From April, 2009

A Night of Entertainment

By Angelina Acevedo and Andy Blazaitis Our New York, NY office was transformed into an Art Gallery / Lounge the evening of April 24th. All around were beautiful modern masterpieces on display by our kids that would have put Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol to shame. The pieces were filled with expressions of raw emotion that jumped off the page and spoke volumes to the soul. Music and excitement filled the air. Managing Supervisors Deidra King and Frank LoCurto kicked off the festivities with a moving speech and Andy Blazaitis our Scheduler opened up the show with a song that…

Dr. Granpeesheh to Speak – TUESDAY – at NY Metro Chapter of NAA!

The New York Metro Chapter of the National Autism Association (NAA) presents … What is ABA and How Does it Work Side by Side with Biomedical Interventions? By Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh Tuesday, April 28, 2009 Doors Open:6:00 pm – 7:00 pmSocial/Networking Hour, Light Refreshments Keynote Presentation:7:00 pm – 8:30 pm ***Location:Rebecca School, 40 East 30th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY Arrive Early – There is no registration and no fee – Limited Seating About Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh: Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD) and President…

Autism Care and Treatment to Host Orange County Love, Hope and Healing, A Mother’s Day Luncheon

Parents and supporters of children with autism are invited to attend the Love, Hope and Healing, A Mother’s Day Luncheon held at The Resort at Pelican Hill on May 4th, in Newport Coast, hosted by Autism Care and Treatment (ACT Today!). “The gift of hope is the best gift a mother can receive. If you know a mother of a child on the autism spectrum, show her your love by treating her to a day of inspiration at one of the most beautiful resorts in the world. All the proceeds will go to grants for autistic children so you’ll be…

CARD has Spirit, Yes We Do!

In honor of Autism Awareness Month and the birthday of CARD Founder and Executive Director Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA, CARD held their 1st Annual CARD Spirit Day this past Friday, April 10th, 2009 at headquarters. Staff was encouraged to come to work dressed up in CARD apparel and accessories to show their support for the company and the cause. From t-shirts to temporary tattoos, CARDian’s walked the halls of the building expressing their love for the company and Dr. Granpeesheh. At twelve o’clock all the employees came together to see a very creative skit from the Research and Development Department…

Living with Autism

By Darhiana Mateo, The Cafe’ Magazine Shortly after Elsa Sanchez’s son Israel’s first birthday, the La Grange Park mom suspected something was wrong. Her fair-skinned, redheaded second child wouldn’t look at her in the eyes or try to form words, and he never seemed at ease. When Israel was 2 years old, his pediatrician confirmed her fears: He was diagnosed with autism. “That was the saddest day of my life,” says Sanchez. “I didn’t know what autism was. The first thing that popped to my head was ‘Is there a cure? How can I help my son?’ ” Israel, now…

Cedar Hill Boy’s Story Sparks Hope, Skepticism in Autism Community

By JESSICA MEYERS / The Dallas Morning News The twiggy boy who greets strangers at his Cedar Hill home with a handshake and an impish grin bears no resemblance to the toddler who shied away from contact, screamed when he had to walk down the stairs and spent hours staring at the ceiling fan. Roman Scott’s cheerfully innocuous disposition belies the whirlwind he’s stirring in autism circles. He’s the subject of his mother’s book, which claims he overcame the disorder after her intensive 2 ½ -year training program. Raindrops on Roman was released this month in conjunction with Autism Awareness…

Autism Votes… It’s time for lawmakers to listen

Dear Autism Advocate, Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, today applauded the introduction of the groundbreaking Autism Treatment Acceleration Act (ATAA). Originally drafted by then-Senator Barack Obama and introduced by Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL), Robert Casey (D-PA), and Robert Menendez (D-NJ), ATAA is comprehensive federal legislation that addresses several critical challenges facing the autism community, including increased funding for scientific research, treatment and services. The ATAA incorporates provisions from the Expanding the Promise of Individuals with Autism Act (EPIAA), originally proposed by then-Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY). A key section of the bill requires all insurance companies…

World Autism Awareness Day

On December 18, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 62/139, tabled by the State of Qatar, which declares April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) in perpetuity. VIEW THE WORLD AUTISM DAY RESOLUTION This UN resolution is one of only three official disease-specific United Nations Days and will bring the world’s attention to autism, a pervasive disorder that affects tens of millions. The World Autism Awareness Day resolution encourages all Member States to take measures to raise awareness about autism throughout society and to encourage early diagnosis and early intervention. It further expresses deep concern at the…

Autism Rates Are Higher for U.S.- Born Somali Children in Minneapolis

By DONALD G. McNEIL, Jr. Confirming the fears of Somali immigrants in Minneapolis, the Minnesota Health Department agreed Tuesday that young Somali children there appeared to have higher-than-usual rates of autism. Though health officials emphasized that their report was based on very limited data, they concluded that young Somali children appeared to be two to seven times as likely as other children to be in classes for autistic pupils. Dr. Sanne Magnan, the state health commissioner, said the finding was “consistent with the observations by parents,” who have been saying for more than a year that alarming numbers of Somali…