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US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. January 7, 2008

Welcome to USAAA Weekly News, an email newsletter that addresses a range of topics on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Asperger's Syndrome.

Autism Orlando Biennial Conference 2008 offers two special packages for February conference

Caribe Royale Orlando All-Suites Hotel and Convention Center is the headquarters for the Autism Orlando Biennial Conference 2008. Autism Today and US Autism & Asperger Association host one of the most comprehensive autism conferences in America, with twenty-two of the world's most renowned autism experts presenting over four days beginning Thursday evening, February 14th and concluding Sunday afternoon, February 17th. This is the first time that Autism Through the Lifespan is presented in the United States.

There are two special offers, one that includes hotel and registration as a package, and the other includes a special discount registration for up to three people. See how you are able to attend the entire conference for a little more than $30/day/person with the hotel package or $41/day /person for the conference only package. Offer is only valid until January 15th. Click here for more information, to register to receive these special offers or visit

Orlando Conference 2008 Highlights

Topics include:

  • Making Significant Progress
  • Advocacy
  • Behavioral-Biomedical Model Approach to Treating Autism
  • Medical Interventions: Getting Started
  • New Treatment Protocol for Autism
  • Examining Five Promising Behavioral Approaches
  • Multifactorial Causes of Autism
  • Issues of Diets, Digestion, and Detoxification/Chelation
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
  • Anti-Viral and Nasal MB12 Therapy
  • Computer-Based Intervention
  • Asperger's Syndrome: Building Confidence
  • Using Biomarkers to Determine the Best Clinical Therapies
  • Gastrointestinal pathology in autism
  • Prioritizing and Immediate Actions to Do Now
  • Electro Pollution Dangers
  • Plus more
Special Panel Discussions
Don't miss two important panel discussions that are trademarks of USAAA conferences
  • Parent & Practitioner Presentation with Open Discussion. Meet with conference presenters who are parents of children with autism spectrum disorders. Here is your chance to ask your questions to parents and physicians in this two hour panel discussion. There will be a complimentary buffet for all registrants who attend the panel discussion. The buffet is sponsored by Kirkman Laboratories, Doctor's Data, and Care Clinics. Thanks to our sponsors for making this panel discussion.
  • Sibling Panel Discussion. Hear from boys and girls that have siblings with autism. Relationships between siblings are very complex. So often the focus is on the children that are affected. Children who are not affected are affected in a different way. Get an insight on how they feel. Audience participation.

Click here for more information, to register, or visit

USAAA Top Ten Articles of 2007

We hope that your complimentary USAAA WeeklyNews was helpful and informative for you in 2007. Be sure to forward your copy of the newsletter to family and friends so they can subscribe and learn about up to date news on autism spectrum disorders.

You gave us feedback on articles from all of the newsletters we published in 2007. Below are the the top ten articles that received the greatest response from you. They included topics on recovery, diet and nutrition, sensory integration, mercury poisoning, IEP meetings, legal planning, social interaction and communication skills. We thank you for contributing your comments to our Parent's Forum and Opinion section. Click here to read all past issues from our newsletter archive.

Class links students with autism to those without

By Karen Smith

Andre Concepcion, 14, is nonverbal. He points to words and pictures on a communication device to get his messages across.

But he doesn't need any assistance to communicate what he thinks of the Peer Link program at Clawson Middle School.

His smile says it all.

On Dec. 20, Andre, a student in the district's Autism Spectrum Disorder program, made fruit smoothies with Peer Link pals Jeremy Schaldenbrand, 13, and Alex Stauffer, 12, CMS seventh-graders, and distributed them to teachers in the building.

All the while, Andre, donning a Santa hat like his pals, beamed.

Click here for entire story.

Shooting for a dream that autism can't stop

By Greg Billing
Staff Writer

MARIA STEIN — Like just about every home in this Mercer County community, Ashley Homan's yard has a basketball hoop.

But Homan isn't your typical basketball player. Homan is autistic. That hasn't stopped the Marion Local High School freshman from shooting for her dreams.

Click here for entire story.

This week's expert is: Phillip C. DeMio, MD

Stop the Assault! The Three “D’s” for the ASD: Issues of Diets, Digestion, and Detoxification/Chelation for the Autism Spectrum

The vast majority of persons on the Autism Spectrum (ASD) who make significant gains from biomedical treatments will require care that addresses the triad of dietary intervention, digestive/gastrointestinal problems, and detoxification techniques (such as chelation). Thus an understanding of the three “D’s is paramount to the success of the biomedical approach for virtually all patients.

The Biomedical concept: As espoused by Dr. Bernard Rimland* more than forty years ago, persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) have a bona fide medical disease, not a psychiatric disorder. ASD’s do not result from bad parenting, nor do they “just happen.” Underlying medical abnormalities in metabolism, gastrointestinal/nutritional function, the detoxification system, and immunology all as a group lead to a severe lack of normal brain support with resultant abnormal behaviors that we know as ASD’s. Just as the person with a head injury from a car accident acts abnormally and has deficits in language, so it is that ASD’s, too, have a biological medical basis as to why they occur.

Detoxification includes many phases and components, starting with a complete history of symptoms and toxic exposures. This is simultaneous with appropriate testing to serve as both baselines and to attempt to estimate a further elucidation of the severity of the toxicity. Chelation is one category of treatment; it has many forms including medication and natural types.

Dr. Phillip DeMio will be presenting, "Stop the Assault! The Three “D’s” for the ASD: Issues of Diets, Digestion, and Detoxification/Chelation for the Autism Spectrum," Saturday, February 16 at the Autism Orlando Biennial Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Click here for a complete schedule of the Autism Orlando Biennial Conference.

*Bernard Rimland, Ph.D. (psychology), who mentored Dr. DeMio and many others in the autism community, was the first to turn on its ear the guilt-invoking bad parent psychiatric theory. Erroneous explanations such as the “refrigerator mother” were (and sadly still are) promulgated by so-called professionals who continue to litter the scene and misdirect parents and persons who are afflicted with ASD’s from getting proper care, eg. biomedical and nonmedical therapies. Dr. Rimland passed away in 2006. We remember him daily.

News focus: Living with autism

The National Autistic Society has launched a new campaign to urge people to think differently about autism. Reporter DANIELLE BEETON looks at the issue.

Without the right support, autism can have a devastating effect on individuals and their families. The lack of understanding about what it really means to live with autism has a heavy impact on people's lives in daily scenarios – such as in social settings, schools and workplaces. Those affected by autism frequently encounter discrimination, intolerance and isolation. This causes stress and anxiety, and can lead to a lifetime of exclusion and denial of the help needed to live a fulfilling life.

As a spectrum disorder, autism affects different people in very different ways.

Click here for entire story.

In This Issue:
› Autism Orlando Biennial Conference 2008 offers two special packages for February conference
› Orlando Conference 2008 Highlights
› USAAA Top Ten Articles of 2007
› Class links students with autism to those without
› Shooting for a dream that autism can't stop

Expert's Corner
› Stop the Assault! The Three “D’s” for the ASD: Issues of Diets, Digestion, and Detoxification/Chelation for the Autism Spectrum

USAAA News Around the World
› News focus: Living with autism

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