Dean Weaver, first reported his son missing early Tuesday morning. Fast forward about 24 hours and the elder Weaver received a phone call informing the dad that his son has been located. The call came from a police officer in San Jose, California. The teen made the cross-country trip by plane because he wanted to visit his mother. “The previous two days, Weaver {Read More}

ADULT ASPERGER TACTICS FOR PARENTS

ADULT ASPERGER TACTICS FOR PARENTS By Dan Coulter Does your child with Asperger Syndrome sometimes resist your guidance? As the parents of an adult son with Asperger Syndrome, my wife and I have found that as a child gets older and feels the need to assert his or her independence, it may be harder and harder to take advice from mom or dad. This is not necessarily a bad thing. It’s important for our children to learn to solve their {Read More}

Choosing the Neighborhood School or an Autism School

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Choosing the neighborhood school or an autism school? This is a choice that many parents of children on the autism spectrum are faced with at least once in their child’s school career. The choice may need to be made more than once as your child’s needs change and as the school’s ability to meet those needs change. Lisa Shulman, M.D., Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University addresses this question in a video segment that appeared {Read More}