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Autism in the News – 06.23.11

 Autism therapy coverage nears OK (Providence, R.I.) Her voice breaking, Joanne Quinn said she hopes no Rhode Island family ever again experiences what she did. Twelve years ago, when her 4-year-old son, Patrick, was newly diagnosed with autism and barely able to talk, Quinn’s health insurer refused her request for the intensive treatment he needed. The insurer would cover only six weeks of speech therapy, Quinn recalled. Read more.

Bikers Who Care of Clarksville honored by Autism Speaks (Clarksville, Tenn.)
For the past 30 years Bikers Who Care, located in Clarksville, has supported many charities for the benefit of children. The group has been honored time and again for the work it does. Recently BWC was honored with a statewide award from Autism Speaks of Tennessee. BWC was presented the very first Hero Award for Autism during a ceremony at the Annual Autism Speaks Picnic. The Hero Award for Autism is given to an individual or a group of individuals who makes a difference in someone’s life and/or makes a difference in the autism community as a whole. The recipients were chosen by a panel of Autism Speaks supporters. After reading the entry sent in highlighting all that the Bikers Who Care does for those in the autism community, the panel voted overwhelmingly in support of BWC. Read more.

Awareness first step in managing autism (Nigeria)
Ronke Katagum is the Executive Director of Zamarr Institute. She is also the national president of the Nigerian National Society for Autism. The Zamarr Institute is one of the few centres where children with learning disabilities can get a proper education. As one of the few Nigerian experts on the social disorder that remains a mystery the world over, Katagum spoke to Correspondent, Kemi Yesufu on autism and the challenges of bringing succour to kids as well as families affected by the disorder. Read more.

Camp brings summer fun to kids with autism (Lubbock, T.X.)- As Lane Barnett grew up, no camps existed for children like her. Now, Barnett, 31, helps give other kids a chance by volunteering at the Burkhart Camp for children with autism. “I see it through their eyes,” said Barnett who was diagnosed with autism at age 18. “I know how hard it is.” She works with nine other students from the Burkhart Transition Academy, a post-secondary school for young adults focused on helping them find jobs. Read more.
Autism training helps teachers adjust (Times-Republican) Some area teachers and school staff members are doing the listening in a classroom instead of presenting as part of a three-day program to help raise their awareness on how to teach autistic students. Read more.
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