ARC TANK 3.0 COMPETITION AWARDS $250,000 TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
Northeast Arc announced the winners of the third year of The Arc Tank competition, The Arc Tank 3.0, which was created to positively disrupt conventional methods of providing services to persons with disabilities. The winners were selected by a panel of judges who heard their pitches at an event held Nov. 19 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. The winners are:
• BEAT Rockers App
• Creating Opportunities Through Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
• 4- A Club: Autism, Aging, Alexa, Access
• Fan Favorite chosen by the Arc Tank audience: L.A. Lab for Entertainment Professionals with Disabilities
Each of the 2019 Arc Tank 3.0 winners addresses a crucial challenge currently facing the disability community. To learn more about their projects, visit the Arc Tank website.
THE CHALLENGE OF AGING WITH AUTISM
An op-ed titled, "The Challenge of Aging with Autism" is now online on the Commonwealth Magazine website. The op-ed is written by Jo Ann Simons, CEO of Northeast Arc and Elizabeth Zwick, Director of Community Relations at the NLM Family Foundation and highlights the upcoming Arc Tank 3.0 competition, which funds pioneering and positively disruptive ideas to enhance the lives of persons with disabilities.
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.
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.
OBJECTIVE BIOMETRIC METHODS FOR THE DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF NERVOUS SYSTEM DISORDERS
NLMFF Career Development Awardee, Elizabeth Torres, Ph.D., recently published a new textbook, "Objective Biometric Methods for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Nervous System Disorders." The textbook provides a new and unifying methodological framework, introducing new objective biometrics to characterize patterns of sensory motor control underlying symptoms. Its goal is to radically transform the ways in which disorders of the nervous system are currently diagnosed, tracked, researched and treated. This book introduces new ways to bring the laboratory to the clinical setting, to schools and to settings of occupational and physical therapy.
OA ON AIR PODCAST: AGING WITH AUTISM
In a recent segment of the OA on Air podcast, NLMFF’s Beth Zwick, Program Officer and Director of Community Relations, spoke with Ann Murphy, Senior Vice President of O’Neill and Associates, about the NLMFF’s interest in focusing on Aging with Autism, and about NLMFF’s partnership with the Northeast Arc to support the Arc Tank 3.0 Competition on November 19, 2019. In the podcast, Ms. Zwick and Ms. Murphy discussed the biggest issues facing people aging with autism, and the types of innovative ideas that NLMFF is hoping will come out of the Arc Tank to address the unmet needs of older adults with autism and their families.
OA On Air Podcast: Aging with Autism
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.