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Here’s a new list of summer resources for those with autism/Asperger’s in the U.S.A., more current for this year.  Feel free to comment if you know of additional camps to add.

Inclusion of programs on this website should in no way be considered an endorsement, as I have no personal experience with any of these organizations.  Please do your due diligence before selecting the appropriate program for your Aspergian or special needs child. 

ALABAMA

ARIZONA

CALIFORNIA

COLORADO

CONNECTICUT

FLORIDA

GEORGIA

ILLINOIS

INDIANA

KANSAS

MICHIGAN

MINNESOTA

NEW HAMPSHIRE

NEW MEXICO

NEW JERSEY

NEW YORK

NORTH CAROLINA

OREGON

PENNSYLVANIA

RHODE ISLAND

SOUTH CAROLINA

TENNESSEE

TEXAS

UTAH

VERMONT

VIRGINIA

WASHINGTON

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a novel by Richard Stephenson – released May 2012 in digital format, available in paperback July 2012

America is falling, ready to join the Roman Empire as a distant memory in the annals of history. The year is 2027. Tired and desperate, the American people are deep in the middle of The Second Great Depression. The Florida coastline is in ruins from the most powerful hurricane on record, a second just like it is bearing down on the state of Texas. For the first time in history, the Middle East has united as one and amassed the most formidable army the world has seen since the Third Reich. A hidden army of terrorists are on American soil. This is the story of three men. Howard Beck, the world’s richest man, also diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. Richard Dupree, ex-Navy SEAL turned escaped convict. Maxwell Harris, a crippled, burnt out Chief of Police of a small Texas town. At first they must fight for their own survival against impossible odds. Finally, the three men must band together to save their beloved country from collapse.

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Important Note:  I have not read the book and inclusion on the site is not an endorsement.  I am simply providing information about books related to Autism Spectrum Disorders to anyone who might be interested.

CARD is a program in Florida which serves individuals of any age with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and related disabilities, as well as their family members, friends and professionals who work with them.  Once referred and records are reviewed, individuals can obtain information about their disability, get referrals to federal, state and local agencies, receive planning support, and benefit from training sessions and consultations. CARD sites are located throughout Florida, on university campuses.  For specific locations and more information, call 1-800-928-8476 or visit www.autismfl.com/card.html

If you live in Florida, are seeking a job, and are significantly affected by autism or another disability, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) can help go to work.  Currently, the APD helps over 5,000 people with disabilities maintain employment.  In addition to helping match employers with employees, ongoing support, assistance with training, and vocational rehabilitation are offered through two state programs.  Services are provided to those on the Medicaid waiver and those waiting to enroll.

Employment is an important way for adults to become contributing members of their community, and provides a sense of self-esteem.  For more information about this service in Florida, visit www.apdcares.org or call 1-866-273-2273.

a book by Stephen Plowright

If you are a manager of technical people, you will already have an intuitive understanding that many of your personnel have natural traits and abilities in common that help to make them good at what they do. In many technical teams, around half of the workers will score significantly higher than average on an Asperger test. This book explains the benefits of understanding Asperger traits. Distilled to the relevant and concise facts, this manual is easily read and absorbed by busy managers. It is also useful for technical people who want to better understand their own traits and abilities, and also their rights in the workplace. For those interested in further reading, books are suggested at the end of each chapter.

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Important Note:  I have not read the book and inclusion on the site is not an endorsement.  I am simply providing information about books related to Autism Spectrum Disorders to anyone who might be interested.

Sisters Amy Lewis Faircloth of Hampden, Maine and Joanne Lewis of Florida have published their first co-written novel about a single mother who is battling addiction struggling to raise her adopted son who is a teen on quest to find his birth parents, understand his Asperger’s Syndrome, and be a better son.

Faircloth and her teenage son both have AS, and much of the fictional story is written based on their personal traits.  The project began as a way for the sisters to do something fun together.  It took three years to complete, and after having a difficult time finding a publisher, they decided to post some of the chapters online via a blog.

The book has won the online 2011 Reader Favorite Award and is among the finalists for the Royal Palm Literary Awards, which will be announced October 22 at a writer’s conference in Orlando, Florida.

You can read the first two chapters of the book online at www.amyandjoanne.com.

PEPSA – Partnership for Effective Programs for Students with Autism – will present its 10th annual Autism Summer Institute at Wharton High School in Tampa, Florida July 26-27, 2011.

The Autism Summer Institute is an annual workshop aimed at providing high quality professional development to a wide spectrum of professionals and parents who impact the lives of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) – including Asperger’s Syndrome.

The event features Dr. Scott Bellini, Director of Research and Clinical Services at the Indiana Resource Center for Autism, whose presentation will explain the relationships between social skills deficits and social anxiety, assess problems related to social functioning, and identify and describe social skills strategies. Day two of the program will provide an opportunity for participants to attend multiple sessions and hear outstanding speakers discuss topics relating to instructional strategies, addressing literacy outcomes, working with challenging behaviors, using sensory strategies, technology in the classroom, and strategic use of visuals to promote social and emotional skills, and reciprocal communication skills.

For more information, visit PEPSA’s event page.

New York Times Best Selling Author John Elder Robison presents another look at life with Asperger’s Syndrome with his latest release Be Different: Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergian. The book provides practical advice for those diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), their families and teachers — or anyone who feels like a misfit.  The underlying message of the book is that every person, Aspergian or not, has something unique to offer the world, and every person has the capacity to create strong, loving bonds with their family and friends.

A quote on his web site reads, ” I believe those of us with Asperger’s are here for a reason, and we have much to offer.”  And Robison is living proof of that.  In his memoir Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Aspergers (2007), Robison relates a variety eccentric experiences from his younger years – some humorous and some sad – which led him to a successful career even though he had a hard time fitting in.  He was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at age 40.

Throughout their lives, and especially during childhood, many people with Asperger’s Syndrome face social deficits and alienation from others who are considered neurotypical or normal.   Read about the many facets of Aspergers here. But many Aspergians are also extraordinarily gifted in particular skills such as concentration, abstract reasoning or mechanical skills.   In Be Different, Robison argues that Asperger’s is about difference, not disability.  He also offers practical advice on how Aspergians can improve communication and social skills that keep them from taking full advantage of, or even recognizing their often remarkable gifts.

Robison has 31  appearances scheduled throughout the U.S. during 2011 to promote Be Different and is planning trips to Canada and overseas.  For more information about John Elder Robison, his appearances and his books, be sure to visit his web site www.johnrobison.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @johnrobison or read his blog at www.jerobison.blogspot.com.

Eden Autism Services is offering a Family Fun Day and Resource Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at the Eimerman Education Center, 2801 County Barn Road in Naples, Florida.  Trained Eden staffers and volunteers will be on hand to supervise and promote play and social skills in children with autism or Asperger’s, while parents and grandparents learn more about the conditions.  Registration is requested by April 12.  To register, call (239) 992-4680, ext. 205 or visit www.edenflorida.org.

The son of music legends James Taylor and Carly Simon, Benjamin Taylor, is returning to Naples to headline this spring’s Alive in the World Concert benefiting Eden Autism Services Florida.

The concert and auction event is presented by the Trust for the Advancement of Responsible Artists (TARA) at 6 p.m. on May 6th at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts Daniels Pavilion in Naples, Florida.

Tickets are limited and cost $150. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (239) 919-0408 or visit www.gigforgood.org.

Eden’s philosophy of lifespan services is based upon the premise that the majority of individuals with autism require services throughout their lifetime. While the extent to which these services are needed will differ from person to person, their specialized nature will not.

Lifespan services are at the core of Eden’s service continuum that ranges from early intervention programming to services for older adults with autism. Lifespan services are the vehicle by which individuals who have autism continue to learn and to grow – and to become active, contributing members of their communities.