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US Autism & Asperger Association
May 21, 2010

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The Everyday Advocate: Standing Up for Your Child with Autism

The Miracle Project: Be Miracle Minded

States' budget woes hitting programs for kids hard

Why did the Russians Ban an Appliance Found in 90% of American Homes?

'Shocking' conditions at Tylenol plant

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The Everyday Advocate: Standing Up for Your Child with Autism

arevaKnown to audiences across the country from her regular appearances on The Dr. Phil Show, as well as national stints on Fox News, NPR, and Court TV Radio Television, Areva Martin is one of television’s most in-demand legal experts/analysts.

And Areva Martin will be a keynote at the USAAA 5th Annual World Conference in St. Louis, Missouri October 1-3.

A quotable authority on workplace, disability rights, education, custody and women’s issues, this accomplished and multi-award winning lawyer, syndicated columnist, author and public speaker is also quoted and or featured on the pages of publications ranging from the Los Angeles Daily Journal to Cookie Magazine to Redbook and the LA Times.

"Areva Martin is one of television’s most in-demand legal experts/analysts. Areva will be a keynote at the USAAA 5th Annual World Conference in
St. Louis, Missouri October 1-3.

The founding and managing partner of Martin & Martin, LLP, Areva has built a reputation for ACTION.  In addition to positioning her firm as one of the premier African-American female owned firms in LA, Areva has developed a multidisciplinary civil practice, which serves some of the nation’s top corporations, non-profit organizations, governmental entities and high net-worth individuals. She is also President and co-founder of Special Needs Network, Inc. (SNN), a non-profit launched specifically to support families with special needs children.

In addition to being a sought after legal expert, Areva is also an inspiring author. Her second book, The Everyday Advocate: Standing Up For Your Autistic Child, is available at Amazon through the USAAA recommended books site. Her first book, Journey to the Top, is a must-read for female professionals interested in achieving the ultimate career success.

Click here to view Dr. Phil interview with Areva Martin, Esq.

Click here for more information on the USAAA 5th annual World conference.

Click here to purchase Areva's new book, The Everyday Advocate, and other recommended books and DVDs by USAAA.


 

The Miracle Project: Be Miracle Minded

Vista Del Mar - The Miracle Project is a performing arts and song writing program for teens struggling with Autism and other social difficulties.

Some parents say the program is doing more for their kids than any therapy they've ever tried. Miracle Project founder Elaine Hall says it all starts with acceptance.

"If they need to hide under a table we'll have one of our volunteers get under the table with them.

Elaine Hall: "If they need to hide under a table we'll have one of our volunteers get under the table with them... If they need to flap their hands we turn that into dance and we flap with them."

Click here for more information on The Miracle Project: Be Miracle Minded.

Elaine Hall will be a panelist at the USAAA 5th annual World conference and there will be a book signing for her new book, "Now I See the Moon: A Mother, a Son, a Miracle.


 

States' budget woes hitting programs for kids hard

By DON BABWIN (AP)

CHICAGO — Now the crisis is reaching the children. In Arizona, a program that helped blind high school students care for themselves and find jobs is suspended. In South Carolina, all five state-run group homes for kids closed and a program that helped paroled youths get jobs is shuttered. And in Hawaii, a program to reduce child abuse and neglect was cut so much that two years after serving 4,000 families, it now serves 100.

"Fearing that taking him home even for a few hours would mean having to start the waiting process over, the two slept in chairs, took sponge baths in a public restroom sink and ate food friends and family brought. "You're in a sitting chair like you wait for the doctor," Mabry said, adding that the setup didn't suit her [autistic] son. "He had a fit (and) they had to restrain him (because) he didn't like sitting in a room."

All over the country, the financial crisis has forced states to make historic cuts to close what the National Conference of State Legislatures found was an overall budget gap of $174.1 billion this fiscal year and has lawmakers looking to trim another $89 billion next year. That means slashing services to the one population they've long protected: children.

The scope of the cuts is unprecedented, child advocates say. Hit are programs that addressed everything from childhood obesity to child abuse, and from prenatal care to preschool inspections. Some can't serve as many kids, while others are forced to deal with monthslong delays and many programs simply disappear.

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Why did the Russians Ban an Appliance Found in 90% of American Homes?

by Dr. Mercola

microwaveBy now, you probably know that what you eat has a profound impact on your health. The mantra, “You are what you eat” is really true.

But you need to consider not only WHAT you buy, but how you cook it.

Eating most of your food raw is ideal. But most of us are not going to be able to accomplish a completely raw diet, and we’ll end up cooking some percentage of our food.

"Russian investigators found that carcinogens were formed from the microwaving of nearly all foods tested.

Smart food preparation starts with high quality foods and food preparation and that means saying sayonara to your microwave oven. Need to sterilize a dishcloth? Use your microwave. But zapping your casserole is a BAD idea if you are interested in preparing healthy food.

Why the no nukes policy? When it comes to microwave ovens, the price for convenience is to compromise your health. In this article, I will review what we know about the effects microwaves on your food and on your body.

Click here for more information on Why did the Russians Ban an Appliance Found in 90% of American Homes?


 

'Shocking' conditions at Tylenol plant

By Parija Kavilanz

pillNEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The quality and safety violations that led to the shutdown of a Tylenol plant were extremely serious, and could lead to tough action by regulators on drugmaker Johnson & Johnson.

"It's absolutely shocking," said David Lebo, a professor of pharmaceutical manufacturing at Temple University in Philadelphia, referring to the Food and Drug Administration's May 6 inspection report on the facility in Fort Washington, Penn., operated by Johnson & Johnson's McNeil division.

"The FDA also said that lack of proper controls in the manufacturing process led to some batches of infant's Tylenol being "superpotent," or having too much of some ingredients.

"This inspection report is pretty close to being the worst I've seen. It suggests that basically the FDA found an issue with almost every system at the plant," said Lebo, who had previously worked for Johnson & Johnson's pharmaceutical sourcing group in 2002. Lebo said he left that job after nine months because the work required too much travel.

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