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The Connecticut Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and the Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities, in partnership with the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities and the A.J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at UConn, have announced the 2016 Connecticut Partners in Policymaking, a self-advocacy leadership training program.
What is Partners in Policymaking?
Autism Speaks is thrilled to announce that this year, 1,045 iPad Airs will be awarded to financially disadvantaged individuals with autism. The application is now open!
Eligible applicants are individuals who:
- Have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder by a licensed professional
- Reside in the United States
- Have limited income and cannot afford to purchase an iPad
The timeline is below:
Starplex Cinemas Berlin 12 offers sensory-friendly screenings of the latest movies on the second Saturday of each month at 10:00 AM. Sensory-friendly screenings provide special families an opportunity to enjoy a family-friendly film in a safe and warm environment. Auditoriums are adjusted with lights a bit brighter, sound a little softer and no one minds if audience members dance, sing, or walk around during the movie. Families can feel relaxed and comfortable enjoying the movie experience together.
In collaboration with Planned Parenthood of Southern New England and DDS Self Advocate Coordinators; the Healthy Relationship Series will be held in all three DDS regions in Connecticut. The Relationship series is a 6 session course dedicated to the topic areas of making, developing, and maintaining healthy relationships. Consumers must participate in all 6 sessions. The first session of the series will include an overview of the material to be covered. Support staff should plan on attending and participating in the first session.
AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to bring you unique movie showings where you can feel free to be you! We turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing!
The Sensory Friendly Film program is now being expanded to four showings per month.
Pennsylvania State University is conducting a research study on how online education can help families of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This program, intended for parents and other family members of individuals who have been diagnosed with ASD within the past three years, consists of five modules, which cover what autism is, treatment options, behavioral management, stress management, and how to navigate systems of care. Participation in this study is entirely voluntary, and one participant will be randomly selected to win a $25 online gift certificate.
Yorktown High School in Yorktown Heights, NY is conducting a research study on stress and parenting children with autism -- what aspects of caring with an autistic child are most stressful, how parents handle stress, and how support groups for parents address these issues. The goal of this research is to help develop a new model of support groups and training workshops that emphasize effective stress-reduction strategies.
The Sesame Workshop has announced it is introducing a new Sesame Street character, a preschooler with autism named Julia. She is being introduced as part of an initiative to take the stigma out of autism and help those who deal with the developmental disorder by having someone to relate to. According to the Associated Press:
Opportunity to participate in schizophrenia and autism research:
This study is being conducted by researchers at the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center in Hartford Hospital and at Yale CMHC; and is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.
The Wright Institute in Berkely, California is conducting a study on the possible environmental risk factors that contribute to autism spectrum disorders, and is asking parents to complete two surveys about exposure to chemical pesticides and other environmental toxins. Because the incidence of autism has increased dramatically from 1 to 1000 about 15 years ago to 1 in 68 today, some researchers believe that pollutants in the environment, rather than genetic factors, are a significant contributing factor.