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January 2009

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In This Issue
Meet the Defeat Autism Now! Conference Team
Dr. Rimland's Final Book Available to Public Libraries on Request
Plan a Puzzle-Piece Campaign for Autism Awareness Month 2009
Anaheim Autism/Asperger Conference set for February
Help Build Bernie's Wall Against Autism


Spring 2009 Defeat Autism Now! Conference
April 16-19
Atlanta, GA
Registration opens on January 19th

Level I Clinician Seminar at Autism One
May 21 - 22, 2009

Defeat Autism Now! Mini-conference

June 13 - 14, 2009
Oklahoma City, OK

Defeat Autism Now! Mini-conference
Sep. 12 - 13, 2009
St Paul, MN

Fall 2009 Defeat Autism Now! Conference
Oct 8 - 11, Dallas, TX
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- Dan Olmsted, Editor, Age of Autism
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This newsletter is compiled, written, and edited by ARI parents, and we welcome your input. If you have questions you would like answered, a story you would like to submit, or an idea for something you would like to see discussed or explained, please contact us.
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From the Director:
As always, we at ARI are looking forward to a very productive year, and we continue to appreciate your support. We have posted our Accomplishments of 2008 on our website.
A new version of our main website,, will premier within a few weeks, with a new homepage design and a more efficient navigational structure. We'll send out an e-blast when the new site is up and running.

Save the dates: ARI is planning its 2009 Defeat Autism Now! events, including our big three-day, bi-annual conferences in Atlanta - April 16-19th and Dallas - October 8-12th, as well as two mini conferences in Oklahoma City - June 13-14th and St. Paul Sept. 12-13th.
Many families and professionals who are new to the autism community might not be aware of our quarterly, hardcopy newsletter, the Autism Research Review International (ARRI). It summarizes cutting-edge biomedical and educational research in language appropriate for both parents and professionals. If you would like us to send you a complimentary copy, please send an email to:, with your postal address. You can also download a free copy of ARRI (.pdf) online. This is the easiest way to keep up with emerging science in this field. 

Wishing you the best in the new year!

Steve Edelson, Ph.D.
Director, Autism Research Institute
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ARI's work relies on charitable contributions from concerned individuals and organizations. We are proud to be the only national autism non-profit to receive Four Stars (highest possible) from Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management. All donations are tax deductible; ARI is a 501(c)(3) organization, Fed ID No. 95-2548452.
The Defeat Autism Now! Conference Team

Since 1995, ARI has convened recurring meetings for carefully selected physicians, researchers, and scientists committed to finding effective treatments for autism. Their work has become known as Defeat Autism Now! ARI's Defeat Autism Now! project is dedicated to educating parents and clinicians regarding biomedically based research, appropriate testing, and safe and effective interventions for autism.

Parents and clinicians who don't regard psychotropic drugs as the best or only means of treating autistic patients will welcome this chance to learn effective strategies for addressing the medical illnesses associated with autism. 
Above are some of the members of the Defeat Autism Now! conference team, including (left to right):
Director of Registration and Exhibits Pat LaCorte, Executive Producer for ARI Media Anthony Morgali, Conference Coordinator Lyn Redwood, Defeat Autism Now! Director Jane Johnson, Volunteer Sharon Kabler, Defeat Autism Now! Science Director Prof. James Adams, ARI Office Associate Sue Field, ARI Operations Director Matt Kabler, ARI Executive Director, Steve Edelson, Ph.D., ARI Office Manager/Bookkeeper Rebecca McKenney, Assistants Lisa Rupe and Denise Fulton, Co-director of Exhibits Charlie Erica Fall, Conference Photographer Tiffany Brassard, and Defeat Autism Now!Chief A/V Engineer Spencer Brassard.
Get Involved - Volunteer for a Conference in 2009
Volunteers receive conference discounts - watch for more information later this month about volunteering at the spring conference in Atlanta this April.
Later this year volunteer opportunities are available for additional events in Oklahoma City, St. Paul, and Dallas.
Nutrition Seminar Premiering at Spring Defeat Autism Now! Conference in Atlanta

In 2008, more than 700 healthcare professionals attended our Defeat Autism Now! Clinician Seminars. In our continued effort to inform even more professionals, for the first time ARI offers a two-day Nutrition Seminar at the Spring Defeat Autism Now! conference in Atlanta April 16-17.  

At ARI, we believe an appropriate nutrition plan is the healthcare foundation for people on the spectrum.  CEU credits have been applied for- online registration starts later this month at:
We are very excited about this new program, because first-rate physicians who implement the Defeat Autism Now! approach in their practice are often overwhelmed, and waiting lists can be lengthy. If more families begin treatment with a nutritionist, physicians can focus on higher-level treatments and leave the implementation of appropriate diets to specialists (few medical schools devote more than a week to the topic of nutrition; in fact, we expect many healthcare professionals will attend to learn more about this). An added benefit is that nutrition counseling is covered by most insurance plans.
If you are licensed as a nutrition or diet counselor or healthcare professional, come join us in Atlanta!
In 2008, Kelly Barnhill, CN, CCN, was named Nutrition Coordinator for Defeat Autism Now! Kelly is also the Director of the Nutrition Clinic and the Clinical Care Coordinator at Thoughtful House Center for Children in Austin, TX.
Latest Defeat Autism Now! Webcasts Streaming Online 

Videos from past Defeat Autism Now! Conferences are available every day, year-round, online. This convenient video-streaming service allows anyone to view conference presentations for free.
We rely on the generosity of our donors to make this possible, and if you enjoy the presentations, we hope you'll help support this service.
Free Copies of Dyslogic Syndrome Available Now for Public Libraries
Contact ARI to help your local library obtain a free copy
In 2008, Dr. Rimland's final book was published: Dyslogic Syndrome: Why Millions of Kids Are "Hyper," Attention-Disordered, Learning Disabled, Depressed, Aggressive, Defiant, or Violent-and What We Can Do About It is a fascinating look at ADHD, learning disabilities, aggression, and depression, among other topics.  
ARI has a number of copies of this book, and we encourage parents to go to their local library and ask if they would like a copy of the book to add to their shelves. 
Interested in helping? Email and request specific information to pass on to your librarian
ARI thanks you for your effort in helping share Dr. Rimland's knowledge with a wider audience.
Gear Up for Autism Awareness Month - Order Your Puzzle Piece Kits Now 
Support Research that Makes a Difference in Your Town
puzzle piecesTo create awareness about autism, April is designated as National Autism Awareness Month. We hope you will take this special opportunity to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community by joining our million-dollar puzzle piece campaign. 
We've all bought paper ribbons at the local grocery store to support good causes - this year, we hope you'll distribute these ready-made puzzle pieces to fund ARI's research and spread the word that autism is treatable! 

Keep Dr. Rimland's Vision Alive! Order your free Puzzle Piece kit today
With Autism Awareness Month starting April 1, now's the perfect time to order your free Puzzle Piece kits and prepare to launch a campaign in your community. Each colorful piece is just a dollar, and all proceeds go to the Autism Research Institute.
It's easy: we send you a kit with everything you need - you simply pass it around the office, take it to local stores, or sell pieces at meetings and events. Just about everyone will give a dollar to help this great work. 
Autism Puzzle Pieces Distributed:
2,176 packets = 111,950 puzzle pieces 
Locations: 43 states, Singapore, and two locations in Canada (324 cities).
We are not yet in Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Utah, or Wyoming--can you help us get there?
Events in the Community ...  
Anaheim Autism/Asperger Conference Set for February 
This is a comprehensive autism conference offering practical information for children and adults of all ages and abilities. It features more than 20 great speakers, including separate tracks on Biomedical, Behavior, Speech/Social, Yoga, Family/Life, Sensory Integration, and Teaching.
Saturday & Sunday Feb. 14-15
Anaheim Convention Center (3rd floor) 800 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA, 92802
Learn more & Register Online:
Organized by:
Autism Conferences of America, in collaboration with:
  • Arizona State University - Autism/Asperger's Research Program
  • Autism Research Institute
  • Autism Society of California
  • Kirkman
  • TACA (Talk About Curing Autism)


Treating Autism Sets 2nd International Biomedical Conference for March 12-14 in Bournemouth, UK 
Treating AutismThe 2009 conference will be the biggest autism-specific biomedical conference the UK has ever seen. With a host of expert speakers from across the globe -- as well as from the UK -- the Treating Autism team is thrilled to announce its first six confirmed speakers - Bryan Jepson, MD, Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride, Professor Boyd Haley, Dr. T Michael Culp, and Karen DeFelice. Latest news is that Dr. Andy Wakefield will be Guest of Honour, speaking at the Treating Ourselves event on the 13th of March.

The Treating Autism Team is also proud to confirm Sandy and Tim Collins as speakers. This UK family has now officially recovered their son Eddie from autism, and they will be telling delegates how they did it.
Bernie's Wall 
For just $50, you can buy a personalized brick in the name of a loved one or anyone you wish to honor, and help pave the way to a brighter future for families living with autism. These bricks will be used to build both a memorial wall in remembrance of Dr. Bernie Rimland and a Walkway of Hope honoring the countless children and families facing autism every day.
Proceeds from the bricks will support The Autism Recovery Research Initiative and The RIMLAND Center in Virginia.
Project sponsored by:
  • The Autism Research Institute
  • Autism One
  • National Autism Association
  • The RIMLAND Center
  • SafeMinds
  • Unlocking Autism
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