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bullet A conversation with John Ratey / Summary: Presents an interview with John Ratey regarding various mental disorders such as obsessive.orgpulsive disorders. Symptoms of the disorders; Message of Ratey's book 'Shadow Syndromes'; Ratey's views regarding some of his patients; Views regarding Ratey's book; Ratey's most satisfying moment as a psychiatrist. By P.T. Staff
bullet A.orgmunity survey establishing the prevalence rate of autistic disorder in adults with learning disability by Caryl N. Morgan, Specialist Registrar in Psychiatry of Learning Disability
bullet A syndrome that sets them apart / Re "An Obscure Disorder Leaves Tragic Mystery," Nov. 3 - "...Most important, while the article asked the question "What's is the worst part about having this condition?" it did not ask, "What is the best part?" We "Aspies" tend to be highly adept in technical fields, stubbornly loyal and oddly creative. We are often capable of very original thought in science and art because we really do "think differently" because of the neurological differences between us and you "typicals." In fact, we are often bewildered by the amount of time and energy typicals spend on social activities. It was put best by Dr. Temple Grandin, who has either high-functioning autism or AS, depending on who you ask. She pointed out that "if the world was left to you socialites, we would still be in caves talking to each other." Vive la difference!  By  JENNIFER MCILWEE MYERS
bullet A veteran fights to leave ranks of the homeless - "...He says that three years ago he was diagnosed with a mild form of autism called Asperger's syndrome. People who have it often are bright and highly functional and can perform skilled tasks. But they lack the ability to take social cues that help them interact appropriately with others.  "I don't have the wiring to pick up nonverbal cues," he says, blaming it for some of his failed jobs over the years. He has worked as a nursing assistant, a caregiver, a bus driver and at other odd jobs.  He says now he's training himself to read facial expressions and body language. That way, "I can fake it.," by Mike Francis
bullet 'A work in progress' - Jerry Newport pauses momentarily when, over the phone, you give him your birthdate. He takes a deep breath and in a casual voice says you were born on a Sunday, you've lived for 10,809 days, 259,416 hours 15,564,960 minutes and 933,897,600 seconds - to the nearest day. For good measure, he adds that you are 172 days older than his wife's youngest child, and 755 days younger than her eldest. By now, he's used to the predictable stunned reaction he gets to his human abacus party trick by Jennifer Parks
bullet Adolescents And Adults With Autism: A Guide To Resources by the N.A.S.
bullet Adult ADHD - We've all heard how attention deficit disorder can affect kids. But many adults may also suffer from the disorder and not even know it. 7's Jonathan Hall shows us a simple self-test to help determine if you have "Adult ADHD."  by Boston News 7 - To take your own Adult ADHD Test  
bullet Adult Issues and Perspectives - By Jean-Paul Bovee and Stephen Shore
bullet ADULT VERSION Australian Scale for Asperger Syndrome Garnett and Attwood1999 (original authors) DRAFT VERSION Modified by Roger N. Meyer
bullet Adult Victims of Autism are Left on Jobs Scrapheap - by By Peter Beaumont
bullet Adults with Asperger's Syndrome Brochure  - F.A.A.A.S. 
bullet Adults with Asperger Syndrome - Recognizing the Signs
bullet Adults with Asperger's Syndrome often go undiagnosed - Boston Globe
bullet Age and Ethnic Pressure to Conform by Brian Hensen
bullet Although Autism, Asperger's Run in Families, Therapy Makes a Difference by Rosie Mestel
bullet American man cured of autism - This week an American man who claims to have been cured from Autism is touring Scotland to talk about his recovery. Ron Kaufman was diagnosed with severe autism as a child. Doctors expected he would eventually be institutionalised. However he has shocked many in the medical profession by graduating from university, after his parents developed the sunrise technique which involved copying his behaviour and actions for three years. Kaufman said: Using this technique was when they had their very first break through with me. The first time I looked at them, the first time I tried to include them in my games gave them hope. We have now done this with thousands of children and we find that that is where the breakthrough occurs. That is where we get the first relationship and that is when they start to do their behaviours less. Once they engage with us they we have a number of educational techniques which then help them cross the bridge into our world.
bullet 'Animals in Translation': The Cow Whisperer - In an issue of The New Yorker that appeared in late December 1993, the neurologist Oliver Sacks profiled an astonishing woman with autism who not only lived on her own but earned a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. Reading about Temple Grandin, the parents of autistic children must have felt both wonder and relief. Full disclosure: when I picked up Sacks's essay, ''An Anthropologist on Mars,'' I was worried about my 2-year-old son's behavior. After I finished it, I knew he was autistic. So I've always felt indebted to Grandin, and not just for letting Sacks observe her so closely, by Polly Morrice
bullet Approaches To Amelioration Of Autism In Adulthood by Marilynn Larkin 
bullet Asperger Syndrome – A talk given by Carolyn J Baird BA(Hons) at the Newcastle-Hunter ADHD Support Group Meeting on February 16th, 2000.
bullet Aspergers Syndrome: A Personal Perspective By Damon Matthew Wise
bullet Asperger syndrome and adults by the Better Health Channel
bullet Asperger Syndrome and Driving
bullet Asperger's Syndrome and Promoting a Healthy Self-Esteem by Wendy Lawson. Some strategies to help people with Asperger Syndrome be positive and have a healthy self-image. This article is also available in Microsoft Word '97 format.
bullet Asperger's Syndrome by an Aspie Adult for Aspie Adults by A.J. Mahari
bullet Asperger Syndrome Characteristics by Roger N. Meyer
bullet Asperger syndrome from childhood into adulthood By Tom Berney / Advances in Psychiatric Treatment (2004) A "SPECIAL" thanks to The Royal College of Psychiatrists who have graciously made this article available to our.orgmunity, FREE of charge
bullet Asperger's Syndrome: One End of the Autistic Spectrum by Megan Greening
bullet Asperger Syndrome: Put Those Kids To Work! by Dan Coulter 2004
bullet Answer, but No Cure, for a Social Disorder That Isolates Many by Amy Harmon
bullet Attention deficit often overlooked in adults - "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is considered to be a problem for children, but it might be a bigger issue for some adults," by CTV.ca News Staff
bullet Autism expert shares life story as illustration - Parents and special-education teachers from throughout the South Bay flocked to Santa Clara University on Saturday for a conference on autism, an increasingly diagnosed neurological disorder that can affect everything from speech development to social interaction. The highlight was a lecture by Temple Grandin, a woman who is autistic herself yet able to explain how her brain functions in a way that is fascinating to the general public, by Dana Hull
bullet Autism In Adulthood by Ontario Adult Autism Research, Support Network
bullet Autism Grows Up - It has been less than 40 years since autism was recognized as a biological condition. Doctors used to think it was caused by bad parenting. Although a cause and cure remain elusive, medical science has learned a great deal about the treatment of children diagnosed with the disorder… but what about adults? Their best assistance begins at an early age, by WWW.Canada.org
bullet Autistic Beaumont man missing for two weeks found safe - A Beaumont autistic man missing for two weeks is found safe tonight. 22-year-old Sammy Stewart made it all the way to Catalina Island from Beaumont on his own. Stewart approached a sheriff deputy on Catalina Island. He had been camping there for the past ten days. Stewart was first reported missing on November 10th after he told a neighbor he was going camping. We first brought you his story last week on NewsChannel 3.
bullet Autistic Liberation Front fights the 'oppressors searching for a cure' - It is the latest freedom movement for an "oppressed" minority: the Autistic Liberation Front. You can wear a badge, buy a mug or don a T-shirt proclaiming the movement's goals - to celebrate autism, stop the search for a cure and "defend the dignity of autistic citizens". The movement, which uses the clenched fist as its logo, was founded recently in America but has rapidly won support in Britain. Adherents.orgpare themselves with gay liberationists, fighting for their "human rights". By David Harrison and Tony Freinberg
bullet Autistic man shares road to acceptance - Kim Peek, the inspiration for the 1988 Academy Award-winning film "Rain Man," made a series of appearances in the Bay Area this past weekend, but none could have been more fitting than his stop Friday at the California Autism Foundation in Richmond. Peek's journey from outcast to acceptance, in fact, parallels the work of the foundation, which Margaret Schliessmann, deputy director of the California Autism Foundation, called "the most diversified program for people with autism in the country." The foundation has some 300 child and adult clients, and offers education, job training, supported living and employment opportunities. Yet it fills needs that were not being met as little as 25 years ago. Peek has gained fame as a "mega savant" who has read and can recall 7,600 books and has a photographic mind and total recall. Peek today is a motivational speaker who has delivered a message of accepting differences to more than 2 million people.
bullet Autistic man speaks about little-known disorder, invites all to klisten to it - The human spirit can be difficult to see in some people; but it’s always there, and it always fights for a chance to leap out and shine.  Sean Barron knows this from experience, and he wants to tell as many people as possible — especially those who understand all too well his struggles to ove.orge autism.  Autism — which stems from a mysterious neurological disorder that can severely hamper.orgmunication and social skills to different degrees in individuals — is a disorder many believe can’t be ove.orge. So Barron, 43, who succeeded after years of struggling to “just be normal,” is an icon to people like Kristi Dabbs of Rockmart, whose 6-year-old son Will is autistic.
bullet Autism Promoted as 'Way of Life' - New thinking on the disease prompts concern among some psychologists.  Some advocates for the autistic.orgmunity are trying to redefine the condition as merely an alternate form of brain-wiring—prompting concern from some in the psychiatric field.  A group calling itself Autistic Strength, Purpose and Independence in Education (ASPIE) wants the world, and those who are affected, to see autism not as a disease, but as a way of life.  "What we like to do is be able to emphasize and really celebrate what their strengths are and work with what their weaknesses are," explained ASPIE's Valerie Paradiz, by Steve Jordahl
bullet AUTISM SOCIETY CANADA’S "PROACTIVE APPROACH"  / Evidence for a Communication Disorder - After a year of Autism Society Canada (ASC) refusing to.orgmunicate with me, ASC's Executive Director, Louise Fleming, phoned out of the blue. The ensuing interchange has not been encouraging, and ASC's true motive for wanting to meet with me remains mysterious by Michelle Dawson
bullet AUTISM SOCIETY CANADA CELEBRATES ITS WHITE PAPER.  An Autistic-Free Autism Strategy and Agenda By Michelle Dawson
bullet Autism Talk Focuses on Lives Fulfilled By Steven Kreytak
bullet Autistic Adults And Adolescents by Amanda Baggs
bullet Autistic man wins payout after court triumph - An Autistic man is in line for a.orgpensation payout after a court ruled Greenwich council failed to give him the education he needed. ...N, who suffered from Asperger's syndrome, was incorrectly diagnosed by an educational psychologist and sent to a school for disturbed children. Edward Faulks, for the council, argued that Judge Overend had failed properly to summarise the defence's evidence, by South London Press
bullet Autism-Spectrum Quotient (AQ): Evidence from Asperger Syndrome/High Functioning Autism, Males and Females, Scientists and Mathematicians by Simon Baron-Cohen, Sally Wheelwright, R. Skinner, Martin, Clubley 
bullet Basement Files: A waiting bachelor - Every month, the Mercury profiles an area bachelor looking to be adopted into a loving,.orgmitted relationship. Today, we profile Ted Rodenberg, a 37-year-old systems analyst for DataCorp International.   Ted Rodenberg loves TV. Boy, does he ever. As soon as he gets home from work, Ted sits down on the couch, turns on the TV and doesn't move a muscle till bedtime. Last night, it was a Providence-West Virginia basketball game on ESPN. Tonight, it's a billiards tournament from Reno, Nev., on ESPN2., by Las Vegas Mercury
bullet Candian Government Denies Existence of Autistic Voices: No Autistics Allowed by Michelle Dawson My life with Asperger’s syndrome - journal article (Archives of Disease in Childhood)
bullet Being An Autistic's Friend
bullet Being Honest about Non-Verbal Communication Problems with Special Attention Paid to Time Management by Roger N. Meyer 
bullet BEING TOLD OR BEING TOLD OFF? / Reciprocity at the Diagnostic Interview by Michelle Dawson - (this is dedicated to The Impossible Figure, Dr Laurent Mottron, whose courage I hold in awe)
bullet Casting Light on Shadow Syndromes / Autism: Discovery of a milder form of this illness illustrates how many who need help are cruelly dismissed as malingerers. By Edward R. Ritvo
bullet 'Coming of age' - A job. A place to live. Fun. The Journal News' three-day series, "Coming of age: The new life of the developmentally disabled,'' which concluded yesterday, reveals the tenacity of developmentally disabled young adults, their families and advocates who fought on their behalf, and won. The result: rightful places in society where they can work, live.orgfortably and enjoy themselves. Simple goals not so simply achieved. - Editorial
bullet COPING:A Survival Guide for People with Asperger Syndrome
bullet Counseling AS Adults - It's all in the process by Roger N. Meyer
bullet Decision-making.orgpetence in adults: a philosopher's viewpoint  by Donna Dickenson
bullet Defying autism / Despite disorder, Grandin finds success as designer of livestock-handling equipment - Temple Grandin talks about autism and her life during an interview Sunday in Dodge City. Ask Temple Grandin to describe how she thinks, and she tells you to name something that isn't familiar to her and isn't in the same room. If you say "a pyramid," she immediately visualizes the pyramid on a dollar bill, followed by a photo of a pyramid on the cover of a recent National Geographic magazine.Then her mind conjures up images of the sphinx, followed by the stone lions in front of a New York City library, by Eric Swanson
bullet Despite a strong classic-rock score, ‘Tommy’ doesn’t quite Connes =  ...“Tommy” doesn’t quite connect. Rock musicals certainly can work, and wonderfully so. Kitchen Dog Theater’s kick-ass staging of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” two years ago jump-started that fall’s theater season. But it’s a dangerous dance — that murky line between concert and theater, between youthful anger and stylish bravado. “Tommy” still shows the signs of its anti-establishment roots. Tommy (played as a child by Blake Bergeman and Alexander Ferguson and as an adult by Casey Robinson) suffers a kind of traumatic autism, witnessing his father’s murder by his mother’s lover. His parents shock the boy into a catatonic isolation, which cuts off from the world. Tommy endures years of abuse and exploitation at the hands of his cousin Kevin (William Blake) and his predatory Uncle Ernie (Chip Holderman). But he processes these experiences as music. One day, he astonishes everyone by b.orging the Zen master of pinball, eventually achieving a cult following before his fans turn on him. The plot is steeped metaphor, reflecting.orgposer Pete Townshend’s own post-war hippie angst. But it also betrays a rocker’s two-dimensionality — a simplistic sense of justice and humanity, a choppiness in transitions and character development. (The teenagers who torture Tommy behave like the droogs in “A Clockwork Orange,” all cackling villainy.)
bullet Developing and Maintaining Services to Adults with Autism - Paper by Isobel Sutherland
bullet Decisive action needed to protect vulnerable adults - A few years ago, Solicitor Barney Giese had to call in SLED to get Richland County officials to notify police rather than doing their own internal investigations of assaults and other crimes.orgmitted at the county jail — some allegedly by jail employees. The solicitor had to intervene because the county was violating the public trust in a most basic way: You don’t allow someone with a stake in the ou.orge to determine whether a crime has been.orgmitted. People investigating their own organization too often will give their colleagues the benefit of the doubt; at worst, the practice can lead to a cover-up. But according to a disturbing new report, this principle is routinely ignored with allegations of abuse and neglect in the state system that cares for those who are least able to defend themselves — people with mental retardation, autism and developmental disabilities.
bullet Diagnosis Of Autistic Spectrum Disorders In Adults by the N.A.S.
bullet Driven To Distraction / Adults are as scatterbrained as kids. And the disorder may be rooted in basic biology by Marianne Szegedy-Maszak
bullet Driving (From Coping: A Survival Guide for People with Asperger Syndrome) by Marc Segar
bullet Educational And Employment Experiences Of Adults With Autism And Asperger?s Syndrome by Sarah Boslaugh
bullet Educational Approach For Adults With Autism. Is It Too Late? by J. Valkenborg
bullet Encounters with Asperger Syndrome in the Solicitor's Office By Dr. Venetia Young, Family Therapist 
bullet Even the Emperor does wear clothes, should it be every ones goal to see that? Planning for a fulfilling life by Lars Perner
bullet Ever wonder why you seem so different? - When I was a freshman in college, someone asked a friend of mine if I was autistic. Having almost no knowledge about what autism was other than a dim memory of a Rain Man- like character rocking in the corner and nonverbal, I was appalled. How could anyone possibly think I was like that? By Kate Goldfield
bullet Five Minutes With Temple Grandin - Temple Grandin knows cattle, upclose and personal, like no other person on the planet. She lies down in fields with them, follows them through chutes to get a clear picture of what they see, even thinks like them; a skill she owes to her autism. Years ago she told me her autism causes her to think in fixed pictures like a slide show, the same way that an animal processes thought. Most people process information in a constant flow like a movie. Regardless of the way her brain works, she’s been a major influence in the science of animal handling and the understanding of autism. She’s written and spoken extensively on both subjects, even producing a recent New York Times best seller on the inner workings of the mind
bullet Formerly autistic children who had b.orge adults: eight case studies by Renato Cocchi
bullet From devastated mother to pioneering researcher - Lorna Wing, psychiatrist and pioneer of the concept of the autistic spectrum, was motivated by her daughter's autism. - Lorna Wing is a renowned authority on autism. She was a founder member of the National Autistic Society in the United Kingdom and her paper on Asperger's syndrome stimulated interest in this condition in English speaking countries. Lorna and her colleague Judith Gould set up the first centre for social and .orgmunication disorders for both children and adults.  Mareeni Raymond reports
bullet From Medication to Education: People With Autism in Adult Psychiatry by Eve Mandre 
bullet From The Front Lines: Living With Autism by Ontario Adult Autism Research, Support Network
bullet Good People Behaving Badly / Bad Behavior No Matter What - The following post is a modified, later edited version of a response first sent to a listserv specializing in adult Asperger Syndrome issues.  It was sparked by a lively discussion concerning AS adults caught in criminal entanglements, and the rush to their defense of some individuals in the disability support.orgmunity by Roger N. Meyer
bullet Gifted Adult's Inventory of Aspergerisms by Paul Cooijmans
bullet Growing Joel: Understanding Autism In Adults by Joel
bullet In Defense of Behavioral Treatment for Autism - Special Edition Schaffer Report   4/2004
bulletAutistics Reject Disrespect and Defamation in reference to the above publication in the articles listed below.
bulletIs One Allowed to Respond? - Michelle Dawson Responds to Defamation of Her Character
bulletA message from Alyric regarding consumer driven services
bulletABA Proponents Attack Autistics: Showing Their True Character - by Frank Klein
bulletAnalysis of the Schafer Report - Moggy
bullet Being Honest about Non-Verbal Communication Problems with Special Attention Paid to Time Management by Roger N. Meyer
bullet Critical analysis of Kit Weintraub's personal attack on Michelle Dawson, seen on the ASAT pages - by David N. Andrews, BA-status, AEPiT (U Bham), Applied Educational Psychologist/Psycho-educational Consultant
bullet Eccentricity can cross the line - Ask anybody what adjective goes best with the word "professor," and the answer will almost certainly be "absentminded," or possibly "nutty."  Popular culture is full of addlebrained academics, whether they be villainous madmen like Professor Morbius in Forbidden Planet or Sherlock Holmes's archenemy Professor Moriarty; crazy cranks like Professor Emmett Brown in Black to the Future, or well-meaning but harebrained eccentrics like Professor Brainard in The Absent-Minded Professor, Professor Branestawm in Norman Hunter's children's television series, Professor Pat Pending in the Hanna Barbera cartoon Wacky Races, or Professor Dumbledore of Harry Potter fame. By Mikita Brottman
bullet For disabled musicians, their own CD is a high note / The 22 members of the Goodwill Band released their first CD at a party to celebrate their triumph over disabilities to develop their potential. - "...He described one band member with autism who, when the band was initially forming, would hit himself repeatedly in the head if he made a musical mistake. The young man conquered that behavior, only to face another obstacle: He had to learn to be patient with others who might not memorize the music as quickly as he did, Peña said," by Amy Driscoll
bullet For the autistic, how to get heard - ... adult who functions at a high level, Shore has recently finished his second book that focuses on helping those with autism and Asperger's syndrome, a disorder by Boston Globe - Boston,MA,USA
bullet HE WAS AN AUTISTIC GENIUS .. SHE WAS A BISEXUAL FANTASIST. THE WEB BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER..THE WEB HELPED THEM FIND DEATH - They were lonely strangers living hundreds of miles apart until they met to die in Britain's first internet suicide pact. Fiercely intelligent finance officer Chris Aston, 25, was a PhD student from a settled middle-class home diagnosed as a child with Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism. He overdosed four years ago. Mentally unstable Maria Williams, 42, was a tormented bisexual living in a graffiti- covered tower block. She lied to her friends about contracting leukaemia and had previously tried to shoot herself in the head, overdose and slash her wrists. In a different world they would never have met to feed each other's anxieties. They may even have survived their crises. Instead, they became hooked on sickening suicide websites that advised them how to die and finally linked them in death. They were found dead from carbon monoxide poisoning in a BMW in a South London car park. Ashes of barbecue coal littered the passenger footwell.By Daniel Boffey And Victoria Bone
bullet How About Not 'Curing' Us, Some Autistics Are Pleading - Jack Thomas, a 10th grader at a school for autistic teenagers and an expert on the nation's roadways, tore himself away from his satellite map one recent recess period to critique a television program about the search for a cure for autism. "We don't have a disease," said Jack, echoing the opinion of the other 15 boys at the experimental Aspie school here in the Catskills. "So we can't be 'cured.' This is just the way we are," by Amy Harmon, NY Times.  Amy has written several articles on AS as is a good friend to our.orgmunity.
bullet Ignored or ineligible? / The reality for adults with autism spectrum disorders  / The National Autistic Society report for Autism Awareness Week 2001 by Judith Barnard; Virginia Harvey; David Potter and Aidan Prior 
bullet Insomnia Is A Frequent Finding In Adults With Asperger Syndrome
bullet In Support of Michelle Dawson and Her Work - www.Autistics.org
bullet It's all geek to me - Science and technology continues to suffer from the many stereotypes associated with the profession. It is one of the reasons getting children to show an interest in science and technology is so difficult. Not least of the problems is the image of the scientist as a geek, unhealthily obsessed with detail and socially awkward. But why has this image b.orge associated with the technology professions and what damage is it doing to the recruitment of the next generation of engineers?
bullet POSTBag 136 Na Ranong Road, Klong Toey, Bangkok 10110  - Remembering Khun PoomJan 14 at 12 noon will mark the first time that Khun Poom Jenson will not honour one of his appointments with me.  Khun Poom always liked to keep a tight schedule and he was notorious for planning things months in advance and remembering every detail of those plans.  It was a way for him to deal with the chaos of his autism by being extremely organised and by keeping those appointments at the exact time when they were to take place, by Carole Bells
bullet Program aids autistic adults by Kirsten Valle
bullet Ralph Smith - biography - by Ralph Smith
bullet Tips on Psychological Testing for Adults with Asperger's Syndrome
bullet The Accidental Guru / Malcolm Gladwell, says one fan, is "just a thinker." But what a thinker. His provocative ideas are taking the business world by storm. So who is this guy, and what can he teach you about business? - "I really like that term 'momentary autism,' " a woman says softly into the mike. She is in the back of the Times Square Studios speaking to a room of some 200 people, and more important, Malcolm Gladwell, who's standing solo onstage. It's the second day of the fifth annual New Yorker Festival, and Gladwell has just finished a detailed reprise of the seven seconds that led to the infamous 1999 fatal shooting of Amadou Diallo. Minutes before, every eye in the room was locked on him as he unspooled the nanodecisions that misled four New York cops into thinking the innocent Guinean immigrant was an armed criminal, resulting in 41 shots, 19 to the chest, by Danielle Sacks
bullet The life of an adult with autism How Stan copes with everyday life  - "I want to write about my hectic life, and yet nothing is happening in my life. It's inside a volcano. A hole in a donut like tangled yarn is my life."  From Stan's journal by Adam Shemper of the San Francisco Chronicle
bullet The Sub-Human Life - from Ragged Edge Magazine - by Cal Montgomery
bullet How Does A Parent Successfully Raise A Child With A Mental Disorder? by Eric Sewell [Don't let the title fool you.  This is written by an AS father]
bullet Insomnia is a frequent finding in adults with Asperger syndrome
bullet I've turned out pretty normal, considering'  by Gaby Woods
bullet Japanese 'lap pillow' offers solace to lonely men / $90 pillow.orges with one red and one black skirt - Single or lonely Japanese men may get lucky this Christmas. 
One popular item for holiday shoppers is the “lap pillow,” with skin-coloured polyurethene calves folded under soft thighs -- a.orgfy cushion for napping, reading or watching television.  The 9,429 yen ($90) pillow, which.orges with one red and one black skirt, went on sale in late November and maker Trane Co Ltd says shipments have reached 3,000 in just a few weeks, by Reuters - Tokyo
bullet Living with Asperger Syndrome by BBC South Yorkshire Community; Watch the Look North Video Report
bullet Living with Asperger Syndrome by Gary Waleski
bullet Meltdown by Oddizm
bullet Misdiagnosis, Services and Advocacy / An Adult Explains Asperger Syndrome by Roger N. Meyer
bullet NEW JOB PROSPECTS FOR PEOPLE WITH AUTISM - A new scheme to help people with developmental disabilities find jobs was rolled out following research showing only a small number are in full-time work. Prospects London, part of the National Autistic Society's (NAS) employment consultancy, has unveiled Transitions, an initiative to get recent graduates and final-year students with Asperger syndrome, a form of autism, into work. An estimated 211,700 people in the UK have Asperger syndrome, but just 12% of adults are in full-time employment, despite often having above-average levels of intelligence. By Rosamond Hutt
bullet No Autistics Allowed - Autism Society Canada Speaks For Itself.  An Open Letter
bullet ... LIZA FRULLA RESPONDS TO NO AUTISTICS ALLOWED
bullet ...JANE STEWART RESPONDS TO NO AUTISTICS ALLOWED
bullet ...NO AUTISTICS ALLOWED RESPONDS TO LIZA FRULLA
bullet NO Autistics Allowed - Is Autism a Plague? Dr Victor Goldbloom  and the decision of the Quebec College of Physicians
bullet No Autistics Allowed - Not With Standing in Canada The Unusual Status of Autistic Canadians
bulletNO AUTISTICS ALLOWED ONE YEAR LATER- Autism Society Canada Builds a Ghetto
bullet No sex, please! I'm asexual / They're out and proud: they don't want to have sex but insist that they're normal. Now more and more people are.orging out as asexual. Is this the new era of A-pride? - "... Several members of Aven describe themselves as having Asperger’s syndrome, a mild form of autism. Asperger’s can be associated with sensory problems that make being touched seem intrusive or intolerable," by
bullet Noteworthy message: Miracles can happen / A musical genius despite blindness and autism, Randolph man proves 'impossible' doesn't apply - "The blind, autistic 30-year-old man from Randolph wowed an audience of Greater Lowell Technical High School teachers Tuesday, proving to them he is much more than his disabilities would describe," by Rebecca Piro
bullet Now, the neurodiverse seek respect Controversy grows about the ever- expanding subsets of brain disorders and syndromes by Amy Harmon - NY Times
bullet On the Autism Lawlessness Commentary by Camille Clark, opinion by Lenny Schaffer of the Schaffer Report.
bullet ON THE RECORD: DAVID NEELEMAN - "... And you live amongst the people and you learn the language. ... I hated it. I found out later I had ADD (attention deficit disorder), but it just drove me insane by San Francisco Chronicle
bullet Our Names Are Autism Too - In her essay "My Name is Autism," Marty Murphy, a 41 year-old (by self-description) "high functioning" autistic woman describes what autism means to her. In a "Dear Sir/Madam" letter, which frequently was circulated in conjunction with the "My Name is Autism" essay, Ms. Murphy, posing as a 25 year-old male, claimed to be speaking for all autistics (using such phrases as "those of us with autism would like an answer" and "we are all waiting for our answer"). We, the undersigned, neither agree with Ms. Murphy's conception of autism nor appreciate Ms. Murphy's claim to be speaking for "those of us." - Letter to the Autism.orgmunity from those "with" Autism.
bullet Ou.orge in High-Functioning Adults with Autism With and Without Early Language Delays: Implications for the Differentiation Between Autism and Asperger Syndrome
bullet Parents of adult children needing supervision face tough challenges - The furthest Scottsdale resident Laurie Person could see into the future after her then-5-year-old son Todd was diagnosed with autism was enrolling him in school.  "You go through some steps when you get diagnosed," says Person, 51. "It's a loss of dreams. Every mother dreams her child will be a doctor, a lawyer, president of the United States. My child isn't going to be a doctor or a lawyer. You spend a lot of time being angry at the world," by MARIJA POTKONJAK
bullet People bloom in Steiner's garden - Outside, the weather might be a cool 20 degrees but inside the Goldenrod Gardens greenhouse, Dan Steiner and his people enjoy an early spring. "I don't have to go to Florida, I just go into the greenhouse," said Steiner, who lives in Goshen and oversees activities at the greenhouse and gardens of Goldenrod Community for Adults with Autism just east of Middlebury.
bullet People with autism have their say at the DRC / Article form the Disability Rights Commission. - People with autism and related conditions have a stronger voice at the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) this month with the introduction of a new advisory group. The Autism and Neurodiversity Group will be made up of people with autism and 'neuro-diverse' conditions such as Tourette's syndrome, dyslexia, dyspraxia and Asperger's syndrome.
bullet Please, Learn About Asperger Syndrome And Give Hope to Non-AS Spouses By C.R.D., Seattle
bullet Remember 'Rain Man'? Peek does, of course - There is no doubt Kim Peek has an incredible memory. The man who inspired the 1988 Oscar winner "Rain Man" has memorized the contents of 7,600 books and could tell you the day of the week you were born. For kicks, he'll give you the date -- including the day of the week and year -- you will be eligible for retirement. Sometimes he will recall for you events that happened on your 16th birthday or which team won the Super Bowl. Don't get him started on Super Bowls. He will give the year, place, score and the winning and losing teams. He can explain the connections between several players who worked with the same coach. Peek has savant syndrome -- a condition in which someone has physical disabilities, but also has a great mental ability. By Sophia Kazmi
bullet Report to call for overhaul of autism services - If you're a middle-age adult with autism in Pennsylvania, you could very well be slapped with a misdiagnosis of schizophrenia and be housed with other mentally ill patients. If your child isn't speaking as early as his peers, your pediatrician could very well shrug off the observation and say: "Oh, don't worry about it. Einstein didn't talk until he was 4."If your child's doctor does refer him to a specialist, you could very well wait six months for a diagnosis of autism, and even longer for intense early treatment by Virginia Linn
bullet Research: The Geek Theory of Autism - Millions of people have mild versions of autism, depression and attention deficit disorder. They are doctors, neighbours, even the pilot of your plane. Without a diagnosis, these "shadow syndromes" can ruin lives, yet with insight and understanding, they can be a gift. The first of a four-part series on hidden mental disorders. By Brad Evenson
bullet SAFE moving forward with plans for facility for autistic adults by By Denise Allabaugh , Citizens' Voice Staff Writer
bullet Say it loud, autistic and proud  For many, it's a condition which evokes pity and even fear. But a campaigning group of activists is determined to change the way we view autism by dealing not with its many downsides, but by focusing on its positives. Jerome Burne reports
bullet SELF-ESTEEM: ISSUES FOR THE ADULT LEARNER
bullet Self Help - Observations on AS Adlts Feeling Bored and Stuck by Roger N. Meyer
bullet Self-taught Idaho folk artist's work now collecting acclaim / Controversial new biography asserts he was not deaf, but autistic by Kristen Moulton
bullet Social Skills: The Bottom Line For Adult LD Success
bullet Scorsese reveals another side of Bob Dylan - "Don't look back," the baseball sage Satchel Paige advised. "Something might be gaining on you." For Bob Dylan in the 1960s, the hellhounds in the rearview were the crush of celebrity and the weight of ridiculous expectations. Martin Scorsese's "No Direction Home: Bob Dylan" starts off in Ken Burns territory, using a rich and exquisite mix of vintage sounds and images to track Robert Zimmerman of Hibbing, Minn., as he moves to New York and b.orges folk singer Bob Dylan. The documentary ends a half-decade later, with a speed-jacked-hollow-eyed Dylan rocking back and forth on a couch repetitively, as if he'd been dusted with autism. "Traitor!" they had yelled at him one too many nights. "I just want to go home," the shell-shocked rock star moans. By Glen Abel
bullet Songs of the Gorilla Nation - My Journey through Autism - by Dawn Prince-Hughes An interview with Random House on her u.orging book and what it is like to have AS.
bullet Speaker to give firsthand account of autism - At age 3, David Hamrick was diagnosed with high-functioning autism. At age 25, the Williamsburg, Va., native is pursuing a master's degree in meteorology and plans to b.orge a forecaster for the National Weather Service. He will tell his remarkable story at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Regional Autism Center at Logan, 2505 E. Jefferson Blvd. His presentation, titled "Weathering Autism,'' provides an insider's view of autism, a developmental disorder that impairs social and.orgmunications skills, often severely. The talk, free and open to the public, is geared for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders and for their teachers and therapists, said Ann Lagomarcino, a spokeswoman for Logan. Hamrick, a graduate student at North Carolina State University, is especially interesting, she said, because he's able to explain how autism has affected him in a wide variety of settings. His talk covers his experiences in high school and college, in social relationships and in living independently, all of which present special challenges to people with autism.
bullet Special to the Mirror - People with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can go through their whole lifetime without one true and valuable friendship.  This is not only stressful on the individual but also on their families and caregivers. Most researchers, educators and parents will agree that social dysfunction is the leading cause of concern for people living with ASD. Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D. at the Center for the Study of Autism, Salem, Oregon (www.autism.org/social.html) has written a paper classifying social problems in individuals with autism into three categories. These are: socially avoidant, socially indifferent, and socially awkward. His definition of these categories is as follows...  By Susan Millette
bullet Survey of Adults Reveals Life-Long Consequences of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) - Results Examine Long-Term Social, Professional and Scholastic Effects of ADHD by YAHOO News
bullet Talented Blind Man 'Musical Genius' -  A musical savant shared his talents with the Twin Cities this weekend. Though they couldn't watch him perform, children from the Minnesota Academy for the Blind could hear the motivating message Tony DeBlois sends through music. "I have the ability to hear something once and play it," said DeBlois, who is blind and autistic. "My brain just picks it up." DeBlois, who performed a benefit for the academy at Hopkins High School Saturday, said his message is simple: "It's OK to be different. Believe in yourself. Always have high hopes. Reach out for a goal." By Darcy Pohland
bullet Taking Responsibility: Good practice guidelines for services - adults with Asperger syndrome from F.A.A.A.S.
bullet Temperament and character in adults with Asperger’s Syndrome by Soderstrom, H and Gillberg
bullet Temple Grandin: 'I'm an anthropologist from Mars' / The academic world's best-known autistic scholar tells David Cohen about her life and work - Temple Grandin: 'I'm an anthropologist from Mars' - On a Sunday morning, academic star Temple Grandin, decked out in her signature black cowgirl garb and well-tooled boots, is at a table in a Nashville hotel lobby enjoying a light breakfast of fruit and juice, while some diners nearby are tucking into more substantial fare: here a plate of bacon and eggs, there a minute steak. The air is thick with the clink and slide of cutlery. Grandin, who is in Music City to address a seminar for journalists at nearby Vanderbilt University, allows herself a faint smile. The meat being consumed around her has almost certainly been processed in plants whose standards she personally audited. - UK
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bullet The Case of Jeffrey Dahmer: Sexual Serial Homicide from a Neuropsychiatric Developmental
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- Abstract: Sexual serial homicidal behavior has received considerable attention during the last three decades. Substantial progress has been made in the development of methods aimed at identifying and apprehending individuals who exhibit these behaviors. In spite of these advances, the origins of sexual serial killing behavior remain for the most part unknown. In this article we propose a biopsychosocial psychiatric model for understanding the origins of sexual serial homicidal behavior from both neuropsychiatric and developmental perspectives, using the case of convicted serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer as the focal point. We propose that his homicidal behavior was intrinsically associated with autistic spectrum psychopathology, specifically Asperger’s disorder. The relationship of Asperger’s disorder to other psychopathology and to his homicidal behavior is explored. We discuss potential implications of the proposed model for the future study of the causes of sexual serial homicidal crime.  By J. Arturo Silva, M.D.; Michelle M. Ferrari, M.D.; and Gregory B. Leong, M.D. / J Forensic Sci, Nov. 2002, Vol. 47, No. 6 
bullet The challenge of adolescents and adults with Asperger syndrome by Digby Tantam
bullet The really nutty professor -Remember that crazy professor you had at college — you know, the guy who could calculate to three decimal points in his head but had problems matching his own socks? There's one on every campus; often more than one. Certainly the stereotype of the nutty professor is grounded in real life. Think of Einstein with his crazy hair, or John Nash, the tormented mathematician portrayed by Russell Crowe in "A Beautiful Mind." Eccentric characters seem particularly.orgmon in those departments known for the more abstract realms of thought, such as mathematics, physics or, most often, philosophy, the field of notorious oddballs such as Ludwig Wittgenstein, Friedrich Nietzsche and Bertrand Russell. It has been observed that the more prodigious the intellect, the more it can.orgpromise other aspects of the personality, such as self-awareness and social grace.  By Mikita Brottman
bullet Tips on Psychological Testing for Adults with Asperger's Syndrome by Barbara H. Rosenn, Psy.D.
bullet Torrential Reign - "...Cohen is not being self-deprecating. He never is. The 30-year-old speaks in a disarmingly literal way about almost everything, including—and because of—his Asperger’s syndrome. Often tagged as the “little-professor syndrome,” the mild form of autism tends to give its sufferers superhuman abilities to concentrate on certain things but leaves them confused by very human social cues. “Even those individuals who have coped well with their handicap will strike one as strange,” wrote one researcher. Cohen’s condition is just bad enough that he has had to train himself to look people in the eye when they talk to him. But it has worked to his advantage, enabling him to obsessively turn over the downloading problem in his head."
bullet Understanding Autism in Adults
bullet Was Sherlock Holmes Autistic?  by A. Michael Maher  Presented to The Six Napoleons  June 23, 1994
bullet You might be ASPIE if........ by Oddism Central
bullet WE ARE NOT YOUR COMMUNITY / In Response to Autism Society Canada’s Open Letter by Michelle Dawson
bullet When autism isn’ta disability - Marc Fleisher, who suffers with autism, tells Jeremy Campbell how he has learnt to rise above the condition. Marc Fleisher sits opposite me doing something which would have been impossible for him 20 years ago He is demonstrating how an object placed near on edge of a table can cause great anxiety. He does so in an extremely articulate way, and opens my eyes, illustrating clearly the challenges he has faced during his 38 year life. By Jeremy Campbell
bullet When it's hard to fit in - People can b.orge social outcasts for lots of reasons. Such as, people get labeled as geeks or nerds when they're smart or good at something.  Doesn't seem fair, but that's reality.  Have you ever heard of someone being a social disaster because of too much imagination? There is such a thing.  It's called Asperger's syndrome. Bryce Hubbard is a senior at South Eugene High. He can be reached at 20Below@guardnet.org

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