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US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. June 6, 2008

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TACA Event Provides Safe and Fun Picnic for Children Affected By Autism
Event draws over 2000 people

by Lawrence P. Kaplan, PhD
USAAA Chairman and Founder

David Kaplan volunteers at the USAAA booth at the TACA Picnic held June 1st in Irvine, California. Over 2000 people attended.

It was a typical Southern California Day. The sky was crystal blue and the temperature was in the mid-seventies. This was the perfect setting for a day in the park, a jog on the beach, or to take in a ball game.

But for almost 600 families of children affected by autism, this day was not their typical day. On June 1, more than 2000 people attended the 5th annual Talk About Curing Autism Family Picnic and Fundraiser in Irvine, California. Moms, dads, and children attended a safe and fun picnic for children affected by autism, which was a primary fundraiser to help TACA continue to provide important services to families affected by autism. There were carnival rides, fun activities that included bubble machines, miniature golf, a balloon artist, as well as traditional picnic games. There were plenty of choices of delicious food that included gluten-free casein-free BBQ chicken with GFCF buns. Families spent time at the exhibitor booths learning about the many products and services these organizations have to offer. Actress and author Jenny McCarthy talked with many parents and was available to sign her book, Louder Than Words.

But for almost 600 families of children affected by autism, this day was not their typical day.

We spent hours meeting with families at the USAAA both. USAAA Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Phillip DeMio, flew in from Ohio to attend the picnic and helped many parents sort out the complexity of biomedical interventions. Also helping out at the booth were David and Daniel Kaplan, two of Dr. Kaplan's three sons, and Rachel and Deanna Wrangham, daughters of USAAA Director of Education Theresa Wrangham.

I have had the opportunity to meet with thousands of parents attending our annual conferences since 2006. Today, I was able to meet with not only the parents, but with their children during a more relaxed setting. A couple that visited our booth started describing their story. It is one I have heard many times. They said they just received a diagnosis. They didn't know what to do, but they started reading about autism on the Internet. I quickly assured them that help was available. I asked USAAA Advisory Board Member and the new Executive Director for Generation Rescue, Stan Kurtz if he would be of assistance to this family (sorry Stan that I had to pull you away from the book signing). Stan has presented at all of the USAAA conferences and began developing a plan for this couple as he has done for so many parents.

...an outing that should be available for all families worldwide at least once a year.

Another parent wanted to know about services. After we talked about biomedical, behavioral and developmental intervention options, she wanted to know more about respite care. I quickly brought her over to the TACA booth for support. Respite care exists in California.

USAAA Founder Larry Kaplan, actress and author Jenny McCarthy, and USAAA Director of Education and Safeminds President Theresa Wrangham are the last photographed before Jenny departs to Washington D.C. to prepare for the "Green Our Vaccines Rally".

As the Presenting Sponsor for this wonderful event, USAAA was proud to be associated with an outing that should be available for all families worldwide at least once a year. We all need to get our children outside and be around other parents for support without having to explain to everyone why our child is tantrumming, or is non-verbal. This event provided an opportunity for many of our children and parents to embellish the moment of one beautiful day of fun and activities, being around others who share a common bond, and to learn new methods and approaches that help our children achieve their fullest potential.

This event provided an opportunity for many of our children and parents to embellish the moment of one beautiful day of fun and activities...

This day was not your typical day for many families, but it sure was a welcome change from the day in and day out struggles we face each day. At least this was one event that our children were not kicked out (see article below, "Autism spectrum difficult for some to see"). Thank you TACA for providing a safe and fun event for all who attended.

For more information about TACA and their mission to support, educate, and inform families nationwide who are touched by autism, click here.


Autism spectrum difficult for some to see

A Florida kindergarten teacher recently asked her pupils to vote on a pressing issue: whether a 5-year-old boy should be removed from the classroom. The misbehaving child, who was in the process of being tested for autism, was ousted by a 14-2 count; he spent the day in the nurse's office.

Society is woefully unprepared to handle the increased demand for special needs.

A Minnesota mom was ticketed for ignoring a restraining order and bringing her 13-year-old autistic son to church. Church officials charged that the 6-foot, 225-pound boy was "disruptive" and his "erratic" behavior threatened the safety of others.

And a Philadelphia mother of an autistic boy angrily criticized her son’s school after he was left in a classroom for the day with only his bus assistant, while the other students went on a field trip. The school was short on support staff.

"We've seen the light at the end of the tunnel," is the phrase expression some autism communities now use to describe the growing and aging autistic population. "And it's a train."

Today, at least 1 in 150 children—who will one day be adults—have landed on the spectrum.

By all accounts, autism prevalence has risen dramatically. In the 1970s the neurological disorder affected an estimated 1 in 10,000 children. In 1990, it was 1 in 500, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Today, at least 1 in 150 children—who will one day be adults—have landed on the spectrum.

Society is woefully unprepared to handle the increased demand for special needs. But as these three cases show, affected children are looking to be part of the mainstream. Parents are insisting on it.

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Mercury Fillings Shattered! FDA, ADA Conspiracy to Poison Children with Toxic Mercury Fillings Exposed in Groundbreaking Lawsuit

(NaturalNews) The FDA has, for decades, ridiculously insisted that mercury fillings pose no health threat whatsoever to children. While dismissing hundreds of studies showing a clear link between mercury amalgam fillings ("silver fillings") and disastrous neurological effects in the human body, the FDA denied the truth about mercury and effectively protected the mercury filling racket that has brought so much harm to so many people. For over a hundred years, a cabal of "mercury mongers" made up of the American Dental Association, mercury filling manufacturers and indignant dentists have reaped windfall profits by implanting toxic fillings into the mouths of children, all while insisting that mercury -- one of the most toxic heavy metals known to modern science -- posed no health threat whatsoever.

...the FDA has now been forced to acknowledge a fact so fundamental that, by any measure of honest science, it should have adopted the position decades ago.

Today, that reign of toxicity is about to end. Thanks to the tireless, multi-year efforts of people like Charles Brown, National Counsel for Consumers for Dental Choice (www.ToxicTeeth.org), the FDA has now been forced to acknowledge a fact so fundamental that, by any measure of honest science, it should have adopted the position decades ago. What position is that? Simply that mercury is toxic to humans.

Remarkably, the FDA's website no longer claims mercury is harmless. The language has now been changed in dramatic fashion, reading: "Dental amalgams contain mercury, which may have neurotoxic effects on the nervous systems of developing children and fetus."

Click here for entire story.


 

Autism and Asperger Experts Speak On Conference
USAAA Launches YouTube Video Channel



USAAA has officially launched its YouTube Video Channel. In the video above, learn from the experts about the USAAA conference. Many more videos will be launched in the next month. Be sure to subscribe to receive notices on new videos uploaded to the channel.

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Jim Carrey Autism Whisperer
Star talks about his relationship with autistic child
www.raisingkids.co.uk

Hollywood actor Jim Carrey's trademark zany behaviour is reaping rewards in his personal life. In an interview on American television this week, Carrey and his girlfriend Jenny McCarthy have been talking about life with Jenny's autistic six-year-old son Evan. And Jenny revealed that the qualities that make Jim such a star on the big screen have proved to be useful when building a relationship with Evan.

"In a sweet moment, Carrey says of his relationship with Evan; 'He taught me how to love..."

When I first introduced Evan to Jim, you know...you never quite know what to expect,' explained Jenny. 'A lot of people don't understand, when they meet a child with autism. You have to be very animated to get that child's attention, and I think I can tell you that I have the most animated boyfriend in the world. But he really had a way of understanding Evan's thinking. And I watched it and went 'Oh my gosh, he's got it.'

Click here for entire story.

In This Issue:
TACA Event Provides Safe and Fun Picnic for Children Affected By Autism
Autism spectrum difficult for some to see
Mercury Fillings Shattered! FDA, ADA Conspiracy to Poison Children with Toxic Mercury Fillings Exposed in Groundbreaking Lawsuit
Autism and Asperger Experts Speak On Conference

Jim Carrey Autism Whisperer


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USAAA 2008 Annual International
Autism and Asperger Conference,
Austin, Texas, September 4-7, 2008

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US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. (USAAA) kicks off its third annual International Autism and Asperger Conference (and 5th overall conference since 2006) in Austin, Texas, September 4 - 7, 2008. Twenty-eight of the world’s most renowned leading autism experts will present new interventions and new research in both education and medicine. The conference is presented in part by CARE Clinics and International Hyperbarics Association and will be held at the Hilton Austin Airport.




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I am a parent of a 20 year old with Asperger's [Syndrome] only shops where he is comfortable or still keeps his parents close by. I feel so heartbroken that this gentleman will probably never feel comfortable shopping in this store again (Autistic Man Labelled 'Retard' in May 30 USAAA WeeklyNews). Clearly his career was horrified and shocked. Having been titled "a little sharp edged" and having dealt with things like this, but never to this degree, I can assure you I would have gotten my dander up. I also might have suggested that he request them to hold the items until he could return with the correct amount. I would love to know how and when they clearly should not be dealing with the public. My suggestion. Personal heart felt apologize to him, make them understand how fortunate they are to be "normal" and just how intolerant in noncomformities they truly are. Better yet, employ him in the store and I bet he would keep things very organized.
— Jennifer

Dear Principle Marcia Cully:
If there is any justice in this world, Wendy Portillo should be removed from the classroom and not allowed to teach again. Your job as principle is to protect the students in your school. You need to demand that this teacher not be allowed to abuse another student in your school again. Not only is it wrong what she did to Alex, it is wrong that she would force his classmates to take part in this abuse. There is no excuse for the school district to use to try to protect her in this case. She needs to be fired and the district needs to go to court to protect the children in its district if Wendy challenges her dismissal. There is never any reason that we as adults do not stand up for the safety of children. Wendy’s actions are abuse plain and simple.
— Mark
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