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New Supplement in Pediatrics: Improving Health Care for Children and Youth With Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Source: 
Pediatrics
Date Published: 
November 1, 2012
Abstract: 

Access full articles on interventions, sleep and GI problems, health care coverage and more.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Participation Among College Students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Source: 
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Date Published: 
November 1, 2012
Abstract: 

Findings suggest that students with an ASD had the highest STEM participation rates although their college enrollment rate was the third lowest among 11 disability categories and students in the general population. Educational policy implications are discussed.

Neural Mechanisms of Improvements in Social Motivation After Pivotal Response Treatment: Two Case Studies

Source: 
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Date Published: 
October 27, 2012
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Researchers find increased activation to social stimuli in brain regions involved in social perception in two children with ASD after pivotal response treatment (PRT).

Study Finds No Link Between Autism and Gut Microbes

Source: 
SFARI
Date Published: 
November 5, 2012
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Contradicting a popular hypothesis in autism, a new study from Australia has found no connection between autism and bacteria in the gut. For the peer-reviewed article, click here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22997101

6th Annual UJA-Federation of New York Hilibrand Autism Symposium

Nov 5 2012
America/New York
Start Date: 
March 20, 2013
Location: 
New York City

 

Pathways to Independence: Education, Employment, and Social Engagement for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 8.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.

UJA-Federation of New York

Seventh-Floor Conference Center

130 East 59th Street

New York City

 

With the population of individuals on the autism spectrum rising, educators, employers, and other communal institutions must adapt to include this growing segment of society. Higher education opportunities have often been out of reach for these individuals. Now, new models are being explored that have the potential to benefit students as learners and future employees. New models of employment are also being crafted and tested to include people with disabilities. While recognizing that education and employment remain key elements to enabling individuals on the spectrum to find fulfillment, it is also paramount to create and maintain opportunities for social, spiritual, and other meaningful pursuits.

Keynote Address - Transition to Adulthood: Employment and Residential Patterns of Adults with Autism

Marsha Mailick Seltzer, Ph. D., Director, Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 
Over the last decade, Professor Seltzer has researched a 14-year longitudinal study of over 400 adolescents and adults with autism and their families. In this presentation, she will discuss the results of her research and will focus on changes accompanying the transition out of high school, patterns and predictors of post-high school employment and residential outcomes, independence in daily living skills, and social integration. Implications for families, service providers, policy makers, and future research will be discussed.
 

Featured Talk - Services for Adults with Autism in New York City: What Do We Know? What Do We Need?

Alison Singer, Executive Director, Autism Science Foundation

 
In this presentation, Autism Science Foundation's Alison Singer will unveil the results of a 2012 New York citywide survey of the service needs of adults with autism. What's working well? Where is there need for improvement? Learn about what you and your family members had to say about adult autism services. The survey was sponsored by the UJA-Federation of New York, the Autism Science Foundation, the Hilibrand Foundation, the FAR Fund, and the Interactive Autism Network.
 

Featured Talk - Autism & Internet Safety

Dennis Debbaudt, Investigator for Autism Training for Law Enforcement and Emergency Responders; and Author, Autism, Advocates and Law Enforcement Professionals: Recognizing and Reducing Risk Situations for People with Autism Spectrum Disorders

 
Learn about necessary precautions to take when individuals with autism are on the Internet. This presentation will outline suggestions, options, and specialized tactics associated with autism and Internet safety.
 
The afternoon sessions of the Sixth Annual UJA-Federation of New York Symposium will be devoted to looking at a number of other areas that are significant to obtaining independence for individuals with autism. By focusing on a disability program within the college system, employment models, and more, these presentations will explore innovative ways for individuals with autism to create a meaningful and independent life.
 
Additional speakers include:
  • Rabbi Marc Penner, "Spirituality: One Family's Odyssey with Autism"
  • Professors Martha Mock and Meg Grigal, "Think College: Really? Yes!"
  • Representatives from Just-A-Buck Franchise, "Providing Productive Work Opportunities to Individuals with Disabilities

Register Online

Conference fee: $25 For more information, or to request an assisted listening device, please contact goldbergm@ujafedny.org.
 
 

 

Nature Outlook: Autism Now Available Online

Source: 
Nature
Date Published: 
October 31, 2012
Abstract: 

Sponsored in part by ASF, the new Nature Outlook supplement on autism features articles on genetics, adulthood, brain imaging, diagnosis and more.

Autism Interventions Supported by Moderate Evidence; Better Studies Needed to Validate Effectiveness

Source: 
RAND Corporation
Date Published: 
November 1, 2012
Abstract: 

Widely used autism interventions are supported by moderate evidence. Head-to-head trials of competing autism treatments are needed to identify which programs are superior and additional work should follow study participants long-term to further examine the effectiveness of treatments.

Autism Developmental Delay Begins After 6 Months of Age

Source: 
Psych Central
Date Published: 
October 31, 2012
Abstract: 

A large, prospective study found that children with and without ASD were developmentally similar at 6 months based on clinical tests. Lead author Dr. Rebecca Landa reported, “for those children who went on to develop autism, the earliest signs of atypical development were non-specific to autism, such as general communication or motor delay.”

New Rules Allow Joint Diagnosis of Autism, Attention Deficit

Source: 
SFARI
Date Published: 
October 25, 2012
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Autism and ADHD diagnoses will no longer be mutually exclusive under proposed DSM-5 guidelines. Clinicians will be permitted to make official dual diagnoses when necessary.

New York Magazine: Is Everyone on the Autism Spectrum?

Source: 
New York Magazine
Date Published: 
October 28, 2012
Abstract: 

From Asperger’s to “Asperger’s,” how the spectrum became quite so all-inclusive.