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New Guides from the Department of Defense in the USA
Effective April 28, 2010, adults with Asperger Syndrome no longer qualify to serve in the Military.  AS is not the only disqualifying disability. Why is this not in the media? 

Infantilizing Autism
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When members of the public envision the disability of autism, they most likely envision a child, rather than an adult. In this empirically based essay, three authors, one of whom is an autistic self-advocate, analyzed the role played by parents, charitable organizations, the popular media, and the news industry in infantilizing autism. Parents portrayed the face of autism to be that of a child 95% of the time on the homepages of regional and local support organizations. Nine of the top 12 autism charitable organizations restricted descriptions of autism to child-referential discourse. Characters depicted as autistic were children in 90% of fictional books and 68% of narrative films and television programs. The news industry featured autistic children four times as often as they featured autistic adults in contemporary news articles. The cyclical interaction between parent-driven autism societies, autism fundraising charities, popular media, and contemporary news silences adult self-advocates by denying their very existence. Society's overwhelming proclivity for depicting autism as a disability of childhood poses a formidable barrier to the dignity and well-being of autistic people of all ages."

Wellbeing: A nypical’s guide to dealing with Aspergians
To mark Autism Awareness Month, this week in Wellbeing we’re looking at all aspects of the little-understood disorder. Today, Mark Medley talks to Asperger’s advocate and author John Elder Robison.

Savage on autism: "A fraud, a racket. ... In 99 percent of the cases, it's a brat who hasn't been told to cut the act out"
On his nationally syndicated radio show, Michael Savage claimed that autism is "[a] fraud, a racket. ... I'll tell you what autism is. In 99 percent of the cases, it's a brat who hasn't been told to cut the act out. That's what autism is. What do you mean they scream and they're silent? They don't have a father around to tell them, 'Don't act like a moron. You'll get nowhere in life. Stop acting like a putz. Straighten up. Act like a man. Don't sit there crying and screaming, idiot.' "   What YOU can do...

TAKING CARE OF YOU  By Dan Coulter  - A while back, I wrote an article urging parents of kids with special needs to deal with stress by taking breaks and finding other ways to relax. Given that I've been burning the candle at both ends with a blowtorch recently, I thought it would be a good time to revisit the subject. While I usually follow my own advice, I occasionally...sort of...backslide and catch myself doing things that I know are counter productive. Hey, I'm human…

Back in the game, Josh Hartnett is feeling 'Lucky'
"...Hartnett's less thrilled with what happened to the true-life drama "Mozart and the Whale," slated for release last year. He plays the lead in a romance involving a man with a rare type of autism The indie film was launched in part because of his ardent support, something he withdrew when the producers fired director Peter Naess ("Elling") and re-edited the movie. One reason it has yet to be released is that Hartnett, the only "name" actor involved, refuses to promote it. "I feel terrible for Jerry Newport," the person on whose life the movie is based, he said. "He was mad at me at first (for blocking the release), although now I think he understands. This is one of my favorite roles of all time, but I want to see the movie done correctly." While that movie sits stalled, Hartnett's career is chugging along at full steam.

Disabled man to receive his associate’s degree in May  
If you think it’s tough being a college student, imagine how difficult it must be for someone who has Asperger’s Syndrome, a type of autism. Despite the obvious challenges, Craven Community College student Chris Marr has made it look easy. By Sandy Wall

Living Your Best Life with Asperger’s Syndrome 
by Karra Barber Book Review by leading autism expert, Professor Tony Attwood.  Press Release   

A GREAT article for children, siblings, partner's and spouses connected to AS  Growing up in an Asperger Family.  By Maxine Aston
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Roberts "Talking" To Autism Drama
"Per Variety, Julia Roberts is in negotiations to star in "Daniel Isn't Talking," about a couple whose lives are turned upside down when their son is diagnosed with autism.  "...Melanie is determined to fight to teach Daniel to speak, play and become as “normal” as possible. Her enchanting disposition has already helped her weather other of life’s storms, but Daniel’s autism may just push her over the brink, destroying her resolute optimism and bringing her unsteady marriage to an inglorious end. The situation is not helped by Stephen’s far-from-supportive parents, who proudly display the family tree with Melanie’s name barely penciled in, and who remain disconcertingly attached to Stephen’s ex-fiancée, a woman apparently intent on restaking her claim on Stephen. Melanie does have one strong ally in Andy, a talented and off-the-wall play therapist who specializes in teaching autistic children. Andy proves that Daniel is far more capable than anyone imagined, and Melanie finds herself drawn to him even as she staggers toward resolving her marriage."

"My Life as an Underdog"  - "A Strangely Fascinating Story about the True Meaning of Life"  Recently had a screening in Washington, DC as part of the Docs in Progress series and has been invited to the Atlanta Film Festival this June. Art of Madness Presents A documentary film about a performance artist, Suzanne Muldowney, who has A.S. A Film by Boris Gavrilovic & Leon Martin

BECOMING BULLET PROOF PARENTS - By Dan Coulter
"Ever been frustrated or embarrassed by something one of your kids said or did in public? The stares of strangers can feel like bullets. If your child has an Autism Spectrum Disorder, you may sometimes feel like you've been machine-gunned..."


Mercury Generation March - Autism is Treatable and Autism is Preventable.
 HAVE YOU SEEN THE HEADLINES? A Poisonous Move for Kids by CDC.  New Study Supports Mercury-Autism Link  Time for CDC to Come Clean. CDC Obtains Children' Confidential Records Without Parental Consent

 Seeking Adults with Autism or Asperger Syndrome who are Self-Employed to Complete a Survey
San Diego State University
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Cassandra Affective Disorder
From the perspective of the partner/spouse or family.  Another missing puzzle piece to the picture and profile of some with AS
By Maxine Aston

Committee for International Asperger's Year
Please Join Us as we Celebrate the Life of Hans Asperger, his legacy and the millions living with AS as children, parents, partners, spouses, family members and those "with." ...Read more.

 

Federal judge rules that Asperger's syndrome is a disability - A York County girl who suffers from Asperger's syndrome is entitled to special education services even though she completes her homework, behaves well in class and scores well on tests, a federal judge ruled. U.S District Judge D. Brock Hornby ordered School Administrative District 55 to assemble a team of teachers and specialists to design an appropriate learning program for the girl, identified in court documents only as "L.I."  A VICTORY for parents!  ...Read the decision.

Analytical Couples Linked to Autistic Children - Highly analytical couples such as scientists, engineers and mathematicians may be more likely than other couples to have autistic children, says a University of Cambridge researcher. In a paper in the journal Archives of Disease of Childhood, Prof. Simon Baron-Cohen said the gene that makes some people analytical may also impair their social and communication skills, BBC News reported. Autism is characterized by social and communication difficulties. Baron-Cohen noted that scientists and other "systemizers" are skilled at analyzing systems to figure out how they function but tend to be less interested in social skills and can exhibit obsession with detail and other behaviors associated with autism.

A.S.P.I.A. Launches - A Support Group "to acknowledge the difficulties and differences and provide objective information on how Asperger's Syndrome impacts on a relationship and what steps can be taken to reduce the confusion, conflict and crushing emotional experiences that characterise the private lives of those affected." ...Read more.

Think women are more sarcastic? Yeah, whatever! Men's language less literal, study shows - You go into work, grab a coffee and sit down with the newspaper. A co-worker walks by and says, "Don't work too hard." Is the sarcastic colleague more likely to be a man, or a woman?  By Anne Mcilroy

College District Held Responsible for Disability Discrimination of an Employee with Asperger’s Syndrome - "...The jury concluded that the employer subjected its employee with disability to disparate treatment, and that GCCCD failed to timely engage in an ADA interactive process in good faith even after US Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (DOE OCR) intervention and request to comply with the law. ...The jury saw here a competent, dedicated individual with Asperger's Syndrome whose needs and contributions were discounted by her employer.  And they held the employer responsible.  People with developmental disabilities take note, there is a place for you in the workplace.  Your skills and intelligence and effort can make a dramatic difference at work.  Do not give up!"

Asperger's Syndrome: Breaking Through Impenetrable Barriers Some students linger long after they have disappeared from view. They are reminders of what could have been done had we just been able to reach them, had they only been able to take advice and understand that college was a serious business, beyond what was accepted and understood in high school. In the weeks after they walk away and land themselves on the front page of the college newspaper, you will wonder what you could have done had you been fully understood what they were fighting against to show up to class each day. / Christopher J. Stephens is an adjunct college English instructor for Northeastern University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Western New England College, and Corinthian Colleges, Inc.

THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT By Dan Coulter - People can be such jerks. Other people. Not you and me. When we get upset and are impatient or short with people, it's for good and valid reasons. If people could only see the pressures we're under or the unfairness of the situations we have to deal with. Hmmm.  ...Read more.

Dealing with Asperger Syndrome
Film reveals a journey of self-discovery
After years of wondering why he was different, Nick Dubin's self-diagnosis last year that he had Asperger Syndrome brought relief. 
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Katrina -  What the Autism Community did for Love
 

It’s Back to School...

TEACHING KIDS WITH ASPERGER SYNDROME FOR THE FIRST TIME
You're a teacher. You've just found out that you're going to have a student with Asperger Syndrome (AS) in class this year. You're in for an interesting year. And that's not coded language for "brace yourself." It's a real-life perspective that teaching a child with AS often gives you as many opportunities as challenges.
By Dan Coulter

AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS AND CHOOSING COLLEGE COURSES
We just took our son, Drew, who has Asperger Syndrome, back to college for his senior year. Time has really flown. It's hard to believe he'll graduate next spring. Preparing to take him back to school this year was easier than getting him ready to go his freshman year.
By Julie Coulter

 

TEACHING KIDS WITH ASPERGER SYNDROME FOR THE FIRST TIME - You're a teacher.  You've just found out that you're going to have a student with Asperger Syndrome (AS) in class this year.  You're in for an interesting year.  And that's not coded language for "brace yourself."  It's a real-life perspective that teaching a child with AS often gives you as many opportunities as challenges. By Dan Coulter

AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS AND CHOOSING COLLEGE COURSES
We just took our son, Drew, who has Asperger Syndrome, back to college for his senior year. Time has really flown. It's hard to believe he'll graduate next spring. Preparing to take him back to school this year was easier than getting him ready to go his freshman year. By Julie Coulter

The Patty Clark Memorial Website -"People deserve to have their feelings validated. Saying 'I am exhausted and I feel like no one cares about me' calls for emotional support and also helpful suggestions for tomorrow. No one can work themselves to exhaustion and confusion every single day and always stay chipper and upbeat and perky about their situation!!! Our best hope is to return to that state in the morning."

"...of a different mind" is a combined business web site and a personal web site of Roger N. Meyer.   Within this web site, he offer's you views of his writing, his work and himself.  Roger  is a published author, a special education advocate, a paid social security representative, and individual disability and civil rights advocate.  He is co-founder of Oregon Parents United (1998), and co-founder of ASPIRES (2000). Roger lives in Portland, Oregon - U.S.A.

Musical by Neil Simon Celebrates Temple Grandin - "Temple",  music by Norman Durkee, book and Lyrics by Silvia Peto (March 2- April 1, 2006).  Based on the real life of a girl who did not speak until she was three but grew up — despite her autism — to achieve success, a doctorate and more, "this world premiere musical celebrates the determined ingenuity of a miraculous spirit through the true story of Temple Grandin." By Ernio Hernandez

ASPERGER'S SYNDROME: A SPECIAL REPORT (Part One of Two) -  "“Let’s not use the word ‘cure’ if you don’t mind… When you talk about cure you imply that we’re broken. I don’t feel broken.” So says Liane Holliday Willey, a woman who not so long ago would have been described as a “victim” of Asperger’s Syndrome. It’s been more than 60 years since the Austrian doctor Hans Asperger identified the condition that bears his name, but it has only been in the past decade or so that we have begun to understand its broader implications. Asperger’s Syndrome may be a part of the autistic spectrum, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that an “Aspie” can’t function in the world.  Click here to listen to "Asperger's Syndrome" on The Infinite Mind.  Part I      Click here to listen to "Asperger's Syndrome (Part 2)   

Daniel Tammet: Inside the mind of a staggering genius / Daniel Tammet can recite pi to 22,514 decimal places and speak seven languages, one of which he learnt in a week. Unlike other 'prodigious savants', he knows how he does it - Daniel Tammet is doing mental arithmetic: 37 x 37 x 37 x 37. His fingers hover above the table, tracing shapes visible to no one but himself. A few seconds later, he smiles: the answer is 1,874,161.  By Sarah Meyrick

ASPIRES sends a Special Thanks to Maxin Aston author of The Other Half of Asperger Syndrome: A guide to an Intimate Relationship with a Partner who has Asperger Syndrome and Aspergers in Love: Couple Relationships and Family Affairs who recently addressed over 200 psychiatrists in a 3 day conference in Norway on the Cassandra Affected Disorder (CAD).  Stay tuned for more details.

Just harder, not impossible - Jordan Ackerson, above, finishes hard while running laps during a recent track team practice at LOHS.  LOHS sophmore Jordan Ackerson is insightful, caring, funny and -- oh yeah -- he has autism.  By Alandra Johnson

Representing Autism: Writing, Cognition, Disability.  A conference hosted by the SCE (Society for Critical Exchange)  Disability Studies has largely overlooked the culture and discourses of cognitive disabilities. Nonetheless, one cognitive disorder has begun to receive a great deal of attention both in the academy and in the popular media.  ...Read more.

LIBERATE THE NEUROTYPICALS! - Poor neurotypicals.  Sometimes they just don't have a clue. What's a neurotypical?  It's a label for someone who doesn't have Asperger Syndrome or "AS."  (I don't know who coined the term, but I first heard it used by Dr. Peter Gerhardt.) We can call neurotypicals "NT's" for short.  By Dan Coulter - 4/2005

"The highest result of education is tolerance."- Helen Keller

This quote introduces the Appellate Brief to the Supreme Court of Maine, CUM-04-569, filed on March 2, 2005 by Gayle A. Fitzpatrick and Charles A. Rankowski on behalf of their AS son which requests that State and Federal Laws be applied equally to Autistic individuals.  ...Read the brief.

It is Autism Week for NBC & Newsweek!  Media Coverage - 2/2005

The Power of Fun - We tend to remember extremes: our best days and worst days. You usually can't control the worst days.  Bad stuff happens when it happens. But you can make more days some of your family's best days by recognizing and harnessing the power of fun.  It can bring your family closer, help you teach your kids what you want them to learn and get you all through tough times.  By Dan Coulter - 2/2005

Oregon Health Science University to Take child Away from Mother / OHSU threatens to take an autistic child from his mother: Her crime?  Seeking medical treatment for her son.

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Autistic Disturbances of Affective Contact by Leo Kanner / This article is the  complete article by Leo Kanner, written in 1943 paper.  It appears on the Brazilian autism site of the Autistic Friends Association and is republished on ASPIRES with permission.

Asperger Syndrome Experts Endorse New “INTRICATE MINDS” Peer Awareness Video Some of the country’s leading experts in Asperger Syndrome (AS) have endorsed a new video designed to help classmates accept and befriend students with AS, who are now frequently subjected to teasing, harassment and isolation.  The video is titled, “INTRICATE MINDS: Understanding Classmates With Asperger Syndrome.”  ...Read more. - 2/2005

The Mercury is just plain STUPID Campaign / A Public Service Announcement - "According to the United States Government, mercury in small amounts is toxic everywhere on earth except inside the bodies of American children.  Today there are still shots given to children and pregnant women with mercury levels above Government  safety limits.  If  you are pregnant or have a child under 18, DEMAND mercury FREE vaccines.  Mercury is TOXIC.  Givingmercury to children on purpose is STUPID.  To learn more, call 1-866-366-3361 or visit www.unlockingautism.com"

Asperger syndrome from childhood into adulthood" By Tom Berney
A very Special Thanks to author, Tom Berney and The
The Royal College of Psychiatrists, especially Dave Jago, Head of Publications for facilitating this request  and making this article available FREE of charge for our community. "Tom Berney is a consultant in developmental psychiatry with the Northgate & Prudhoe NHS Trust (Prudhoe Hospital, Prudhoe, Northumberland and at the Fleming Nuffield Child Psychiatry Unit, Newcastle upon Tyne. He is also honorary consultant to European Services for People with Autism, a registered charity that provides community services."

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 - 12/2004

A Credo for Support by Norman Kunc & Emma Van der Klift

Neurodiversity.com - Honoring the variety of human wiring

Saved from a life of lonely misery
Chris Mitchell always knew he was different from the other children. As fellow pupils boisterously chased each other round the schoolyard, Chris preferred to sit alone. He found it impossible to interact with anyone and wasn't comfortable in social situations, feeling safest in his own company with his thoughts and fantasies. Chris would pretend to be Bob Holness hosting Blockbusters or think about Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends, the show which was his escape from the torment of school. By Beth Neil

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 community by Roger N. Meyer

Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew by Ellen Notbohm / South Florida Parenting Magazine - Ellen Notbohm is a freelance writer and columnist for Autism/Asperger's Digest and co-author of 1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism Spectrum by Veronica Zysk and Ellen Notbohm.  She lives in Portland, Oregon.  Veronica Zysk was Executive Director of the Autism Society of America from 1991 - 1996 and is now Managing Editor of Autism/Asperger's Digest.

Oldies but Goodies

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 - 12/2004

Revenge of the Nerds  -  "Once outcasts, some autistics now see their condition as a cognitive gift and even the next stage in human evolution—at the dawn of the transhuman age, who's to say they're wrong?" By George Dvorsky - 1/2005

 

"Imagination is more important than knowledge." - Albert Einstein

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'A work in progress' by Jennifer Parks

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Autism Today's coverage

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LA Times article that inspired the movie

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Mozart and the Whale - Trailer, Clips & Downloads

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One Good Asperger Movie Can Make a Difference by Jerry Newport

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Radha Mitchell on "Mozart and the Whale" and Researching Asperger's Syndrome

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The fictional movie inspired by Jerry and Mary & filming of Mozart and the Whale

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Original Press Release

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When Jerry Met Mary - 60 minutes transcript

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"Mozart and The Whale" will be seen at the Palm Beach International Film Festival in mid-April.

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Mozart and the Whale has a website!

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Why Nerds Are Unpopular / If you're too cool for school, you're probably not very smart. Some of us would rather build rockets than friendships, by Paul Graham - Wire Magazine 12/2004

Different for decades - Geeky. Clueless. Loner. Loser. Just plain odd. All their lives, they have heard these words and society's ruthless verdict that, try as they might, they can never achieve that indefinable state of "fitting in." Finally these people are hearing a new word: Asperger's. At long last, medicine has a label for their quirks. "Before I got a diagnosis, even I thought I was crazy," said one man attending a Middlesex support group. "I thought I was weird, strange. And I didn't know why," by Kathleen O'Brian - 11/2004

Reducing Special Needs Parent Stress - A lot of parents who have kids with special needs get a free helping of stress every day.  With extra nuts -- and sprinkles.  If this is you, how do you start an anti-stress diet?  Start small.  Take a  break. Oh yeah, right.  When are you going to find the time? by Dan Coulter - 11/2004

Dealing with Kid's Setbacks - Some days it just seems all too much.  You get a call from the school about an incident with your son.  Or your daughter comes home defiant and tearful. And whatever you do seems like the wrong thing.  Well, it's probably not.  The right thing to do isn't always the perfect thing. Or rather, you don't need to find the perfect solution to do something that helps.  If you're like most parents (and by most parents, I mean, me) you don't routinely hit the ball out of the park.  There's a fair amount of trial and error involved, by Dan Coulter 11/2004

Dennis Debbaudt's Autism Risk & Safety Newsletter - Fall Edition - 2004   

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 Beyond Guilt or Innocence 
About youth with autism spectrum conditions and their contacts with the juvenile justice system--a journal article for the 2004 spring issue of Leadership Perspectives in Developmental Disability by Dennis Debbaudt. The Forum is a project of the UCE at the Shriver Center, a division of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Technical Support is provided by New England INDEX. This is an Official Page/Publication of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The DD Leadership Forum is funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, federal Department of Health and Human Services.

Asperger's Confounds Colleges - A surge of students diagnosed with an autism-related disorder poses new challenge. By the eighth grade, Stephen M. Shore had taught himself to play every instrument in his school's band. But seven years later, during his junior year at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a run-of-the-mill academic assignment stumped him, by Elizabeth F. Farrell - 10/2004

Discovering Asperger Syndrome - Getting a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome for your child is sort of like getting hit by a slow freight train. Usually, you know something's wrong. Maybe you got worried. Maybe teachers or others urged you to get your child checked out. Maybe, like my wife and I, you went through several other diagnoses first. But even though you knew something was coming, you still feel the impact when you get the official word, by Dan Coulter - 10/2004

On The Imaginary 1000% Increase In Autism - There are still people who believe autism is "misbehavior," or is "psychiatric" and can be treated by drugs -  lots of expensive drugs. During the years since 1965 mothers have become more amenable to being labeled parents of autistics, since it is no longer thought to be "all their fault" by most people. Tolerance of individual differences in schools and at work has decreased, due to the nature of our society, the drastically decreased need for laborers and entry-level clerks, and other changes, by Patricia E. Clark - 10/2004

Shutdowns and Stress in Autism / "A shutdown is a particular sequence of behavior which we observed in a child diagnosed as high-functioning within the autistic spectrum.  ...Do shutdowns worsen the symptoms of autism ?"  By Ingrid M. Loos Miller and Hendricus G. Loos [written for parents] - 9/2004 

Shutdown States and Stress Instability in Autism  /  A scientific version of the above paper provides a detailed discussion of the physiological basis and mechanisms involved by Ingrid M. Loos Miller and Hendricus G. Loos - 9/2004 

Asperger syndrome from childhood into adulthood by Dr.Tom Berney / Advances in Psychiatric Treatment (2004)
A "SPECIAL" thanks to Dr. Berney and the Royal College of Psychiatrists who have graciously made this article available to our community, FREE of charge.

Lost Boys - Autism and My Son / They used to be thought of as loners, misfits, even geniuses. Now they're being labeled "autistic." But here's the scary part: The diagnosis may boil down to an excess of maleness. By Lou Schuler / Men’s Health 9/2004

The challenge of adolescents and adults with Asperger syndrome By Digby Tantam, MA, MPH, PhD, AFBPsS, FRCPsych Centre for the Study of Conflict and Reconciliation, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Regent’s Court, United Kingdom / Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Clinics of North America (2003). This article is currently available in part of a FREE issue devoted to AS.

Perhaps they're just wired a bit differently - People with brain disorders seek more acceptance - "...As the number of Americans with brain disorders grows, so has skepticism toward the grab bag of syndromes they are being tagged with, from ADD to Asperger's to bipolar I, II or III," By Amy Harmon, New York Times – 7/2004

"Define Me."  - A DVD Resource by Sondra Williams  Sondra shares what it is like to have autism and The Gumball Theory of Language

Being Honest about Non-Verbal Communication Problems with Special Attention Paid to Time Management - The four-section article found below contains an explanation for special terms found in Stephen Nowicki and Marshall Duke's 2002 book entitled "Will I Ever Fit In?" by Roger N. Meyer - 7/2004

Answer, but No Cure, for a Social Disorder That Isolates Many - "...This new wave of discovery among Aspies, as many call themselves, is also sending ripples through the lives of their families, soothing tension among some married couples, prompting others to call it quits. Parents who saw their adult children as lost causes or black sheep are fumbling for ways to help them, suddenly realizing that they are disabled, not stubborn or lazy," by Amy Harmon, New York Times – 4/2004

WHO'S TO KNOW?  Disclosing Asperger Syndrome - Your son or daughter has Asperger Syndrome.  Who do you tell?  Who do they tell? By Dan Coulter - 2/2005

Asperger Syndrome in Military Service - To the author's knowledge, Asperger Syndrome (AS) as it affects the military service has not received any substantial public attention prior to publication of this paper.  A fully annotated version of this document will be available in early 2005.  By Roger N. Meyer - 2/2005

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Research Information Request:  AS in the Miltary Service

I know of nobody who is purely Autistic or purely neurotypical. Even God had some Autistic moments, which is why the planets all spin." ~ Jerry Newport

"We each have our own way of living in the world, together we are like a symphony.
Some are the melody, some are the rhythm, some are the harmony
It all blends together, we are like a symphony, and each part is crucial.
We all contribute to the song of life."
...Sondra Williams

We might not always agree; but TOGETHER we will make a difference.

 

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