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Fireworks over New York
HEADLINES

Boy drowns in pool less than hour into holiday … The twins started school last September at St Eithne’s Primary School a few hundred yards from their home. But a few weeks ago the brothers, who were both autistic, were switched to the special needs unit at a nearby school.”:

http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/news/display.var.2477279.0.Boy_drowns_in_pool_less_than_hour_into_holiday.php


Girl dies from swallowing balloon”:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/northamptonshire/7789753.stm


Suitcase body mother Heather Wardle death’s death was suicide, coroner rules”:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2008/dec/18/suitcase-body-mother-suicide


Medal for fireman who saved station”:

http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/1009523?UserKey=


Measles epidemic feared”:

http://www.tiscali.co.uk/news/newswire.php/news/reuters/2008/11/28/topnews/measles-34epidemic34-feared.html&template=/news/feeds/story-template-reuters.html


Leeds parents urged to get their children immunised”:

http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/Leeds-parents-urged-to-get.4830353.jp


Echo takes We Care manifesto to health chiefs in Westminster”:

http://www.thisisexeter.co.uk/news/Echo-takes-Care-manifesto-health-chiefs-Westminster/article-559699-detail/article.html


Halton Borough under fire over autism”:

http://www.runcornandwidnesweeklynews.co.uk/runcorn-widnes-news/runcorn-widnes-local-news/2008/12/24/halton-borough-under-fire-over-autism-55368-22538930/


Anger at changes to services for disabled adults”:

http://www.yourthanet.co.uk/kent-news/Anger-at-changes-to-services-for-disabled-adults-newsinkent19080.aspx?news=local


NAS response to £12m plan for children with communication needs”:

http://www.egovmonitor.com/node/22762


Isle of Wight: Council job fears heighten”:

http://www.iwcp.co.uk/News/Job_fears_heighten_at_council.aspx


Top donors step in to save charities … The philanthropist Dame Stephanie Shirley, whose foundation has given £1.25m this year to support people with autism, said: “We will maintain our grant giving, even if this means eating into our foundation’s capital. All our planned expenditure [on the scale of last year’s £1.25m] is held in cash.”:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/top-donors-step-in-to-save-charities-1212405.html


Community rallies behind Northumberland charity”:

http://morpeth.journallive.co.uk/2008/12/community-rallies-behind-north.html


Chariots of Fire Riding School “Disabled riding lessons hit by credit crunch”:

http://www.sundayherald.com/news/heraldnews/display.var.2478049.0.disabled_riding_lessons_hit_by_credit_crunch.php


Tories attacked for ‘posturing’ on benefits system”:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2008/dec/29/benefits-disability-james-purnell


New guidelines boost web access”:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7789622.stm


Dial-aRide scheme is under fire”:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/7797713.stm

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RESEARCH


Health Q & A: Autism, dairy not scientifically linked”:

http://www..beaumontenterprise.com/ent-life/health_q_a__autism__dairy_not_scientifically_linked_12-24-2008.html


Common mechanism which acts in both perception and movement”:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/133780.php


LEGO helps social development of autistic children”:

http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=253&a=18380


Visual Impairment & Autism Project”:

http://aspie-editorial..blog-city.com/visual_impairment__autism_project_identifying__sharing_pr.htm


Blind man sees his way past obstacles”:

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16324-blind-man-sees-his-way-past-obstacles.html

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EDUCATION


ASAN President Ari Ne’eman co-authored a scholarly article with Columbia University Professor Alicia A. Broderick titled “Autism as metaphor: narrative and counter-narrative,” which was published in a special issue of The International Journal of Inclusive Education (Volume 12, Issue 5/6) devoted to Disability Studies in Education.


MPs learn of schools fight”:

http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/MPs-learn-of-schools-fight.4825120.jp


AuSable has new High School principal”:

http://www.pressrepublican.com/0304_fishing_tournaments/local_story_354225048.html


Are special ed students getting the instruction they need in public schools?”:

http://www.whas11.com/justposted/stories/whas11-topstory-081219-special-ed-students.7b6d31b1.html


Report: State discriminates against autistic children”:

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/nassau/ny-poauti105959253dec10,0,2142057.story


Therapist hopes to open school for autistic children”:

http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/children_93077___article.html/porras_school.html

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EMPLOYMENT


HireTheBrain.com “Building brain power – Teen with Asperger’s turns computer skills into business”

http://www.columbiatribune.com/2008/Dec/20081220News007.asp


Andilla Designs & Graphics “Autism is no barrier to small business owner”:

http://aspie-editorial.blog-city.com/andrew_pegg_owner_of_andilla_designs__graphics_receives_pe.htm


Auties.org”:
Individuality, Diversity, Equality, Achievement

Auties..org is an Aspie & Autie friendly site for all people on the Autistic Spectrum who are ready to dare reach out to occupation and employment, open the doors to the community and market their abilities directly to the public and for those interested in supporting these pioneers.

http://www.auties.org/


Prospects”:
http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=473&a=2348


AutismJobs”:
Linking job seekers with vacancies in work related to autism, Aspergers and ASDs
http://www.autismjobs.org/?section=00010009


Current job vacancies within the NAS”:
http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=170


For further employment information, please view”:
http://aspie-editorial.blog-city.com/employment_on_the_autism_spectrum.htm

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GENERAL/HUMAN INTEREST


Bulgaria “Karin Dom Exemplary Center for Disabled Children”:

http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=100114


Pictures of Piers”:

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24790362-5012694,00.html


Billings boy wins award”:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28102901/


Dancers with big hearts”:

http://www.wirralglobe.co.uk/news/3990689.Dancers_with_big_hearts/


Belle saddles up for new life on the farm”:

http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/4010199.Belle_saddles_up_for_a_new_life_on_the_farm/

New York - yesterday, today, tomorrow...

New York


Archived New York Magazine “The New Wave of Autism Rights Activists”:

http://nymag.com/news/features/47225/

Miss Liberty

Center for Autism and Related Disabilities”:

http://www.albany.edu/psy/autism/autism.html

New York Blue Hour

New Jersey/New York Schools: Gersh Academy, Learning Spring Academy, and The Y.A.L.E. Schools”:

http://autismaspergerssyndrome.suite101.com/article.cfm/new_jerseynew_york_autism_schools

Carriage ride in Central Park

New York Daily Photo: Winter Wonderland

http://newyorkdailyphoto.blogspot.com/2008/12/winter-wonderland.html

Times Square, New York

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ADD/ADHD


Teen prescription drug abuse continues increase”:

http://alcoholism.about.com/b/2008/12/26/teen-prescription-drug-abuse-continues-increase.htm


Filmmaker takes common-sense approach to kids and medication”:

http://www.courierpostonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2008812210312


Inhibition, ADHD, and computer games: The Inhibitory Performance of children with ADHD on computerized tasks and games”:

http://www.citeulike.org/user/karlfike/article/3789026


Dopamine, learning, and impulsivity: a biological account of ADHD”:

http://www.citeulike.org/user/Benja/article/553655


ADHD: from brain dysfunctions to behaviour”:

http://www.citeulike.org/user/Benja/article/3783949


Adult ADD/ADHD often tied to childhood”:

http://www.thetimesonline.com/articles/2008/12/21/get_healthy/get_healthy/doc57fbe9020f2b6ba58625752200217a8a.txt


Workers, employers make adjustments for ADHD”:

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20081214/BUSINESS01/812140359/1001/BUSINESS


Riyadh “Struggle with ADHD helps Leena grow older than her age”:

http://www.arabnews.com/?page=1&section=0&article=117318&d=19&m=12&y=2008


Southeast teacher shares expertise with Saudis”:

http://www.daltondailycitizen.com/local/local_story_353184748.html


Holiday medical myths debunked”:

http://www.nbcactionnews.com/content/aroundtheweb/story/Holiday-Medical-Myths-Debunked/DT6iDZ9bq0y45TX8jg6-lA.cspx


Child’s ADHD diagnosis is tied to mother’s health status”:

http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/547032/?sc=rsmn


ADRES “Adverse Drug Reaction Electronic System(Adverse Drug Reactions Website)”- This website provides patients, doctors, and other medical professionals with a comprehensive examination of adverse drug reactions (ADRs), side effects, and other safety information for both prescription and over-the-counter medications. Our goal is to allow users of our website make informed decisions when taking (patients) or prescribing (doctors) drugs. We are providing unmatched information and analysis tools.

http://www.adverse-drug-reaction.net/

adders.org”
Our objective is to promote awareness to AD/HD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) and to provide information and as much free practical help as we can to those affected by the condition, both adults and children, their families in the UK and around the World via this website.
http://www.adders.org/


ADDISS” The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service…
http://www.addiss.co.uk/index.html


ADDA”:

http://www.add.org/


hi2u ADHD Pages”:
http://www..adhd..org.uk/


CHADD”:
http://www.chadd.org/am/CustomPages/home/CHADD_Home.htm?CFID=2282059&CFTOKEN=38105335&jsessionid=f2303343221169802693562

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SPORT


Trek the Inca Trail – 14-23 May, 2009”

Be part of this breath-taking open challenge and trek to Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=1863


Trek Ben Nevis – 19-21 June, 2009”:

http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=1971


Flora London Marathon 2009”:

http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=1823


It’s back! The London to Paris Bike Ride 2009 – 15-18 May”:

http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=1860


5-8th June, 2009 “Five Countries Bike Ride – England, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany

http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=1970


Trek Jordan 2009 – 10th-14th September”:

http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=1833


“Sky Diving”:

http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=1722&a=16737

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MUSIC


Rudely Interrupted work their senses overtime”:

http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/music/article5365723.ece


Stars Shine for Autism 2009 – 12th March, 2009

Featuring Alfie Boe and the London Chamber Orchestra”:

http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=1972&a=18050


The AutisMusic Project”:

http://www.autismusic.com/

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ART

Artist: Katie Miller


ASAN Activist Katie Miller won the prestigous Wynn Newhouse Award, an award granted by the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation to highly accomplished fine artists with disabilities. Miller’s winning portfolio consisted of a selection of her artwork and an essay about her life as an autistic artist with other disabilities.


Art Auction – 26 February 2009”:

http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=1972&a=18049


ARTROOM …….where under 17s can make and display art online”:

http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/artroom/index.php

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MOVIES/ENTERTAINMENT


Exclusive screening of The Black Balloon”:

http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=253&a=18402


Actors for Autism”:
http://www.actorsforautism.com/

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BOOKS


New “Challenges to the Human Rights of People with Intellectual Disabilities”

Edited by Frances Owen and Dorothy Griffiths

Foreword by Orville Endicott

http://www.jkp.com/catalogue/book.php/isbn/9781843105909


New “Supporting Young Parents: Pregnancy and Parenthood among Young People from Care”

Authors: Elaine Chase, Ian Warwick, Abigail Knight and Peter Aggleton

Foreword by Ann Phoenix

http://www.jkp.com/catalogue/book.php/isbn/9781843105251


New “Personality Disorder: The Definitive Reader”

Edited by Gwen Adshead and Caroline Jacob

http://www.jkp.com/catalogue/book.php/isbn/9781843106401


How To Be Yourself in a World That’s Different: An Asperger Syndrome Study Guide for Adolescents”

Author: Yuko Yoshida M.D.

Foreword by Lorna Wing

Translated by Esther sanders

http://www.jkp.com/catalogue/book.php/isbn/9781843105046


Supportive Parenting: Becoming an Advocate for your Child with Special Needs”

Author: Jan Starr Campito

http://www.jkp.com/catalogue/book.php/isbn/9781843108511


Wishing On the Midnight Star: My Asperger Brother”

Author: Nancy Ogaz

http://www.jkp.com/catalogue/book.php/isbn/9781843107576


The Dragons of Autism: Autism as a Source of Wisdom”

Author: Olga Holland

http://www.jkp.com/catalogue/book.php/isbn/9781843107415


Xpress Reviews – First Look at New Books”:

http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6625535.html

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MOVIE

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

http://www..madagascar-themovie.com/

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Planet Rescue Wildlife Vet

VIDEO GAME

Planet Rescue

http://www.primarytimes.net/shopping_channel_planet_rescue_game.php

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One laptop per child prototype

TECH

One Laptop Per Child Ready For Version 2.0”

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16304-one-laptop-per-child-ready-for-version-20.html

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Fireworks exploding in storm cloud

HEALTH

Great Fireworks, Shame About The The Toxic Fallout”

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20026875.800-great-fireworks-shame-about-the-toxic-fallout.html

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I, Robot

ROBOTICS

VIDEO “The Year In Robots”

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16289-video-the-year-in-robots.html

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Happy New Year!

Here’s to adventure and discovery, to challenge and journeys new.


Here’s to rising to challenges as they present, to learning, to growth, to keeping the spirit of ‘caring’ alive throughout not just one, but all seasons.


Very Best Wishes,

Julie

New York fireworks



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