May 2005, Vol.5, No.5
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Dear AAMR Friends and Colleagues:
CELL MISCOMMUNICATION MAY CAUSE MENTAL RETARDATION
A breakdown in brain cell communication may contribute to the most common biochemical cause of mental retardation, scientists at the University of Florida have discovered.
Read more at http://www.napa.ufl.edu/2005news/pku.htm
To read an abstract of the discovery in the journal Brain, visithttp://brain.oupjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/128/2/300
CANADA AWARDS $3 MILLION TOWARDS INTEGRATING PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES INTO COMMUNITY LIFE
The government of Canada awarded $3 million in funds to two national organizations—Canadian Association for Community Living and People First of Canada—as a part of the Community Inclusion Initiative, designed to help people with intellectual disabilities integrated into community life. Through Community Inclusion projects, local communities develop customized strategies to eliminate barriers faced by Canadians with intellectual disabilities and their families.
Read more about the grant athttp://www.sdc.gc.ca/en/cs/comm/sd/news/2005/050425.shtml
Learn more about the Community Inclusion Initiative athttp://www.communityinclusion.ca/index.cfm?UID=970&UIDL=970 andhttp://www.sdc.gc.ca/asp/gateway.asp?hr=/en/hip/odi/06_comInclusion.shtml&hs=pyp
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING ON CHEMICAL EXPOSURE AND CHILDREN’S HEALTH
On May 10, experts from the developmental disability community will testify before the U.S. Congress on how chemical exposure affects children’s health. It is estimated that 1 in every 6 children under the age of 18 has some kind of a learning or developmental disability. The briefing is organized by the American Association on Mental Retardation, the Learning Disabilities Association of America, and the Learning and Developmental Disability Initiative.
Learn more about the concern athttp://www.aamr.org/ToxinsandMentalRetardation/pdf/hill_briefing.pdf
To read a briefing agenda, visithttp://www.aamr.org/ToxinsandMentalRetardation/pdf/Agenda.pdf
INFANT BEHAVIOR CAN PREDICT AUTISM, SAYS NEW RESEARCH
Specific behavior signs in infants as young as 12 months can predict with remarkable accuracy whether a child will develop autism, says a group of Canadian researchers who conducted a study on 200 infants from birth to 24 months. They found that even at six months of age there were certain behaviors that distinguished siblings later diagnosed with autism. These included a passive temperament and decreased activity level at age six months, followed by extreme irritability, a tendency to fixate on objects, reduced social interaction, and lack of facial expression as they approached the age of 12 months.
To read a press release issued by the Offord Centre for Child Studies, one of the groups conducting the research, visithttp://www.offordcentre.com/index.html
Click here (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science) to read an abstract of an article published in the April-May 2005 issue of International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience.
FIRST ALERT! INTERNATIONAL SUMMIT ON INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES TO BE HELD IN MONTREAL IN 2006
The International Alliance for Social Inclusion Summit will be held May 2-6, 2006 in Montreal. The Summit is co-hosted by the American Association on Mental Retardation (www.aamr.org), Washington, DC. Call for presentations will be issued shortly. To read a welcome note from Dr. Yves LaChapelle, Summit chair and Professor of Psychology at the University of Quebec, Trois Rivières, visit http://www.aamr.org/Reading_Room/pdf/Summit06.pdf
PUBLIC MEETINGS ON THE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES EDUCATION IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2004 IDEA TO BE HELD ACROSS THE U.S.
Here’s your chance to comment on the proposed rules to implement programs under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) of 2004. Visit http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/osep/idea/public-meetings.html to see a list of cities where public meetings on the IDEA will be held.
To learn more on the implications of the 2004 IDEA reauthorization and its implications, read a Users Guide published by the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities at http://www.c-c-d.org/IdeaUserGuide.pdf
To read a report on academic expectations for students with cognitive disabilities within the context of IDEA and the No Child Left Behind Act, visit http://education.umn.edu/nceo/OnlinePubs/Synthesis55.pdf
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