EARLIER AUTISM DIAGNOSIS POSSIBLE FOR SOME CHILDREN BASED ON METABOLIC BIOMARKERS IN BLOOD, NEW RESEARCH SHOWS
New biomarkers detected in 1,100 subject study accurately identify specific subtypes of ASD related to abnormalities in metabolizing certain amino acids. Funding for this study was provided by a grant from the National Institutes of Mental Health, the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation, and the Robert E. and Donna Landreth Family Fund. Learn more about the study by reading the press release.
ARC TANK 2.0
Northeast Arc is accepting applications for The Arc Tank 2.0, a competition that seeks to fund innovative and positively disruptive ideas that enhance the lives of persons with disabilities. Arc Tank 2.0 is open to individuals and groups, and submissions can address a variety of areas, including the safety and well-being, employment, technology, housing, transportation or socialization for individuals with disabilities. The competition in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation is made possible with the support of the Changing Lives Fund, which was established through a $1 million donation from Steven P. Rosenthal. Applications for The Arc Tank 2.0 must be received by September 1, 2018 and finalists will present their ideas during an event at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum on Tuesday, November 27th. The Changing Lives Fund will award up to $200,000 to the winning proposals.
COLD SPRING HARBOR LABORATORY POSTGRADUATE COURSES ON AUTISM AND RELATED DISORDERS:
THE GENETICS AND NEUROBIOLOGY OF LANGUAGE
Why are children able to acquire highly sophisticated language abilities without needing to be taught? What are the neurobiological and neurophysiological processes that underpin human speech and language, and how do they go awry in developmental and acquired disorders? Which genetic factors contribute to this remarkable suite of human skills, and are there evolutionary precursors that we can study in their species? A unique course at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory addressed core questions about the bases and origins of speech and language, through talks, interactive sessions, keynotes, and debates, involving leading experts from a range of disciplines. The full lectures are available to be viewed on the CSHL Leading Strand website.
To learn more about attending a CSHL meeting, please visit their website.
GOLF PROGRAM FOR ADULTS
The “Joy of Golf” program provides adults with autism ages 35+ in the Greater Boston area the opportunity to practice driving and putting under the guidance of a team of PGA pros specially trained in accessible golf instruction. The nonprofit organization Golf For All is offering these weekly clinics at the Leo J. Martin Memorial Golf Course in Weston, Massachusetts for the third year in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the NLM Foundation. For more information, please contact Fred Corcoran, Executive Director of Golf For All.
NEW ENGLAND YACHAD RECREATIONAL PROGRAM FOR ADULTS
New England Yachad, in partnership with the NLM Foundation, offers year-round, inclusive recreational opportunities for adults with autism and related developmental disabilities ages 35+ in the New England area. Individuals of all faiths are warmly welcome. Popular programs include Music & Movement, Art Appreciation, and bowling leagues in Boston and Norwood, Massachusetts. Yachad’s dedication to low-barrier programming means they will do whatever they can to help enable an interested individual to participate. For more information contact Liz Offen, Executive Director of New England Yachad.