From August, 2009

Arizona Families May Qualify for Subsidized Challenging Behavior Services

A First Things First grant will provide intense,short term behavioral intervention to families in crisis. The Center for Autism and Related Disorders was awarded a $270,000 grant by the Northeast Maricopa Regional Partnership Council’s First Things First program, to provide behavioral health services to 200 families in their region. The grant was created to meet the regional need for short‐term, focused intervention for families whose children ages 0‐5 face significant behavioral, developmental or mental health challenges. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE COMPLETE BROCHURE CARD’s Specialized Outpatient Services Department (SOS) will combine direct intervention services with caregiver training to provide optimal…

Autism Rate Now at One Percent of All US Children?

By David Kirby, Huffington Post.com A pair of federally funded studies on autism rates is about to make news – big news – and it isn’t good: It would appear that somewhere around one percent of all US children currently have an autism spectrum disorder. The rate is even higher among six to 11 year olds and among boys, according to data from at least one of the new studies. If you are an expectant parent, or planning to have a child soon, you might want to sit down before absorbing these staggering statistics, recently released by the National Survey…

NJ Governor to Sign Autism Bill

The Associated Press New Jersey will become the 14th state to require expanded health insurance coverage for autism and other development disabilities Thursday. The Garden State has the nation’s highest autism rate. A Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found 1 in 94 children in New Jersey have the genetic-based disorder, compared with 1 in 152 nationwide. Legislation would require insurers to cover the cost of medically necessary treatments, such as physical, speech and occupational therapy, along with behavioral intervention. Supporters of the measure say autistic children will receive therapy early in their lives that they’ll need to…

CARD Assessment Director Makes Appearance on Talk About Parenting

Mark your calendars… Dr. Evelin Garcia, CARD Director of Assessments, will make a guest appearance on Talk About Parenting with Shirlee Smith this Wednesday, August 12th at 12pm (Pacific Coast Time). This thought provoking, televised, live call-in program will focus on autism and effective autism treatment programs. Talk About Parenting with Shirlee Smith is a Pasadena, California television program that airs on Channel 56. If you live outside of Southern California you can watch the live show online at www.talkaboutparenting.org. You are highly encouraged to call in with questions during the hour long program. All calls will be screened prior…

Autism Campaigners Appeal To President Obama On Gary McKinnon

Source UK Autism Foundation Autism campaigners Ivan Corea of the UK Autism Foundation and Kevin Healey Chairman of the Staffordshire Adults Autistic Society (who has Asperger’s Syndrome) have issued a joint appeal on Gary McKinnon to President Barack Obama at the White House. They have also launched a new online petition in support of Gary McKinnon who hacked into 97 America military computers at the Pentagon and Nasa between 2001 and 2002. Lord Carlile, the Home Office’s adviser on terror laws, said extraditing Mr McKinnon would be “cruel and unconscionable” when he could be prosecuted in the UK. Opposition Leader…