World Autism Awareness Day

Today April 2nd, 2014 is World Autism Awareness Day. The United Nations General Assembly highlighted this day in 2008 to celebrate the creative minds of children and adults with autism spectrum disorder. It serves to remind us that we need to create more opportunities for education, employment, and integration into society for autistics. Dr. Joshua Weinstein, CEO & Founder of ICare4Autism explains, “We have entered a new age of autism, characterized on the one hand by unprecedented incidence, and on the other by advanced research, earlier diagnosis, and progressively more effective intervention. The evidence is clear—autism and hope are no longer mutually exclusive, but the need for action has never been more urgent.”

UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon also commented on the meaning of today saying, “World Autism Awareness Day is about more than generating understanding; it is a call to action. I urge all concerned to take part in fostering progress by supporting education programs, employment opportunities, and other measures that help realize our shared vision of a more inclusive world.”

And we at Shema Kolainu and ICare4Autism couldn’t agree more. Recently undergoing a project with our newfound partnership with the World Health Organization we are currently working on a global autism e-resource center that will create and improve access to autism information, research, and education across all companies and disciplines. This initiative is part of the UN’s resolution to make a comprehensive effort in managing autism spectrum disorder.

The UN recognizes that autistic people still suffer from discrimination and are denied fundamental human rights on a global and national level. Ban Ki-Moon further promotes that, “Schools connect children to their communities. Jobs connect adults to their societies. Persons with autism deserve to walk the same path. By including children with different learning abilities in mainstream and specialized schools, we can change attitudes and promote respectWhen we empower them, we benefit current and future generations.”

Schools and centers like Shema Kolainu aim to do just that, which is why we do not take our jobs lightly. Children are an important piece of the puzzle in creating a more inclusive society.

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Overall Functioning in Adults with Autism Significantly Improves with Antidepressant Treatment

Repetitive Behaviors Also Significantly Decrease

NEW YORK, NY. (December 8, 2011) — A new study led by Dr. Eric Hollander, Chairman of the Advisory Council of The International Center for Autism Research and Education (ICare4Autism), demonstrates for the first time that the antidepressant fluoxetine produces an improvement in overall functioning and a decrease in repetitive behaviors in a significant number of adults with autism spectrum disorders.

The study, funded by the Orphan Products Division of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), will be published this month in The American Journal of Psychiatry, the official journal of the American Psychiatric Association.  Its findings have important clinical implications.

To read the full article in The American Journal of Psychiatry, click here.

Notes Dr. Hollander, Director of the Autism Spectrum Program of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, “While research on medications for the core features of autism spectrum disorders is still in the early stages, successful treatments could greatly improve the daily lives of patients and their families.”

ICare4Autism founder and CEO Dr. Joshua Weinstein hailed the new study as “groundbreaking work that will lead to novel therapeutic interventions with the potential to help the vast and rapidly growing population of adults with autism all over the world.”

Contact: Kim Robinson krobinson@icare4autism.org

 

ICare4Autism and Haifa University Break New Ground in Applied Autism Technology

HAIFA, ISRAEL – December 2, 2011

On November 22, 2011, more than 400 researchers, educators, technologists and parent advocates gathered at the University of Haifa to attend the day-long ICare4Autism Applied Autism Technology Conference to learn about the latest interventions and technological advances now available to help meet the needs of children with autism.

The Conference, which focused on new applications of media and technology tools to increase social skills, speech and language, independence and learning for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), was the most recent in a series of ICare4Autism events designed to meet the needs of autism communities throughout the diverse regions of Israel.

The Conference, developed by Dr. Joshua Weinstein, ICare4Autism’s Founder and CEO, working in close collaboration with Haifa University Professors Tamar Weiss and Dr. Eynat Gal, explored ways in which Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC) Devices and other new technologies achieved very significant positive effects on the communication, social and behavioral skills of children with autism.

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