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HEADLINES


Tragedy at rail crossing … A seven-year-old autistic boy and his grandmother killed by a train at a railway crossing was “an accident waiting to happen”, claimed a local councillor.”:

http://www.itv.com/News/Articles/Tragedy-at-rail-crossing-998283675.html


Second arrest in murder inquiry … Mr White has been described by police as “a harmless young man, who despite his learning difficulties, led an independent, happy life”.”:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/7757008.stm


MISSING John McLintock “Fears growing over missing autistic man”:

http://edinburghnews.scotsman.com/edinburgh/Fears-growing-over-missing-autistic.4755273.jp


Scalded teenager’s organs failed”:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/oxfordshire/7740531.stm


Careworkers not fully trained”:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/oxfordshire/7741989.stm


Family shock at Florida web death”:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7743835.stm


Jury deliberating whether MySpace hoax was crime”:

http://www.onelocalnews.com/prescottherald/stories1/index.php?action=fullnews&id=50042


Disabled boy given standing detentions that left him unable to walk”:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2008/nov/20/discrimination-disabled-pupil


Dad upset over autistic son incident … A Lynchburg man says his autistic son was taken away from him and sent to a mental institution far from home. Officials did send the boy back the next day, but the father is struggling to find the care his son needs. Joshua is a father’s pride and joy. Gordon Bowyer, Joshua’s Dad – “And they took him from me, and they took him by force.”:

http://www.wset.com/news/stories/1108/570837.html


Woman forced to quit job wins new rights for carers”:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2008/nov/28/sharon-coleman-ruling-employment-tribunal


Disabled people ‘bullied at work’, according to new research”:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2008/nov/27/disability-nhs-survey


UK “Measles “epidemic” risk as parents shun vaccine”:

http://www.stv.tv/articles/reuters/news/Measles_epidemic_risk_as_parents_shun_vaccine_146927


Nurses hit 200 schools in mass vaccination campaign to control ‘escalating’ measles outbreak”:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1091574/Nurses-hit-200-schools-mass-vaccination-campaign-control-escalating-measles-outbreak.html?ITO=1490


7-year-old Austin gets a new family, and a perfect fit”:

http://www.news8austin.com/content/top_stories/default.asp?ArID=225135


ASAN President Ari Ne’eman will deliver a keynote titled “Representations of Disability: Fighting the War of Ideas in the Disability Rights Movement” at TASH’s National Conference 2008 on Thursday, Dec. 5 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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

Philippines “Inter-agency efforts for autistic people sought”:

http://www.gmanews.tv/story/135174/Inter-agency-efforts-for-people-with-autism-sought


Parents fear day centre closures”:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/shropshire/7760879.stm


UK Autism Foundation launches appeal”:

http://www.inspiremagazine.org.uk/news.aspx?action=view&id=2952


UELSU creates history with first East End Concert for Autism”:

http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-155442


Moeller family granted residency … German migrant doctor Berhard Moeller and his family have been granted permanent residency in Australia after a battle with the Government over Down syndrome.”:

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24710240-23289,00.html


Risperdal “J&J helped plan child research institute – report”:

http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSTRE4AO0IH20081125?feedType=RSS&feedName=healthNews&rpc=22


Program helping autistic adults threatened by budget cuts”:

http://nhregister.com/articles/2008/11/23/news/ctautism2.txt


Welfare plan may cause poverty”:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/7740943.stm


Downturn to affect mental health”:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/feedarticle/8050496


Australia “Don’t hand mental services to states”:

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24682413-23289,00.html


Mentally conflicted”:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/nov/27/mentalhealth-health


Hearing at the cutting edge”:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7738974.stm


Botnet builder: I could be the next Bill Gates”:

http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/index.cfm?RSS&NewsID=107912


Gary McKinnon “Demonstrators ask Barack Obama to intervene”:

http://www.macworld.co.uk/digitallifestyle/news/index.cfm?newsid=23787

PM speaks out on NASA hacker plight”:

http://management.silicon.com/government/0,39024677,39349367,00.htm


PM needs to help hacker Gary McKinnon, says MP”:

http://www.computerweekly.com/Articles/2008/11/21/233508/pm-needs-to-help-hacker-gary-mckinnon-says-mp.htm


Live Aid style concert planned to support hacker”:

http://www.scmagazineuk.com/Live-Aid-style-concert-planned-to-support-hacker/article/121352/


Marillion sought for McKinnon concert”:

http://community.zdnet.co.uk/blog/0,1000000567,10009799o-2000331827b,00.htm


A new perspective on disability”:

http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/women/body_and_soul/article5250815.ece


More babies with Down’s syndrome born as attitudes change”:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2008/nov/24/mentalhealth-disability


Parents who give up their Down’s syndrome children”:

http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/women/the_way_we_live/article5225770.ece


VIDEO “Many keeping babies with Down’s”:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7741411.stm


I can’t imagine her any other way”:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7738262.stm


Delay in NHS hearing tests mean deaf babies are not being spotted”:

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23591274-details/Delay%20in%20NHS%20hearing%20tests%20mean%20deaf%20babies%20are%20not%20being%20spotted/article.do


Lenses restore teenager’s sight”:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/north_west/7755344.stm

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RESEARCH


Research shows locked wards harm patients”:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2008/nov/30/mental-health-nhs-locked-wards


Health needs of autistic children often unmet”:

http://www.drugs.com/news/health-needs-autistic-children-often-unmet-14961.html


New theory suggest genetic origins of mental illness … Two scientists argue that autism and schizophrenia are opposite disorders when viewed through the lens of the brain’s development.”:

http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20081121/mental_illness_081123/20081123?hub=BritishColumbiaHome


Sticky cell clues to epilepsy”:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7741680.stm


Adult brain neurons can remodel connections”:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/130604.php


Behavioural phenotype of Cornelia de Lange syndrome: case-control study”:

http://bjp.rcpsych.org/cgi/content/abstract/193/6/466


Researchers urge physicians to test for fragile X gene mutations in patients of all ages”:

http://www.news-medical.net/?id=43430


A functional genetic link between distinct developmental language disorders”:

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/short/359/22/2337


Study shows autistic children face difficulty processing sounds”:

http://www.efluxmedia.com/news_Study_Shows_Autistic_Children_Face_Difficulty_Processing_Sounds_30432.html


ANXIETY “Childhood constipation deemed significant health issue, just as serious as asthma”:

http://www.medilexicon.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=130822


Moving study to shed new light on the loneliness of autism”:

http://www.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/news/display/?id=4212


Hormones: Learning the rules of attraction … Hormones are being used as the basis for treatments for conditions as diverse as stress, anaemia and memory difficulties, and are being investigated for others, such as symptoms of autism, obesity and depression.”:

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/love-sex/attraction/hormones-learning-the-rules-of-attraction-1044079.html

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EDUCATION


Alex Barton Case “Elementary school teacher suspended after autistic child voted out of class”:

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


DC setting nationwide standard”:

http://www.crescent-news.com/news/article/4476433


Good news for everyone? New technology is helping to increase access to education for those with disabilities and learning difficulties, but can one system please everyone?”:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/digitalstudent/good-news


Autism Hangout “How to prepare autistic students to succeed in College”:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/prweb/20081126/bs_prweb/prweb1668094_1


Children families are suffering and it seems no one listens”:

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2008/11/24/children-and-families-are-suffering-and-it-seems-no-one-listens-91466-22323421/


Helping autistic children in the classroom”:

http://www.newschannel5.com/global/story.asp?s=9422561


Monarch Teaching Technologies unveils Vizzle autism software”:

http://blog.cleveland.com/health/2008/11/monarch_teaching_technologies.html


We need to raise confidence”:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/resource/raise-confidence

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EMPLOYMENT


UK Position Available “Headteacher – Start Date April 2009(preferred):

http://www.tes.co.uk/jobDetailsGold.aspx?ac=2708628

Lottery-awarded farm shop opens”:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/shropshire/7739490.stm


A new leaf: Why businesses need to invest in differently-abled employees”:

http://www.independent.co.uk/student/career-planning/getting-job/a-new-leaf-why-businesses-need-to-invest-in-disabled-employees-1025469.html


Blunkett plans volunteering scheme for young people”:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2008/nov/27/david-blunkett-charities-volunteering


Interview: Tim Matthews, new head of Remploy”:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2008/dec/03/disability-remploy-tim-matthews


Disabled people bullied at work”:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2008/nov/27/disability-nhs-survey


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


Sailing “Md. Camp started by D.C. Man gives kids confidence”:

http://www.wtop.com/?nid=598&sid=1524589


Youngsters lead way for Children in Need”:

http://www.times-and-star.co.uk/news/other/1.273169


It was all too easy to lose my son”:

http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/women/families/article5212421.ece


Service dogs and the restaurant industry”:

http://www.pizzamarketplace.com/article.php?id=12610


2008 Holiday Lights”:

http://projects.kansas.com/maps/2008-holiday-lights/

Finland, sleigh ride

FINLAND

Flag of Finland

The Finnish Flag”:

http://virtual.finland.fi/netcomm/news/showarticle.asp?intNWSAID=27078

Port of Helsinki, Finland

Autismi – ja Aspergerliitto: Etusivu

Our goal at the Finnish Association for Autism and Asperger`s Syndrome is to change society in such ways that a good quality of life becomes attainable for all people on the autism spectrum.”:

http://www.autismiliitto.fi/

Finnish red squirrel(professional model!)

Independent Living and Personal Assistant Services in Finland”:

http://www.disabilityworld.org/01-02_01/il/finland.htm

Forest Cabin, Finland

Autism, Finland style and public speaker, Heta Pukki”:

http://blog.donnawilliams.net/2008/05/05/autism-finland-style-and-public-speaker-heta-pukki/

Finnish lighthouse

ANED – Academic Network of European Disability Experts

Includes Latest Documents – Report on the Employment of Disabled People in European Countries – Finland”:

http://www.disability-europe.net/en/countries/Finland?jsEnabled=1

Kakslauttanen's Igloo Hotel

Finland Facts, History, Flags, Music & Photos”:

http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/places/countries/country_finland.html

2 polar bears greet you outside Igloo Hotel Chapel

Finland: Ultimate Travel Library”:

http://traveler.nationalgeographic.com/travel-books/western-europe-text/5

Finland's Winter Seashore at Dusk

Gulf of Finland, Photo of the Day”:

http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/enlarge/ice-formation-finland_pod_image.html

National Costume(Southern Ostrobothnia region)

48 Hours: Helsinki”:

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/traveler/features/48hours_helsinki0605/helsinki.html

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ADD/ADHD


Does my child really have ADHD?”:

http://ednews.org/articles/31246/1/Does-my-child-really-have-ADHD/Page1.html


New Study “ADHD medications don’t pose cancer risk”:

http://www.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=621584


Dramatic fall in prescribing of Ritalin in last three years”:

http://www.thisisnorthdevon.co.uk/news/Dramatic-fall-prescribing-Ritalin-years/article-519634-detail/article.html


Brain abnormalities that may play key role in ADHD”:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/11/081117110938.htm


Differences in perception in children with ADHD”:

http://www.groundreport.com/Health_and_Science/Differences-in-Perception-in-Children-with-ADHD_1


Treatments for ADHD are better than ever”:

http://www.pioneerlocal.com/burrridge/lifestyles/health_family/1288731,on-ADHD-112008-s1.article


HowStuffWorks Definition, Symptoms etc “ADHD”:

http://healthguide.howstuffworks.com/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd-dictionary.htm


Ability to quit smoking may depend on ADHD symptoms”:

http://www.medilexicon.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=130399


Single mom, grandmom grateful for help”:

http://www.pottsmerc.com/articles/2008/12/03/news/srv0000004147253.txt


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


My swimming compensates for my disability”:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/joepublic/2008/nov/20/youth-week-blogs-learning-disability


The 5k Santa run – 7th December”:

http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=1667&a=17187


Flora London Marathon 2009”:

http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=1667&a=16315


It’s back! The London to Paris Bike Ride 2009”:

http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=1667&a=17061


Cycle India 2009”:

http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=1667&a=16806


Sahara Desert Trek – 8th-15th November, 2008”:
http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=1667&a=16303


Cycle China 2009 – 19th-29th March”:
http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=1667&a=16305


Trek the Inca Trail 2009 – 14th-23rd May”:
http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=1667&a=16310


Trek Jordan 2009 – 10th-14th September”:
http://www.nas.org.uk/nas/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=1667&a=16314

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MUSIC


Ladyhawke reveals disability”:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/hi/music/newsid_7745000/7745453.stm


Music to our ears”:

http://www.sundaymail.co.uk/tv-showbiz-news/music-news/music-reviews/2008/11/23/music-to-our-ears-78057-20917737/


The AutisMusic Project”:

http://www.autismusic.com/

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ART

ARTIST: Kim Miller …

http://www.thegirlwhospokewithpictures.com/ill.html

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

Violinist

Autism Through Art – a must-read News Review article”:

http://www.nrtoday.com/article/20080925/NEWS/809249955/1057&title=Autism%20through%20Art

Edgar Allen Poe, Kim Miller

Kim on Autism Rocks:

http://www.kindtree.org/images/AA2008/index.htm#Kim


NAS Christmas cards”:

http://www.autism.org.uk/christmascards


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


Watch trailer for BBC film Dustbin Baby”:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/video/2008/nov/26/bbc-dustbin-baby


The Black Balloon is close to home for Elissa Down”:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/movies/la-ca-indieeye30-2008nov30,0,3773672.story?track=rss


Blindness, the film, will harm blind people”:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/filmblog/2008/nov/24/blindness-disability-film


How TV show turned the spotlight on stigma”:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/joepublic/2008/nov/19/how-mad-are-you-mental-health


A milestone in mainstream cinema “Ready and able”:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2008/nov/20/film-disability-special-people-disable


Ben X – movie review”:

http://www.calendarlive.com/movies/cl-et-capsules28-2008nov28,0,2330439.story


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

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BOOKS


Author to speak on autism … Anyone whose life has been touched by a developmental disability will identify with “See Sam Run” and with Heinkel-Wolfe’s experiences as she explains how she learned to understand her son’s needs and in doing so not only helped him grow and develop, but transformed herself with a newfound ability to love in the process.”:

http://www.colonyleader.com/articles/2008/11/23/the_colony_courier-leader/news/936.txt


NEW “The Girl Who Spoke with Pictures: Autism Through Art”

Eileen Miller

Foreword by Robert Nickel MD

Illustrated by Kim Miller

http://www.jkp.com/catalogue/book.php/isbn/9781843108894

NEW “A Creative Guide to Exploring Your Life: Self-Reflection Using Photography, Art, and Writing”

Graham Gordon Ramsay and Holly Barlow Sweet

http://www.jkp.com/catalogue/book.php/isbn/9781843108924


Inner Journeying Through Art – Journaling: Learning to See and Record your Life as a Work of Art”:

Marianne Hieb

http://www.jkp.com/catalogue/book.php/isbn/9781843107941


NEW “Playing, Laughing and Learning with Children on the Autism Spectrum: A Practical Resource of Play Ideas for Parents and Carers – 2nd Edition”

Author: Julia Moor


Caring for Myself: A Social Skills Storybook”

Authors: Christy Gast and Jane Krug

Photos by Kotoe Laackman

http://www.jkp.com/catalogue/book.php/isbn/9781843108870


My Social Stories Book”

Edited by Carol Gray and Abbie Leigh White

Illustrated by Sean McAndrew

http://www.jkp.com/catalogue/book.php/isbn/9781853029509

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INKHEART book cover

MOVIE

INKHEART (PG)

Coming January 23, 2009

Meggie and her father Mo share a passion for books, the ability to hear the characters’ voices and a gift for bringing fictional characters from books to life when they are read aloud. On a trip to a second-hand book shop, Mo hears voices from a book called “Inkheart,” a book Mo has been searching for since Meggie’s mother disappeared 3 years ago. Starring Brendan Fraser, Andy Serkis and Eliza Bennett.

INKHEART

Official Movie Website

http://www.inkheartmovie.com/

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VIDEO GAME

Professor Layton and the Curious Village (Nintendo DS)

Game Review:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/scienceandtechnology/technology/technologyreviews/videogamereviewsandpreviews/3438510/Professor-Layton-and-the-Curious-Village-video-game-review.html

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body swap - take my hand

TECH

VIDEO Body Swapping Becomes Reality

http://news.nationalgeographic..com/news/2008/12/081203-swapping-video-ap.html?source=rss

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Collared Lizard

ROBOTICS

Macho Robot Helps Explain Lizards’ Odd Behaviour

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16123-macho-robot-helps-explain-lizards-odd-behaviour.html

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“Koala’s Christmas Pages – comprehensive site on everything Christmas”
Includes crafts, recipes, stories, e-cards, music, online games, multi-cultural traditions, children’s activities(word searches, games, puzzles, colouring in, and jokes etc).
http://www.thekoala.com/christmas.htm?

“Bruce’s Christmas Links”:
http://www.wtv-zone.com/Joker/Christmas_Links.html


Hope you enjoyed the read.

Take Care,

Julie

Winter Story, Finland



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