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January 2011




Berat, Albania
Berat, the “town of a thousand windows”, is an Albanian town inscribed on the World Heritage List since July 2008. The town is thought to be one of the oldest in Albania, with a settlement having existed there since at least the 6th century BC. The winding alleys on the castle hill and in the opposite quarter of Gorica are lined with 2-300 year-old stone buildings.


Student from Santa Clara beaten to death in his Sac State dorm”:


U.S. Teacher’s aides accused of ‘water-boarding’ autistic boy/Hair-pulling report prompted action”:

Father’s fury after £20,000 Toman inquiry kept secret”:

Sexual assault suspect pleads not guilty”:

Teenager drowned after trapping foot”:

Brother and sister die in fire”:

Autism Bill passes through House of Lords”:

Missing teen found”:

[Australia]Boy, 8, found in supermarket storeroom”:

76-year-old man charged with hitting autistic boy who was having meltdown in US library”:

Crimebusters seize Peter Howson paintings from drug boss”:

Yeovil father faces kidnap trial”:

Claims of neglect trigger inquiry at special needs unit”:

Kansas “Try to spare social services more cuts”:

Gary McKinnon Updates”:

Law Enforcement & Safety “Asperger/Autism group to meet”:

ACTION ALERT: Tell the Senate to Keep the CFC State Option and CLASS Act in Health Reform!”:

ASAN Board Member Paula Durbin Westby’s comments to the IACC”:

ASAN and Allies Protest Autism Speaks in Washington D.C. on October 31, 2009”:

The Big Care Debate “In the balance … A national care service focusing on older people has led to fears that people with lifelong conditions will be sidelined.”:

Gene therapy cures congenital form of blindness”:

Radio training for blind people”:

Refugee free after 4 years in Montreal church … Belaouni, who is legally blind, has lived in a cramped upstairs room in the century-old church building in the city’s Pointe-St-Charles neighbourhood.”:


The Mouse Trap: A Brief History of Autism”:

Without a specialist knowledge, diagnosis of autism can be hit and miss”:

Mercury levels in autistic children and those developing typically are the same, study finds”:

Are twins ill-rewarded for what they teach us?”:

Twin study underscores role of genes in autism”:

Study surprise yields new target for assessing genes linked to autism”:

Sex based prenatal brain differences found”:

University of Southern California neuroscientists to map gene expression”:

Use of antipsychotic medications by children and adolescents associated with significant weight gain”:

Children with neurological differences often have cold hands, feet”:

Bruxism and the brain”:

Brain Fest marks a gathering of the tribes”:

Neuroscience 2009: New Research Highlighted”:

Neuroscience 2009“Novel research deconstruct inner workings of the brain”:

Power and promise of new genetic technology illustrated in Yale’s scan of Turkish infant’s genome”:

Research reveals that mutation of chromosone 16 increases risk of schizophrenia”:

Seizure meds may up risk of Mental Disorders/Mental Disorders associated with Urinary Tract Disorders”:

Paul Zac“The Neurobiology of Trust”:

MPS Research Digest: The Special Issue Spotter”:

NICE Guidance: Depression in Adults(update):

Latest on Depression: Includes Depression Myths, Iproniazid, Antidepressants on Trial, Suicidal Thoughts in Men, SAD, Disposal of Meds, Herbal Meds, Patient Rights, Overcoming Hopelessness Etc”:

Studies explore High Stress-Gastrointestinal Disorders Connection”:

Women outperform men when identifying emotions”:

Cochlear implants reduce delay suffered by deaf children in language acquisition, study shows”:

Elsevier selected as new publisher of the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry”:

Child’s IQ matches Einstein’s: Does high IQ spell Success?”:

Socialization: A warm room makes people feel socially closer”:

Happiness: “This Emotional Life” features Sonographer Jason Ross(AS)”:

Virtual Hospital”:


Bullied out of class: Parents pull autistic son from school due to taunts, hazing”:

Alex Barton Case “Teacher’s suspension almost over/From Outcast to Honor Roll”:

Autistic boy saves his teacher’s life”:

Teaching Awards 2009: Elaine Loughran believes that every child is different …”:

Restraint & Seclusion: Group pushes regulations for restraining disabled students”:

Who is Teaching the Teachers? “An apple for Education Secretary Arne Duncan”:

MP Barry Sheerman: ‘Special Education must change”:

Shot in the arm for Special Ed”:

NCERT launches all-India survey on quality of school education”:

Autistic girl in school wrangle”:

Communicating with children via fragrance”:

TN struggles to count autistic children … The number of children with autism receiving special education in Tennessee more than tripled this decade. But the state still struggles to count how many kids have the disorder, making it difficult to deliver services to assist them.”:

The robot guiding Tom’s writing”:

Northwest district student establishes himself as a video game guru”:

The mission of New Jersey Institute of Technology researcher is to improve schools for disabled students”:

Officials working on return plan for Oak Ridge Elementary”:

Profiles in Education: Dean Roberts … Gig Harbor High teacher signs about teaching, living as a deaf person”:


Macklin blitz on disability pensions”:,25197,26243601-23289,00.html

Benefit reforms fail to help disabled people into work, claims charity”:

Second thoughts: Disallowing disability benefit hasn’t worked, says Alan Marsh”:

Autistic people facing employment discrimination”:

Barrett in call to boost jobs and benefits for the autistic”:

U.S. Employment Commission proposes revisions to the ADA Regulations(requires free registration)”:

Brevard Business Leadership Network: Companies step up with special hires”:

John, 22, autistic, job hunts(includes instant audio[2:13]:

Creative Support Ltd”:

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With your caring and excellent help, we are creating jobs for the 40 million people worldwide who are diagnosed with Autism and Asperger Syndrome. Today less than one in five of us are currently employed. We are motivated and competent and we deserve equal employment. Help make this a reality.

Autelligent Laboratories is dedicated to creating a space where autistic software engineers can more than contribute, we can excel.”:

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Individuality, Diversity, Equality, Achievement 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.


Linking job seekers with vacancies in work related to autism, Aspergers and ASDs

Current job vacancies within the NAS”:

For further employment information, please view”:


NYTimes: A miscellany of modern words and phrases”:

Autism talk close to Lord Provost’s heart”:

West Covina mother of 15 made it look easy … Paula happily took care of her daughter Patty at home until she was briefly hospitalized in 2000. Patty is autistic and intellectually impaired.

“She was just fantastic with Patty,” said Joe.

“One of my favorite moments was when she would sit at the piano with Patty next to her and Patty would be calmed down when mom played. Patty would put her hands on top of my mom’s (hands) like she was playing.”:

From the Archives “Autistics are the best people to help themselves”:

Charlotte Vicarage “Teenager launches films to highlight autism struggles”:

Kid’s IQ matches Einstein’s: Does High IQ Spell Success?”:

Brunei“2 facilitators of UK NAS visit SMARTER”:

Brunei’s Smarter Autism Centre is on par with UK’s best”:

Wired “TED Fellows: Seth Raphael … this technology is not just good for performers. Using it to record and analyse discussions, debates, negotiations could lead to tremendous breakthroughs and new insights into non-verbal communication. Dr. Picard, my advisor at the MIT Media Lab, is using this technology to help people with autism learn the subtle ins and outs of communicating, and allowing them to change their behaviour in real time, with a computer’s assistance.”:

Music legend to speak at Penryn charity auction”:

Please Touch Museum offers non-spooky Halloween alternatives suited for autistic kids”:–Parenting-Examiner~y2009m10d19-Please-Touch-Museum-Offers-NonSpooky-Halloween-Alternative-Suited-for-Autistic-Kids

BringChange2Mind“Glenn Close, sister Jessie Close tackle mental illness awareness”:

Holiday planning and ASD”:–Parenting-Examiner~y2009m10d21-Holiday-planning-and-Autism-Spectrum-Disorder

Christmas Cards “Support the NAS this Christmas”:

Halloween Tips for your Autistic Child”:–Parenting-Examiner~y2009m10d27-Halloween-tips-for-your-child-with-autism

Halloween Resources”:


Flag of Albania
Albanian Flag featuring the double-headed eagle of Skenderbeg
Learn more …

Albanian Children Foundation
Rr. “Punetoret e Rilindjes” Kullat Perballe Parlamentit
Kulla e Pare, Kati i Dyte
P.O.Box 8285
Tirane, Shqiperi
Tel: +355 4 270663, +355 4 270903

Skanderbeg, Tirana
Gjergj Kastrioti (1405-68), also known as Skanderbeg in English and Skenderbej in Albanian, is the only historical figure whom all Albanians agree was a national hero. He managed to create an independent Albanian princedom and keep if free for 25 long years. After his death, Albania was occupied by the Ottomans, but Skanderbeg’s legacy preserved the Albanian national identity throughout 500 years of Ottoman rule. Albanians consider him not only the father of their nation, but also the man who saved all Europe from the Ottoman Empire. The statue was unveiled in 1968, exactly 500 years after Skanderbeg’s death. Considering the era in which it was made, it’s surprising how little concession the sculptor made to official socialist-realist style.  Learn more re Tirana …

Lindja e Diellit Association
Rr. Teli Ndini, no 19,
Tel: +355-4-377-409
Fax: +355-4-347-047

Landscape in the Kukes Region
The Kukës region in northeastern Albania contains the country’s highest mountain range, the Korab, which rises to 9,027 feet (2,753 m). This mountainous enclave, bordered by the valley of the Drin river, has always been a pocket of resistance in terms of the kanun, a form of vendetta based on the old code of blood vengeance.” The northern clans, grouped into vast patriarchal families, have never stopped exercising this traditional right, which is more than 500 years old, despite all the political and judicial reforms that various ruling powers have implemented. Neither the Ottoman decrees, made from the sixteenth century to 1912, nor the laws of King Zog made between World Wars I and II have succeeded in putting an end to this tradition of the mountain people. Today, the kanun is still current—indeed, it has even seen something of a revival since the fall of Communism. It is estimated that 10,000 people are exposed to its pernicious influence to some degree. In 2002, between 150 and 800 children were deprived of schooling because their parents kept them confined to their homes, for fear that they might be killed or kidnapped.

Albanian Disability Rights Foundation(ADRF)”

Address: Rr:Bogdani;, No.15 kati 3, Tirana, Albania
Contact: Blerta Cani
Tel: 003554269426, 269426
Fax: 003554269426

Butrint was the site of an ancient Greek city, an Epriote city, a Roman colony and a bishopric from ancient times to the Middle Ages. It is situated in South Albania, not far from Saranda.

Disability Organizations”

Berati Castle
The city of Berat is 2400 years old and last year was placed under UNESCO protection.

Albanian Facts, Information & History”:

View from the Savoy Inn, Pogradec
View from the Savoy Inn, Pogradec

Map of Albania”:

Sunday morning in Albania
Sunday morning in Albania

Albanian Daily News”:

Albanian Mosaic
Albanian Mosaic as seen on National History Museum facade in Tirana – Albania’s history from the mid-Palaeolithic to the present time can be seen in the National History Museum, the largest in Albania. The museum was inaugurated in 1981. It covers the Middle Ages, the National Revival, the Independence period, the World Wars, as well as areas devoted to antiquity, dictatorship, ethnography and iconography. The museum has some of the finest samples of art on display. Here you can see the Gllavenica Epitaph, which is gold and silver thread embroidery of Jesus, handcrafted on silk. The piece dates back to 1373. Also on display are the bust of Dea (Butrinti’s Goddess, today identified by Apollo’s head) and the Bukuroshja e Durrësit (The Beauty of Durrës) mosaic. Repeated looting in the 1990s has robbed the museum of many artefacts, but it remains the best place in Albania to absorb history and to view beautiful finds from the many archeological sites across the country. A new hall focuses on the years around the Second World War and the resistance movements, while the museum ends with a harrowing exhibition about Albania’s gruesome labour camp system and the thousands of men and women who were swallowed by it.

Life in Albania - Painting
Life in Albania – Painting

Saranda, Blue Eye Spring
Blue Eye Spring (Syri Kaltër) is about half an hour’s drive from Saranda in South-East Albania. The ice-cold water bubbles up from a deep pool of at least 50-metres in depth(divers have gone that far but it is believed to be at least 150 m).

Tropoja Road, Northern Albania
Tropoja Road, Northern Albania

Ksamil is a small seaside village south of Saranda. It has a beautiful beach of sparkling white sand (apparently, it was brought here to replace the rocks), which makes you feel like you’re in the Caribbean.

Sea horse, Albania
Sea horse, Albania


Headteacher ‘slapped’ smoking pupil”:

Tips for helping your ADHD child succeed in school”:

Homeschooling Tips: Teaching a child with ADHD”:

Diagnosing ADHD: Teacher input overlooked?”:

Behavioral techniques for children with ADHD”:

Adult ADHD and your relationships”:

10 symptoms of Adult ADHD”:

The Hallowell Centers include beneficial exercises in treatment of ADHD”:

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.”:
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ADDISS” The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service…


hi2u ADHD Pages”:



Houma boy gets his wish to meet the Saints”:

10-kilometre runs”:

Trek to Everest Base Camp- 5-21 November 2010”:

Trek Snowdon – Date TBA”:

Trek the Sahara – 5-25 March 2010 or 29 Oct-8 Nov 2010”:

Trek the Inca Trail – 22-31 May 2010”:

Trek Mount Kilimanjaro – 29 Sept-10 Oct 2010”:

Trek the Great Wall of China – 9-18 Oct 2010”:

Trek to Everest Base Camp – 5-21 November 2010”:

Cycle India – 27 November – 6 December, 2009”:

Cycle Cuba – 14-22 March 2010”:

London to Paris 2010 – 5-8 June”:

L’Etape du Tour 2010 – 18 July 2010”

“Sky Diving – All Year Round”:


Ladyhawke talks albums, Asperger’s and ARIA’s”:


Former Beach Boy Brian Wilson sees sunnier days ahead”:

The AutisMusic Project”:


Howson selling off 200 artworks”:

Crimebusters seize Peter Howson paintings from drug boss”:

Stephen Wiltshire “British artist to draw NYC Panorama at Pratt”:

NYTimes: Artist Stephen Wiltshire recreates New York from memory”:

Just 10 years old and already there’s an artist in the making”:

This year’s NAS Christmas Cards are now on sale. There’s a selection of cards, two of which are designed by our competition winners. For fans of Thomas and Friends, there’s also a festive Thomas card. For more information, visit

GLIMPSE – the talents of the autism community

They are painters, sculptors and photographers; poets and storytellers; musicians and creators of amazing video games. They are kids, teens and adults. Last year, a new online publication arose to celebrate the talents of autistic individuals and other developmental disabilities: GLIMPSE, offered by ICDL (The Interdisciplinary Council of Developmental and Learning Disorders). In late 2008, Volume 2 of GLIMPSE was released, and was expanded into a print book and notecards. The works are serious, humourous, deeply personal and illuminating. See it for yourself, share it with others, submit your own/your child’s work for inclusion in Volume 3, to release later this year. Find information and ordering details at

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


Act UP! Acting class for autistic youth”:

The Jewish Daily FORWARD “Claire Danes’ (Sobering) Chabad memories”:

Morrissey is the Raining champion”:

For Akiva Goldsman, a beautiful turnaround … “I grew up, essentially, in one of the very first group homes for what was then termed as ’emotionally disturbed children’ — these were days when, unimaginably, childhood schizophrenia and autism were lumped together in the same population,” Goldsman said. “My parents founded this home, and I grew up there in this brownstone in Brooklyn Heights and my peers were, um, crazy. My definition of sanity is very labile; it’s flexible and open.””:,0,4436983.story

Actors for Autism”:


Embracing the Sky: Poems beyond Disability”

Author: Craig Romkena

Developmental Coordination Disorder: Hints and Tips for the Activities of Daily Living”

Author: Morven F. Ball

Getting Services for Your Child on the Autism Spectrum”

Authors: DeAnn Hyatt-Foley and Matthew G. Foley

Constructive Campaigning for Autism Services: The PACE Parents’ Handbook”

Author: Armorer Wasen, PACE

Foreword by Virginia Bovell and Su Thomas

Contentious Issues: Discussion Stories for Young People”

Author: Marianna Csoti

The Little Class with the Big Personality: Experiences of Teaching a Class of Young Autistic Children”

Author: Fran Hunnisett

1001 Great Ideas: For Teaching and Raising Children with Autsim Spectrum Disorders”

Authors: Ellen Notbohm and Veronica Zysk

Adam’s Alternative Sports Day: An Asperger Story”

Author: Jude Welton

Survival Strategies for People on the Autism Spectrum”

Author: Marc Fleisher


Fantastic Mr Fox Movie Poster

Fantastic Mr Fox”

Release Date: October 23, 2009

Fantastic Mr. Fox is a 2009 stop motion animated film based on Roald Dahl‘s book of the same name. It will be produced by Regency Enterprises and Indian Paintbrush, was released on October 14, 2009 in London (and general UK release on October 23rd, 2009) and will be released on November 13, 2009 in the USA by 20th Century Fox. It features the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, and Bill Murray. It is the first animated film directed by Wes Anderson, and 20th Century Fox‘s first stop-motion animated film. This film is officially rated PG for “action, smoking and slang humor” by the MPAA.

Fantastic Mr Fox Movie Reviews, Pictures”

Official Site:


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Formula 1 2009 (Wii)

Release Date: 20Nov 2009

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games Review”:—sonic-at-the-olympic-winter-games-539ff9.html


Music To My Ears

Playdar “Ultimate Jukebox Is Next Step In Net Music”


Rethinking Relativity: Is Time Out Of Joint?”

An analysis of ancient light from distant galaxies suggests that gravity once distorted time more than space. That’s not the way Einstein saw things…

Take Care,


Vlora, Albania
Vlora, Albania

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