ARI/Defeat Autism Now! Regional
Sep. 12 - 13
St. Paul, MN
$25 Buddy Passes
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Fall 2009 Conference
Oct. 8 - 12
Online registration starts later in July
COMING IN 2010
Clinician Seminars - Level I and II
Feb. 5th - 7th, 2010
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April 8th - 11th, 2010
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|ARI ofrece nueva linea de apoyo en Español|
(ARI offers new toll-free Spanish-speaking support line)
Con frecuencia escuchamos: "He oído algunas cosas sobre la dieta y tratamientos biomédicos pero no sabia a donde llamar. Desearía haberla encontrado antes y haber ayudado a mi hijo".
ARI ofrece ahora una línea telefónica gratuita bajo la dirección de Kerri Rivera, madre de Patrick - ASD de 8 años, y directora de la clinica/hospital Autism02.
Llaman reciben información, contactos y acceso a los recursos disponibles a través del Instituto de Investigación de Autismo (ARI).
Los padres y los cuidadores son animados a llamar para obtener más información de ARI y más allá. Todo con el objetivo de ayudar a los padres ¡Derrota al Autismo Ahora! (DAN!)
Centro de llamadas de Autismo ARI: 877-644-1184 ext. 5
Vea también ARI's Documentos en Espanol
|Our Partners |
The Autism Research Institute collaborates internationally with the following autism groups:
Defeat Autism Now! - Europe
(headquartered in Bologna, Italy)
About the ARI E-Newsletter:
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.
Additional Assistance:ARI maintains a toll-free line with information, contacts, and access to resources available through the Autism Research Institute.
From the Director:
I would like to wish everyone a pleasant and safe summer
season. If your summer plans take you to San Diego, please stop by our office
to say 'hi.' We are open Monday through
Friday, and the best hours to visit are between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. It would also be helpful if you could let us
know in advance of your visit. Our address is 4182 Adams Avenue, San Diego
(email Matt Kabler at the ARI office).
The Autism Society of America's annual conference will be held
later this month, July 22 to 25, in St. Charles, Illinois (near Chicago). This
is one of the premier conferences in the country. If you attend, please stop by
ARI's booth to meet our staff. We will also be happy to give you complimentary
note cards by Mark Rimland. You can
learn more about the conference at: www.autism-society.org.
Speaking of Mark Rimland, the Edgeware Gallery premiered its
new website last week, www.EdgewareGallery.com. Mark is the resident artist,
and proceeds from the sale of the artwork supports research on studying
effective treatments for individuals on the autism spectrum. The gallery is
open on the weekend, and the hours are listed on the gallery's website.
Steve Edelson, Ph.D.
Director, Autism Research Institute
|In Memoriam: Dr. Ted Carr
It is very difficult for me to write this about my good friend Ted Carr: Dr. Carr and his wife Ilene were killed in a car accident on June 20 by a drunk driver. He was a supporter of Dr. Bernard Rimland's work and the Autism Research Institute.
Dr. Carr was one of the giants in the ABA community. He did his post-doctoral training with Dr. Ivar Lovaas at UCLA, after which he became a professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Dr. Carr was a true pioneer in the fields of severe behavioral problems (e.g., self-injury, aggression), functional analysis, positive behavior supports, and communication. He published many studies on understanding and treating pain in those on the autism spectrum. You can read more about his contributions to the field, as well as post your thoughts and a message, on the Autism Society of America's website.
Dr. Carr realized the importance of biomedical treatment, and was planning to spend the next ten years of his career integrating biomedical and behavioral approaches. Last year, he co-wrote an article on this with Dr. Martha Herbert, and another paper with me, which will appear in the upcoming issue of The Autism File. In addition, we had a number of research projects planned over the next few years.
Ted was a very warm and kind-hearted person, always full of energy and enthusiasm about finding ways to help children.
And finally, Ted Carr will best be remembered for his thirty-plus years of research, which will continue to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of children worldwide. In these and many other ways his spirit will always be with us.
Steve Edelson, Ph.D.
|Special Adults Greener Earth Farm Prototype Set to Take Root
Developers seek land donation to create first location
Last summer, I first wrote about SAGE for the e-newsletter ("Special Adults Greener Earth"). SAGE, started by a group of Massachusetts
parents including me, aims to
provide a safe and meaningful future on a farm for our autistic adult
offspring. You can see for yourself what
we envision in a ten-minute, narrated video, now on YouTube. Simply go to
youtube.com and type in SAGE Crossing.
In the video, our children are working serenely and
purposefully at Littlefield Farm in Boxborough, MA. The video is perhaps just as noteworthy for
what it doesn't show: the kind of
frustration and challenging behaviors sometimes associated with this
population. We believe that the film
suggests how successful the therapeutic farmstead model might be for some
We are still seeking a land donation to start the first SAGE
Crossing Farm, which we hope will be a prototype that could be replicated
throughout the country. If you would
like to keep abreast of our progress by joining our mailing list or making a
tax-exempt donation, please visit the Sage Crossing website.
Secretary, and Secretary of the Board - Sage Crossing Foundation
Autism Seizure Treatment Survey Now Online - Parents Urged to Provide Data
Survey aims to assess treatment efficacy and possible side effects
January 2009 ARI held a think tank on seizures, and in May 2009 Autism One held
a related think tank on seizures. As a follow-up to those, Dr. Richard Frye is working with the attendees on a Consensus Paper on
Seizures in Autism and How to Treat Them.
your son/daughter (or you) suffers from seizures, we ask you to
fill out a survey form created by Dr. Richard Frye with the help of Prof. James
Adams, Science Coordinator of ARI/Defeat Autism Now. We think that this
very detailed form will provide a much richer understanding of the efficacy
and possible side effects of current treatments for seizures.
help us by filling out the survey form if it applies to you, and also by forwarding
information about this survey to other autism groups.
The purpose is to better understand seizures in individuals with autism
spectrum disorders. The survey should take 5-20 minutes to complete,
depending on the number of seizure treatments you have tried.
The form asks questions regarding types
of seizures you have observed, whether seizures have seasonal
variations or vary when allergies flare, and specific questions
regarding medications you have used and their
If you have more than one child with seizures, please fill out the form for each child.
Complete the Seizure Treatment Survey Online
you very much for helping us find answers to seizures in autism.
E. Frye, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.P.
Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology
B. Adams, Ph.D.
Arizona State University
Coordinator, Autism Research Institute/Defeat Autism Now!
|Events in the Community ...
ASA 2009 National Conference
July 22-25 at the Pheasant Run Resort and Spa in St. Charles, IL
Nearly 2,000 professionals, educators, parents, and exhibitors from around the US and other countries will participate in the 2009 ASA National Conference.
ASA offers continuing-education credits for:
-Behaviorists (BCBA credits)
-Hearing & Speech Professionals (ASHA)
-Educators (Certificates of Attendance)
And for clinicians, Dr. Martha Herbert has assembled a program for Saturday called "Autism as a Complex Crisis: New Developments and Opportunities to Help" that offers 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------Back-to-School Autism/Asperger's Conference
Aug. 14-15 at the Pasadena Convention Center
This conference will provide a condensed version of the ARI/Defeat Autism Now! treatment guidelines, updated to include the latest research and clinical experience. The "Mini-DAN!" set for Sunday, Aug. 16th comes at the conclusion of the 4th Annual "Back to School" Autism/ Asperger's event featuring more than 30 leading experts including keynote speakers Temple Grandin, Eustacia Cutler (Mother of Temple Grandin), and Cathy Pratt.
General Conference: Aug. 14-15
"Mini-DAN!": Aug. 16
300 E. Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101
ARI/Defeat Autism Now! Regional Conference
Minnesota History Center - Sept. 12-13
Join us this September in St. Paul, Minnesota to network with parents and clinicians using the ARI/Defeat Autism Now! approach. Licensed medical providers can earn CME credits attending our Introductory Workshop* Sunday while exploring the latest research and treatment findings.
$25 Buddy Passes are available exclusively to attendees who pre-register online by Sep. 9th.
- Nancy O'Hara, M.D.
- Kyle VanDyke, M.D.
- Dan Rossignol, M.D.
* Attendance at our general conference, Mini-DAN!, or Introductory Workshop does not count toward being listed on the ARI Clinician Registry. To be listed, clinicians must attend our Nutrition Seminar or our Clinician Seminars.
Saving our Kids Healing Our Planet Green Expo
Newark, New Jersey Sept. 12-13
Saving Our Kids, Healing Our Planet is not just another Green Conference! This
two-day event sponsored by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of
New Jersey - New Jersey Medical School (UMDNJ) and the city of Newark
is the first green children's health expo in New Jersey.
This event focuses on Prevention and Natural Treatments for Symptoms Associated with
Asthma, Obesity, Autism, ADHD, Allergies, Childhood Cancers, etc. Speakers
include Elizabeth Mumper M.D., Deidre Imus, Kenneth Bock, MD, Lisa Lewis Ph.D., and many more.Learn More 100% of the profits generated by SOKHOP are donated to Vital Interventions Accessible (VIA), a non-profit organization devoted to
helping families of children with disabilities seek safe and effective
interventions and therapies, and to The Autism Center at UMDNJ.
Join our Million Dollar Puzzle Piece Campaign
Now's the perfect time to order your free Puzzle Piece kits and launch an autism awareness campaign in your community. When we raise the funding necessary, ARI will see that important research is done, including the large-scale, independent study of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated children
Update from Organizer Lynda Huggins:
We have raised several
thousand dollars as a result of Autism Awareness Month. With checks and
money orders the total is now $78,136.22!
I am aware of other donations in the mail to me. We are closing in on
We have distributed 184,950
puzzle pieces to 48 states (still not in Montana or North Dakota.) We are
in 477 cities.
We need to stress that this
is a year-round, worldwide effort, and we will continue until we reach our
goal. What we really need is a nationwide chain to come on board.
Anyone with a connection to a nationwide or even a statewide business is encouraged to contact me for a professional packet to present.
We have had offices designate
their "casual day" funds to us. There have been puzzle drives
in schools where they decorated the walls with one big puzzle. Kids have
gone door to door in their neighborhoods. Donations were collected at
churches, in front of grocery stores and WalMarts. Many puzzle pieces
were distributed at Autism Awareness events. There are so many ways to
seek donations and the public is now very aware of the autism epidemic.
My sincere thanks to everyone
who has participated. We still have a LONG way to go. Together we
WILL reach our goal.
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