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Disability News and Views Radio Show with Monica Moshenko WXRL 1300 AM Radio Sundays 5-6 pm on Western New York's only "Family Radio" Station - WXRL 1300 AM Call 716-522-9185 for more information today! ~Limited sponsorships available Mark at  888-355-7161

Life On & to the Right of the Autism Spectrum Stephen Shore is featured on this 26 minute online video sponsored by the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation. Stephen recounts his  experiences & those of his family


when he was hit with what he calls the 'autism bomb'.  Free Online TalkAutism , VirtualSpeaker  888-355-7161

SCD dietary intervention.
Every Week No Cost  Marian Helmick  216-663-1453
On line ABA course for care givers has added an online aba course for caregivers and professionals who want to learn some of the basics of aba.

Online Autism Courses at NSU Nova Southeastern University & the Autism Consortium of MSI are offering online graduate courses in autism for educators & speech &
language pathologists. Students can enroll as part of a master's degree in special education or as non-degree seeking students.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL  Christine Reeve Click on "education & training" & select the autism courses. Or email 954-262-7168

Setting Up a Classroom Using the Pyramid Approach to Education Appropriate for those who are interested in learning strategies for organizing the classroom,

materials, & staff to create an effective & efficient learining environment.
Apr 13 Anchorage 8am-4pm $175 Howard Johnson Plaza Anchorage Nicole Starace 888 PECS INC

Autism Outreach clinic Dr. Martha Grout (DAN!) will be holding consultations &labwork for those with autism, allergies, AD(H)D &behavioral abnormalities to improve their health & well-being.
Feb 5-6 Phoenix 8:30am-6pm, $+ lab tests The Crossroads Clinic,

18404 N. Tatum Blvd, Suite 202 Sarah Wickens 913-341-8949

The Picture Exchange Communication System Training Workshop PECS is a language
training package that is used to teach communication skills rapidly to those with limited functional speech.
Feb 17 & 18 Phoenix 8am-4pm

both days Professional-$375 Parent- $235 Ramada Inn Phoenix Downtown Nicole Starace 888 PECS INC


Open House Shamila Quenum Herr, owner & DLS practitioner, will

State-Of-The-Art Stress Test

      The picture on the right  was used in a case study on stress level at St. Mary's Hospital in Baltimore. Look at both dolphins jumping out of the water. The dolphins are identical.  A closely monitored, scientific study of a group revealed that in spite of the fact that the dolphins are identical, a  person under stress will almost always find differences in the two dolphins.

      If there are one or two differences found between both dolphins, it means that the person is experiencing a great amount of stress.

If there are three or more  differences found, the person may want take a long vacation or consult with a physician.

discuss Dr. Alfred A. Tomatis, the Awaken Listening Program, Occupational Therapy & Sensory Integration. Questions are welcome! ITS provides programs for children with autism, developmental delays, Asperger's syndrome, learning disabilities & dyslexia. Teen & adult programs are also available.
Beverly Hills 1st Thur 7 - 9 pm Free 291 S. La Cienega Blvd., Suite 409 Mary Pat Cooney 310-298-1157

Friends' Club Dr. Cynthia LaBrie Norall, Ph.D. & skillfully trained staff Friend's Club provides a socially structured environment designed to explore & develop the many aspects of social success in a safe & enjoyable setting.
We accept all age ranges to which each child is specially placed in a small group with children/teens within same age range.
Carlsbad Jan - May  40 per class & per every 5 wks 580 Beech Ave. # B Maria Lyon  760-720-4964

Davis Area Asperger’s Support Grp
Davis 4th Wed 7-9pm — Call for location. Robin Dewey 530-753-8649 rdd1122@aoLcorn
DeDe Douglass 530-759-8817

Elk Grove Parents Autism Resource Group  1-3pm -
Elk Grove 1st Sun Sweet Bean Cafe
7300 Laguna Blvd 916-684-0201 Connie Ajay 916-683-5652 or


Empire Autism Society of America,
Riverside Area Support  Group Meeting. Our mission is to promore lifelong access and oppertunities for persons within the autism spectrum and their families, through education, advocacy, the promotion of research and increased public awareness, to be
fully included, participating members of their communities.
Riverside last Thu 6:30- 9:00pm, free RCOE Conference Center,
 3939ThirteenthStreet Christine Little  909-781-8464

Roseville ASK (Autism Spectrum Kids), Roseville School District
Discusses issues of interest to parents and teachers
Roseville 2nd Thu 6:30 - 5:30 pm  Stanger Elementary School
699 Shasta Street Tasha Wilson 916- 754-3859 - Diane Faus 916-782-2231

FEAT Board of Directors Meeting
Sacramento First Mon 7:30 pm --Arden-Dimick Library.591 Watt Avenue, (corner of Northrup Ave.) Library Meeting Rm

Sacramento Asperger Syndrome Information & Support  7-9pm
Sacramento 2nd Tue  M.I.N.D. Institute, 2825 50th St. Parents & Caregivers~auditorium, AS/HFA/PDD-NOS/NLD Teens & Adults (age 16 and older) ~facilitated meeting upstairs, contact Lynne Weissmann, 916-682-1740

Alta california Regional Center, Family Advisory Committee
Discusses issues affecting obtaining services from Alta: open to all family members and other concerned individuals
Sacramento 2nd Wed 6:30 - 8:30 pm — Alta California Regional Center 2135 Butano Dr, Brenda Smith Conference Rm

FEAT Family Resource Meeting
Sacramento 3rd Wed 7- 9pm — IJC Davis MIND. Institute 2525 50th Street, Karlin Merwin 916-744-1040


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TACA Valley (Talk About Curing Autism, San Fernando Valley Group)P arent information and support, parent mentoring, dietary intervention, the latest in medical research, special education law, reviews of the latest treatments.
San Fernando Valley 1st Sun 7-9pm. Meeting only - no children.
Jumping Genius, 22750 Roscoe Blvd. West Hills (Corner of Fallbrook and Roscoe)

“Dramautism” acting classes for children (ages 4-7- with high- functioning autism or Asperger's Syndrome theatre troupe, theatre games, acting, directing, building imagination, arts &crafts, karaoke, music, puppets, costumes, wigs, props, produce a show for parents &friends. Taught by Debra Clark, children's theatre producer &mother of two young autistic sons, &Patricia Keating, a Los Angeles Unified School District special education teacher with a master's in theatre. 818-360-7125
Studio City ongoing 3pm to 4pm ($35 per class) CBS Debra Clark
Talk About Curing Autism of Visalia“ Working with the Regional Center: Your Rights Under the Lanterman Act” by Kay Spencer, Advocate, & Enid Perez, Attorney, Office of Client Rights Advocacy
Visalia  3rd Wed  6:30-8:30pm free Visalia United Methodist Chrch, 5W. Caldwell (at Akers) Lynne Arnold 559-592-4626


Alta California Regional Center - Family Advisory Committee Meeting Judy Poindexter, Interim Executive Director gathering community input to plan for Regional Center future; Update on Family Cost Participation Program
Jan 5 Sacramento 6:30-8:30pm-Free ACRC - Board Room @ 2135 Butano Dr. Kim Dills 978-6201

TACA: Who Pays for What & Managing your Childs Records An overview for parents on different funding resources for children on the spectrum. Resources include: regional center, health insurance, grants, school district & others.
Jan 8 Costa mesa 1-4pm Vineyard Newport Church 102 E. Baker  Lisa Ackerman 949-640-4401

In the Spectrum - Social Stories Doreen Osumi & Tami Henneberry
Jan 10 Yuba City 6:30pm free Yuba City Unified School District Board Room Mary Chin 530.751.1925

2005 Distinguished Lecturer Series
M.I.N.D. Institute Patricia Rodier, Ph.D. University of Rochester 4 pm Studies of the Etiology of Autism Based on its Known Risk 
Factors 6 pm Embryology of Autism
Jan 12 Sacramento
2825 50th Street  916 703-0280

TACA: New Parent Seminar An overview for new parents to the autism journey. For a complete seminar agenda see
parent_seminar.htm Jan 22 Costa mesa 9am-4pm - $28 per person Vineyard Newport Church 102 E. Baker Costa Mesa Lisa Ackerman 949-640-4401

Special Needs Trust Seminar

Estate-planning attorney Stephen Dale explains special-needs trusts, which allow persons with disabilities to benefit from inheritance, or litigation settlement, without losing crucial public benefits.
Jan 8 Walnut Creek Ms. Bahar Tabatabai or 925-280-0172 Ext 10

Special Needs Trust Seminar  Estate-planning attorney Stephen Dale explains special-needs trusts, which allow persons with disabilities to benefit from inheritance, or litigation settlement, without losing crucial public benefits.
Jan 22 San Francisco 10am-12pm, no charge 1500 Howard Street, conference room Ms. Bahar Tabatabai  925-280-0172 ext 10

TACA: Tomatis Sound Listening Therapies An overview of the Tomatis Sound Listening Therapies by Dr Deb Swain.
Jan 27 Costa mesa 6:30pm-8:30pm - Free Vineyard Newport Church 102 E. Baker Costa Mesa Lisa Ackerman 949-640-4401

23rd Annual Cal-TASH conference in collaboration wiht LA. County Inclusion Partnership Best practices in school & community inclusion,

assistive technology & accessing curriculum, universal design, whole school reform, self-determination & supporting individuals with disabilities in the work force & in their own residences, developing dvocacy skills, networking, natural supports. Professionals, individuals with disabilities/sefl-advocates, parents
Feb 3-5 Manhattan Beach cost
varies per status of individual familes at very low cost Manhattan Beach Marriott Marilyn W. Barraza

Going to the Heart of Autism, Two-Day Workshop Dr. Steve Gutstein presents the Relationship Development Intervention Program. RDI provides a lifestyle that helps children, adolescents, &adults on the autism spectrum develop meaningful relationships &raises the expectations for quality of life by empowering families.
Feb 5-6 Berkeley 9-4 $300, $275 by Jan 21 Clark Kerr Conference Ctr, University of CA, Berkeley 713-838-1362x109

2005 Distinguished Lecturer Series
M.I.N.D. Institute Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D. University of Washington 4 pm Defining the Broader Phenotype of Autism: 6pm Implications for Genetic Research
Feb 9 Sacramento
2825 50th Street  916 703-0280

TACA: Environmental Toxicity & Related Issues For ASD children & their families what is important about food, air, water & other issues.
Feb 12 Costa mesa 1-4pm - Free Vineyard Newport Church 102 E. Baker Costa Mesa Lisa Ackerman 949-640-4401

Parent Information Night Dr. Deborah Swain owner & founder of The Listening Centers &The Listening Clinic will be hosting a parent information night to give an overview of The Tomatis Method, Auditory Processing Disorders, &Interactive Metronome. Her presentaion will also include a summary of the current Tomatis reseach study that is being conducted at The Listening Clinic.
Feb 16 Sacramento 6:30p.m. 3001 P Street Linda Soto  916-448-1500

Autism/Asperger's Temple Grandin, world's most accomplished person with autism. Other great speakers to be announced Registration: Professional $135 * group of 5 or more $115 ea Family Member $110 * group of 5 or more $95 ea Person w/ ASD $75
Feb 18 Sacramento 7am regis. to 4:30 pm Lions Gate Luxury Hotel 3410 Westover St., McClellan, CA 95652 Future Horizons 800-489-0727


Day 3: Thinking About You Thinking About Me Michelle Winner, SLP, internationally recognized speaker, author of 2 books, a video & DVD. This workshop day is an exploration of what it means to be able to "take perspective" & how a deficit in this area impacts students heavily in every environment in which they participate.
Feb 23 San Jose 9am-4pm $110 Prof/$95 Family 1290 Ridder Park Dr/ Santa Clara County Office of Edu. Benjamin Mika 408-557-8579

Day 4: Organizing Organization Michelle Winner, SLP, internationally recognized speaker, author of 2 books, a video, & a DVD. This workshop will work with an exploration of what it means to be able to "take perspective" & how a deficit in the audience to go through a number of tasks to explore the underlying organizational processes that students are expected to discover

to succeed across their home & school day.
Feb 24 San Jose 9am-4pm $110 Prof/$95 Family 1290 Ridder Park  Dr./ Santa Clara County Office of Edu. Benjamin Mika 408-557-8579

Autism Course and Training:  “A Roadmap Through the Land of Autism” ABA-based course to help parents, caregivers, and other persons working with autistic children in various capacities to understand better what autism is and how to work successfully with the autistic child. 3 Saturday course
Feb 26, Mar 5, & Mar 12, Saratoga 9am - noon West Valley College  14000 Fruitvale Ave. $49 per person; $89 for two persons registering. 408-741-2096

Presentation of Matching Fund Award: Cornerstone Method Award of $50,000 to a preschool site applying The Cornerstone Therapeutic Method to autistic & other disturbed preschoolers. Applications are still being considered from active preschool group therapy & or special education sites in need of supplementary funds to provide in-classroom therapy & parent guidance by the Cornerstone Method.
Mar 1 San Francisco
8pm 2105 Divisadero Street Gilbert Kliman

415 292 7119

Nonverbal Learning Disorders Association 9th Annual NLDA Symposium, "Making the Most of NLD: Research & Interventions". Keynote Dr. Michelle Berg. Learn helpful interventions for NLD at this informative 2-day event! Professionals from numerous disciplines & perspectives will address issues affecting children & adults with NLD, & those who work with them.
Mar 11-12 South San Francisco 7am-6pm, approx $230 (for NLDA mbrs) by Feb 19 South San Francisco Conference Center Judy Lewis 831-624-3542

TACA: ASD & School Shadowing Issues This topic to include what a good shadow looks like, how they integrate with your childs classroom & help achieve objectives in the academic setting. Presented by: Dr Doreen Granpeesheh CARD (Center for Autism and Related Disorders)
Mar 12 Costa mesa 1-4pm - Free Vineyard Newport Church 102 E. Baker Costa Mesa Lisa Ackerman 949-640-4401

San Diego Walk for Autism at Balboa Park, a 1-Mile Family Fun Walk and a 5K Run through the heart of Scenic Balboa Park to raise
funds for programs that benefit


children diagnosed with Autism in San Diego.
Mar 13 San Diego Registration check-in begins 7am, the 5-K Run starts 8am, 1-Mile Walk starts 8:30am or 858-679-8800.

TACA: New Parent Seminar A complete how to for new parents early in the autism journey. For complete agenda information please see
Apr 16 Costa mesa 9am-4pm - $28 Vineyard Newport Church 102 E. Baker Costa Mesa Lisa Ackerman 949-640-4401

"A Night of Caring" FEAT fundraiser
dinner auction Volunteers needed.
Apr 23 Sacramento   744-1040



Colorado ASA Adams County Support Group
Adams County 3rd weds 6:30pm
Stephanie or Jeff 303 568-3739

Invisible Child Conference Pediatric brain disorders such as Asperger's Syndrome, Pediatric Bipolar Disorder, AD/HD, OCD, Anxiety, & Nonverbal Learning Disability. This year's speakers include Temple Grandin &Kay Redfield Jamison
Jan 22 Westminster (Denver Metro area) 7:45am - 5:20 pm $145 Hwy 36 between Denver &Boulder Harriet Austin

Navigating The Complex Waters of Autism Offering hope, insight, understanding & direction to parents, proffessionals & educators dealing with the complex issues surrounding autism spectrum disorders. With speakers Stephen Shore - Adovacacy for those on the Spectrum, Dr. Jeanette McAfee - Navigating the Social World, & others
Feb 11 & 12 Honolulu 9am-5pm Parents $225 - Professionals $275, 2-days Ala Moana Hotel, 410 Atkinson Dr. Laura Cook 1-808-523-8188

Berard Auditory Integration Training 10-day, non-invasive sensory based approach Two half hour sessions per day Individual 1:1 sessions, not in a group
Date To be determined Hilo $1400 schedule with trainer To be determined Terrie Silverman /ait 262 569 7828

Autism/ Asperger's 2005 - Las Vegas. Featuring Eustacia Cutler, mother of Dr. Temple Grandin and author of A Thorn in My Pocket.
Feb 17-18 Las Vegas 1-800-489-0727

Young Child with Special Needs
May 5-7 Las Vegas 925-828-7100


Bay Area Com. Resource Meetings
Bay Area 3rd Thu 8:30am
Bay Area United Way Service Center 281-282-6038

Easter Seals of Greater Dallas-Massage Class for Special Needs Children
Carrollton 3rd Wed

Trinity Center Lisa 972-394-8900
ASA, Texas Gulf Coast Chapter. Clear Lake 2nd Tue except Dec.7-9 p.m.  United Way Bldg. 1300-A Bay Area Blvd. (at corner of Bay Area and Saturn) Kim Lindquist

The Autism Society of Collin County
Collin County 1st Tue,
3rd Mon -  Support/Networking - 7-9pm

Denton County's Parents of Children  with Special Needs Amy  Patrick - Director of Education for
Partners Resource Network, Inc. Goal is to reach parents and work in conjunction with other support groups to help parents understand the Special Education State & Fed. Laws, participate fully in their child's educational decisions.
Dallas  Lake Dallas  2nd Thu

& Last Saturday 9a-11a Lake Dallas Primary School Amy 940-726-6355 Tami

Dallas Asperger Network for all PDD's - DANISH
Dallas Richardson 4th Thu.

The Autism Society of Greater Tarrant County
Fort Worth 3rd Tue
Child Study Center  6:30pm

REACH (Receiving Encouragement: Autism Circle of Help)  10am
Houston Every other Tues at 2010 Mimosa. Kimberly Rickman at 361-570-2927 or Suzann Sauseda  361-574-1125.

Houston Parent Info. Network
Houston 1st Thu
at the Children's
Greater Houston Chapter of ASA
Houston 2nd Saturday
9:30am 713-513-7575Museum 12 noon
713-926-2580 or 713-661-5511

FEAT-Houston, Inc.
Houston  2nd Thu
of odd numbered mos. 7-9pm 281-348-7067

Parents Educating Parents
Houston 1st Tue
3rd Tue 11:30-1:30pm
281-362-1918 or 281-363-3619

Houston 4th Tue
except in Dec -7pm Gina 713-660-0944
Collin County Autism Society
Plano 1st Tue

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Teen Social Skills Pre-teens & teens learn together according to developmental, mental, emotional, & intellectual levels with professional/trained moderators. Books used "Navigating the Social World" by Dr. McAffee &  "Connections" by Steven Gutstein. Social outings are planned to practice skills in various settings. Parents are very involved. 
Richardson every other Wed 6:45pm- 8pm Region 10 Center, (new) 400 Spring Valley Rd & Abrams St. Darla Golden in process 972-429-4606

Kickoff Luncheon for Greater Austin Autism WALK F.A.R. for NAAR Greg Swindell, retired Arizona Diamondbacks World Series winner, & Sarah, his wife will share their autism story. Purpose of lunch is to inspire, educate, &motivate potential team captains for the Greater Austin Autism WALK. RSVP required before Jan 3:
Jan 7 Austin 11:30am - 1pm; no charge; Renaissance Hotel Arboretum; 9721 Arboretum Blvd; Austin. Carroll Brown Arnold /austin 972-960-6227

FEAT-Houston Meeting Karen Snead
Director of the Right to Learn Program at the Arc of Greater Houston
Jan 13 Houston 281-348-7067 or

Family to Family Network Brown Bag
Translating IEP's into the Regular Education Classroom with Christine Hess, Educational Consultant Jan 19  Houston 10a-2p

Teaching Communication Skills to Children with Autism or other
Developmental Disabilities.  Introduction to Verbal Behavior.
Presented by Vincent Carbone, Ed.D., BCBA
Jan 20-22 Plano

Vincent J. Carbone in Texas Jan 20
in Plano

Autism Outreach clinic Dr. Kurt Woeller (DAN!) will be providing consultations &lab work to help those with autism, allergies, AD(H)D &behavioral abnormalities to improve their health & well-being.
Jan 22-23 Dallas 8:30am-6pm, $+ lab tests Marriott Resid. Inn, 6950 North Stemmons Sarah Wickens 913-341-8949

4-day Intensive Parent Seminar Join Dr's. Gutstein & Sheely for an exhilarating journey to unlock your child's potential. This dynamic husband-and-wife team guide you in  a gentle, fun & systematic manner, as you learn to put together the Autism, Asperger's, & PDD puzzle pieces & make a last- ing difference in your child's future.

Jan 31-Feb 3 Dallas 9am-4pm, $1950 TBA Tiffani Taylor 713-838-1362, Ext 108

Building Blocks of Exceptional Education Workshop on Estate Planning for families who have children with disabilities. Steve Rhatigan
Feb 8 Tomball 7pm Graceview Baptist Church North Campus
Free of charge, but you must register

Inclusion Works 2005 The State Conference on including children with disabilities in the classroom.  For teachers, administrators, and parents!
Feb 9-12 Austin  Renaissance Austin Hotel  713-466-6304,

Sensory Integration for those with Developmental, Learning Disorders,
Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Dyspraxia.
Feb 10-13 Baytown 800-487-6530,

Family to Family Network Brown Bag
Transitioning to Middle School with Mary Fitzgerald
Feb 17  Houston 10a-2p 713-466-6304
Texas Association for Behavior Analysis Annual Conference
Promoting Speech and Language in Children with Autism: Integrating


ABA and Speech-Language Pathology Joanne Gerenser, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCBA
Mar 4-5 Houston

Building Blocks of Exceptional Education Workshop on Disability Law. Jacquie Brennan
Mar 19 Tomball  9am Graceview Baptist Church North Campus
Free but you must register:

Autism/Asperger's Temple Grandin, the world's most accomplished person with autism. Other great speakers to be announced.
Apr 7-8 South Padre Island 7am registration to 4:30 pm both days Future Horizons   800-489-0727

Benefit Concert Kim Peak will give a talk about what it is like to have autism, &show some of his talents. Then Peter Brieholt, Ryan Shupe, Nancy Hansen, & Jon Schmidt will preform.
Mar 12 Salt Lake 7:30pm-9pm $10 Cottonwood High School 1300 E 5715 South Salt Lake City, Ut 84121 Andrew Brinton 801-486-4165

Symposium on Innovative - Margaret Bauman MD-Harvard University, Martha Burns CCC,PhD-Northwestern University, Rosemary White OTR/L, Jerry Newport(Adult with Aspergers) The focus will be to provide the latest neurobiology & biochemisty info Interventions in Autism/Non Verbal Learning Disabilities
Dec 3-4 Seattle Linda S. Neilson,  PhD  309-263-0310

Auditory Integration Training (AIT) Marcy McCarthy (AIT practitioner since 1992-will offer the 10 day Berard-method AIT in Garfield, Washington starting Nov 29 - Dec 9
Nov 29-Dec 9 Garfield $1,100 Garfield Bed & Breakfast Marcy McCarthy 206-463-5237

Auditory Integration Training (AIT) Ongoing AIT sessions throughout Dec & between Holiday & New Years available in the Federal Way, Washington Office. AIT practitioners since 1992.
Dec 1-31 Federal Way $1,100 33919 9th Ave. South, Federal Way Marcy McCarthy 206-463-5237

Symposium on Innovative Interventions in Autism/Non Verbal Learning Disabilities Speakers:

Margaret Bauman MD-Harvard University, Martha Burns CCC,PhD-Northwestern University, Rosemary White OTR/L, Jerry Newport(Adult with Aspergers) The focus will be to provide the latest neurobiology & biochemisty info along with practical day to day management techniques for home, school & clinic.
Dec 3rd & 4th Seattle $348 for
both days, Parent discount is $279

Double Tree Suites Hotel - Tukwilla Linda S. Neilson, PhD   309-263-0310

Thinking About You Thinking About Me Michelle Winner,
 SLP, internationally recognized speaker, author of 2 books, a video & DVD. This workshop day is an exploration of what it means to
be able to "take perspective" & how a deficit in this area impacts students heavily in every environment in which they participate.
Dec 9 Seattle
9am-4pm $110 Prof/$95 Family 18560 1st Ave. NE/Shoreline, WA

Shoreline Conf. Center Benjamin Mika

Organizing Organization Michelle Winner, SLP, internation- ally recognized speaker, author of 2 books, a video, & a DVD. This workshop will work with the

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audience to go through a number of tasks to explore the underlying organizational processes that students are expected to discover
to succeed across their home & school day.
Dec 10 Seattle
9am-4pm $110 Prof/$95 Family 18560 1st Ave NE/ Shoreline, WA 98155 Shoreline Conf. Center Benjamin Mika 408-557-8579



The autism awareness puzzle bracelets went on sale the week of Dec. 12, and the first 500 went so fast that the all-volunteer organization AutismLink had 300 back-ordered by Christmas week. The group helps families with autistic children connect. The AutismLink bracelet is dark blue with red, yellow and light blue puzzle pieces on them. Waeltermann explained that the puzzle pieces are a symbol representing the mystery or puzzle of an autistic person's mind at, cost $5. Proceeds go to AutismLink efforts such as outings for


children and for the group's respite program for parents.

Congressman Dan Burton is asking parents of children with autism spectrum disorders to send in their personal stories. When was the onset of autism? What were the surrounding circumstances?  What are the hurdles you face in attempting to secure appropriate educational placements and services?  What are the hurdles you face in attempting to secure or access insurance coverage/benefits? What are your child's prospects for the future? Congressman Burton will be personally reading these stories, and selecting representative samples to be read by him on C-Span. Please send in your stories to Congressman Burton, as follows: Congressman Dan Burton, 8900 Keystone Crsng. #1050 Indpls., IN 46240 Please be sure to note at the bottom left of your letter "Autism Family."

Medical modalities promoted by public health departments and authorities are often compromised by conflicts of interest with pharmaceutical companies and other political and personal agendas, according to Medical Veritas International. MVI encourages independent research into disease mechanisms   and the objective portrayal of both positive and deleterious effects of  approved medical interventions. Newly published, Volume I, Issue 2 of MVI’s peer-reviewed publication, Medical Veritas: The Journal of Medical Truth, presents the important editorial entitled Mercury in vaccines:  Institutional



 malfeasance and The Department of Health and Human Services.  Dr. Gary S. Goldman, Editor-in-Chief, or visit

Looking for any information of documented research that the media (television, movies, etc,) has had a positive effect on the education of autistic children.  If anyone knows how to obtain this information or who to contact I would be greatly appreciative.   -Michelle

Autism and Asperger's Syndrome self-advocate, author, consultant and presenter, William Stillman, invites all to review his new website at  Resource links are included as well as info about Bill's next book, Autism and the God Connection: Divine Experiences of Exquisitely Sensitive Beings, for which he is currently soliciting reader contact.

GRASP has a newly formed chapterin the Philadelphia area to serve the metropolitan Philadelphia area and

nearby southern NJ and DE. This new adult AS/HFA support group is in its infancy, and is presently recruiting members to join its listserv and group. Membership is open to those adults 18 and over who are on the spectrum. Bob Hedin at
to join the listserv or for more information on the newly formed group. No membership dues or fees

Music Therapy Services of Simcoe County is currently accepting new clients for 2005. iImproved social skills, improved attention and concentration, improved communication skills, improved physical coordination and motor skills, improved learning of academic concepts, improved self-esteem and confidence. Goals for each client are defined following a written music therapy assessment and with input from parents.  The music therapy treatment plan can be designed to provide consistency with other treatments including speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physiotherapy. If you would like to find out how music therapy could benefit your child, please contact Heidi Van Nispen @ 715-4804 or
I'm working on a new book about parents whose children are on the autism spectrum (Asperger's, autism, and all related conditions), and how they deal with school systems, both public and private. The challenges, the obstacles, the help and the stories. Mostly the stories. If you have a story to tell--either a horror story or one of 

the happier ones--I'd like to hear it. In fact, I might like to include it in the book. It would consist of a telephone interview, about 30 mins.. and let me know how you heard about the project. Jeff Cohen

Adaptive Swimming Lessons
Aqua Pros Swim School has been providing instruction for persons with autism for over 10 years.  The San Diego Chapter ASA offers partial scholarships for individual swimming lessons.  These scholarships will cover 50% of the cost of lessons ($12.50 per lesson per child).  Swim lessons are available at the Aqua Pros Swim School of San Diego -- located at the Clairemont Boys and Girls Club indoor, heated pool. Contact Aqua Pros at 619-209-2990.

Dramautism -- Acting classes for children (ages 4 to 8)with high-functioning autism and Asperger's Syndrome at CBS in Studio City, California. Theatre games, puppets, costumes, props, play production. Saturdays 3pm to 4pm.  $35 per class. Contact Debra Clark at

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