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American Express Fundraising Effort

I'm not a fan of American Express or Autism Speaks but ... Autism Speaks (under the name of Cure Autism Now - CAN) is 1 of 50 finalists to become the recipients of a donation effort by American Express. Good Lord the autism community needs something. As big as it is, we really get nothing. If you have an AMEX card, go here: http://www.membersproject.com/Health_Fitness/50 Register, login, vote.

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Giveaway: You Pick from Different Roads to Learning

Here’s the deal. Go to http://difflearn.com and pick ANY one item costing $50 or less (not including shipping). Then post your choice (a direct link to the item would be nice) at http://autismoregon.org . A random post will be chosen and that poster will get the item for free. Can it get any better than that? If so, tell me – Kathy at kathyandcalvin dot com (you know the deal, put the email together correctly). Here is how to make an entry:

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Earlier Autism Identification, Dr. Brezelton, and Touchpoints

A story on http://npr.org peaked my interest on a medical doctor named T. Berry Brazelton. He created a Touchpoint system by which 3 categories of children (three age groups starting at 0-3) exhibit basic stages of childhood often from the point of view of the child.

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KATU Story on Spectrum Disorders

http://www.katu.com/news/7374746.html - Story http://www.katu.com/news/7374746.html?video=YHI&t=a - Video Search is on for early diagnosis of autism disorders By Natali Marmion and KATU Web Staff VANCOUVER, Wash. - Isaac Jensen looks like a normal, young school-age boy. He plays with blocks, reads books and is extremely well-spoken. But when Isaac plays with his multi-colored blocks, and other people come into the room, he doesn't know it, or has little recognition. His unwavering focus is on the blocks, and nothing else.

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Social Skills Video Giveaway

AutismOregon.org will be giving away one copy of "Fitting in and Having Fun" VHS video (retail $49) to a randomly picked entry. Different Roads to Learning has some info on the video (this points to the DVD version): http://difflearn.com/prodinfo.asp?number=DRV%20108 Here is how to make an entry:
  • Create an account at http://autismoregon.org/user/register if you don't already have one. If you have an account, login by going directly to http://autismoregon.org/user
  • Ensure you are logged in

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Autism-Oregon Yahoo Email Discussion List and http://autismoregon.org

I already posted this on the list but this is just a reminder that there are two general web/email based information and support groups available.

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Local parent joins autism walk

http://www.clackamasreview.com/features/story.php?story_id=117700132366368200 Local parent joins autism walk By Ellen Spitaleri The Clackamas Review, Apr 19, 2007 Christina Davis, a Milwaukie resident, will be participating for the first time this year in the fifth annual Autism Walk-a-thon, held on April 22 at Oaks Park. (See sidebar) “I am trying to give back to the community, and also to be an example to other parents. If it wasn’t for the Autism Society of Oregon, I would not have had as much help, and I want to make other people aware,” she said.

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Nickelodeon Hosts Show on Autism

Nick News with Linda Ellerbee PRIVATE WORLDS: KIDS AND AUTISM Airs Sunday, April 22 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on Nickelodeon

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Autism Community Loses Don Imus

David Kirby wrote a great piece on http://huffingtonpost.com titled Imus, Autism, and America. It is a great read.

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Oprah Winfrey Show April 5

On Thursday, April 5, The Oprah Winfrey Show will devote a full hour to autism. Portions of Autism Speaks' documentary, Autism Every Day, will be featured throughout the program, entitled The Faces of Autism. Several of the parents featured in the film, including Jesse Mojica, Katie Wright and Michele Pierce Burns, will participate in the show, along with Autism Speaks Co-founder Suzanne Wright.

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