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By  Associate News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on January 26, 2013


Practicing yoga may help relieve the symptoms of several types of mental disorders, according to a new review.


Researchers compiled the findings of 16 significant studies that examined the effects of yoga on mental illness. 


The results conclude that yoga may offer positive effects for people withdepression and sleep problems even if they don’t take medication, as well as for individuals with schizophreniaand attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who are taking medication.


No benefit was found, however, for people with eating or cognitive disorders.


Yoga research has suggested that the practice positively influences chemical messengers in the brain, inflammation in the body, and other biological factors in much the same way as antidepressants andpsychotherapy, said study researcher Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy, a professor of psychiatry and medicine at Duke University Medical Center.


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An anxiety disorder is much more than being very nervous or edgy.


An anxious person will report an unreasonable exaggeration of threats, repetitive negative thinking, hyper-arousal, and a strong identification with fear. The fight-or-flight response kicks into overdrive.


Anxiety is also known for producing noticeable physical symptoms, such as rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure, and digestive problems. In General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) andSocial Anxiety Disorder (SAD) the symptoms become so severe that normal daily functioning becomes impossible.


Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a common treatment for anxiety disorders. Cognitive-behavioral therapy theorizes that in anxiety disorders, the patient overestimates the danger of disruptive events in his life, and underestimates his ability to cope. CBT attempts to replace maladaptive thinking by examining the patient’s distorted thinking and resetting the fight-or-flight response with more reasonable, accurate ones. The anxious person and the therapist work to actively change thought patterns.


In contrast, instead of changing thoughts, mindfulness-based therapies (MBTs) seek to change the relationship between the anxious person and his or her thoughts.


In mindfulness-based therapy, the person focuses on the bodily sensations that arise when he or she is anxious. Instead of avoiding or withdrawing from these feelings, he or she remains present and fully experiences the symptoms of anxiety. Instead of avoiding distressing thoughts, he or she opens up to them in an effort to realize and acknowledge that they are not literally true.


Although it may seem counter-intuitive, fully realizing the experience of anxiety enables anxious people to release their over identification with negative thoughts. The person practices responding to disruptive thoughts, and letting these thoughts go.


By remaining present in the body, they learn that the anxiety they experience is merely a reaction to perceived threats. By positively responding to threatening events instead of being reactive they can overcome an erroneous fight-or-flight response.


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By  Associate News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on January 26, 2013


Teens who experience a decline in verbal skills, compared to their peers of friends, are at increased risk for developing a psychotic disorder in adulthood.


Although research has shown that patients who develop adult psychosisexperienced several cognitive deficits during childhood and adolescence, it had remained unclear whether these deficits became more severe during adolescence.


For the study, researchers looked at data from 10,717 males born in Sweden in 1953, 1967, 1972 and 1977, and followed through to December 2006. Verbal, spatial, and inductive ability were tested at ages 13 and 18 using standardized tests.


The findings showed that individuals whose verbal ability declined, compared to their peers or friends between ages 13 and 18, were at greater risk for developing schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders in adulthood.


Decline in verbal score between ages 13 and 18 was a much stronger predictor of later psychosis than the score at age 18 alone.


“We know that the brain undergoes a rapid period of development during adolescence, and these findings add to the evidence that brain development may be impaired in some people, who later develop psychosis,” said James MacCabe, Ph.D., lead researcher of the study from the Department of Psychosis Studies at King’s College London.


“However, it is important to understand that only a small minority of people develop psychosis, so the actual risk of psychosis, even among people with a decline in verbal abilities, remains very low. This could certainly not be used as a ‘test’ for psychosis.”


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Editor’s Choice
Academic Journal


Article Date: 28 Jan 2013 – 11:00 PST


Facebook activity could be an indicator for psychological health, and be used as tools by therapists and psychologists


A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Missouri and published in the journal Psychiatry Research, has revealed that social media profiles can provide insight into the mental health of patients.


Social networking sites, like Facebook, are becoming increasingly popular and are becoming a primary method for communication and socialization. Although it has been established that there is increased use by those on the schizophrenia-spectrum, few details are known to what depth.


Study leader Elizabeth Martin, doctoral student in MU’s psychological science department in the College of Arts and Science, said:


“Therapists could possibly use social media activity to create a more complete clinical picture of a patient. The beauty of social media activity as a tool in psychological diagnosis is that it removes some of the problems associated with patients’ self-reporting.

For example, questionnaires often depend on a person’s memory, which may or may not be accurate. By asking patients to share their Facebook activity, we were able to see how they expressed themselves naturally. Even the parts of their Facebook activities that they chose to conceal exposed information about their psychological state.”


Martin and her team asked a group of volunteers to print their Facebook activity and linked aspects of their activity with the level to which these people showed schizotypy, an assortment of symptoms including social withdrawal to unusual beliefs. 


As expected, several participants showed signs of the schizotypy condition called social anhedonia – the inability to encounter happiness from normally enjoyable activities, such as interacting and talking to peers.


These people with social anhedonia were more likely to:

  • * have fewer friends on Facebook
  • * communicate less frequently
  • * share fewer pictures
  • * have a longer Facebook profile


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The research could lead to computers and robots that think like people – and unlock the secrets of depression and Alzheimer’s.


By Rob Waugh | Yahoo! News – Tue, Jan 29, 2013


A ten-year project in Europe will use supercomputers to simulate the workings of an entire human brain for the first time.


The research could lead to computers and robots that think like people. 

Scientists also claim that the research could unlock the secrets of memory, depression and Alzheimer’s. 


The European Commission announced that the Human Brain Project (HBP) will receive up to a billion euros over the next ten ten years. 


“The HBP will build new platforms for “neuromorphic computing” and “neurorobotics”, allowing researchers to develop new computing systems and robots based on the architecture and circuitry of the brain,” EFPL scientists said in a statement this week.


The Swiss project likened the research to the Large Hadron’s Collider’s exploration of the subatomic world, describing the Human Brain project as a, “CERN for the brain.” 


Professor Bernd Stahl from Britain’s De Montfort University, said: “The Human Brain Project is truly pioneering, and the results will make important contributions to neuroscience.”


“However because this project is breaking new ground there is a need for members of the project to consider their responsibilities.” 


Announcing the funding decision, European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes said: “Europe’s position as a knowledge superpower depends on thinking the unthinkable and exploiting the best ideas.”





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The Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) is a controversial treatment facility right here in my home state of Massachusetts that uses a form of electroshock therapy in order to “treat” developmentally disabled teens and adults in its care. It’s one-of-a-kind in the nation for its aggressive use of shock therapy — ala B.F. skinner and rats from the 1960s.


Last month, the Center received a warning letter about the continued unauthorized use of “adulterated” shock devices, called GEDs (for Graduated Electronic Decelerators). The Center is the only treatment facility in the country that uses these self-manufactured devices.


They were approved for their intended use by the FDA in 1995. However, since at least 2008, the Center has been using revised versions of these devices — GED3A and GED4 — that deliver higher electrical charges. The FDA has told the Center — repeatedly — that these new versions need to undergo additional testing to demonstrate their safety (especially a concern, given the higher voltage levels the devices reportedly deliver).


And yet, for over four years, the Center has simply ignored the FDA and continues to use the devices — against the FDA’s rules and directives.


Meanwhile, patients in the Center’s care continue — every day — to be shocked against their will. Here is one patient’s story.


According to Fox News, the Center is still “being investigated by the Justice Department and has drawn the scrutiny of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture.


“And Massachusetts State Sen. Brian A. Joyce, D-Milton, a long-time critic of JRC, has written to the FDA asking them to ban the shocks all together. He is also planning on again filing legislation to ban the use of shocks and other aversive treatments in Massachusetts.”


It’s no wonder. How, in the year 2013, could we consider the use of electrical shocks on human beings who are developmentally disabled to be either humane or an appropriate treatment? If it’s so successful, how is it that no other treatment facility in the entire country uses this form of “treatment?” How is it that no independent researchers not connected to the JRC have ever published a single peer-reviewed, controlled scientific study on the effectiveness and safety of GED3A or GED4 devices?


But don’t listen to me. Listen to someone who has undergone this “treatment:”


The GED IS harmful. Even the GED-1. I was burned many times, and I still have scars on my stomach from being repeatedly shocked there, by the FDA approved GED-1. The electrodes had actually burned into my skin. I experienced long term loss of sensation and numbness in my lower left leg, after getting a shock there. I felt searing pain all the way down to the bottom of my foot, and was left with no feeling in my skin from the knee down for about a year. Again, this was with the GED-1.

After complaining to JRC nursing about my leg, they told me to tell the Neurologist about it during a follow up visit for a suspected seizure. He asked the staff what that device was on my leg, and they explained to him it was an electrode. After their explanation, the Neurologist said, “Well, I don’t know what that thing is, but it needs to come off.”

JRC left the device off my leg for about a year, then decided on their own, without sending me back to a Neurologist, it was ok to put it back. I have seen students with torso electrodes accidentally placed on their spine area, get a shock there and be violently bent backwards.

Also, I would like you to know that the devices have a tendency to malfunction and go off all by themselves. JRC refers to this as a “misapplication.”

Read More …http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/01/29/judge-rotenberg-center-one-patients-story/

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Bond set at $1M for Vogelsbery in murder of autistic half-brother”:



“Sarasota woman arrested after autistic stepdaughter dies”:



No bail reduction for stepmom charged in autistic girl’s death”:



Mom gets 10 years in prison for not stopping murder of her 9 year old autistic son”:



Judge OKs agreement in death of SC student”:



“Man gets prison for molesting autistic boy”:



Which Congressman is blocking bill that would protect autistic kids?”:



“Bus attendant, Darryl Blue, charged with choking autistic boy”:



“Family wins fight to bring autistic girl to Australia”:



ISRAEL “Government sets up committee on autistic kids after protests …
The parents protested that their children lack access to basic education and later in life will encounter difficulties finding adequate employment.”:


AUSTRALIA “Autistic man ran away to meet Big Brother contestants”:



NAS “New research exposes scale of Government’s social care crisis for disabled people”:



NAS “New Early Support information for parents and carers”:





“Questions circle Asperger’s syndrome removal from diagnostic manual”:



GW professor discovers new information in the understanding of autism and genetics”:



“Researchers explore why some kids seem to outgrow autism”:



ASAN Statement on Fein Study on Autism and “Recovery”:


Enhancing social interactions using information technology”:



“Massive search for depression gene comes up empty”:



“8 suggestions for strengthening self-esteem when you have depression”:



How brain cells lift mood in the sleepless”:



“Neuroscientists mimic sleep deprivation, reveal target for new depression therapy”:



“A pep talk for those with treatment-resistant depression”:



“Suicide rate shooting up in UK”:



Poor sleep can make couples take each other for granted”:



Alcohol’s effects on normal sleep reviewed”:



My restless legs turned me into an insomniac: It’s the distressing condition robbing millions of sleep”:



“Mouse study links teen stress to adult mental illness”:



“Blood pressure and accelerated brain aging”:



Dyslexia: Improving Reading and Writing Skills”:


“Brain structure of infants predicts language skills at one year”:


In Synesthesia, learning and memory may play a central role”:



“It’s called Onychophagia or nail biting”:



“4 strategies to help you bounce back from adversity”:


“4 personality types: Which one are you”:



“Introducing Her Bipolar Life”:



“Introducing Caregivers, Family and Friends Blog”:



“Virtual Hospital”:





Home Education “How my autistic son got lost in the public school system”:



NIGERIA “Forgotten aspects of education”:



“Edison High program for autistic kids reaps gold”:



HC allows shadow teacher for autistic child”:



“Robots to assist autistic children in classrooms in UK … Ian Lowe, headteacher at Topcliffe Primary, said: ‘The robots have been brilliant at supporting autistic children with their learning.

‘You can programme them to teach language, play games and model behaviour. We have even used them in assemblies.’In the future we are looking to see if they can be used to support learning not just at school but at home as well.”:



Center gets new sensory room”:



“Former headteacher of autistic school gets MBE”:



Hands On Projects for Autistic Students”:



Vocabulary instruction failing U.S. students, expert says”:



“Quality of instruction trumps language in reading programs”:



BULLYING “Cool’ kids in middle school bully more, Psychologists Report”:




“MPs back jobs fair with a difference”:



“The age of small business”:



When mom is CEO at home, workplace ambitions take a back seat”:



Asperger Informatik AG “Professionelles Webdesign und Software Testing in Zurich”:



“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

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.






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



Job Vacancies “Would you like to work for the NAS?”:



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Wrong Planet “Autistic people connect on the internet”:



“Eight new B.C. Guide dog puppies need temporary homes . being trained to assist the blind and those who are autistic”:



“Peterborough family copes with autism on the slopes … They had left their jobs at IBM and were now focused on building a business to help both special needs parents and children. It immediately took off.”:



Autistic beauty queen vies for Miss America Title”:



Bringing up daughters: The new battlefield for parents”:



SYLVIA PLATH – 50th Anniversary of her Death

Sylvia Plath 

“Sylvia Plath”:



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“Autism Jobs, Employment in Florida”:



Florida Autism Resources”:



“Autism Schools in Florida”:


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Everglades Wildlife
Everglades Wildlife
Everglades National Park
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Central Florida Landscape
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Florida Air Museum
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Florida Panther
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Panther Kitten
Florida Zebra Finch
Florida Zebra Finch
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Florida Scrub Jay
Sunset on Clearwater Beach, Florida
Sunset on Clearwater Beach, Florida
Fort Lauderdale / Miami (beaches, sun rises, general out n about!)
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Orlando Sunset, Convention Center
Orlando Sunset, Convention Center
Florida Beaches
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The Beautiful Florida Keys
The Beautiful Florida Keys


Florida History, Arts, Culture:



Florida Tourist Information:



Florida Holiday Rentals:


Al Capone's Mansion Remains

Al Capone’s Mansion Remains, Pinecrest, Florida Everglades

News of Capone’s Miami Compound Hitting Market with $9.95M Asking Price


Florida Keys Fishing
Florida Keys Fishing
Florida Home
A grand old home on the St. John’s River near Palatka, Florida
Mt Dora, Victorian Florida Home
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Significant increase in ADHD over last 9 years”:



“Home intervention with special needs students”:



“Undiagnosed adult ADHD leads to frustration”:



“Obesity more prevalent among those with ADHD”:



“Sensory bags for restless children”:



“Violence and ADHD: It’s not really in us”:



“Getting Unstuck: 7 tips for moving forward with ADHD Part II”:



ADHD and being a loner”:



Pfizer Inc. releases liquid ADHD prescription medication Quillivant XR in U.S.”:



Study: Children with ADHD earn less, work less later in life”:



“Research links ADHD, organizational, motor coordination deficits”:



Toronto “TotallyADD”:



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”:







Derek Paravicini”:



“Kyle Condon: New Box kid on the block”:



The Bicycling Guitarist finds the right notes and gears”:



Ryan Larmour “Seventeen year old launches music video to raise awareness of autism”:







The Benefits “Music for Autistic Children”:




“Stephen Wiltshire MBE”:



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. Find information and ordering details at http://www.icdl.com/bookstore/glimpse/index.shtml


“Artisancam: an award winning interactive website that gives an insight into the lives of contemporary visual artists(aimed at school-aged children, parents/teachers)”:



“Saatchi Gallery”:




“Founder of theater program for autistic kids turns over reins”:



The Undateables “Inking of you: Mystery fan gets tattoo of Undateables star”:



“Actors for Autism”:



“Daniel Tammet: ‘Maths is as rich, inspiring and human as literature’ … In his third book, Daniel Tammet, the bestselling mathematical savant who has Asperger’s syndrome, writes about ‘the science of imagination”:



Spaghetti is NOT a Finger Food “Novel approach to Asperger’s”:



“Far From the Tree’ and the Literature of Autism”:


 Asperger’s Syndrome Workplace Survival Guide

by Barbara Bissonnette

Foreword by Yvona Fast



 The Asperkid’s Launch Pad

by Jennifer Cooke O’Toole


 Music, Language and Autism

Exceptional Strategies for Exceptional Minds

by Adam Ockelford

Foreword by Francesca Happe


 The Aspie Girl’s Guide to Being Safe with Men

The Unwritten Safety Rules No-one is Telling You

by Debi Brown

Foreword by Sarah Attwood


 The Complete Guide to Getting a Job for People with Asperger’s Syndrome

Find the Right Career and Get Hired

by Barbara Bissonnette


 The Pocket Occupational Therapist for Families of Children with Special Needs

by Cara Koscinski


 Understanding and Working with People with Learning Disabilities who Self-injure

Edited by Paula Heslop and Andrew Lovell


 Finding Your Own Way To Grieve

A Creative Activity Workbook for Kids and Teens on the Autism Spectrum

by Karla Helbert



Take Care,



Florida Keys

Florida Keys

Kyle Condon at Real World Studios with his record producer, Rob Bozas, right, and recording engineer Oli Jacobs


By Afam Care


Young Box rocker Kyle Condon could be knocking on the door to success, after recording his first single at the age of 10.


The Box Primary School pupil, diagnosed ADHD and Asperger’s syndrome, first got the musical bug when he won the Box’s Got Talent competition at the village’s jubilee celebration last year, performing his version of Knocking on Heaven’s Door.


He said: “When I did the show, there were adults there and people who had written their own songs. I was really nervous, as I was first on, and I was the youngest person.



Kyle’s mother, Kaz Lammie, said: “Music really helps with his condition. We’ve noticed a big difference. When he is getting hyperactive, I will suggest he go play his guitar, to direct his concentration somewhere else.


“With Asperger’s, he is very obsessive, which is a good thing, because once he sets his mind to learning something he just goes on to do it.


“It has been really beneficial and it’s been a great focus for him. It’s been almost like a therapy.”


The youngster has been playing guitar for less than a year, since getting his first instrument for his birthday, and is keen to pursue a career in music.


… The single is available to download from iTunes and Amazon. Proceeds will go towards charities supporting the two conditions.


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ACI 2012 Summer Leadership Training


The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is excited to announce the Autism Campus Inclusion project is now seeking applications for its 2013 Summer Leadership Academy. The training will take place in Washington, DC, June 9 to June 15, 2013. All expenses for the training are covered by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, including travel, lodging and food.


The ACI summer leadership training prepares students to create systems change on their college campuses. Each participant will learn valuable skills in community organizing, creating policy goals and activism. Applicants must be current college students with at least one year remaining before graduation.

Apply Now!


In order to apply, please email your completed application to Melody Latimer at mlatimer@autisticadvocacy.org with the subject line “2013 ACI Application”. You will receive a confirmation that your application has been received within one business day.


If you need assistance or accommodations at any stage, please contact Melody Latimer at mlatimer@autisticadvocacy.org.


Made possible with support from

Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation
Amerigroup Foundation


In partnership with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Freddie Mac, an industry leader in home mortgages, is seeking a paid intern for the third round of a program with ASAN to place qualified Autistic candidates in skilled positions within the company.


Architecture & Data Services

Freddie Mac is a dynamic environment enabling Intern Analysts to grow through a variety of experiences and responsibilities. Interns will start by learning basic core functions to understand how to work within the organization. The goal of working with the Intern program is to provide analysts an environment with learning opportunities through on the job training and courses available to Freddie Mac. This will allow analysts to build and strengthen skills as well as develop a broader set of competencies.


Job Description

Assist team in improving documentation of the department processes. Support organization in creating department reports and metrics against data.

Job Function

1) Create new or updated existing process documentation to reflect organization and process changes.

2) Where feasible recommend automated solutions that allow for efficiencies within department processes

3) Submit documentation to team members for review and feedback  


4) Participate in the discussions with team members about found issues with processes and offer potential solutions

5) Maintain tracking log of issues to ensure the items get addressed for completion

6) Collect feedback regarding new processes once implemented to adjust where needed

A Typical Day Would Include:


  • *Meeting with the  team to collect existing process information  


  • *Updating existing documentation using Microsoft standard tools and Visio  


  • *Interacting with team members, through the employee preferred form of communication, to get the new assignments as well as to receive the feedback of the work products  
  • *Learning about existing tools that could be potentially used to automate processes where feasible


Required Skills for This Role

Knowledge of the following software: Microsoft Office Products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Visio, and IBM Lotus Notes 


Suggested Technical Skills For This Role

Knowledge of the following software: SharePoint, MySQL, and Grails; knowledge of the programming languages SQL, JAVA, and Ruby


Other Suggested Skills

Instructional writing, process documentation (ARIS), analysis summarization


Skills the Intern Will Acquire

Process Management, Analysis, tools such as SharePoint, Dreamweaver


If you are interested in this position and live in, or are willing to relocate to, the Washington, DC metro area, please send your resume to ASAN at  resumes@autisticadvocacy.org.