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US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. April 8, 2008

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USAAA to sponsor TACA family event

US Autism and Asperger Association is the presenting sponsor for the 2008 TACA (Talk About Curing Autism) Annual Family Picnic and Fundraiser. More than 2,000 Southern California families who have children with autism will attend this extremely popular family event Sunday, June 1, 2008 at Camp James/Hidden Valley Park in Irvine, California.

“We are very proud to be associated with such a wonderful event that provides a safe and fun picnic for children affected with autism,” said Lawrence P. Kaplan, PhD, Chairman and CEO of USAAA. “It is the primary fundraiser to help TACA continue to provide important services for autism families which include the Parent Mentor Program.” 

We are very proud to be associated with such a wonderful event that provides a safe and fun picnic for children affected with autism

USAAA’s mission is to enhance the quality of life of individuals and their families and caregivers touched by autism spectrum disorders by providing educational and family support. “This event is another means where we are able to carry out our mission,” said Dr. Kaplan.

USAAA has strongly supported the TACA mentoring moms program. TACA mentoring moms were available to parents during the 2007 USAAA International Autism and Asperger Conference to help ease the frustration, navigate the confusing "system" and help jump start the family with action for their child affected by autism. Mentors are fellow, volunteer parents with a wealth of knowledge, many with a recovered child or with a child well on the road to recovery. The mentors guided hundreds of families during the conference.

TACA Spokesperson Jenny McCarthy is scheduled to attend.

“TACA has been administering many effective programs for parents including a Families In Crisis Program and Adopt a Family Holiday Campaign, which are absolutely essential for the autism community,” said Dr. Kaplan.

TACA holds monthly meetings in many locations throughout the United States that feature educational speakers on important topics and allow family members to connect with one another and stay on top of the latest information in the autism world. Each TACA group maintains a resource library of the latest autism books and tapes that can be checked out by members at no charge.

This year’s picnic will include Carnival Rides: Classic Carousel, Kids Swing Chairs, LadyBug Ride and Roc-O-Plane. Also enjoy the Bounce House, Bubble Machines, Jungle-Rama, Mist Machine, Miniature Golf, Sidewinder Rock Wall, a Balloon Artist, Traditional Picnic Games: Softball, Volleyball, Horseshoes, Basketball, Soccer, Ping Pong, Pool Table, and Football.

TACA Spokesperson Jenny McCarthy is scheduled to attend and will be available to sign her book, “Louder than Words”. Join USAAA and TACA June 1st in Irvine, California and help support families with children affected by autism.

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Click here for the 2007 TACA Picnic video.


Aspartame Is Neurotoxic Genotoxic Molecular Food & Vaccine Pharmaco-Genocide

by Dr. William Deagle, Founder, Nutrimedical and The Nutrimedical Report

Aspartame was approved by the FDA for food and medicine in the 1980s after the intervention of Donald Rumsfeld, recently Secretary of Defense to Geo Bush Jr. Terms 1 and 2.

Loss of executive inhibitory influences may explain more violent or spontaneous out of control behavior, autism of all forms, and onset and progression of many neurological disorders

The poison of Aspartame dipeptide is a deadly neurotoxin and genotoxin. This paper will analyze results of extensive animal studies, human case reviews, cellular pathology and a logical analysis of biochemical and cellular toxicology. It is not a matter of incompetence but of malicious pharmaco-genocide that this toxin is present in from 6,000 products and over 90 countries. It is even registered with MSG, Ethyl Salicylate Mercury Thimerosal, and other adjuvant immunologic and neurotoxic substances that are now approved by FDA for vaccine antigenic amplification as an adjuvants.

Reduced Glutathione depletion is serious with oral or injected Aspartame and co-toxicity with Mercury, MSG, GMO organic acids, and other polytoxins in air, food and water...

Aspartame is manufactured in North America in Aiken, South Carolina with a genetic engineered GMO bacterial factory. The sludge of bacterial proteins is centrifuged to separate out differing molecular weights, and the dipeptide is spun out for transfer to tankers to transport for packing and marketing at other facilities.

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Click here for Dr. Ken Stoller's Powerpoint presentation, "Thimerosal and Aspartame as cofactors in the Autism Epidemic, presented at the 2006 USAAA conference. Dr. Stoller will present at the 2008 USAAA conference in Austin, Texas, September 4-7, 2008.


Autism symptoms less severe after treatment, says U of L research team ABC

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - People with autism experienced less severe symptoms after researchers pulsed a low frequency magnetic field around their brains, a University of Louisville research team announced today.

The treatment, transcranial magnetic stimulation, is still in early testing stages, but has potential to become an effective treatment for the major symptoms of autism, said neuroscientist Manuel Casanova.

Members of the UofL research team placed a coil on the scalps of 10 people with autism to create a low frequency magnetic field, which they then pulsed by reversing the field’s polarity. After receiving a 20 minute treatment twice a week for five weeks, patients showed fewer symptoms of hyperactivity, sensory overload and repetitive behaviors, said psychologist Lonnie Sears, a project collaborator.

Symptoms were assessed before and after the treatment by measuring patients’ brain activity and scores on standard neurological and psychological tests.

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Legos can be building block to teach children with autism
Weekly intervention helps classes interact, communicate socially

By Marie McCullough
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Published on Tuesday, Apr 08, 2008

VOORHEES, N.J.: The Lego raft carrying the Lego castaways approached the Lego island, ''chased by raptors.''

About 15 years ago, during post-doctoral training in Honolulu, Legoff noticed that his autistic patients, most of them boys, ignored a playroom full of toys — except for Legos.

Lewis Roberts, a 12-year-old from Medford, N.J., moved the raft an inch, then another young filmmaker snapped a digital camera. A third boy consulted their script.

''Quiet on the set!'' In the sudden silence, the boys let out a raptor-like ''ROAR.''

Lego animation is like a cartoon. The illusion of movement is created with a sequence of slightly different photographs of the colorful plastic brick construction sets.

But this wasn't just fun and games. It was ''Dr. Dan's Lego-based Social Development Therapy'' — one of the many interventions that have been developed to teach social skills to children with autism.

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Autistic Children Discover a New 'World'

Posted on: Tuesday, 8 April 2008, 09:00 CDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Not long ago, Zachary Ballard was a boy in his own world.

For hours, he stared blankly at television images. He never spoke. He amused himself by sitting in a corner of his family's home, spinning the wheels of his toy cars or banging two spoons together.

Zachary is 5 years old and autistic.

But three years after his diagnosis, he's no longer tuned out to the world around him. He attends kindergarten. Dances with his big sister, Makenna. Giggles with friends.

"I have my son back," says his mother, Deanna Ballard.

"I have my son back," says his mother, Deanna Ballard.

One of the keys to his turnaround, she believes, is a series of educational DVDs that she and a friend created for Zachary out of frustration and desperation. Ballard's "My World Learning" videos have captured the attention of parents around the country and earned praise from specialists in learning delays.

Ballard, who has a background in psychology, stresses that the DVDs are not a "cure" for autism. Ballard and her husband, Rob, attribute Zachary's progress to a wide range of things, including countless hours of behavioral therapy, medical treatments and changes in his diet. But the videos, she says, have played an important role in bringing "the joy of childhood" back to Zachary, and helped put him on a path toward a normal life.

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Avoid autism stereotypes
Article Launched: 04/08/2008 06:29:50 AM PDT

I was pleased to see the April 2 article on autism by Suzanne Bohan. Autism is an epidemic that impacts the lives of many, many families in social, emotional and economic terms. They need, more than anything, understanding and support. That is why I am very concerned about the sentence: "Frustrated by their inability to communicate, those with autism may act out with anger, violence or self-injury, although most do improve with treatment". It affirms the fear and misunderstanding so prevalent in the public.

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Keeping Good Records: How to Create a Paper Trail

Wrightslaw Newsletter article, February 26 , 2008

If your tax records are in a mess - come April, so are you. Documenting your deductions is essential.

Good documentation is also essential for effective advocacy.

"If it was not written down, it was not said. If it was not written down, it did not happen." -- Pete Wright

Train yourself to write things down! When you write things down when they happen, you are taking steps to protect your child's interests.

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In This Issue:
› USAAA to sponsor TACA family event
›Aspartame Is Neurotoxic Genotoxic Molecular Food & Vaccine Pharmaco-Genocide
› Autism symptoms less severe after treatment, says U of L research team
› Legos can be building block to teach children with autism
› Autistic Children Discover a New 'World'
› Avoid autism stereotypes

› Keeping Good Records: How to Create a Paper Trail

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