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Autism Speaks 400

Autism Speaks continues its outstanding efforts to raise autism awareness and funds for autism research with its latest effort the Autism Speaks 400. This is another terrific way to tell the world about autism.


NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Race at Dover International Speedway to be named the “Autism Speaks 400 Presented by Visa”
DOVER, DE (May 18, 2007) — Dover International Speedway announced today that the June 3, 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race will be named the “Autism Speaks 400 presented by Visa.” Autism Speaks is an organization dedicated to increasing understanding and knowledge of autism spectrum disorders; to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism; and to advocating for the needs of affected families.

“Thanks to Visa’s commitment, this event marks the first time a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup event entitlement has been dedicated to a not-for-profit organization,” said Mark Rossi, vice president of sales & marketing for Dover Motorsports, Inc. “Millions of fans watching the race on Fox around the country, along with our loyal fan base here at the track in Dover, will be exposed to the ‘Autism Speaks 400 presented by Visa’ messaging. The end result will be increased awareness, and additional funds, to assist the many important initiatives of Autism Speaks.”

From now until June 1, Dover International Speedway will donate $5 to Autism Speaks from each ticket purchased with a Visa card for the June 3 “Autism Speaks 400 presented by Visa” race. Fans can visit http://www.autismspeaks.org to learn more and donate to this worthwhile cause.

As part of the entitlement, a special one-of-a-kind experience will be auctioned, with all proceeds going directly to Autism Speaks. The prize includes the opportunity to wave the green flag as the honorary starter for the June 3 race; an autographed flag signed by the starting lineup of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race; the chance to be on stage for driver introductions; a ride in the pre-race parade lap for four guests; four tickets to watch the race from a skybox suite; four pit passes; and a guided tour for four of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup garage. To participate in this unique auction and support Autism Speaks, go to
http://www.autismspeaks.org/dover400.

http://www.autismspeaks.org/press/dover_400.php

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May 19, 2007 Posted by | autism awareness, autism disorder, autism speaks, Autism Speaks 400, research | Leave a comment

Autism & ABA- Irish Education Minister Spins Old, Flawed Argument


Minister for Education & Science, Mary Hanafin T.D.

In reading news today from Ireland I had a strong sense of deja vu. Irish Education Minister Mary Hanafin persists in rejecting calls for ABA based education for Irish students with autism. Her argument? There are several suitable forms of education that are available in Ireland. The article does not provide any quotes or indications of what these several suitable forms might be and the Minister was criticized by a professional member of her own government’s autism task force. In New Brunswick our Department of Education used similar arguments for several years to resist provision of ABA based education for autistic students for several years. ABA is heavily documented as an effective evidence based approach to educating students with autism. The mysterious “several suitable forms” other than ABA have yet to be documented.


The Minister for Education is coming under fire from a leading expert over her approach to dealing with autism.

Minister Mary Hanafin has repeatedly rejected calls from parents for the introduction of the expensive Applied Behavioural Analysis method for teaching autistic children.

Doctors say it is the most effective method, but Ms Hanafin is continuing to insist that there are several suitable forms of education that are available in Ireland.

Dr Rita Honan, a member of the department’s own task force on autism, has now come out and said that the approach advocated by Ms Hanafin has no scientific basis and ABA has been proven to be more successful than any other teaching programme.

She also says the minister’s stance makes no financial sense as the expensive ABA programme can lead to substantial savings in the long run.

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/breaking-news/ireland/article2528459.ece

May 19, 2007 Posted by | aba, Applied Behavior Analysis, autism disorder, autism education, Ireland, Mary Hanafin | Leave a comment

Autism Resource Centre in Moncton Received $29,000 From Conservative Government

Minister of Human Resources Monte Solberg stands in the House of Commons during question period Wednesday. He was peppered with questions about the Conservatives’ changes to student job funding.
Politics Monte Solberg says Tory government is ‘helping groups that need the help

The Toronto Star has reported the funding cuts for the I Can Now summer camp in Ontario but the New Brunswick Telegraph Journal is also reporting that the Harper government did provide $29,000 in funding to the Autism Resource Centre in Moncton, an increase of $20,000 over the previous year. The Telegraph Journal article report also includes accounts of 50 community groups in the Saint John area that were denied funding.

http://www.canadaeast.com/ce2/docroot/article.php?articleID=144982

May 19, 2007 Posted by | autism disorder, community groups, conservatives, funding cuts, Monte Solberg, Stephen Harper | Leave a comment