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Family's struggle with Asperger syndrome changes lives - Charlotte Observer

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Father’s Age Linked to Autism and Schizophrenia

Father’s Age Linked to Autism and Schizophrenia | Special Needs News | Scoop.it
Random genetic mutations in children that become more numerous with advancing paternal age may account for as many as 30 percent of autism cases, researchers reported.
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Autism walk to benefit local organization, unite families - The Newark Advocate

Autism walk to benefit local organization, unite families - The Newark Advocate | Special Needs News | Scoop.it
Autism walk to benefit local organization, unite familiesThe Newark AdvocateIF YOU GO. The fourth annual Walk for Autism will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Zane's Landing Park.
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Research Lacking on Drugs for Older Children With Autism, Study Finds - U.S. News & World Report

Research Lacking on Drugs for Older Children With Autism, Study Finds - U.S. News & World Report | Special Needs News | Scoop.it
Research Lacking on Drugs for Older Children With Autism, Study FindsU.S.
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Showcase benefits autism - Poughkeepsie Journal

Showcase benefits autism - Poughkeepsie Journal | Special Needs News | Scoop.it
Showcase benefits autismPoughkeepsie JournalFor 23 years, Greystone Programs Inc. has held its annual International Wine Showcase & Auction to raise money for the expressive arts and therapy programs it offers the autistic community.
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Parents of girl, two, with rare condition must live in silence because sudden ... - Daily Mail

Parents of girl, two, with rare condition must live in silence because sudden ... - Daily Mail | Special Needs News | Scoop.it
Daily MailParents of girl, two, with rare condition must live in silence because sudden ...Daily MailThe youngster suffers from two rare brain conditions called polymicrogyria and Periventricular Nodular Heterotopia - and these trigger her epilepsy.
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Hatley's Heroes's Team Page for Energy for Life Walkathon - Charlotte 2012

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Charly James son, Ian Archer was born with two congenital heart defects along with being diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and a Mitochondrial Disease/Disorder. The list does not stop there but those are the three main areas that I do my best to educate others about. Here's some information about Mitochondrial Diseases:

Mitochondrial disease or dysfunction is an energy production problem. Almost all cells in the body have mitochondria, which are tiny "power plants" that produce a body's essential energy.

Mitochondrial disease means the power plants in cells don't function properly. When that happens, some functions in the body don't work normally. It's as if the body has a power failure: there is a gradation of effects, like a 'brown out' or a 'black out'.

Scientifically, it is actually a category or group of diseases. That's why mitochondrial disease takes many different forms and no two people may look alike.

It can look like any number of better known diseases: Autism, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Lou Gehrig's disease, muscular dystrophy and, chronic fatigue. Staying with the power plant analogy, power plants provide energy to a large community with each part of the community requiring varying degrees of power; in the same way, mitochondria provide energy to various organs of the body. So, when there is a mitochondrial dysfunction, a "black out" looks like Leigh's Disease, severe and fatal, while a "brown out" might be severe, but not lethal.

"As many as 2 million Americans suffer from mitochondrial disease. Doctors and researchers have identified hundreds of different subtypes of the disorder. What they all have in common is a malfunction of the mitochondria - tiny substructures, or organelles, found inside every cell in the body. Depending on which types of cells are affected, mitochondrial disease can cause muscle wasting, nerve damage, seizures, stroke, blindness, deafness and more.

"As mitochondrial process food into energy, they create free radicals - highly reactive oxygen ions that can cause damage to proteins. Many experts believe that as cells age, this damage accumulates, weakening the mitochondria irrevocably and doing harm to specific organs - or, more generally, to the whole body."

(Time Magazine, November 13, 2006,
Michael D. Lemonick)

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Social Interactions of Students with Disabilities Who Use Augmentative and Alternative Communication in Inclusive Classrooms

Social Interactions of Students with Disabilities Who Use Augmentative and Alternative Communication in Inclusive Classrooms | Special Needs News | Scoop.it
Article Citation: Yun-Ching Chung, Erik W. Carter, and Lynn G. Sisco (2012) Social Interactions of Students with Disabilities Who Use Augmentative and Alternative Communication in Inclusive Classrooms.
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Is It ADHD or Nonverbal Learning Disorder?

Is It ADHD or Nonverbal Learning Disorder? | Special Needs News | Scoop.it
Parents and doctors frequently confuse ADHD and nonverbal learning disorder. Here’s a guide to figuring out if your child has NLD — and how to treat it if he does. (Thanks for sharing. .@DrSelz: Is It ADHD or Nonverbal Learning Disorder?
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Steep Cuts To Special Education, Disability Programs Loom - Disability Scoop

Steep Cuts To Special Education, Disability Programs Loom - Disability Scoop | Special Needs News | Scoop.it
The White House is warning that special education will face more than $1 billion in cuts and millions more will be trimmed from other federal disability programs next year unless Congress acts.
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Preschool Kids Struggle to Get Special Education Services Under ...

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Preschool Kids Struggle to Get Special Education S... Students with Asperger's Thrive in College · Lawsuit Claims State Cuts to Family Care that Hurt... California Unprepared for Wave of Autistic Adults · Severely Autistic Teen ...
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From Speech Impediment To The Opera: Turning A Child's Challenge Into A Strength

From Speech Impediment To The Opera:  Turning A Child's Challenge Into A Strength | Special Needs News | Scoop.it
I recently read about a young actor who struggled with a speech impediment as a child. To help him control it, his parents enrolled him in opera lessons, and he ended up part of New York's Metropolitan Opera Children's Chorus!
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Mooncakes for autistic kids - China Daily

Mooncakes for autistic kids - China Daily | Special Needs News | Scoop.it
China DailyMooncakes for autistic kidsChina DailyThe Shenzhen Autism Society and the Shenzhen cake company Ichibenor organized a mooncake workshop for autistic children at the company's factory in Fuyong town, Bao'an district, in Shenzhen on Sept 15.
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Teacher Gives Down syndrome Girl a Haircut Without Consent ...

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One wonders why the teacher couldn't have just picked out the offending food from the child's hair: A North Carolina mother is outraged after she said a teacher at her daughter's school chopped some of the hair of the ...
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Epilepsy care must improve - OnMedica

Epilepsy care must improve - OnMedica | Special Needs News | Scoop.it
Epilepsy care must improveOnMedicaChildren and adults with epilepsy should be offered routine screening for psychiatric, cognitive, and social comorbidities to enhance the quality of their care and their quality of life.
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Clara Bergs, Ten-Year-Old Autistic Girl, Memorizes Complicated Ballet (VIDEO) - Huffington Post

Clara Bergs, Ten-Year-Old Autistic Girl, Memorizes Complicated Ballet (VIDEO) - Huffington Post | Special Needs News | Scoop.it
Clara Bergs, Ten-Year-Old Autistic Girl, Memorizes Complicated Ballet (VIDEO)Huffington PostClara Bergs is a ten-year-old with a passion for dance, yet she faces far more challenges than the average budding ballerina.
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What is epilepsy? - ITV News

What is epilepsy? - ITV News | Special Needs News | Scoop.it
What is epilepsy?ITV NewsIn National Epilepsy week, the family of a seven-year-old in Nottingham with the condition, are praising the specialist nursing care their son has received. But what is epilepsy?
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Child epilepsy care variations revealed - Health Service Journal

Child epilepsy care variations revealed - Health Service Journal | Special Needs News | Scoop.it
TopNews United StatesChild epilepsy care variations revealedHealth Service JournalPaediatrician and report author Colin Dunkley said: “We've seen marked steps forward in epilepsy care for children in recent years - the majority of children are now...
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Ambitious about Autism - News article

Ambitious about Autism - News article | Special Needs News | Scoop.it
Ambitious about Autism - News article (Our Youth Patron Cerys Evans has been at the #LDConf discussing #autism and #FinishedatSchool http://t.co/JX3iMQrc...)...
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New Drug Shows Promise for Autistic Kids - Wall Street Journal (India)

New Drug Shows Promise for Autistic Kids - Wall Street Journal (India) | Special Needs News | Scoop.it
New Drug Shows Promise for Autistic KidsWall Street Journal (India)Melinda Beck on Lunch Break looks at how a growing number of genetic tests for autism are providing answers for some families.
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Hospital for children with special needs opens in EHT

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EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Parents of special needs children often go to extremes to find the specialized care their children need in order to meet the milestones that come more easily for their (RT @hopefulparents: Hospital for children with special needs...
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Up To The Mountain (Martin Luther King Song) - Autistic Singer Mike Korins

This song is dedicated to all people with special needs. Originally dedicated to Martin Luther King, Autistic singer Mike Korins also dedicates "Up To The Mo...
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What Is Special Ed? A Cool Infographic for Special Education Month | To The Max

What Is Special Ed? A Cool Infographic for Special Education Month | To The Max | Special Needs News | Scoop.it
If you have a child who's in a special education classroom, you know all about the world of special ed (sometimes, too much so).
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Bali needs an integrated facility for special needs - Jakarta Post

Bali needs an integrated facility for special needs - Jakarta Post | Special Needs News | Scoop.it
Bali needs an integrated facility for special needsJakarta PostBali needs an integrated facility for special needs. by Luh De Suriyani on 2012-09-24.
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