Join The Campaign To End Restraint & Seclusion Abuse In Schools

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Stop Hurting Kids is the national campaign to end restraint and seclusion abuse in schools. Restraint and Seclusion: Hear Our Stories (working title) is a new film by Dan Habib, Filmmaker at the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire. In the film, Jino Medina, Brianna Hammon, Helena Stephenson and Peyton Goddard describe the restraint and [...]

Autism 5K Walk & Family Fun Day

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Thanks to everyone that came out in support of ASGO and Central Florida families affected by autism!

Special Needs Children Left Without Choices

Florida education centers that serve severely disabled students received ‘F’ grades from the state for 2012 The A-to-F school grading system is a measure of the individual public schools quality. In an article by, Lauren Roth and Leslie Postal, Orlando Sentinel – An ‘F’ grade school is required to offer students transfers to better-performing schools. [...]

Keeping All Students Safe Act (HR 1893)

On May 9, Congressman George Miller (D-CA), ranking member of the House Education & Workforce Committee and Congressman Gregg Harper (R-MS) introduced the Keeping All Students Safe Act, HR 1893, a bill to protect all students nationwide from restraint and seclusion. Please CALL your members of Congress and ask them to Cosponsor and Support the [...]

Autism 5K Walk & Family Fun Day

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Autism Society of Greater Orlando Is hosting it’s 8th annual 5K walk in the Orange County Convention Center’s South Concourse Everyone is invited to come out and support ASGO and the Central Florida families affected by autism www.asgo.org

Running Calms Autistic Twins

In The New York Times, Corey Kilgannon writes about identical autistic twins, Alex and Jamie Schneider, who started running marathons in 2010. “They thrive on the repetition and routine of racing. You finish, get a medal, high-five everyone at the finish line and go home.” said their mother Robyn Schneider. The twins are 22 years [...]

Social Issues Ignored In DSM Update

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The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is being criticized by researchers for not taking sufficient account of social influences on psychiatric illness and diagnosis. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is the developer of the DSM.  The new edition, the DSM-5, is scheduled to be released in May of this year.  The revision [...]

Epilepsy Medication Tied To Autism

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A fetus exposed to Valproic Acid (Depacon) has a five-fold elevated risk of developing autism and three-fold elevated risk for developing autism spectrum disorder Valproic acid (VPA), is an acidic chemical compound that is used as an anticonvulsant and mood-stabilizing drug, primarily in the treatment of epilepsy, bipolar disorder, and, less commonly, major depression, migraine [...]

Autism | Genetics | Mice

Fierce Biotech Research Article: UC San Francisco Study Makes Significant Progress Toward Mouse Model of Human Autism, Researchers Say For the first time, researchers have linked autism in a mouse model of the disease with abnormalities in specific regions of the animals’ chromosomes. The regions contain genes associated with aberrant brain development and activity. “These [...]

National Autism Awareness Month

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The Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970′s Autism is a developmental disability that commonly appears during the first three years of life, affecting a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others.   One in every 88 children in America is diagnosed with Autism. The Autism Society is asking you to [...]