Debbie & Eric Sasson
1 Thoreau Way, Thetford Center, VT 05075
866-680-4744 or email@example.com
This co-ed, overnight sleep-away camp offers a well-rounded, traditional camp program. Akeela is a small, supportive community that helps campers improve their social skills while participating in dozens of activities from swimming and boating to outdoor adventure and much more. The campers are bright, creative boys and girls ages 9-18 who have difficulty connecting with their peers. Many have been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome or a nonverbal learning disability. Campers take comfort in the structure and predictability of the program, but also thrive when given a chance to pick their own activities. This camp will be a participant in the POISE event listed below.
Doctoral Student (PsyD), Clinical Psychology
Chestnut Hill College
Bryan is doing his dissertation research on the experiences of single parents of adults with autism. He is conducting a semi-structured interview to help obtain a picture of their experience. For more information, please see our research section.
Parents Urge Early Screening, Intervention for Changing Course of Autism
6ABC (WPVI), 5/18/16
From the story: "Universal screening for autism seems to be paying off. A recent study shows kids are getting diagnosed about a year earlier, and that means treatment can start earlier. And a local family says early intervention is so important... Dr. Amanda Bennett of Children's Hospital says guidelines now recommend EVERY child be screened for autism at 18, 24, and 30 months."
Autism Can Be An Asset In The Workplace, Employers And Workers Find
NPR Health News, 5/18/16
From the article: "As the population of people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder keeps growing, so does the number of people with that diagnosis who aren't finding employment Anne Roux, a research scientist at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute in Philadelphia, studies young adults with autism and was the lead author of that study."
6-Year-Old Boy With Autism Brightens Dog's Days With Story Time
From the story: "For the abandoned dogs at Carson Animal Shelter in Los Angeles County, every day is an agonizing wait for somebody to come and take them home. But a 6-year-old boy with autism is looking to brighten their days one story at a time."
Chris Packham on coping with Asperger's, grief and why he owes his dogs his life
Radio Times, 5/18/16
From the article: "His dog had died, his partner had left him, the naturalist was completely alone. Chris Packham saw no alternative to killing himself. 'There might have been people around,' he clarifies, 'but they were of no relevance to me whatsoever. I was so totally isolated, I was in a place where there was nothing and there was no one.'"
A dad learns to 'Love That Boy' when son diagnosed with Asperger's
PBS NewsHour, 5/12/16
From the podcast description: "Being a father is never easy, especially when your son is diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome. That's the situation National Journal columnist Ron Fournier faced with his son Tyler. In his new book, 'Love that Boy,' Fournier recounts what his relationship with Tyler taught him about parents' expectations and the role of a father in his son's life. Fournier joins Judy Woodruff to share his insights."
Asperger's Are Us Offers Comedy for All
NY Times, 4/28/16
From the article: "The four members of Asperger's Are Us decided a long time ago that their main goal would be to amuse themselves. But after nearly a decade of laughing and writing punch lines together, Asperger's Are Us, which is probably the only comedy troupe made up of people on the autism spectrum, is on the cusp of comedic success."
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Save the Date!
Please mark your calendars for the ASCEND Group’s annual conference which will be held Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Williamson’s Restaurant in Horsham. Please note that this year’s conference will be held on a Saturday with a different format. The 2016 conference will feature an opening keynote presentation by Dr. James Coplan, neurodevelopmental pediatrician and author of “Making Sense of Autistic Spectrum Disorders,” breakout sessions and a panel presentation.
Stay tuned for more details in the next few months! We hope to see you on November 12th!
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