Bob Hope Airport Autism Event Provides Pathway To A Less Stressful Flight on AviationPros.com

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The whistles of airport security directing traffic, the announcements over the intercom and the strict security procedures can make traveling a stressful experience.

But for individuals with autism, the sensory overload can be especially difficult for them and their families.

On Saturday, a dress rehearsal to allow families to run through the security-and-and-boarding process was held at Bob Hope Airport.

Kenny Rivera, 13, was one of the “passengers” at the event. Equipped with his Nintendo game, cellphone and noise-canceling headphones in his backpack, he and his parents made their way through security to the gate, and took their seats as they waited for boarding time.

“We want to take little trips, here within California, but we still have a little bit of fear of taking him because of his disability,” said Janet Rivera, Kenny’s mom. “I think this will be a great kind of experience.”

Anxiety is one of the biggest issues, Rivera said, but “once he knows what’s going to happen, piece of cake.”

AviationPros.com [Bob Hope Airport Autism Event Provides Pathway To A Less Stressful Flight] (5-12-14)

Andover Boy With Autism Gets Birthday Cards From Around The World (CBS Boston)

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He has had 11 birthdays and his family says no one has ever really paid attention.

But a boy in Andover is about to have a spectacular 12th birthday – thanks to the Internet, his mom and a stamp.

Logan Pearson can’t talk.

He is severely autistic.

He communicates with kisses.
“As a mom, I just love him so much. I just want the best for him. I want him to just be treated like a person,” Logan’s mother Catherine told WBZ-TV.

She tells the story of her three kids’ lives with framed photos and colorful glossy books that are an inch thick.

But in all the pictures of Logan, there are no birthday parties, no photos of friends, no balloons and no candles.

CBS Boston [Andover Boy With Autism Gets Birthday Cards From Around The World] (2-10-14)

Alert: Congress Passes Ineffectual Autism Research Bill

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On August 1, the Senate passed the re-authorization of the former Combating Autism Act (House Resolution HR 4631.)  It allows $260 million per year for the next five years to be spent on research related to autism. The bill now goes to President Obama.

Unfortunately, the money to date has been misspent, and the overall level of effort is insignificant when compared to the scope of the epidemic.

In addition, the bill was given the name of “Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support Act of 2014” or the Autism CARES Act of 2014. Giving a name that ascribes human emotion to a disabling disorder tells us a great deal about the level of concern and debate about autism in Congress.

Read the full article here.

 

Pacific Child and Family Associates Chief Clinical Officer is new contributor at Huffington Post

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The Chief Clinical Officer for Pacific Child and Family Associates, Dr. Michael J. Cameron, recently became a contributor with the Huffington Post, as the author of articles relating to Autism.

Michael J. Cameron, Ph.D., BCBA-D is the Chief Clinical Officer for Pacific Child and Family Associates (PCFA). Dr. Cameron is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (Charter Certificant 1-00-0010) and is an expert in the areas of behavioral medicine, behavioral health assessment, intervention for diverse populations, and higher education.

View Dr. Cameron’s Huffington Post Author Page.

Cops Make Birthday Special for Autistic Child as reported by WCVB-TV

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Catherine Pearson wanted to make her son’s 12th birthday special. Several dozen police officers were happy to oblige.

Logan Pearson is severely autistic and non-verbal. Earlier this month his mother made a plea on her Facebook page for birthday cards. Three thousand arrived in the mail.

“As a mom it just makes me so happy for him. And for my kids to see how special he is. Not just to us, but to the community,” said Logan’s mother Catherine.

WCVB-TV [Cops Make Birthday Special for Autistic Child] (2-22-14)