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August 2011


In This Issue
Expanded continuing education options: AOTA CEU now available for Las Vegas conference
Free CME Webcast with Dr. Martha Herbert now online
ARI co-funded study confirms immune abnormalities in autism
Free spring conference webcasts
Join our ARI Listservs
Events in the Community

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Fall 2011 Conference

October 13-16   
Las Vegas Hilton  

Practitioner Seminars, General, Nutrition & Science Sessions


Win an iPad at our Networking Party Saturday Oct. 15th!




Spring 2012 Conference 

Level 1 & 2 Practitioner Seminars, General, Nutrition & Science Sessions
New York/New Jersey 

April 26-29
Registration opens
in early January
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Affordable luxury: Join us at the Las Vegas Hilton for $95 a night

The conference will take place in the newly remodeled Las Vegas Hilton. The Autism Research Institute has negotiated a block of special discounted room rates of $95 per night. You must  register early to take advantage of this special rate.


The Las Vegas Hilton is conveniently located minutes from McCarran International Airport. Guests have easy access to the Las Vegas Convention Center and the Strip via the Monorail station linked to the property. The Hilton offers complimentary Self-Parking and easy access to local attractions. Learn more


aotaARI Conference adds AOTA to continuing ed options 

This week the American Occupational Therapy Association approved ARI's fall conference general, science and nutrition sessions for continuing education units. Learners pay daily rates plus a $25 fee for continuing ed units. 

Learn more


The Nevada State Board of Education has approved the ARI Fall Conference for 1.5 renewal credits to educators who attend. Certificates will be issued at the conference - you can sign up when you pre-register online. Learners pay daily fees - there is no charge for the certificate.  

Register now


Sessions are also approved for credits through UNLV Continuing Education offering credit hours for educators, pediatric therapy providers, childcare providers, social workers, etc. Learners pay daily rates plus a $35 fee for continuing ed units. 
Register now  


An application is pending with the National Association of Social Workers. 


'Buddy Rates' & Angel funds still available  

We've brought back our popular "Buddy Pass" rates exclusively for 

online registrants 

for a limited time.

Pre-register a group of two or more online to attend a General, Science or Diet Session, then add as many friends as you want for the sessions they want, and you'll all save 25% on your registration. REGISTER NOW


Note: 25% Discount does not apply to practitioner seminars, fees for continuing education credits, printed books or special events. Discount is automatically applied at checkout when you register online.



We also offer a variety of financial support options including free attendance for volunteers on days they help (Sunday slots are still available), and Angel Fund discounts for those in financial need. Angel funds and volunteer options are limited and offered on a first-come/first-served basis. See  Parent/Caregiver Rates for details.
We also have a limited number of volunteer slots for licensed health care providers in our demonstration room, teaching hands-on support in exchange for free admission and CME at the Saturday and Sunday Science sessions. Email our Demonstration Room Coordinator for more information.

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From the Director:  


We are now in mid-summer, and I hope you and your family are keeping cool.   ARI's staff and I are in the middle of planning new and exciting initiatives and projects, which we will announce in the coming months.  Stay tuned!


We recently uploaded a new video titled Transition: Stacking the Deck in Your Favor, presented by Dena Gassner, MSW, LMSW; she is an adult on the autism spectrum.  The 40-minute-plus video provides excellent information on many important issues including social security, vocational rehabilitation, employment, and much more.  A link to Dena's video is located on ARI's homepage,  


Did you know that ARI publishes a quarterly, hardcopy, science newsletter: the Autism Research Review International?  Dr. Rimland began publishing the science newsletter in 1987, and it is one of the major sources containing up-to-date coverage of relevant medical, scientific,  and educational research.  The annual subscription is $20 (US), or $24 (International).  You can learn more about the ARRI and subscribe online.     


Finally, we are performing some updates to the website and want to invite readers to participate in a brief, 15-minute exercise to assist us - if you'd like to help, email us and we will send you the link. 


Take care,

Steve Edelson, PhD 

Executive Director,

Autism Research Institute

Free Online Webcast with CME: Autism as a Multisystem, Whole-Body Disorder


Watch Martha Herbert M.D., Ph.D.'s lecture on environmental factors and autism 

Visit the ARI Conference site for a free preview of Martha Herbert, M.D., Ph.D.'s introduction to environmental factors and autism.  


Professionals can earn free Continuing Medical Education Credit for watching this educational activity. Watch now


Dr. Herbert is a Pediatric Neurologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital of Harvard Medical School in Boston, a brain development researcher at the Harvard-MIT-MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, and the Director of the TRANSCEND Research Program (Treatment Research And NeuroSCience Evaluation of NeuroDevelopmental Disorders). She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of Autism Speaks. Learn More  

New study co-funded by ARI finds innate immune abnormalities linked to ASD

A new study released this week in the Journal of Neuroimmunology supports the increasing body of research pointing to autism as a medical - rather than a psychological - disorder, and underscores the importance of further investigation and open debate about potential causes and treatments.   


Authors Harumi Jyonouchi, Lee Genga, Deanna L. Streck, and Gokce A. Toruner from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey investigated innate/adaptive immune responses and transcript profiles of peripheral blood monocytes in ASD children who exhibit fluctuating behavioral symptoms following infection and other immune insults (ASD/Inf, N=30).     


The authors write, "In this study, we were able to reveal that the ASD/Inf children (children with both autism and recurrent infections) exhibiting chronic gastrointestinal symptoms (ASD/Inf+GI) revealed distinct innate immune abnormalities as opposed to the ASD/Inf-no GI children, despite the presence of similar fluctuating behavioral symptoms/cognitive ability in both subsets." They went on to say, "...ASD/Inf+GI children  may have aberrant mucosal immune responses to commensal flora as is observed in IBD patients." (Note that we'll be focusing on gut flora and the microbiome during the Saturday Science track at our October conference in Las Vegas.)


Thank you to our donors for enabling us to fund important research.  


Learn more about the study
Donate to help ARI continue to fund research that makes a difference 

Free ARI Spring Conference Webcasts now online 

 At ARI, we are committed to free access to the latest information about evidence-based treatments for autism. We are pleased to announce that a selection of videos from our latest event - the Spring 2011 conference - is now streaming online.  
View Spring 2011 Conference Webcasts  

This convenient service allows anyone with Internet access to view up-to-date information for free. Tune in today to view or listen to presentations by top experts from around the world. (Nothing replaces the experience of connecting in person; we make our conference presentations available because many in our community are unable to travel.)
We rely on the generosity of our donors to make this possible and we hope you'll help support this service. Donate now 

Join Our ARI Support Listservs
One parent wrote: "Do you think it would be possible to spin off a support group for those of us with big (so to speak) kids? The issues can be very different.  For those of us late to the game, many of the biomedical therapies don't work the same, as we're personally finding out quickly now." If you have an older child or adult child with autism, or if you're an adult with autism, please join us at
ARI - Older Kids & Adults.
Another parent wrote: "There are issues that come up with recovery, such as anxiety issues that you thought were gone that sometimes come back at about age 12; health issues that continue or reemerge; and puberty issues (the hormones start and one wonders if they will affect one's child differently). Even though he's been formally tested and no longer has a diagnosis, every time my son's peers have an emotional or social growth spurt we have to work harder and smarter for him to get caught up. Each step comes with work and it does not magically happen as I thought it would after he recovered. Please, give us a forum for discussion."  If these issues are on your mind, please join us at ARI - Recovered & Nearly Recovered.
For those of you who have never joined a listserv, it's essentially an on-line support group.  Members post questions to the list, and other members respond.  You can choose to get individual emails when you sign up, or you can select "daily digest" and get a handful of list posts all at once, in one email.  If you don't want to receive any email at all, you can choose to read posts only on the group website.
(Our original all-purpose  listserv, ARISupport, is still active, with more than 1100 members.)

Please note that ARI listservs are support groups for those interested in effective treatments for autism spectrum disorders. Such support groups are by definition exploratory more than explanatory, do not constitute a how-to manual, and are meant as an open forum for information and laymen's opinions, which might or might not lead to effective changes.  List members should be cautious about accepting what sounds like the voice of authority on any matter, great or small, and should always consult a doctor before altering a treatment plan, even with products that are available without a prescription; safety testing is a concern. Any educational, legal, therapeutic, or medical opinions expressed therein are solely those of the individual, and should in no way be construed as legal or medical advice. Since these are support groups, rudeness or promotion of products or services is not tolerated.

Events in the Community ...

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Fall 2011 ARI Conference 

DATES: Oct. 13-16

Follow the latest science on evidence-based medical treatments for ASD. Level 1 & 2 Practitioner Seminars,
Parent, Diet, Adult, & Science Sessions


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DATE: October 1 

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