January 2011



Recent Posts


Tucson, Arizona


“Psychiatrist of autistic boy’s killer says she remains mentally unfit”:

“Modesto mom arrested in autistic son’s stabbing”:

“Modesto woman jailed for stabbing autistic son”:

“Autistic teen clings to life after stabbing”:

“Autistic boy moved after alleged attack by mom”:

“Attorney shocked to see deadly mistake at Seattle Children’s Hospital”:

“Parents say district knew of autistic girl’s abuse”:

“Quebec orchard accused of refusing autistic kids”:

“Congress changes intellectual disability wording”:

“Neurodiversity, Autistic Self-Advocacy and New Constituencies in the Disability Rights Movement”:

“Wired Exclusive: First Autistic Presidential Appointee speaks out”:

“HHS gives 1.87 million towards establishing national autism resource center … The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network and Self Advocates Becoming Empowered will partner with The Arc in this initiative. The official name will be: Autism NOW: The National Autism Resource and Information Center.”:

“Blind man banned from FlyDubai flight”:

“Autistic boy has blue badge withdrawn”:

“Mary Colley R.I.P.”:


“APA announces start of field trials for DSM-5”:

“Mental Health Awareness Week”:

“Girls with Autism Spectrum or ADHD symptoms not taken seriously”:

“For many on the autism spectrum, reading facial expressions is a struggle”:

“Language delays found in siblings of autistic children”:

“iPads, iPod touch may help autistic children speak”:

“Autism and Visual Perceptions”:

“Pica: Taking the Sponge”:

“Identification of possible biomarker to identify seizure-related stress may lead to a better understanding of the pathology of conversion disorders”:

“What is Risperidone prescribed for”:

“No link found decrease in suicide and newer antidepressants”:

“Astrazeneca UK receives positive decision for Seroquel XI(R) (Quetiapine Prolonged Release) as an add-on treatment Major Depressive Disorder”:

“Reflections of a Season”:

“Lab discovery could lead to new meds for psychosis”:

“Medication switching in schizophrenic patients”:

“Medical profession needs special training to handle self-harm, says international review”:

“Stigma for mental illness high, possibly worsening”:

“Support fund to help musicians with Bipolar Disorder”:

“Risky sexual actions linked to mania”:

“Can a virtual world help young adults with mental health issues?”:

“Men respond to stress by shutting down”:

“When does too much anxiety become a mental health disorder?”:

“8 ways to manage anxiety on an anniversary”:

“When stress is a danger to health, a new method for assessing it”:

“Why anxious minds can’t think right”:

“Brief, early intervention slows PTSD in children”:

“Impulse control findings may lead to ADHD, Addiction treatments”:

“Addictions: “I Want To Get High”:

“Getting Sober: Hope in the rooms and online”:

“Fraser-Kirk and Adjustment Disorders”:

“Early separation from mother leads to issues”:

“Social rejection literally affects the heart”:

“3 words that may save your life”:

“BPS Research Digest: The Special Issue Spotter”:

“Evidence based treatments for children, teens”:

“iPods and more insidious noise ruining teens hearing”:

OCD “Psychodynamic therapy appears to be of little help for obsessions”:

“Scientists find migraine gene link”:

“Call for ban on codeine”:

“Neurosurgery simulated”:

“Secret to Long Life: Just Enough Sleep”:

“Tackling insomnia through Twitter”:

“Can a Singer make a Scientific Discovery? The Case of Manuel Garcia”:

“Sensory Experiences: The Taste of the Past”:

“10 challenges for parents with chronic illness”:

“Children are swearing more often, at earlier age, Children and plagiarism”:

“Language and Experience”:

“Spanking in the USA: A Sad State of Affairs and Why Spanking Is Never OK”:

“New MSU research sheds light on how we become altruistic”:

“Is thrill seeking hard-wired?”:

“Sexism in the new Facebook World”:

“The Pitfalls of Seeking Happiness”:

“Relationships: Positive Relationships, Do Opposites Attract?, Objectum Sexuality, The Best Way To Meet Someone Etc”:

“Relationships: Men Prefer A Pretty Face For A LTR, Seeking Happily Ever After: Tips For Singles, Evolutionary Perspective On After-Sex Behaviors, Fight Styles/Conflict Resolution & More …”:

“Virtual Hospital”:


“Retired educator receives Order of B.C. for work on autism”:

“Autistic boy discriminated against by school, says mum/Incident at Petersburg School has autistic boy’s mother worried”:

“Pace University’s BOSS program gives autistic students authentic college experience”:

“My Jakarta: Maureen, volunteer at school for children with learning difficulties”:

“Carpe Diem Academy caters to special needs kids”:

“Autistic children mainstreamed”:

“Autistic kids need behavior management plans”:

“Playing white noise in class can help inattentive children learn, but hinder others”:

“Classroom canines stimulate children’s love of literacy”:

“Top 10 interactive museums, UK”:


“New Equality Rights in Workplace come into force/Equality Act – A Health Warning for the sick and disabled”:

“Autistic adults face unique employment challenges”:

“Ministers agree on benefits reform”:

“If the Peter Principle is right, organizations should randomly promote people”:

“High turnover among women executives”:

“Creative Support Ltd”:

“Autelligent Laboratories

We believe all people have a contribution to make and deserve an opportunity to be productive.

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.”:

Luxury Quality Scented Candles “Humbolt Candles – Autism & Disability Employment Company”:

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

“Employment within the NAS”:

For further employment information, please view”:


“Asperger’s diagnosis a life-changer for outsider”:

“UGA gets $1.2M federal grant to develop autism app”:

“Multi-sensory room offers escape”:

“Autistic children find independence, comfort with specially trained dogs”:

“Autistic boy’s life starts with severe food allergies – first in a 4 part series”:

“Autistic boy is sensitive to many things, including dirt (part 2 of 4)”:

“Autistic adults”:

“Trick or treat? Halloween for autistic kids”:

“Halloween Extravaganza at Sesame Place – Free event for families”:


“Autism Society Greater Phoenix Chapter”:

PO Box 10543

Phoenix AZ 85064-0543

(Maricopa County)

(480) 940-1093 (Main Phone)

Jim Adams, President





“Autism Society Greater Tucson Chapter”:

PO Box 44156

Tucson AZ 85733-4156

(Pima County)

(520) 770-1541 (Hotline)

Jennifer Davis



Horseshoe Bend

The Horseshoe Bend is one of the most exquisite and unique natural land forms imaginable. It’s a meander of the Colorado River near the city of Page in Arizona.

“Autism Society Northern Arizona Chapter”:

PO Box 2014

Flagstaff AZ 86003-2014

(Coconino County)

(928) 523-4870 (Other)

Brent and Lynn Morrison, Co-Presidents



Arizona Capitol Museum

A view of the Arizona Capitol Museum in Phoenix. In the foreground stands a replica of the Liberty Bell, donated in 1950. Designed by J. Riely Gordon and constructed between 1898 and 1901, the building served as the territorial capitol until Arizona was granted statehood in 1912. The building continued to serve as the state capitol, but the building eventually proved to be too small and cramped for the growing state. Eventually, all official government functions moved out of the building: the Legislature to adjoining buildings in 1960 and the Executive Branch to an adjoining tower in 1974.

“Arizona Resources”:

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon, Arizona: Weather in the Grand Canyon varies according to elevation. The forested rims are high enough to receive winter snowfall, but along the Colorado River in the Inner Gorge, temperatures are similar to those found in Tucson and other low elevation desert locations in Arizona. Temperatures vary wildly throughout the year, with summer highs within the Inner Gorge commonly exceeding 100 °F (37.8 °C) and winter minimum temperatures sometimes falling below zero degrees Fahrenheit (-17.8 °C) along the canyon’s rims.Average annual precipitation on the South Rim is less than 16 inches, with 60 inches of snow, the higher North Rim usually receives 27 inches of moisture, with a typical snowfall of 144 inches and the weather is different on the north rim and south rim.

“Arizona Guide”:

O'Neill Butte

O’Neill Butte from Yaki Point at Sunrise, Grand Canyon

“Arizona Facts”:

Sunset, Hunts Mesa

Sunset from Hunts Mesa, which is backdoor of Monument Valley.

“Arizona Map”:

Desert Wildflowers Glass Sculpture

Close-up of “Desert Wildflower Towers”, one of artist Dale Chihuly’s glass art pieces on display at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona.

“Visit Arizona(Grand Canyon State): Arizona Office of Tourism”:

Saguaro Flowers, Tucson

Saguaro Flowers, Tucson

“Arizona: USA Travel and Tourism Guide”:

Bobcat in Tucson

Bobcat – walking around an apartment complex in Oro Valley, Arizona (a suburb, basically part, of Tucson), early in the morning…

“Arizona: The pictorial beauty of the State of Arizona(Instant Music Alert):

Arizona Rattlesnake

Arizona Rattlesnake: This western diamondback rattlesnake has fabulous skin that makes it perfect for blending in with the features of the hot desert. It’s very common in the southwest. It bites hundreds of people a year, more than any other venomous snake in the United States. Death from its bite is rare but you should be treated as soon as possible to avoid serious illness or worse. Rattlesnakes hunt from late evening to early morning, crawling either sinuously like other snakes or rectilinearly like a caterpillar. If you seen them on a hiking trail, keep away and keep your children and pets away too. Like other rattlers, the Western Diamondback takes up residence among communities of small mammals such as prairie dogs, rabbits, gophers, chipmunks, ground squirrels, mice and rats. The more the better. It usually hunts at night. It ambushes victims along their trails or attacks them in their burrows, sometimes striking and swallowing an animal which weighs more than the snake itself.

“About Arizona: Explore the history and culture of Arizona! Fun facts, helpful resources and more”:


Roadrunner – New Mexico State Bird(found in Arizona):

Some Roadrunner facts for you:

* Roadrunners are quick enough to catch and eat rattlesnakes.

*Roadrunners’ extreme quickness allows it to snatch a humming bird or dragonfly from midair.

* Roadrunners prefer walking or running and attain speeds up to 17 mph.

* The Roadrunner reabsorbs water from its faeces before excretion.

The roadrunner is one of the few animals that preys upon rattlesnakes. Using its wings like a matador’s cape, it snaps up a coiled rattlesnake by the tail, cracks it like a whip and repeatedly slams its head against the ground till dead.

Lucifer Hummingbird

The exceedingly rare Lucifer’s Hummingbird.

"Beautiful Sunshine"

“Beautiful Sunshine”

Juggler at the Arizona Renaissance Festival 2010

Juggler at the 2010 Arizona Renaissance Festival


Tucson Arizona. A desert town an hour north of the Mexican border, full of color, flavor, and hospitality. This is the Tucson Visitors Center located in the colorful La Placita Village, within walking distance of the Tucson Convention Center and most of the historic downtown area.

Pima Air Museum

Pima Air Museum, Tucson

Casa Bonita Restaurant

Fancy a little Mexican? Casa Bonita Restaurant, Flagstaff, Arizona:

The Museum Club, Flagstaff

The Museum Club, Flagstaff –

San Francisco Peaks/Schultz Fire, Flagstaff

San Francisco Peaks/Schultz Fire, Flagstaff. Taken from Scholz Lake outside of Flagstaff, Arizona. The Schultz Fire to the right (started 6/20/10) burns out of control and lays a heavy layer of smoke at sunset.

Meteor Crater

Meteor Crater is a meteorite impact crater located approximately 43 miles (69 km) east of Flagstaff, near Winslow in the northern Arizona desert of the United States.One of the interesting features of the crater is its squared-off outline, believed to be caused by pre-existing regional jointing (cracks) in the strata at the impact site.

Sand Dunes, Yuma

Sand Dunes, Yuma: – open to ATV and dune buggy use.

Historic Train, Yuma

Historic Train, Yuma – From the 1850s through the 1870s, Yuma was known for its steamboat crossing of the Colorado River. The steamboats transported passengers and equipment for the various mines and military outposts. Yuma served as the gateway to the new Republic (later State) of California, as it was one of the few natural spots to cross the very wide Colorado River. The Southern Pacific Railroad bridged the river in 1870 and helped continue Yuma as a major hub in the desert southwest. Yuma became the county seat for the area in 1864. Famous farm labor organizer Cesar Chavez was born and spent much of his life in Yuma.

Navajo Bridge and Colorado River

Navajo Bridge and Colorado River, near Page, Arizona


Scottsdale, Arizona

University of Phoenix

University of Phoenix


Sign at entry to the Prescott campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Alumni of ERAU include 7 astronauts, a U.S. Congressman, and Scott O’Grady, the F-16 pilot who evaded capture when shot down over Bosnia in 1995.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Architecture: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott

University Plane

The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University plane. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University was founded only 22 years after the Wright brothers’ first flight. The curriculum at Embry-Riddle covers the operation, engineering, research, manufacturing, marketing, and management of modern aircraft and the systems that support them.

University Plane

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Plane

Downtown Phoenix

Downtown Phoenix

Native American Crafts

Native American crafts exhibited in Tusayan Ruin and Museum:A visit to Tusayan Ruin and Museum provides a glimpse of Pueblo Indian life some 800 years ago.  Tusayan Ruin is located three miles west of Desert View and is open daily 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.


“ADHD is a genetic neurodevelopmental disorder, scientists reveal”:

“Gene disorder linked to ADHD”:

“Can your relationship survive 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.

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.

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


“hi2u ADHD Pages”:



“Volunteer at Olympic and Paralympic Games 2010 – NAS”:

“10-kilometre runs”:

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

“Big Fun Run (See Link For UK Location Dates):

“Victory for Autism Bike Ride – 11 September 2010”:

“Land’s End to John O’Groat’s Bike Ride – 28 Sept-10 Oct 2010/3-15 May 2011”:

“Royal Parks Half Marathon – 10 October 2010”:

“Trek Mount Kilimanjaro – 8-19 Oct 2010/2-13 Feb 2011/13-24 July 2011”:

“Trek the Great Wall of China – 9-18 Oct 2010/8-16 October 2011”:

“Trek to Everest Base Camp – 5-21 November 2010/25 March – 10 April 2011/4-20 Nov 2011”:

“Trek to the Home of the Dalai Lama – 17-28 March 2011 and 15-26 Sept 2011”:

“Trek the Inca Trail – 14-23 May 2011”:

“Icelandic Lava Trek – 20-24 July 2011”:

“Sky Diving – All Year Round”:



“The AutisMusic Project”:


“Renton autistic teen creating collage works of art”:

“Artists & Epilepsy: Doyle’s father, Sherlock’s first portrait artist, seized”:

“Edvard Munch in 100 words”:

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”:


India “Akshay is upset with the word ‘Retard”:

“Temple Grandin: My autism made me a cowgirl superstar”:

“Actors for Autism”:


“Essential new book, ‘Autism Tomorrow’, features Temple Grandin”:

“The Passionate Mind: How People with Autism Learn”

Wendy Lawson

Foreword by Rita Jordan

Illustrated by Lisa Simone

“Asperger’s Syndrome and High Achievement: Some Very Remarkable People”

Ioan James

“Kids in the Syndrome Mix of ADHD, LD, Asperger’s, Tourette’s, Bipolar, and More!: The one stop guide for parents, teachers and other professionals”

“ADD and Me: Forty Years in a Fog”

Ken Patterson

“Making Sense of the Unfeasible: My Life Journey with Asperger Syndrome”

Marc Fleisher

“Caring for a Child with Autism: A Practical Guide for Parents”

Martine Ives and Nell Munro, National Autistic Society

“Living the Good Life with Autism”

Edgar Schneider

“An Exact Mind: An Artist with Asperger Syndrome”

Peter Myers, Simon Baron-Cohen and Sally Wheelwright

“Home Educating Our Autistic Spectrum Children: Paths are Made by Walking”

Terri Dowty and Kitt Cowlishaw

“Choosing Home: Deciding to Homeschool with Asperger’s Syndrome”

Martha Kennedy Hartnett and Stephen M. Shore

“Homeschooling the Child with Asperger Syndrome: Real Help for Parents Anywhere and On Any Budget”

Lise Pyles

“Asperger Solution”

Kevin FoleyBA (Hons) Econ. PGCE

Having seen his son struggle with the demands of the mainstream, Kevin Foley now believes that:

“Too many children with AS suffer ‘meltdown’ as a result of being forced to operate in environments that test their immature executive, social, and emotional skills to breaking point – and beyond. We need to ‘personalise’ our children’s education so that this doesn’t happen. We need to cast a cold eye on what currently passes for ‘inclusion’ and be aware of the intrusion and exclusion that is the daily reality for many of our children in mainstream schools.”


“The Social Network”

Release Date: October 15, 2010. W’Wide

Official Trailer:

Synopsis: A story about the founders of the social-networking website, Facebook.

New York City Premiere at The Harvard Club(September 24, 2010)

…Impeccably scripted, beautifully directed, and filled with fine performances, The Social Network is a riveting, ambitious example of modern filmmaking at its finest.

“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”

Release Date: October 6, 2010. W’Wide

Official Trailer:

Synopsis: As the global economy teeters on the brink of disaster, a young Wall Street trader partners with disgraced former Wall Street corporate raider Gordon Gekko on a two-tiered mission: To alert the financial community to the coming doom, and to find out who was responsible for the death of the young trader’s mentor.

…It’s more entertaining than many sequels, but with Oliver Stone directing, a terrific cast, and a timely storyline that picks up where the original left off, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps should be better.

“Social Network” opens in NY to buzz, controversy”:

“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps review”:

“Star Wars movies start 3D rollout in 2012”:

“Lovibond joins Jim Carrey penguin film”:


“Vanquish” 15+(UK) 18+(US) (Xbox 360, PS3)

Release Date: October 22, 2010

“Doctor Who Return to Earth” (Wii) 12+

Release Date: October 29, 2010.

“Doctor Who Evacuation Earth” (Nintendo DS) 3+

Release Date: October 29, 2010.

“Video gaming prepares brain for bigger tasks”:

“Computer games help autistic children read faces”:

“Ditch the glasses for lifelike 3D”:

“Nintendo suffers setback over 3D machine”:


“Extreme PowerPoint Places You In 3D Slide Show”

IT WILL either revolutionise your presentations or make “death by PowerPoint” worse. One thing is certain: by allowing you to touch and play with light, Microsoft’s LightSpace technology will make presenting more fun.

“RIM unveils PlayBook tablet to compete with iPad”

“Mind Hacks: Towards an Operating System for Brain Hacking”:


Oliver Sacks(Prosopagnosia)

“Oliver Sacks: Why I’m A Resident Alien”

Oliver Sacks, the neurologist who brought us Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat, tells David Cohen about his “lost years” in California, his subsequent life as an alien and how cancer gave him the opportunity to experiment on himself for his latest book …

Take Care,


Arizona Sunset

Arizona Sunset


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