WORLD AUTiSM AWARENESS DAY has been held on the 2nd day of every April since 2008. Visit the Autism Awareness website to learn more about this day, and learn how we can increase acceptance, respect and support.
Autism is a disorder of neural development causing problems with social and communication skills, with some restricted and repetitive behavior, and unusual ways of learning, paying attention, or reacting to sensations. Autism affects how nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize, affecting the brain processing information. For more information about Autism, see the Autism Speaks webpage: What Is Autism? & Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Some people with Autism have significant disability and are unable to live independently. About 25% with Autism Spectrum Disorder (aka ASD) are nonverbal, but can learn to communicate in other ways. About 40% on the Autism Spectrum have amazing abilities, and excel in music, academics, visual skills and art.
See at the amazing ability of Stephen Wiltshire drawing Sydney from his memory…
Visit Stephen Wiltshire’s website
AUSTRALiAN AUTiSM WEBSiTES:
- www.aass.org.au : The Autism Advisory and Support Service
- www.abia.net.au : Autism Behavioural Intervention Association
- www.aeiou.org.au : AEiOU Foundation for children with Autism
- www.apac13.org.au : Asia Pacific Autism Conference
- www.A4.org.au : Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia
- www.LearnAustralia.org : Foundation for Autism
- www.isadd.org : Intervention Services for Autism & Developmental Delay
- www.AutismOz.com magazine
- www.AutismVictoria.org.au now trading as www.amaze.org.au
- www.autism.org.au : Autism Association of Western Australia
- www.AutismSupport.org.au : Autism and Aspergers Support Group Inc – Sydney
- www.NQASG.org.au : North Queensland Autism Support Group
AUTiSM iNFORMATiON PAGES:
- Autism Centre of Excellence (ACE): www.griffith.edu.au/education/autism-centre-excellence
- Autism and Related Disorders: autism.ChildHealthResearch.org.au
- The Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC): www.latrobe.edu.au/otarc
- www.psychology.org.au: Understanding & Managing Autism Spectrum Disorder
- www.QLD.gov.au: Autism Spectrum Disorder – Online Resource Transition Package
- RasingChildren.net.au: Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: Autism Fact Sheet
- www.SpeechPathologyAustralia.org.au : Helping Children with Autism Package
- www.bond.edu.au : The Centre for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD)
- Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autism & en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autism_spectrum
AUTiSM FACEBOOK PAGES:
PEOPLE WITH AUTiSM & AMAZiNG ABILiTiES:
Stephen Wiltshire (MBE, Hon.FSAI) is a brilliant British artist diagnosed with autism at the age of 3. He was mute until he expressed interest in drawing, when he began to communicate through his art, and learned to speak when he was 5 years old. In 1998 he graduated at the City and Guilds of London Art School. Stephen then began to communicate through his art, and learned to speak at the age of five. In 1998 he graduated at the City and Guilds of London Art School. He is now well known around the World for his Eidetic memory with which he can draw places from his memory after only seeing it once. Stephen Wiltshire was born in 1974. In 2006 he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his amazing services to art. He also opened a permanent gallery on the Royal Opera Arcade in London in 2006.
See Stephen Wiltshire fly over Tokyo in a helicopter looking at thousands of buildings, towers, high-ways, cars, buses and trees, then draw it all from his memory with his extraordinary abilities is to memorize landscapes up to the highest detail (YouTube video 2006)…Visit Stephen Wiltshire’s official website: www.StephenWiltshire.co.uk & follow him on Twitter: www.Twitter.com/StWiltshire, Like him on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Stephen.Wiltshire.Artist & see his YouTube videos: www.YouTube.com/StephenWiltshire
Jacob Barnett was diagnosed with moderate to severe autism at 2 years old, and is now studying for a master’s degree in quantum physics. Jacob was silent for much of his childhood. But when he started to speak, he was able to communicate in 4 different languages. As a child, doctors told Jacob Barnett’s parents that their autistic son Jacob would probably never know how to tie his shoes. But experts now say the 14-year-old Indiana prodigy has an IQ higher than Albert Einstein, and is on the road to winning a Nobel Prize. Jacob Barnett has given TEDx talks, and is working toward a master’s degree in quantum physics.
Jacob Barnett “Math and Science Prodigy” on 60 Minutes (YouTube video: Morley Safer talks to Jacob ‘Jake’ Barnett on Sunday 15th January 2012…JACOB iN THE NEWS: NY DAiLY NEWS: Boy genius diagnosed with autism has IQ higher than Einstein (10 May 2013) …HUFFiNGTON POST: Jacob Barnett, 14-Year-Old With Asperger’s Syndrome, May Be Smarter Than Einstein (11 May 2o13) …Visit Jacob Barnett’s official website: www.JacobBarnett.com Like him on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/Jac0b.Barnett