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“100.000 elderly and disabled adults feared to have been abused”:

“What needs to be done to end disability discrimination?”:

“Disability equality forty years on”:

“Government announces changes to DLA”:

Open Your Mind “Watch a sneak-peak of the new Young Campaigners film”:

“NI: Autism services to be reformed”:

“Suicide problem among the young, research finds”:

“Kindergarten fined over runaway”:

“IDF recruits autistic volunteers”:


“Autism, mental health and power of relationships the work of Dr. Dan Edmunds”:

“Aspergers children could lose diagnostic identity”:

“Brain scan ‘best thing so far’ for diagnosing autism”:

“The new Mito-Autism study”:

“Hidden Disability Series: Bipolar Disorder and Autism”:

“12-fold increase of suicide risk in people with Bipolar, Schizophrenia”:

“A new method for classifying depression in relation to response to treatment”:

“Keeping calm in an anxious age”:

Australia “False hope on ‘revolutionary’ mental illness diagnostic technique”:

Specific Language Impairment “The common childhood disorders that have been left out in the cold”:

“Epilepsy: Women need specific treatment, experts say”:

“Eating Disorders more prevalent in kids under twelve”:

“Channelling experiences of Anorexia, UK”:

“Let’s Learn: Trichotillomania (Part 1)”:

“Drug prevents Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome”:

“Sleep deprivation eliminates fear generalization: New way to treat PTSD?”:

Sleep: The teenager who sleeps for 10 days”:

“Addictions and co-occurring disorders, the high rate of relapse”:

“BPS Research Digest: The Special Issue Spotter[1]”:

“BPS Research Digest: The Special Issue Spotter[2]”:

“Archives of General Psychiatry: Study Highlights for December”:

“Combined consumption of caffeine and glucose improves the efficiency of brain activity”:

“Self Esteem: Why It Matters”:

“How to spot a Narcissist”:

“John Lennon: Psychodrama of a Gifted Child”:

Social Networks “Flaming drives online social networks”:

“Relationships: Strategies For Communication & Maintenance, The Neurology Of Love & Marriage, Innovation In The Bedroom, Difficult Emotions & More …”:

“Virtual Hospital”:


“Teacher tenure under attack from mother of autistic child voted out of class survivor-style”:

“Boy with genetic disorder ‘in limbo’ and out of school”:

“Paying for Superman: A South Pasadena mom explains why she moved her kids to private school.”:

“State Report cites deficiency in autism training”:

“Collier district hearing: Family continues fighting to get autistic child’s dog in classroom”:

“New nonprofit school for autistic children opens in Burr Ridge, IL”:

“Students inspire teacher”:

“Local autistic student shadows Deputy Mayor of Ealing”:

“Planning for the future: Helping your autistic child achieve”:


“Specialist Disability Employment Support – a call for evidence – DWP”:

“NAS: Government announces changes to DLA”:

“Antidote for workplace distress may be confronting prejudice”:

“Performance expectations subject to gender bias”:

“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”:


“Paul Dirac & Henry Cavendish: How autism leads to genius”:

“Imagine a world where Aspergers was the norm”:

“Dora Raymaker: On living with autism: I am comfortable with who I am”:

“Giving hope to special needs children in Ethiopia”:

“Pokemon enthusiasts show off strategy, logic in tournament”:

“Quick and simple activities for autistic children”:


“Survival Hints For Making It Through The Holiday Season/Christmas & ASD”:

“NAS: Talk about Christmas … Children and young people with autism and their families offer advice on coping with Christmas.”:

“Have Yourself a Mindful, Merry Christmas”:

“Introvert’s Guide to Holiday Merriment”:

“Managing Holiday Stress, Alone For The Holidays, Families In Recovery”:

“ Quick Tips To Avoid A Meltdown”:

Children’s Christmas Arts, Crafts & Activity Sites

“Kaboose 2010”:

“Enchanted Learning: Christmas Crafts”:

“Activity Village”:

Art & Craft Supplies “Yellow Moon”:

Christmas Recipes

“Christmas Around the World”:

“Koala’s Christmas Pages – Includes Stories, Crafts & Activities, Games, Cooking, Traditions & Free Card Links”:

“Christmas by Aussie Educator”:

“Win a One-Off LEGO Buzz Lightyear & Help the NAS!”:


“Autism Society of Boulder County”

PO Box 270300

Louisville CO 80027-5004

(Boulder County)

(720) 272-8231 (Main Phone)

Julie Darrow

Fax: (866) 826-3995

E-Mail address:

Maroon Bells, Aspen

Maroon Bells, Aspen, Colorado: Maroon Lake (9,580′) provides one of the most memorable scenes in the Rockies. The lake occupies a basin that was sculpted by Ice-Age glaciers and later dammed by landslide and rockfall debris from the steep slopes above the valley floor. The Maroon Bells is a mountain in the Elk Mountains that consists of two peaks, South Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak, separated by about a third of a mile. The mountain is on the border between Pitkin County and Gunnison County, Colorado, United States, about 12 miles southwest of Aspen. Both peaks are counted as fourteeners.

“Autism Society Colorado Chapter”

550 S. Wadsworth Blvd, Suite 100

Lakewood CO 80226

(Jefferson County)

(720) 214-0794 (Main Phone)

(800) 265-6273 (Toll Free in State)

Fax: (720) 274-2744

E-Mail address:

Bear Lake

Bear Lake

“Autism Society Larimer County Chapter”

921 Province Road

Fort Collins CO 80525

(Larimer County)

(970) 377-9640 (Main Phone)

Phyllis Zimmerman

E-Mail address:

Colorado Balloon Classic

Colorado Balloon Classic

“Colleges for Students with Asperger’s: The Very Friendly Ones”:

Colorado River, Grand Canyon

Colorado River from Desert View, Grand Canyon

“The Benefits of Asperger Syndrome”:

Evening Lights on Southwest Colorado Butte

Evening Lights on Southwest Colorado Butte

“Temple Grandin, diagnosed HFA, American Doctor of Animal Science and Professor at Colorado State University”:

Mount Sneffels

One of the “Fourteeners”, Mt. Sneffels is in the San Juan Range between Ouray and Telluride in southwestern Colorado.

“Colorado Guide”:

Squirrel in Downtown Denver

Squirrel in Downtown Denver.  The Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger) is about 18 to 28 inches long from nose to tip of tail and is the largest species of tree squirrel native to North America.

“Colorado Facts”:

Civic Centre, Denver

Christmas Lights on the City and County Building of Denver, Colorado. City and County Building of Denver, part of the Civic Center Historic District, is across the park from the Colorado State Capitol Building. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

“Colorado Map”:

Night falls over Denver

Night falls over Denver, Colorado’s Capital

“Photo Gallery: Boulder, Colorado”:

A Denver Sunrise

A Denver Sunrise

“Colorado Official State Vacation Guide”:


Wings Over The Rockies Air And Space Museum ( )
B-17G “Aluminum Overcast” in Denver

“Colorado’s Best Restaurants”:

Skyscraper Walk, Downtown Denver

Skyscraper Walk, Downtown Denver

Architecture, Lindal Home in snow

Architecture: Custom cedar home in snowy Colorado(More Lindal Cedar Homes in Colorado)

Snow Sculptures

Snow sculptures – Rocky Mountain National Park

Ski Arapahoe Basin

Arapahoe Basin is a renowned ski area for alpine skiing high in the Colorado Rockies. The A-Basin East Wall has a summit elevation of 13,050 feet (3977m), making it the highest skiable terrain in North America. Due to its high altitude (at tree line) and its mostly north to northeast face, the Basin remains open for skiing much longer than most Colorado resorts, and often starts earlier as well. Arapahoe Basin is known for a clientele of hardcore, yet relaxed folks that like simply to ski and avoid the glamour associated with resorts like Aspen, Colorado. It sometimes stays open until July, though recent management has opted to close the resort earlier despite complaints from locals.

Red Rocks Ampitheatre, Denver

Red Rocks Ampitheatre, Denver is a rock structure in Red Rocks Park near Morrison, Colorado (west of Denver), where concerts are given in the open air amphitheatre. There is a large, tilted, disc-shaped rock behind the stage, a huge vertical rock angled outwards from stage right, several large boulders angled outwards from stage left and seating area for up to 9,450 people in between. The amphitheatre is owned and operated by the City and County of Denver, Colorado.

Weld County Oil & Gas, Larimer

Oil & Gas – Active Wells & Pumps are found in Weld & Larimer Counties

Bent's Old Fort, Colorado

Bent’s Old Fort along the Arkansas River operated from 1833 to 1849. A wonderfully restored fort – well worth the stop.

Bent's Old Fort

Bent’s Old Fort

Bent's Old Fort

Bent’s Old Fort

Colorado Brown

Colorado Brown, Poudre River Basin

Colorado Summer, Glen Cove

Colorado Summer, Glen Cove

Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls is the highest cascade waterfall in Colorado. This house used to be the Smuggler-Union Hydroelectric Power Plant, which provided electricity to the town of Telluride. It is now a private residence.

Colorado Black Bear

Colorado Black Bear

Great Sand Dunes, Colorado

Great Sand Dunes National Monument, containing the largest sand dunes of North America.

Sixteen Stars Over Colorado Quilt

Sixteen Stars Over Colorado Quilt


“Is Home School best for ADD/ADHD?”:

“Is this a money-making opportunity for franchises, or a legitimate therapy?”:

“Leadership programs provide life-skills for kids with ADHD”:

“ADHD and Depression”:

“Tips for New Teachers: ADHD students & the classroom”:

“Are you taking any of these dangerous drugs?”:

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”:



“Pioneer of martial arts autistic learning makes surprise discovery”:

Gymnastics “Meet Nikki Gutman, age 10 “:

“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”:


“Rolando Davila: Autistic child exhibits ability in art, music”:

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”:


“AMC Lennox to screen films for autistic children Dec. 11”:

“Actors for Autism”:


“Autism and Airline Travel: A new book for autistic children about flying called “What Can You Expect When You Fly?”:

“Fredericktown woman’s book details autistic son’s journey”:

“Autism and Loss”

Rachel Forrester-Jones and Sarah Broadhurst

“Bereavement, Loss and Learning Disabilities: A Guide for Professionals and Carers”

Robin Grey

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

Jan Starr Campito

“Exploring Bullying with Adults with Autism and Asperger Syndrome: A Photocopiable Workbook”:

Anna Tickle and Bettina Stott

“Autism, Discrimination and the Law: A Quick Guide for Parents, Educators and Employers”

James Graham

“Get out, Explore, and Have Fun!: How families of Children with Autism or AspergerSyndrome Can Get the Most out of Community Activities”

Lisa Jo Rudy

“The Girl Who Spoke with Pictures”

Eileen Miller

Foreword by Robert Nickel MD

Illustrated by Kim Miller

“Reaching and Teaching the Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder”

Using Learning Preferences and Strengths

Heather MacKenzie

Gold Medal Winner “Autistic Planet”

Jennifer Elder

CD Rom “ISPEEK at Home: Over 1300 Visual Communication Images”

Janet Dixon

CD Rom “ISPEEK at School: Over 1300 Visual Communication Images”

Janet Dixon


“Tron: Legacy” PG

Release Date: December 17, 2010.

Official Trailer:

Synopsis: TRON: LEGACY is a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital world that’s unlike anything ever captured on the big screen. Sam Flynn (GARRETT HEDLUND), the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn (JEFF BRIDGES), looks into his father’s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the digital world of Tron where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin’s loyal confidant Quorra (OLIVIA WILDE), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey of escape across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.

“The Tourist”

Release Date: December 10, 2010.

Official Trailer:

Synopsis: Johnny Depp stars as an American tourist whose playful dalliance with a stranger leads to a web of intrigue, romance and danger in The Tourist. During an impromptu trip to Europe to mend a broken heart, Frank (Depp) unexpectedly finds himself in a flirtatious encounter with Elise (Angelina Jolie), an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path. Against the breathtaking backdrop of Paris and Venice, their whirlwind romance quickly evolves as they find themselves unwittingly thrust into a deadly game of cat and mouse.

“Depp, Jolie bring old Hollywood glamour to “The Tourist”:

“New Narnia 3D film gets Royal approval”:

“Social Network named best film by key group”:

TV Christmas 2010 “Doctor Who special ‘Jaws with a twist”:

“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – review”:


“Kingdom Hearts: Recoded (Nintendo DS) 12+

Release Date: January 14, 2011.

“Patapon 3” (PSP) 7+

Release Date: December 17, 2010.

“House (Nintendo DS, PC CD)

Release Date: December 10, 2010.

“New gadget promises 3D without the headaches”:

“10 exotic gifts for gamers”:


“Coolest Tech Products – Year In Review 2010”


Nat Geo “Top Ten Discoveries Of 2010”


“Best Space Discoveries of 2010”

Dear Readers ~ Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a safe and happy 2011. Taking an indefinite break from the News in its current format as am undertaking some exciting new travel/education plans over the next 3 years. Will possibly provide a smaller scale News Roundup from Feb 1st (Tues – Fri), as time allows. Hope life is treating you well and that this Christmas remains as calm, peaceful and enjoyable as possible for you and yours.

Take Care,


Christmas Star

Boulder, Colorado