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.
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
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.
AHA/Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association will hold its annual spring conference on Saturday, May 1, 2010 at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. John Elder Robison, best-selling author of his 2007 memoir Look Me in the Eye: My Life With Asperger’s is the featured keynote speaker for the conference.
The conference theme is “Issues in Independent Living for Adolescents and Adults on the Autism Spectrum” with a mission to increase awareness of the countless challenges and difficulties individuals on the autism spectrum face as adults and to assist in their independence. The conference will focus on establishing effective systems of supports and services from transition through adulthood.
The conference invites educators, professionals, family members and individuals on the Autism Spectrum to join in the activities which include workshops, panels, bookstore, agencies and resources throughout the day. More information is on the AHANY.org web site.
Robert Pattinson and other cast members of the Twilight vampire movie saga are sinking their teeth into a new role. This role, however, is more sweet and savory.
They’ve created a special item that will be auctioned off at the Icare4autism 2010: Cocktail Gala — an EXCLUSIVE Twilight Limited Edition Movie Masterpiece Collage. This fabulous item is made up of memorabilia that is out of production, collectible snippets and things unavailable to the general public. The money raised from the item will go to funding autism research and education conducted by the International Center for Autism Research and Education.
If you’d like the chance to bid on this Twilight masterpiece, you can now purchase tickets to the Icare4autism 2010: Cocktail Gala, which will be held on Thursday April 15th, from 6-10pm, at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa.
Autism Speaks is accepting grant applications for services that will enhance the lives of those affected by autism spectrum disorders. Applications for projects that address specific areas of need in education, recreation/community activities, and young adult/adults services will be considered from community organizations in the United States, and should include a description of how grant funding will support new programs or expansion of existing programs. Individuals are encouraged to contact local providers and organizations to submit proposals that meet the stated goals. The average grant award will be in the $5,000 to $25,000 range. Letters of intent are due June 10, 2010 with final proposals due June 25th. Visit the Autism Speaks web site for details.
Promising Pathways: The Road to Best Practice in Autism
A National Conference on Autism for Physicians, Parents and Educators
Saturday, April 10, 2010, 8 am – 4 pm
Florida Gulf Coast University Student Union Ballroom
Fort Myers, Florida
This is the second year FGCU has hosted this community sponsored conference that is FREE to attend. National experts in the research and study of autism and autism spectrum disorders will address a variety of topics such as the causes of autism, evaluation and treatment, early identification and intervention, and treatments for symptoms associated with autism. Click here to go to the event web site. Space is limited!