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First Published Wednesday, 1st October, 2008.

Apollo Theatre, London(bystanders unknown)


The Apollo, with its 107 year old history is unquestionably the perfect setting for a drama such as Rain Man. The smallest of the playhouses on Shaftesbury Avenue, it offers an intimate, elegant setting to those both treading the boards and its ‘hopefully’ enraptured audiences.

The question is “Did Rain Man Enrapture?” Dan Gordon bravely chose to adapt this award-winning film for the theatre stage, and his contemporary approach, complete with updated references to ‘knowing someone on the spectrum’ etc were refreshing, while maintaining the movie’s best lines. Despite his efforts, some have described the script as ‘lacklustre’. Personally, I am willing to overlook any script flaws in this instance for the chance to have viewed Olivier-nominated actor, Adam Godley’s undeniably outstanding performance as Raymond. His interpretation of the rare savant character was impeccable and the NAS assuredly deserves an honourable mention for any assistance that may have led to Godley ‘getting it right’ for ‘getting it right’ he assuredly did! The standing ovation at journey’s end said it all. Godley’s monotone vocals, conveyance of dependence on routine and detailed mannerisms were flawless. Godley invoked emotions I had not expected to feel during this viewing and it was clear that the audience as a whole were moved.

Rain Man Poster, Apollo Theatre
Surprisingly comedic moments, perfectly timed, courtesy of Godley’s enthralling performance cemented for me what was an enchanting portrayal. Raymond’s mimicry and recall of his brother’s expletives, unexpectedly unleashed with utter gusto and complete relevance to questions posed by the clinicians saw the theatre erupting with laughter on more than one occasion.

Josh Hartnett may perhaps be forgiven for his generally awkward portrayal considering he is treading those boards for the first time in this, his West End debut. It has been written “what are clearly intended to be pregnant pauses are so empty of emotion it seems more as though Hartnett has just forgotten his lines.” The opening scene’s awkward, seemingly apologetic pause, directly before Hartnett’s expletive-filled dialogue erupted, may well improve given time as Hartnett makes the role of Charlie his own. Flow of dialogue certainly requires improvement under Terry Johnson’s direction.

I found myself missing the road scenes and accompanying American landscape that could have, perhaps should have been upheld. I believe a car would have added elegance and credibility to the play’s notably sparse sets. Clearly the choice was to keep detail on set to a minimum, to let the focus be on that of the relationship of the two brothers. However, for a journey such as this to be fully appreciated, given the storyline, a vision of the road travelled could only have enhanced the experience in my humble opinion. On a positive note, the sliding nature of the sets and arty framing of the brothers at play’s end, was memorable.

Adam Godley deserves an award for his superlative performance while Josh is sure to improve on each and every performance, and let’s face it, commitment to the role coupled with a presence on stage that commands attention are an asset in Theatreland!

Date of Viewing: Saturday, 13th September, 2008, at 7.30p,

Running Time: 2 Hours 20 minutes with one interval

Rating: 3/5

Actor’s Profiles

Josh Hartnett


Charlie Babbitt

Josh was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. He first came to audiences’ attention in the television series Cracker.

Film includes: his feature film debut in 1988, in the Miramax film Halloween: H20. The same year, he starred in the Robert Rodriguez directed film The Faculty. The following year he starred in the Sofia Coppola black comedy The Virgin Suicides. In 2001, Josh hit a stride by starring in three features. He portrayed the antagonist in the Lionsgate film O, a modern day version of Othello, and followed with a role in the Jerry Bruckheimer film Pearl Harbor. He then starred in Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down and in 2002 the National Theater Owners awarded him the ShoWest Male Star of Tomorrow Award. He also starred in MGM’s Wicker Park, Miramax’s Sin City, again with Robert Rodriguez, and Mozart and the Whale, written by Ron Bass. In 2006, he starred opposite Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and Ben Kingsley in Lucky Number Slevin and in Brian De Palma’s The Black Dahlia. In 2007, Josh starred in Resurrecting the Champ and 30 Days of Night. Most recently he was seen in the film August. Two films to be released next year are I Come with the Rain, directed by Tran Anh Hung, and Bunraku, directed by Guy Moshe. Additional film credits include Hollywood Homicide, 40 Days and 40 Nights, Blow Dry, Town and Country, and Here on Earth.

Adam Godley


Raymond Babbitt

Theatre includes: the title role in Paul directed by Howard Davies, Two Thousand Years directed by Mike Leigh, The Pillowman directed by John Crowley(NT), Private Lives directed by Howard Davies (Albery/Richard Rodgers, New York, Theatre World Award), Mouth to Mouth directed by Ian Rickson (Royal Court, Olivier Award nomination), The CriticMr KolpertThe Importance of Being Earnest directed by Christopher Morahan (Chichester/Theatre Royal, Haymarket), Cleo, Camping … directed by Terry Johnson (NT, Olivier Award nomination), The Front Page and Cabaret both directed by Sam Mendes (Donmar Warehouse), The General from America directed by Howard Davies, The White Devil directed by Gale Edwards, The Three Hours After the Marriage directed by Richard Cotterell (Chichester/Albery), A Going Concern directed by Matthew Lloyd (Hampstead), Mr A’s Amazing Maze Plays directed by Alan Ayckboourn (NT), June Moon directed by Alan Strachan (Hampstead/Vaudeville), The Revenger’s Comedies directed by Alan Ayckbourn (Strand) and Zero Hour, a one-man show based on the life and work of the poet David Gascoyne (Edinburgh Festival). directed by Richard Wilson (Royal Court).

Film includes: Salomaybe directed by Al Pacino, X-Files: I Want to Believe directed by Chris Carter, Elizabeth: The Golden Age directed by Shekhar Kapur, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory directed by Tim Burton, Nanny McPhee directed by Kirk Jones, Thunderpants directed by Peter Hewitt, Around the World in 80 Days directed by Frank Coraci, Love ActuallyAnd Now Ladies and Gentleman directed by Claude Lelouche and Son of Rambow directed by Garth Jennings.

Television includes: Madmen, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Breaking Bad, The Old Curiosity Shop, In the Dark, Nuremburg: Nazis on Trial, Hawking, The Young Visitors, Margery and Gladys, Sword of Honour, An Ungentlemanly Act and Moonfleet.

Additional Information

The programme notes provide explanations of Autism courtesy of Jane Asher, NAS president, while a section entitled “Autism Perspectives”(details as posted below) profiles the lives of two men on the spectrum. The NAS campaign “think differently about autism – Autism also affects adults” is promoted across the back cover. http://www.think-differently.org.uk/campaign/


NOEL BANNON(written by his support worker, Jane McCallum)

Noel Bannon is 20 and has been at the NAS Daldorch House School in Scotland since 2000. He spent seven years on the junior campus and has recently made a transition to the senior campus where he currently lives. Noel goes to a variety of sessions at the continuing education centre and takes part in a wide range of activities within the community.

Noel has a diagnosis of autism and has complex needs. Every day presents new challenges to him, including seasonal changes, physical development and difficulties with communication. Providing structure for Noel enables him to make choices about what he does each day and to live with increased independence.

Noel’s parents say that his attendance at the school has been the key to unlocking his potential. There, Noel can manage his anxieties in a positive way and his personality has developed to reveal a young man with a great sense of humour and a lot to contribute.

Noel uses a complex system of communication called motoric communication – leading staff to what he wants – as well as sign-a-long (a signing system), his own signs and also some words to communicate what he wants and needs.

ALY GYNN, Bury St Edmunds

My name is Aly Gynn. I am 46 years old and was formally diagnosed with Asperger syndrome last year. I actually ‘self diagnosed’ three years previously to this when I was teaching adults with autism and had a ‘light bulb’ moment. Throughout my teaching career I had periods of depression. I pushed myself too hard and worried intensely about my pupils, sometimes to the point of breakdown. I now attribute this to my Asperger’s. Despite having the support of my homeopath, friends and family and a good GP, getting a diagnosis was an exhausting process. I struggled to convince them that I had autism because I didn’t match their preconceived ideas of the disability. I think they felt that I had managed in life thus far, but I needed to know how to cope.

Receiving the diagnosis felt like ‘the last piece of the jigsaw’, but I was frightened of things becoming concrete. I was genuinely shocked to discover that people didn’t think like me, weren’t preoccupied by the same things and didn’t experience the same sensory issues – I find the sound of pans banging together painful.

I have now learned what is good for my health and concentrate on my creative work. My work is me. It’s a comfort to have it around me in my flat: my musical instruments, technology, personalised furniture from the dump, and my ‘Slonytechs’ (sculptures from my MA in Fine Art). Books and books of my poetry and a ‘running tap of words’ also surround me. Sometimes words come too quickly and I have to write things down on any piece of paper to hand. I have done some performance work, but my written work feels safer. I can’t play games or pretend not to be me.

I love doing new things and meeting compassionate, warm and exceptionally lovely people but it can be tiring and the reflection process afterwards is not a luxury but a necessity. I absorb everything like a sponge in five or six different dimensions, so when I have a big day, I need to get back to a routine to settle myself down because I don’t let go of things like other people do.

I am keen as mustard to contribute to and participate in future discussions about the complexity, and our growing understanding, of autism. Future discussions may need some new words. I like the word “Evinceability’. I kind of know what I think it means and I kind of think I know what it means. There is no tangible definition of my made up word. Yet. Terms such as ‘mild’ and ‘severe’, in the context, have proven to be valuable as our premise for understanding of the spectrum. Perhaps, though, they may prove to be best suited to weather reports and … mustard!

What’s It All About?

Charlie Babbitt is a self-centred car dealer in Los Angeles, who is at war with his own life.

When his father dies, Charlie inherits a car and some rose bushes but no money. Hot on the trail of the cash, Charlie discovers an unknown autistic brother, Raymond, who has an extraordinary talent for numbers.

Intent on saving his business, Charlie takes Raymond on a rollercoaster journey involving Las Vegas, gambling, learning to dance and kissing.

Raymond discovers a world beyond the hospital gates and Charlie, the meaning of unconditional love.

Further Reviews

“Rain Man is a wash out”:


What’s On Stage Review “Rain Man”:


“Entertainment Weekly Stage Review”:


“Guardian Review”:


“The Stage / Reviews/ Rain Man”:


This is London “Rain Man rising above the erotic”:


“Giorgio Armani for Rain Man”:


“Rain Man Onstage: Stage Electrics”:


First Published Wednesday, 1st October, 2008.

Book Cover

Talented autistic girl and mother share stories in new book

By Dan Bain

ROSEBURG, Ore. – An autistic Roseburg girl with artistic talent, along with her mother, have written a book they hope will inspire others dealing with autism.

Kim Miller is autistic, but has been creating art since she was 3 years old, before she could even talk.

She and her mother Eileen Miller, got together and wrote the book with some of the art, and a lot of stories about what it’s like to be autistic and to have an autistic child. Saturday and Sunday, they held a book signing and open house to show off the newly released book and showcase some of Kim’s art.

“Well my mother had written this book to educate people about what it’s an autistic person is really like,” said Kim.

The book covers her life from when she was born to age 19.

KPIC Miller book image
Eileen Miller said she didn’t know she had an artist when her 3-year-old was drawing on walls, but through her experiences, she wanted to teach others about autism.

“One is to show that autistic people do have feelings inside and they process information in a different manner than we do. It may take awhile to process information. It was also to raise awareness with teachers and educators,” said Eilieen.

Kim also creates clay faces among the many drawings she’s created, and said she makes what she is feeling inside.

“I decide on pretty much just what catches my fancy, or whatever problem I’m struggling with, I just work it out,” said Kim.

After awhile, the drawings, caught her mother’s attention.

“Her appearance was so flat so unemotional, that I just felt that keeping the drawings, I was keeping an essence of Kim,” said Eileen.

Much of Kim’s artwork was on display at the Gay 90’s restaurant in Roseburg, during the book-signing on Saturday and Sunday.

Eileen said the book has gone so well, they  are already looking at writing a second book.

Source:  http://www.kpic.com/news/local/29889429.html

First Published Thursday, 25th September, 2008.

Lizzie Clark

Lizzie Clark from Shrewsbury

Breakthrough for actress with Asperger syndrome

A teenager from Shrewsbury has been chosen to play a girl with Asperger syndrome in a new BBC drama. It’s even more remarkable as 14-year-old Lizzie Clark also has the condition.

Fourteen-year-old Lizzie Clark from Shrewsbury is celebrating winning her first professional acting role. She has been cast in the role of Poppy, a teenager with Asperger syndrome, in a BBC TV adaptation of Jaqueline Wilson’s book Dustbin Baby.

“They see me as someone who’s a bit strange and not very easy to get on with, although I do have lots of friends who love me.”

Lizzie Clark on Asperger syndrome

Lizzie also suffers from Asperger syndrome, offering her a unique take on her new role.

The syndrome is a rare and relatively mild form of autism. Lizzie says that because it’s subtle, people don’t see her as autistic: “They see me as someone who’s a bit strange and not very easy to get on with, although I do have lots of friends who love me and support me.”

In Dustbin Baby, the local teenager will appear alongside household names like Juliet Stevenson. Jaqueline Wilson, president of the Shrewsbury Bookfest, is one of the UK’s most popular children’s authors and Lizzie is a big fan.

“This will send a message that… they can lead full lives and go on to do bigger and better things if they’re given the chance. “

Nicky Clark, Lizzie’s mother

It was Lizzie’s mother, Nicky, who saw an advert for the role on an autism website: “I think it’s incredibly positive that the BBC chose to find an actress who has the same condition as the character.”

People with Asperger syndrome often have social difficulties and can develop an obsessive interest in hobbies. With support and encouragement they can lead independent lives.

Nicky Clark says getting the role has been a huge boost to Lizzie’s self-esteem. She says it’s an opportunity for all people with autism: “This will send a message that… they can lead full lives and go on to do bigger and better things if they’re given the chance.”

Source:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/shropshire/content/articles/2008/09/16/aspergers_actress_feature.shtml

Jerusalem of Gold(Tower of David)


“Father held on $1 million bond in son’s shooting death … A father allegedly shot and killed his 13-year-old son with a pistol inside the family’s home … The boy had a neurobiological disorder similar to autism called Asperger’s syndrome.”:


“Neighbors try to help family after autistic girl, 5, found drowned”:


“Autistic kids allegedly cuffed, told to fight”:


“Parents cleared in sex case file suit”:


“UK lawmaker seeks to deny education to children who aren’t vaccinated”:


“Is this any way to treat our nation of carers?”:


Seizures “Dog saves owner’s life by dialling 911”:


“Sherwoods enters into partnership with Dubai Centre for Special Needs”:


NAS Cymru Project Ty Mynydd “New home in Neath is a first for autism”:


“Mother raises son’s care concern”:


“Rights for the disabled – Congress approves landmark protections for disabled workers”:


“No rise in MMR jab uptake”:


“Businesses win equality awards”:


“McKinnon on the edge as home secretary mulls plea”:


“Autism convention in Kettering gives a personal persepctive of late diagnosis”:


“Take part in a NAO survey into service provision for adults on the spectrum”:


“TalkTalk’s Forever Story receives over 3,800 entries in a month”:




“Autism is caused by a ‘supercharged’ mind, scientists claim”:


“Autism may be missed in girls”:


“Girls with mild autism less likely to be identified than boys, Royal College of Psychiatrists”:


“Creative thinking nets Stanford researchers two NIH Pioneer Awards, Three New Innovator Awards”:


“Using the theory of mind to diagnose autism”:


“How autism affects a child’s development”:


“Free event to explore autism, addiction and schizophrenia”:


“Suicide attempt a depressing drug side effect”:


“Fearless mice are neglectful mothers but social butterflies”:


“Critical early step of memory formation discovered by John Hopkins neuroscientists”:


“Do supercharged brains give rise to autism?”:


“A new window on mental disorders”:


“The Global Learning Series to raise understanding and awareness of autism and autism spectrum disorders”:


“Study finds people with Fragile X, carriers likely to have additional conditions”:


“More NHS/University research deals announced”:




“Postgraduate certificate in Asperger syndrome – last chance to apply”:


“Q & A: Prepping kids with disabilities for College”:


“TreeHouse report reveals inconsistencies in educational provision for autistic children”:


“What big shake-up spells for Bristol schools”:


“Charter School only teaches autistic students”:


“Harvey raises £2,500 for Corbets Tey School PFA … The school caters for children aged from four to 16 years who have many different syndromes and other learning needs (including Autism and communication difficulties).”:


“Hairdresser to support Hazel Court School”:




“Lynn’s SPED seeks 2 new teachers”:


“Expressions of interest – Able Autism Specialist …”:


“Lead Nurse Specialist – This is your opportunity to provide a genuinely nurse-led service at a highly regarded specialist school for children with autistic spectrum disorders.”:


UK: NAS Prospects Employment Service “Employment training courses for autistic adults”:


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/


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”:



BANGLADESH Autism Welfare Foundation(AWF) “Eid fair of autistic children … The scenario of autistic children of Bangladesh is very dismal. Most of the children are not diagnosed. Many diagnosed cases are totally ignorant of any training or education programme to educate autistic children. The AWF established on April 4, 2004 with the aim to give training and education to the autistic children to perform their maximum strengths and interests to making them able to support themselves.”:


“NAS opens new branch in Bexhill”:


“ASAN in Salon.com”:


“Open Day at Police Headquarters for local disabled communities”:


“Community to help autistic triplets”:


“Charity aims to fulfill ‘Star Trek’ dream”:


Temple Grandin “Horizon: The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow”:


“Autistic women: a life more ordinary”:


“Missing the cues”:


Emma Noble “Why are the Majors ignoring my autistic son?”:


“Noble Vs Major: Sir John and Lady Major deny claims they are ignoring their autistic grandchild”:


“Why a grandparent’s love is so to be treasured”:


“Family Travel – Bypassing the roadblocks …”:


“Consider the Ninetendo Wii for autistic kids”:


“Water(for Work and Home) wins wellbeing business”:


“Picking through the landfill”:


“OCD and the WWW”:


Dyspraxia “Daniel Radcliffe: breaking dyspraxia’s spell”:


Jewish Quarter - Jerusalem


“Sulam Israel”:


Baha'i Gardens in Haifa

“Alei Siach – Changing Lives for Young Autistic People in Israel”:


The Dead Sea - Terra Nova(lowest place on earth)

“Ami Oach – “Who says autism’s a disease?”:


Eilat Mountains, Israel

Haifa, Israel “The BioHug – a new invention …”:


Love Israel from the first Shalom ad campaign

“Israel Facts, travel videos, flags & photos”:


Tel Aviv

“Photo Gallery: Life in Jerusalem”:


Coral Tree(Erythrina) by Shrine of the Bab, Haifa

“Fun Things to do with Kids in Israel”:


King David street shop, Jerusalem

“Israel on Wikipedia”:


Israeli Society for Autistic Children (ALUT)
3 Habonim Street, Ramat-Gan 52462
tel: +972 (0)3 612 6120
fax: +972 (0)3 612 6123
e-mail: Alut_il@netvision.net.il
Website: http://www.alut.org.il



“Doctors urged to stop use of Ritalin for under-fives”:


“Ty Pennington on ADHD”:


“Teens in pill-popping frenzy”:


“More attention needed on ADHD in school – over 80% of the teachers surveyed wanted more ADHD training, UK”:


“Majority of teachers have difficulty understanding and managing ADHD”:


“Addrenex Pharmaceuticals announces positive Phase III clinical results for Clonicel to treat ADHD”:


“European project to study relationship between ADHD and substance abuse”:


“ADHD a challenge for spouses too … But John Capel says there are numerous “positives” about being married to someone with ADHD.

Cass Brown Capel “She’s a stimulus seeker,” he says. “So there’s constantly new (adventures) to do.”:http://www.sacbee.com/health/story/1229847.html

Cass Brown Capel “The moment of focus”:http://www.sacbee.com/107/story/1229884.html

“Boys as socially aggressive as girls: Study”:


“Adult ADHD study underway in KS”:


“ADHD parenting class comes to Stevens Point”:


“What challenges do children with ADD/ADHD experience in groups?”:


“Dallas forum will focus on autism, ADHD”:


“Author, psychiatrist to speak on ADD/ADHD”:


“Depression, ADHD, and cocaine”:


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 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”:




“Lego’s royal run for autism”:


“Jane set her sights on Machu Picchu fund-raising trek”:


“The 5k Santa run – 7th December”:


“Flora London Marathon 2009”:


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


“Cycle India 2009”:


“Donegal ‘Mooathon’ 2008 – 28th September – ‘the wildest, most fun half-marathon you will ever do! It’s also an excellent warm-up race for the adidas Dublin Marathon in October.’:


“Dublin Marathon – 27th October, 2008”:


Newcastle & Portsmouth “BUPA Great North Run 2008 – World’s Biggest Half Marathon – 5th October”:

“Sahara Desert Trek – 8th-15th November, 2008”:

“Cycle China 2009 – 19th-29th March”:

“Trek the Inca Trail 2009 – 14th-23rd May”:

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



“The AutisMusic Project”:


Savoy Theatre, London ~ October 5, 2008 ~ 6pm “Jools Holland duets with Derek Paravacini in London West End autism benefit concert”:




Artist: Dylan Scott Pierce

Dylan Scott Pierce(born ca. 1986) is an American child prodigy who excels at painting.
His work consists primarily of animal and natural imagery.

Pierce’s work has been compared to Henri Rousseau’s in its illustration of the absurdity of man’s self-imprisonment in the menagerie of form. His work has been featured on QVC, profiled by a publication of the National Geographic Society, and he has a partnership with SeaWorld. He is also a photographer who did work in that field during safaris in Africa.

He is currently active in both conservation and autism issues.


“NAS Christmas cards”:


NAS “Enter our Creativity Competition – closing date for entries Tuesday 30th September”:




“And the Emmy goes to …”:


“NAS helps ‘Rain Man’ open in West End”:


“Rain Man, with Josh Hartnett and Adam Godley, opens in London Sept. 19”:


“Playbill News: An August Autumn: A Preview of the Fall 2008 London Season – One of the most talked-about West End commercial productions is the stage reworking of the Dustin Hoffman-Tom Cruise film Rain Man, about young hotshot Charlie Babbitt and his autistic savant older brother Raymond. The show stars film actor Josh Harnett (making his West End debut) as Charlie and Adam Godley as Raymond, and has already experienced its share of bumps. Original director David Grindley left during early rehearsals, and his duties were taken over by director/playwright Terry Johnson. Recently, it delayed its opening date from Sept. 9 to Sept. 19.”:


“True Stories: Her Name Is Sabine – Watch Online”:


Stephen Wiltshire “The Human Camera”:


“Chocolate (UK BD) in November”:


“Actors for Autism”:



New “Staying in the Game”

Author: James W. Loomis, Ph. D.


New “Asperger Syndrome and Employment: Adults Speak Out about Asperger Syndrome”

Edited by Genevieve Edmonds and Luke Beardon


New “Asperger Syndrome and Social Relationships: Adults Speak Out about Asperger Syndrome”

Edited by Genevieve Edmonds and Luke Beardon


Coming soon “What’s That Look on Your Face? All About Faces and Feelings”:

Author: Catherine S. Snodgrass


“A Self-Determined Future with Asperger Syndrome: Solution Focused Approaches”

Authors: E. Veronica Bliss and Genevieve Edmonds

Foreword by Bill O’Connell


“DVD helps autistic kids read emotions – Working with UK actor Stephen Fry, the researchers and media experts have created a remarkable series of 15 short animated stories that are transporting autistic children into a world where they can explore simple emotions such as happy, sad, angry and afraid, as well as more complex ones like sorry, tired, joking and unfriendly.”:


“Toy faces teach emotion to autistic kids”:


Pedal Power


Pedal Power

“Japanese robot has ‘peddle power”

A Japanese company has unveiled its latest robot which is well-balanced enough to ride a unicycle.


Video game

  • Experience the visceral fun of interacting with a theme park you create.
  • Build and ride your own creations, talk and joke with all your guests, and play dozens of minigames.
  • Use the Wii Remote and Nintendo DS stylus in innovative ways to develop roller coasters and play mini-games.
  • Create 20 death-defying WHOA Coasters such as the Hotrod Stunt, Pendulizer and many more.
  • Visit 15 themed areas, like Battleville, Winterville, Spaceville and Aeroville, all spread throughout five new parks.
  • Distinguish your rides even more with enhanced customization options. Attach animatronics, flowers and flaming hoops to all of your coasters and rides.
  • Smarter guests, better dialogue, and more focused two-way conversation.
  • Conversation more directly impacts the story than in the original Thrillville.

RGB rollercoaster

“Pedal-Powered Japanese Roller Coaster”

The skycycle at Washuzan Highland Park in Okayama … these are dotted around Japan and also found in LegoLand California


“Bizarre pedal powered things”:


In closing, we take a look at the site “Israel Around You” which offers creative kits, projects and products catering for the early childhood to adult age ranges, that serve to bring an experience of Israel to people throughout the world in simple and meaningful ways.


Hope you enjoyed the read.

Take Care,


Israel Independence Day, '07

First Published Tuesday, 23rd September, 2008.

Hadrian, British Museum
Hadrian Offer

The British Museum has arranged a special opening of their major exhibition Hadrian: Empire and Conflict for differently-abled visitors, who may like to visit when it is less crowded, on the morning of Friday 3 October (9.00am).

The exhibition explores the life, love and legacy of Hadrian, Rome’s most enigmatic emperor.  Tickets cost £10 each (the concessionary price) and an accompanying carer is admitted for free.  The tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

You can book tickets in advance for the special morning opening through the British Museum’s box office on 020 7323 8181 or email boxoffice@britishmuseum.org

First Published Wednesday, 17th September, 2008.

Say No to Experimental Chelation of Children

US Researchers Call Off Controversial Autism Study

Critics Called Test Unethical Experiment On Children

POSTED: 3:56 pm CDT September 17, 2008
UPDATED: 4:02 pm CDT September 17, 2008

A government agency has dropped plans to test a controversial treatment for autism that critics had called an unethical experiment on children.The National Institute of Mental Health said in a statement Wednesday that the study of chelation has been discontinued. The statement saidthe agency decided the money would be better used testing other potential therapies for autism and related disorders.The study had been on hold because of safety concerns . A study published last year linked a chemical used in the treatment to lasting brain problems in rats.

The treatment removes heavy metals from the body and is based on the fringe theory that mercury in vaccines triggers autism — a theory never proved and rejected by mainstream science.


First Published Tuesday, 16th September, 2008.

Social services

Have Your Say On The Reform Of Adult Social Services

The Government has called for as many people as possible to give them their views on what a new and more holistic care and support system should look like.

Care and support is the new term being used to describe both traditional social care services and a range of other services and financial assistance that help people to be “independent, active and healthy”.

It includes:

  • ‘traditional’ social services such as domiciliary care, meals on wheels, day care and care homes
  • some elements of housing support services for older people and disabled people; i.e. support funded through Supporting People, plus adaptations that help people get around their own home, such as hand rails (often funded through the Disabled Facilities Grant)
  • support for independent living, including the Independent Living Fund
  • benefits that help people with the extra costs of disability in later life.

The three big questions that the Government wants an answer to in this debate are:

1) What more do we need to do to make our vision of independence, choice and control for adults accessing social care a reality?

2) What should the balance of responsibility be between the individual, the family and the Government? The Government have found that some people are prepared to accept responsibility for contributing towards the costs of care and support. With an ageing population increasing the burden on the system, the Government wants to look at how best to allocate available funding.

3) Should the system be the same for all or should we consider varying the way we allocate state funding?

There are a number of key trade-offs underlying this third question:

  • Should there be one system for everyone, or different systems depending on the type of care and support need a person has? Should people with longer-term needs receive more support (those with a disability from a young age would have had less time to save money)
  • Which is more important: local flexibility (and therefore the potential for a postcode lottery) or national standards (which could mean that a particular need in one area is not met if it is not a national priority)?
  • What should the balance be between targeting government resources to those least able to pay, whilst having a system that supports those who plan and save?

To find out more and to submit your views, go to www.careandsupport.direct.gov.uk

The consultation closes on 28th November 2008.

First Published Tuesday, 16th September, 2008.


Congratulations to Elbow for winning the Mercury Music Prize 2008

Everyone at the National Autistic Society would like to say a huge congratulations to the band Elbow for winning the Mercury Music Prize on 9th September. The band, who support the NAS and who will be raising money for the charity through their forthcoming tour, have been together since forming in 1991 and have won this prestigious music award for their fourth studio album ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’.

The band can also be heard on the soundtrack of the new Coen Brothers Film ‘Burn After Reading’ (starring Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich and Tilda Swinton). Their new UK tour kicks off on Monday 6 October followed by dates across Europe in November. For more information please visit www.elbow.co.uk

First Published Tuesday, 16th September, 2008.

ADAPT Activists Arrested
at McCain Campaign Headquarters over Housing Platform

Today’s JFA:  *11 Disability Activists Arrested at McCain
* *Public Housing Authorities, Moving People out of Nursing
* *Senate Passes Bill Protecting People with Disabilities in
* *TIME SENSITIVE: Feedback Needed from Adults with
* *Grassroots Rally WEDNESDAY – “Victory Lap” for ADA Amendments
* *Senator Obama on Senate Passage of ADA Amendments
*  *11 Disability Activists Arrested at McCain Headquarters after Staff
Refuses to Accept Disability Housing Platform*  [image: ADAPT
From Bob Kafka, National Organizer, ADAPT:

Civil Rights done in a different way. 500 ADAPT activists have set up DUH
JOB. Low income people with disabilities are about 15 percent of medium
income. ADAPT has developed a housing platform that they want Obama and
McCain to endorse.

As I write this ADAPT activists are being arrested in Sen McCain’s office as
he refused to accept the platform.  Earlier in the day DNC officials
accepted the ADAPT Platform.

Community First!

The ADAPT Community


ADAPT Fights Back re: Nation’s Low Income People with Disabilities Left
Behind in Election Year Agendas

When: Monday, September 15, 2008

Where: The plaza outside the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Development, 451 7th Street S.W., Washington, DC 20410

Why: The 2008 election campaigns have included rhetoric about tax breaks for
middle income families, and media coverage has included stories about
familes who have children with disabilities. Left out of all the election
rhetoric are the candidates’ positions on and commitments to those babies
with disabilities who grow into adults with disabilities who all-too-often
survive on extremely low incomes (less than 30% of the median income).
These extremely low incomes are often the fixed benefit amounts of SSI and
Social Security.

In 2006, according to Priced Out in 2006, the federal SSI benefit was
$603/month and the average cost nationally of renting a studio/efficiency
apartment was $633/month.

There are not enough AFFORDABLE, ACCESSIBLE, INTEGRATED housing units to
handle the current demand in communities across America. When the Community
Choice Act (S 799, H.R. 1621) passes, and older and disabled people can
choose to live in their own homes instead of being forced into nursing homes
and other institutions, the need for affordable, accessible housing will
increase. And as the baby-boomers continue to age, the demand will grow

HUD, Congress and the Administration have broken promises, cut funding for
housing stock and housing subsidies and enforcement of anti-discrimination
housing laws, and simply ignored the nation’s low-income people with
disabilities altogether.

ADAPT has established “DUH City” (reverse of HUD) to bring attention to and
document the struggle of low income people with disabilities. When the
average rent for even an efficiency apartment is more than your monthly
income… where do you wind up? All too often you’re forced out on the
street or into a nursing home or other institution.  DUH!

ADAPT’s tent city will be a typical community complete with its own
newspaper, TV coverage, and other services.

For Information Contact:
Randy Alexander (901) 359-4982
Marsha Katz (406) 544-9504

*Public Housing Authorities, Moving People Out of Nursing Homes and
Preference Categories*
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Steve Gold:

Public Housing Authorities, Moving People Out of Nursing Homes and
Preference Categories
Information Bulletin # 259 (9/08)

Throughout the country, Public Housing Authorities have waiting lists for
both their housing vouchers and public housing units.

In many states, people are in nursing homes because they cannot afford to
rent an apartment or housing unit on their limited SSI incomes. Without
either a housing voucher or a public housing units, many people in nursing
facilities will continue to be institutionalized.

The question that has been raised a number of times is whether or not your
Public Housing Authority could target their vouchers and public housing
units to help transition people out of nursing homes and other

People have complained that their Public Housing Authorities, because they
have waiting lists for housing vouchers and public housing units, have not
been responsive and have presented a number of excuses to using their
vouchers and housing units to end unnecessary institutionalization.

Here are a number of points you should be aware of:

1.  Yes, your Pubic Housing Authority can open its waiting list for one
preference category of people – for example, people transitioning out of

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From Reuters (9/11):

Senate passes bill protecting disabled people

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate on Thursday approved major legislation
that would expand protection against workplace discrimination for people
with disabilities and overturn several Supreme Court rulings that curbed
such safeguards in the past decade.

The measure, passed on a voice vote and without dissent…

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TIME SENSITIVE: Feedback Needed from Adults with Autism
From the Autistic Self Advocacy Network President Ari

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) has put out a Request
for Information (RFI) to seek input from stakeholders (those interested in
autism), including autistic individuals, about what  they consider to be
high-priority issues and concerns surrounding  services and supports for
children, youth, and adults with ASD.

The RFI is due no later than Sept. 19, 2008. People should direct their
comments to iaccservices@mail.nih.gov.  (Read more

This RFI provides an excellent opportunity for self advocates and allies to
make our voices heard. Members of the IACC are very  interested in hearing
from individuals on the autism spectrum. They’ve heard extensively from the
anti-vaccine crowd, from parents,
experts, researchers, and from people on the autism spectrum.

More input from autistic adults at this point, when the IACC is coming close
to finalizing a budget and mission statement for the Strategic Plan, will
mean more attention to the issues we consider to be most important.

The focus of this particular RFI on services and supports is an area  that
many autistic adults have much to say about; here is a chance to say it
directly to the committee that will be allocating resources to various
areas. Currently, funding is skewed toward genetic research
and research into treatments and interventions.

In the time that autistic individuals have been submitting comments and
testifying at IACC meetings, some positive change has been noted in the
amount of funds earmarked for research into services and supports.

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Joincross-disability coalition advocates and Congressional leaders at a press
rally to celebrate Congress’ passage of the ADA Amendments Act.  The House
is expected to act on the final bill Wednesday morning and then send it to
the White House for President Bush’s signature.

Time:  1:45pm on Wednesday, September 17

Place:  West front steps of the Capitol – House side.

There is accessibility and ramps from both the House and Senate side and
there will be Capitol police to assist and direct.
There will be a sign language interpreter for the event.

Speakers: House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Reps. James Sensenbrenner and
Jerrold Nadler, Sens. Tom Harkin and Orrin Hatch, and AAPD Vice Chair Tony

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Statement of Senator Barack Obama on the Senate Adoption of the ADA Amendments Act

CHICAGO, IL – U.S. Senator Barack Obama today issued the following statement
regarding the Senate’s adoption of S. 3406, the Americans with Disabilities
Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008.  Senator Obama has strongly supported the
proposal since the introduction of a companion bill in the House, and the
Senate bill was adopted by unanimous consent on Thursday.

“The Americans with Disabilities Act is one of the key civil rights laws of
this century, but its impact has been diminished over the years by the
appointment of judges who have not honored that original intent.  The
Senate’s adoption of this bill takes us one step closer to ensuring that
discrimination against people with disabilities is rejected in both our laws
and our actions.  I am proud to have supported this legislation from the

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It’s that time of year again. This coming Sunday,
Alex will be running 10K in the Charlottetown
Terry Fox Run. Alex was thrilled to meet Darrell
Fox and see Terry’s van when it was on PEI this
(http://therunman. blogspot. com/2008/ 06/terry- fox-tour- of-hope-terry- foxs-van. html).

On Sunday October 5th, Alex will once again be
running the 5K Run for the Cure. This is the
largest single-day volunteer-led fundraising
event dedicated to creating a future without breast cancer.

More info on both runs below.

If you would like to support the Terry Fox Run
and/or The Run for the Cure by sponsoring Alex,
here are the links to his donation pages:

Terry Fox Run –
https://www. terryfoxrun. org/english/ corporate/ runner/informati on/default. asp?s=1&RunnerID =54207

Run For The Cure –
https://www. cibcrunforthecur e.com/html/ personal_ page.asp? track=2696884& languageid= 1

Thank you for your consideration

-jypsy & Alex
http://therunman. blogspot. com

About The Terry Fox Run:

Before Terry died, he knew that an annual event
would be held to commemorate his Marathon of
Hope. It would be called, appropriately, The Terry Fox Run.

The first Terry Fox Run in 1981 attracted 300,000
participants across Canada and raised $3.5
million. To date, more than $400 million has been
raised worldwide for cancer research in Terry’s name.

Each year, thousands of volunteers organize Terry
Fox Run events in Canada and around the world.

In Canada, the annual Terry Fox Run is held every
September, usually on the second Sunday following
Labour Day. In countries outside Canada, the Run
is organized at a time that is convenient for organizers.

The Run is a non-competitive event where people
get together as individuals, families and groups
to raise money in Terry’s name. It is a day of
celebrating Terry’s legacy and helping to keep
his dream of a cure for cancer alive.

There is no entry fee and no prizes are awarded,
although a certificate of appreciation is given
when participants complete their journey. Run
locations are organized in large urban areas
attracting thousands of people and in small,
rural communities where just about everybody
knows each other. School events tend to be
incorporated into the daily curriculum.

As Terry said in 1980:

“If you’ve given a dollar, you are part of the Marathon of Hope .”
http://www.terryfox run.org

About The Run for the Cure:

The Run was created in 1992 by a small group of
volunteers who wanted to raise awareness and
funds for the cause. The first event took place
in Toronto. Over 1,500 participants raised
$85,000 – an outstanding success! Through the
ongoing dedication of our volunteers, this single
Run event grew into what it is today … Canada’s
largest single-day, volunteer-led fundraising
event dedicated to breast cancer research, education and awareness.

In 2007, 53 communities and 170,000 Canadians
participated in the Canadian Breast Cancer
Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure. Together, we
raised more than $27 million for breast cancer
research, education, and awareness programs. What an incredible success!

We applaud your efforts and dedication and look
forward to another milestone year.

Run for the Cure

1992: Canada’s first event, raising $85,000 in Toronto.
1993: Vancouver joins the journey.
1995: The Run grows to 10 locations – from Halifax to Vancouver.
1997: CIBC joins as the title sponsor, and the Run locations grow to 17.
2002: The Run takes place in a total of 30
locations with over 140,000 participants across the country.
2004: A record $21 million is earned in over 40 locations.
2005: The millionth Canadian participated in the
Run since its inception in 1992. More than
170,000 Canadians raised over $23 million.
2006: The 2006 Run raises $26 million dollars!
2007: More than 170,000 participants raised more
than $27 million in 53 communities across Canada.
2008: Please join us on Sunday, October 5.
https://www. cibcrunforthecur e.com