Autism Awareness Month
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Autism Awareness Month
April is autism awareness month: The United States recognizes April as a special opportunity for everyone to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community.
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Can you make it to the end?

Understand autism, the person and what to do. Visit www.autism.org.uk/TMI I’m not naughty. I’m autistic. For autistic people like me, the world can be
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A straightforward example of the sensory overload that people who do not live with autism are able to filter unlike people who live with autism. Will you be able to get it? 
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The Did You Knows of #Autism #Parenting: Stress Levels

The Did You Knows of #Autism #Parenting: Stress Levels | Autism Awareness Month | Scoop.it
The Did You Knows of #Autism #Parenting: Stress Levels
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Autism Rates Have Spiked, But Why? : NPR

So this is April. Time to revive this topic on Scoopit, and bring you some of the very numerous interesting stories relating to autism in one way or another. Not necessary personal stories, but hopefully interesting enough to raise awareness, and involvement in the questions around autism.

This is a broadcast that was aired last December about the spike in autism rates.

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly one percent of U.S. children have some form of autism, 20 times higher than the rate in the 1980s.

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Autism changes molecular structure of the brain: Discovery points to a common cause for multifaceted disease

Autism changes molecular structure of the brain: Discovery points to a common cause for multifaceted disease | Autism Awareness Month | Scoop.it
For decades, autism researchers have faced a baffling riddle: how to unravel a disorder that leaves no known physical trace as it develops in the brain.
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Experts Reflect on ‘Parenthood’ Finale - Autism Speaks Official Blog

Experts Reflect on ‘Parenthood’ Finale - Autism Speaks Official Blog | Autism Awareness Month | Scoop.it
Autism Speaks experts reflect on "Parenthood" finale episode and more particularly on Max's meltdown during a highly intense emotional moment while waiting to know about Amber's condition after her car accident. "Parenthood" has done an excellent job at describing what living with asperger's is like both for the child and his family, including how awkward and inappropriate the family can often be, because of ignorance and misunderstanding.
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Autism Now: Robert MacNeil Shares Grandson Nick's Story | PBS NewsHour | April 18, 2011

Autism Now: Robert MacNeil Shares Grandson Nick's Story | PBS NewsHour | April 18, 2011 | Autism Awareness Month | Scoop.it
In the first of six reports in his Autism Now series, former NewsHour anchor Robert MacNeil takes viewers on a visit with his 6-year-old grandson, Nick, to see how autism affects the whole family.
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An Amazing Teen with Autism, Carly Fleischmann

An Amazing Teen with Autism, Carly Fleischmann | Autism Awareness Month | Scoop.it
Carly's story was beautifully featured on The Talk yesterday. Carly's one of my personal heroes. I am very pleased that Holly Peete Robinson chose to feature her, because it is time, in my opinion, we see more individuals with autism who are able to communicate in unconventional ways.
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Autism and Communication | HollyRod Foundation

Autism and Communication | HollyRod Foundation | Autism Awareness Month | Scoop.it
50% of children with Autism have extreme difficulty learning to speak, 25% of them never will. While these individuals may not be able to speak, they have much to say. Traditional Alternative Communication Devices on average cost around $8000. With the introduction of Apple’s iPad along with specially designed communication “apps”, the ability to speak is far more accessible for so many ranging in total cost of about $1000.
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10 Best Places to Live With Autism

10 Best Places to Live With Autism | Autism Awareness Month | Scoop.it
Interview by Dr. Manny with Dr. Ron Leaf, author of A Work in Progress: Behavior Management Strategies & A Curriculum for Intensive Behavioral Treatment of Autism; It’s Time for School: Building Quality ABA Educational Programs for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Sense and Nonsense in the Behavioral Treatment of Autism: It Has to be Said.

Dr. Leaf quickly comments on several of the most common myths that are often associated with autism in the mainstream opinion, i.e. about "cure", diets, prospects and effectiveness of treatments.

Dr. Ron Leaf is one of the prominent proponents of A.B.A. (Applied Behavior Analysis), which has been studied, and steadily documented for the past forty years as the most effective treatment of young children diagnosed with autism. Dr. Manny, in this interview, makes it a personal story as he mentions that his own son, crurently 11 years old, was diagnosed with autism at age 2.

A survey released Friday by Autism Speaks, the world’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, names the top 10 best places to live if you have autism
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"The Talk" recognizes Autism Awareness Month with host and acclaimed autism advocate Holly Robinson Peete leading the way

"The Talk" recognizes Autism Awareness Month with host and acclaimed autism advocate Holly Robinson Peete leading the way | Autism Awareness Month | Scoop.it
Holly Robinson Peete is using her gig as cohost of The Talk to give a big plug to National Autism Awareness month. Each Friday in April, the CBS chat show will focus on various aspects of the developmental disorder — from inspiring stories of teens living with autism to sage advice for parents whose autistic children are moving into adulthood. Peete knows her stuff. She and her husband, former NFL star Rodney Peete, have four children, one of whom, 13-year-old RJ, was diagnosed with autism one day in 2000. She calls it her "never" day.

"Rodney and I sat across from a developmental pediatrician who listed all the things RJ would never do in life — from never being fully verbal to never playing sports, which was a stab in the stomach for my ex-quarterback husband," Peete says. "After that meeting, we sat in the car and just cried and cried in the most sad, helpless way. Then we got mad. 'How dare anyone tell us what our kid will never do! How dare anyone decide his future!'"

Soon after, the Peetes expanded the scope of their HollyRod Foundation (hollyrod.org) in order to provide compassionate care and support to families living with autism. The going was tough. "There were times I didn't think Rodney and I would make it as a couple," Peete admits. "He was in deep denial for so long. But once he adjusted his expectations and accepted that his son is not going to win the Heisman Trophy, he loved and embraced RJ for all that he is."

By the way, the once "hopeless" RJ recently won a national poetry award and gave an eloquent acceptance speech at the ceremony. You'll see video of it on The Talk.
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World Autism Awareness Day

World Autism Awareness Day | Autism Awareness Month | Scoop.it
The fourth annual World Autism Awareness Day
is April 2, 2011 - Listen to last year's UN Secretary General's declaration about autism and take action to celebrate this day. In recognition of the tremendous potential laying in a very meaningful population.
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Autism Acceptance Day

Autism Acceptance Day | Autism Awareness Month | Scoop.it
Join us for a special show for Autism Acceptance Day Paula C. Durbin-Westby will be with us discussing the importance of acceptance and how it affects the lives of autistic people.
Paula is the Program Coordinator for the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network ASAN and was on a panel for the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee IACC.

This day is significant because it is at the beginning of Autism Awareness Month and lets the world know that we need something much more powerful than just awareness...we need acceptance

We will be taking calls and voicing comments from the chatroom from autistic people and those who support and care for them who would like to express what acceptance means to them. Please call in at 917-889-3527. Apr 01 2011
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“Loving Lampposts,” A Groundbreaking Documentary About Autism, Love, and Acceptance | NeuroTribes

“Loving Lampposts,” A Groundbreaking Documentary About Autism, Love, and Acceptance | NeuroTribes | Autism Awareness Month | Scoop.it
"Loving Lampposts" is a groundbreaking film." Steve Silberman reviews the film and interviews Director Todd Drezner at his blog, Neurotribes. Todd offers a very different, needed view at autism in this film.

And he would sum up as follows:
1. Autism is not always, inevitably, or only a tragedy.

2. There are autistic adults who lead meaningful lives both because of and despite their autism -- and it's not that hard to find them.

3. Talking about vaccines is not the same thing as talking about autism.

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Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children!

After watching this music video, keep the beat going by posting your own video showing the amazing in your child! #seeamazing Sesame Street in Communities br...
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This initiative is aimed at families with children ages two to five and their communities.

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Autism Awareness Day spotlights discrimination - CBS News

Autism Awareness Day spotlights discrimination - CBS News | Autism Awareness Month | Scoop.it
World Autism Awareness Day meant to "spur such action and draw attention to the unacceptable discrimination, abuse and isolation experienced by people with autism and their loved ones," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said...
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This April Many Are Seeking More Than Awareness For Autism

This April Many Are Seeking More Than Awareness For Autism | Autism Awareness Month | Scoop.it
Many families want Autism Awareness Month to bring acceptance too.
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Meeting the Needs of People with Autism

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius discusses the ways the Administration is working to help every American with autism achieve their full potential.
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Autism Now Series: A Viewer's Guide | The Rundown News Blog | PBS NewsHour | PBS

Autism Now Series: A Viewer's Guide... The complete series of six videos are available scrolling down the page.
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Robert MacNeil Previews 'Autism Now' Series on NewsHour

PBS NewsHour co-founder Robert MacNeil describes the story of "Autism Now. Starts April 18, 2011.
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Video - - CBS.com

Video -  - CBS.com | Autism Awareness Month | Scoop.it
a discussion on the forgotten parents of autism : a single father of two, one having autism explains how he had to come to terms with his son's autism diagnosis. A discussion with Joe Mantegna and Rodney Peete, who both have children with autism.
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Autistic brains work differently

Autistic brains work differently | Autism Awareness Month | Scoop.it
Autistic brains are organised differently, as shown in a research published by the journal Human Brain Mapping. Comments in an article by J. Hughes for BBC News Health.
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Rodney's World/Come Into My World

Video of Rodney Peete, Jr. (RJ) son of football great Rodney Peete and actress Holly Robinson Peete to support autism. RJ tells his story in his own words. Heartwarming and encouraging. Let's see all the real faces of autism, not a disability, a world of possibilities.
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My Whole Life with Autism

Lucas Torres-Lee is telling about his Whole Life with Autism on his new reality 3D Radio Show on April 1st on http://ViMRadio.com
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Not Everyone On Board With Autism 'Awareness' - Disability Scoop

Not Everyone On Board With Autism 'Awareness' - Disability Scoop | Autism Awareness Month | Scoop.it
As Autism Awareness Month kicks off, hundreds of buildings will go blue and a film on autism will screen nationally, but not everyone is pleased with so much attention going to awareness.

The issue in general is that awareness' focus in the past has stressed emotional stories that portray autism as a catastrophy and not given any voice to people actually living with the condition.

Autism is not a disaster, is not a disease, is not a psychiatric condition. It is merely the word that attempts to describe a spectrum of differences in the way our brain is wired. Trying to understand is the first step towards acceptance, direly needed for so many who have to struggle in a world that doesn't want shades of grey, oddities, or even being challenged with different ways of contributing to the society.

It is time to hear, listen, see and speak up.
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