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Autistic Children Use iPad at Toronto School to Reach Out and Communicate

May 18, 2011 – 14:00
Pat Hewitt, The Canadian Press

TORONTO – Four-year-old Satu Kuisma smiles as she finds a picture of herself and touches it on the screen.

When teacher Sabrina Morey asks the kindergartner to tell her what she did in class that day, Satu taps away on the iPad, selecting pictures for eating,
drawing and playing on swings.

Communication can be a struggle for Satu, who has a rare chromosome disorder. Born at just 2 1/2 pounds, she has had developmental delays, one of the most prominent being her speech. But she’s among dozens of non-verbal children at a Toronto school who are learning to communicate through touch technology.

40 Amazing iPad Apps for the Learning Disabled

Posted to Site, April 14, 2011

The iPad is a device that many lust after as a shiny new toy, but many people with disabilities can benefit from what it has to offer as a functional tool.

Students with learning disabilities can enhance and develop their communication skills, learn how to adapt to situations, and develop social skills.

Check out this collection of iPad apps that can make a difference in the life of a learning disabled
child.

Meeting the Needs of Special Needs Students Virtually

Students who interact with their peers during lessons are more motivated, more engaged with material, and more capable at learning language, communications, and listening skills. How do you retain that interaction for special needs students who might not have regular access–or any access–to a traditional classroom?

By Denise Harrison
12/08/10

A student at A.J. West Elementary School in Aberdeen, WA did not speak. Ever. She was a selective mute, and no one in the area, located more than 100 miles from Seattle, knew how to treat a child who simply refused to talk. The school’s technology coordinator suggested a video conference with professionals who had experience with selective mutes in order to collaborate on an individualized education plan (IEP).

In Their Own Voices

Hope Technology School gives autistic students a new way to be heard.

By Kathleen Savino
Posted Nov 1, 2010

On the same street as Stanford University, in Palo Alto, Calif., is another school you’ve probably never heard of: Hope Technology School. Hope Technology’s student body comprises a mix of disabled and nondisabled students in grades pre-K through eight. Many of the disabled students are autistic and often have difficulty verbalizing even basic needs. 

A disabled student population can mean big costs for schools, and Hope Technology is a nonprofit that’s always looking for creative ways to save money.

Autism Funding Falls flat

Neilburg couple says new money from Sask. government would be better spent on education

Posted By Allison Wall
Posted August 19, 2010

The Saskatchewan government is stepping up with a $2.5 million increase in funding for people dealing with autism spectrum disorder, money one Neilburg family says should be aimed towards the education system.

Local Families Challenged by Lack of Autism Therapists

SARAH BURTON
The Packet
Last updated at 10:37 AM on 08/07/10

Parents of autistic children in this area are having trouble finding the home therapists they need to help their children find ways to communicate and
learn effectively.

Autism Program Helps Students Cope

By Jeanette Stewart,
The StarPhoenix June 15, 2010

Drew Kloeble graduates as one of the first participants in an autism program at Evan Hardy Collegiate

The Graduates is a series of profiles on some of the city’s most inspiring graduates of 2010, those who faced significant challenges on their journey
to earn a secondary school diploma.

Report Offers Roadmap to Success for Postsecondary Students with Autism

TORONTO, June 14 /CNW/ – A new report released today estimates that 5,800 students identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are currently in Ontario’s publicly funded secondary schools. School staff expect that approximately 1,100 of these students will seek to enter college or university between 2009 and 2011.

New Genetic Findings Expected to Accelerate Autism Testing and Development of Treatments

Results of International Autism Genome Project – Phase 2 are unveiled
Posted June 11, 2010

Canadian and international scientists have uncovered key changes in DNA in individuals with autism. The Phase 2 results of the multinational Autism Genome Project Consortium, published in the June 9 advance online edition of Nature, substantiate the importance of genes as susceptibility factors in autism spectrum disorders.

Suspensions on the Rise for Special-needs Students

Public board report finds drop overall
By Joanne Laucius, The Ottawa CitizenDecember 16, 2009

Ottawa’s public schools are suspending a growing number of students with special needs from autism to learning disabilities, according to a newly released report obtained by the Citizen.

The report, which will be discussed tonight by the board of education’s Special Education Advisory Committee, shows that at the same time overall suspensions have dropped almost 38 per cent over the past five years.

But it is the increase related to the suspension of children with special needs that is raising concern.

Autism Treatment Acceleration Act (ATAA) – A contrast between American and Canadian efforts

This is a special guest blog post by our Executive Director, Alanna Hendren, on the Autism Treatment Acceleration Act and the differences between Canadian and American efforts in creating positive change for people with developmental disabilities.

The Healthcare debate in the U.S. is bringing forth legislative amendments and new bills that will strengthen the American medical/social safety net. Comprehensive autism legislation has also been introduced in the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Texas Child with Disabilities Given Timeout in Dark, Closed Restroom

Friday, December 11, 2009
From KBTX-TV in Bryan-College Station, Texas:

Kiersten Jordy is like most 7-year-olds, but in many ways she’s not. Doctors have diagnosed Kiersten with mental retardation and carries traits of autism and Down’s Syndrome. Doctors also say Kiersten may never have a classic diagnosis. Larry and Janet Jordy say their daughter can’t speak in full sentences and is only able to communicate a word or two. The Jordy’s say they were surprised to learn in late May 2009, that their daughter’s teacher, Sharon Figueron, put Kiersten in a dark, closed restroom as a form of timeout.

Assistive Technology Benefits Autistic Children

By John M. Williams

I start this column by stating that out of the more than 100 one-on-one interviews that I have done as a journalist the toughest interview was with an 11-year-old autistic boy. He would not respond to my questions until I condensed my questions to four words and he heard my tape recorder ask the questions. His answers were then concise and clear.

Parents Desperate for Autism Strategy

Last Updated: Friday, November 20, 2009 | 8:37 AM ET
CBC News

Long wait times in P.E.I. for the diagnosis of autism, up to two years, are leaving parents in a “state of panic,” said a protester at the legislature Thursday.

Opposition leader Olive Crane wants to know why pay for tutors is so low when the government has money to hire wine experts. (P.E.I. legislature)

Assistive Technology Benefits Autistic Children

By John M. Williams

I start this column by stating that out of the more than 100 one-on-one interviews that I have done as a journalist the toughest interview was with an 11-year-old autistic boy. He would not respond to my questions until I condensed my questions to four words and he heard my tape recorder ask the questions. His answers were then concise and clear.

Virtual Pal Helps Autistic Kids Make Social Connections

Researchers at Northwestern University are helping autistic children participate in conversations by using life-sized, computer-animated virtual peers
Paul LimaSpecial to Globe and Mail Update Published on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009 8:47AM EDT Last updated on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009 8:55AM EDT

An early childhood neurological disorder, autism is one of the fastest-growing developmental disabilities in North America – with a new case diagnosed nearly every 20 minutes. Autism frequently impairs a child’s ability to communicate with others. Parents might not hear their autistic child say “mommy” or “daddy” and find it difficult to determine what’s bothering their child, let alone figure out what the child is thinking.

Rising Costs, Waiting Lists Can Cause Nightmares for Parents of Autistic Children

By Linda Nguyen , Canwest News Service October 17, 2009

OTTAWA – All the signs had been there.
When Suzanne Lanthier’s three-year-old son, Scotty, played with his toy trucks, he would always turn them upside down and spin their wheels. The toddler would never stack his building blocks into a tower; instead he’d line them up one by one, with the perfect space in between each block.

And to their delight, her son would be able to sit and watch the same Sesame Street video over and over. For hours.

Federal Autism Legislation, Bill C-360, a ‘Step in the Right Direction’

Autism Society Canada hopes the introduction of Federal Autism legislation will pave the way for a National Autism Strategy in Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO, Apr 15, 2009 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) — Autism Society Canada (ASC) applauds the introduction into the House of Commons of Bill C-360,
An Act to amend the Canada Health Act (Autism Spectrum Disorder). In introducing the Bill, Sudbury M.P. Glenn Thibeault said: “Yesterday was World Autism Awareness Day. I still wear my awareness pin proudly. We as parliamentarians need to work together to provide individuals with ASD and their families with
the right supports.”

Education About Toxic Vaccines is Sweeping the Nation

By Mary Tocco
March 18, 2009
NewsWithViews.com

Public awareness about problems associated with childhood vaccines is paramount. Concern is spreading like wild-fire. Parents across the country are not just going with the flow; they are questioning the issues of safety, efficacy and lack of long-term studies that the medical community continues to ignore.

New Website Will Offer Expertise to Parents Frustrated by Hurdles to Special Needs Help

Feb 12 2009
by Moira Sharkey, Western Mail

ONE of Wales’ leading education lawyers has launched a website which drafts legal letters and offers expert medical opinion to help parents of children
with special needs fight for better support, no matter what their income.