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US Autism & Asperger Association, Inc. November 24, 2009

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Scientific Link to Autism Identified

Refusal of Writing Methodologies into the IEP

Boy with Asperger's Syndrome Rides Subway for 11 Days

Asperger's at work: 5 ways to be less annoying

Sherrie McNulty to Compete in Rose Bowl Half Marathon to Raise Funds for USAAA

Scientific Link to Autism Identified

glycineJACKSON, N.J.,/PRNewswire/ -- During its research into the application of neuroscience in business, a New Jersey based think tank, The Center for Modeling Optimal Outcomes®, LLC (The Center) made an inadvertent and amazing discovery.

"If it hadn't been for so many parents insisting that vaccines were responsible for the condition, we might never have found the fact that the stabilizer in MMR and a few other vaccines is hydrolyzed gelatin; a substance that is approximately 21% glycine.

The Center examined the neuroscientific dynamics of logic and emotion in decision making while researching neuroscience in business. They found unique corollary relationships between various brain chemicals (neurohormones, neurotransmitters, etc.). This apparent pattern led to a new path of research for the team outside of business. By looking at extensive scientific literature they discovered a cascade of hormones that emanate from the brain (hypothalamus). This same pattern of correlations was again apparent throughout the cascade. The group added a research biologist and started to test the pattern on genes (proteins). It remained consistent. The Center then called upon advisers from chemistry and physics to see if the pattern would apply in physical sciences.

To the amazement of the group, it became apparent that this pattern of corollary relationships could be applied to scientific processes for maintaining equilibrium (homeostatic relationships) throughout all of science; from subatomic particles to chemistry as well as between biological substances.

"It appears that, based on readily verifiable science, the use of that form of glycine triggers an imbalance between the amino acid neurotransmitters responsible for the absorption rate of certain classes of cells throughout the body. It is that wide-spread disruption that apparently results in the systemic problems that encompass the mind and the body characterized in today's 'classic' autism." He also added, "The use of our model indicates each of the disorders within Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is attributable to different disruptions in homeostasis.

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Refusal of Writing Methodologies into the IEP

source: Wrightslaw

School officials often refuse to write educational methodologies into the IEP. They argue that teachers should be free to use an “eclectic approach” to educating children with disabilities, and should not be forced to use any specific methodology.

Congress rejected this practice when they reauthorized IDEA 2004 - a win, win situation for all – especially for children who will benefit when they receive effective instruction from teachers who are trained in research-based instructional methods.

"schools do not want to comply with parents' requests because they do not want parents telling them what to do. If a parent can request a specific program, and it is written into the IEP, the school has to provide it.

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Boy with Asperger's Syndrome Rides Subway for 11 Days

subwayA 13-year-old boy with Asperger's Syndrome—a form of autism that often causes difficulty with social interaction—spent 11 days in the subway system last month. In a heartbreaking Times article, Francisco Hernandez Jr. tells how he took refuge in the subway for over a week because he got in trouble in class and "didn't want anyone to scream at me" at home. He says nobody spoke to him the entire time he rode the trains, and when the reporter asked him if he "saw any larger meaning in that," Hernandez replied, "Nobody really cares about the world and about people."

"He took refuge in the subway for over a week because he got in trouble in class and "didn't want anyone to scream at me" at home.

Hernandez subsisted on snacks bought on subway platforms and spent a lot of time sleeping, using his backpack as a pillow as he rode the trains from one end of the line to the next. "At some point I just stopped feeling anything," he tells the Times. His mother, a Mexican immigrant named Marisela García, says the police didn't make the case a priority, "Maybe because you might not understand how to manage the situation, because you don’t speak English very well, because of your legal status, they don’t pay you a lot of attention."

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Asperger's at work: 5 ways to be less annoying

by Penelope Trunk

The first step to growing a good career in the face of Asperger's Syndrome is to recognize that this is a social skills deficit, by definition, and work, by definition, is a social skills decathlon.

I have written before that for me, the biggest problem at work stems from my own sensory integration dysfunction – something that typically tags along with an Asperger's diagnosis. But for someone with Asperger's, it's not enough to deal with sensory integration dysfunction; in order to succeed at the workplace, you need some guidelines for bridging the gap between other peoples' social skills and your own.

So, based on my own experience, here are some concrete rules for doing better at work if you have Asperger’s, and maybe if you don’t.

"Ryan Paugh has great social skills. So I ask him a lot of questions, and I watch him. When Ryan Healy’s parents came to visit, I knew I needed to talk with them, because I was the CEO. I know that's a social rule. But I absolutely completely could not figure out what to say. I listened to Ryan Paugh go first. He said, “What do you have planned for the weekend?”

That was a great line. I wouldn’t have thought of it. But I know for next time.

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Sherrie McNulty to Compete in Rose Bowl Half Marathon to Raise Funds for USAAA

Join Sherrie in her efforts to raise funds for USAAA. To donate, click here!

Sherrie McNulty of Cloverdale, CA will be running in the Rose Bowl Half Marathon with Train 4 Autism in December 2009 to raise funds for US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA).

Two of Sherrie’s daughters are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders; Makenna was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at age 4 and Brianna was diagnosed at age 3 with PDD-NOS/Autism. While watching her girls face challenges every day at home, at school, and in the community, Sherrie decided to challenge herself by running. She started running short distances while pushing her daughters in a jogging stroller, and soon discovered Train 4 Autism while searching the Internet for Autism-related resources. Through Train 4 Autism, Sherrie is raising funds for the USAAA in order to “raise awareness for people touched by Asperger Syndrome and Autism.” She supports the USAAA mission to help individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders “to achieve their fullest potential.”

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