Saturday, December 24, 2011


"Life on the Autism Spectrum can be ENJOYable."

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posted by 'Enjoying The Hi-5s of Autism - A Family Experience' at 'Enjoying The Hi-5's of Autism - A Family Experience' - 18 hours ago
*'Tis the season to be APPY!'* *Hi5!* *We are highlighting more apps to make your season bright!* *Our 6 year old son has enjoyed tech stuff since he as a baby. Still remember the time Josh crawled to ...

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Happy Holidays! Hi5! You still have time to become a ‘Layaway Angel’ at your local Kmart store. ‘Layaway Angel’ Picks Up $16K Tab At Costa Mesa Kmart Store « CBS Los Angeles. Contact your community Kmart and ask how you can make someone’s holiday season more enjoyable. Also, view

'Spectrum holidays'Happy Holidays! Whatever your faith, belief-system, religion, denomination, higher-power preference...if you live on the Autism Spectrum, you probably can relate to some aspect of 'Autism Night Before Christmas'.... an awesome perspective that raises Autism A

'winter break fun!'If school is out, Camp Futures is in!Autism Spectrum Therapies offers Winter Break camps in our Santa Ana, San Diego, and Culver City clinics. Children ages 3 to 18 will participate in a variety of exciting and fun activ

'...more APPS for the holidays!'Hi5!Appy Holidays! babymiracle2005 KBJ Cosse' FamilyGrow Your #Christmas Threes with #Puzzle and Action with Three Trees : Appmodo

'Planning Successful Events!' shares these enjoyable holiday sites:

Introducing Randazzo's interactive King Cake app, King Me. Order king cakes on Facebook, or use your smart phone or tablet.
The new Randazzo’s app allows users to shop for special order king cakes as well as design custom king cakes by selecting from a variety of fillings, icing and sprinkles to create a truly unique and delicious treat. Another fun feature of the app is the option to create a ‘virtual king cake’ comple...
Check out seating at New Orleans Saints games with our Superdome virtual tour!
Vote for your favorite company, person, site, game, app or gadget in the 5th annual Mashable Awards.

recommends the Autism Spectrum-friendly sites:

Sensory Star is a program that brings sensory friendly hotels and resorts to those who need or desire them.

'Sit or Squat'

Apple iPad, innovative tech. developers                                             of the Mac, iPhone, and iPodTouch

Looking for a last minute stocking stuffer? Choose a gift that brings peace of mind! *be sure to choose Fedex for Christmas delivery Wishing you the very best of holidays, from AUCD!

Autismo Un Mundo Diferente was tagged in Graciela Piriz's photo. — with Árbol de la Vida and 48 others.

Feliz Navidad un año nuevo repleto de Bendiciones. Los amo en el amor de Cristo Jesus !!!!!!!!!!!!!! by Feliz Navidad para ti

Happy holidays!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Autistic People as Federal Grant Reviewers

'Autistic People as Federal Grant Reviewers'
Did you enjoy the ASAN Symposium on 'Ethical, Legal and Social Implications to Autism Research'?

EnjoyHi5Autism featured this Self-Advocacy and Inclusion issue under a post entitled, 'Is Autism Research Ethical? Legal? any Social Implications?'    

ASAN will present the video with Closed-Captioning features in a few weeks.  Be sure to check on our EH5A social networks for a link.

Along with discussing Inclusionary methods for Research, Self-Advocates emphasized the need for individuals on the Autism Spectrum to be included in federal grantmaking.
The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network seeks your input...

   KBJCosse' - spectrum
Hi5! #ASAN Seeks #Autistic People as #Federal #Grant Reviewers #disabilities #CivilRights @aneeman @autselfadvocacy [posted 12.12.11]

The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) is a non-profit organization run by and for autistic people. ASAN's supporters include autistic adults and youth, those with other distinct neurological types and neurotypical family members, professionals, educators and friends. ASAN was created to provide support and services to individuals on the autism spectrum while working to change public perception... and combat misinformation by educating communities about persons on the autism spectrum. Our activities include public policy advocacy, community engagement to encourage inclusion and respect for neurodiversity, quality of life oriented research and the development of autistic cultural activities and other opportunities for autistic people to engage with others on the spectrum.
ASAN initiatives include the Academic Autistic Spectrum Partnership in Research and Education (AASPIRE), an active Speaker's Bureau and advocacy in support of autism and disability-related issues such as de-institutionalization and community living supports, educational opportunity and inclusion, employment supports and other initiatives at both state and federal levels.

"Life on the Autism Spectrum can be ENJOYable."

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Is Autism Research Ethical? Legal? any Social Implications?

'Is Autism Research Ethical?  Legal? any Social Implications?'
Have you considered participating in Autism research?
Have you participated in Autism research?
Did you consider the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Autism Research?

Are you considering conducting research on Autism?
Have you conducted research on Autism?
Did you consider the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Autism Research?

What Problems do you think exist with conducting Autism Research?
What Solutions have proven beneficial in Autism Research?

Were your questions, concerns and comments considered during Autism Research?
Did the Researchers or methodology of the Autism research consider the impacts on your personal, religious, financial, disability, and cultural views?

Did you receive compensation for participating in Autism Research?
Was your Autism Research adequately funded?

Based on previous experiences...
Would you participate in other types of Autism Research?
Do you consider Autism Research relevant, reliable and resourceful?

Consider participating in the ASAN Symposium on Ethics, Legal and Social Implications of Autism Research conducted by The Autistic Self Advocacy Network, in conjunction with the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics, the Harvard Law Project on Disability and the UNESCO Bioethics Chair American Unit.

Purpose:  By including equal numbers of self-advocate and researcher participants, we hope this will serve as a starting point for meaningful dialogue between those conducting research on autism and the community of Autistic adults and youth.
When: December 10, 2011 from 9 AM to 3 PM
Where: Harvard Law School Campus, Hauser Hall, Room 105,1563 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
Cost:free event - space is limited - RSVP
Topics:  will include Prenatal Testing, Community Participation in Research Methodologies, Appropriate and Inappropriate Intervention Goals and much more.
Contact: Ari Ne'eman - Autistic Self Advocacy Network 202.596.1056

Confirmed Participants: include the Administration on Developmental Disabilities Commissioner Sharon Lewis, ASAN President and IACC Public Member Ari Ne'eman, National Institute on Child Health and Human Development Director Alan Guttmacher, Harvard Law Professor Michael Stein, Paula Durbin-Westby, Emily Titon, Liz Pellicano, David Rose and many more.

 Click here if you are Unable to attend to leave your Comments and give a donation to ASAN. 

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is excited to be taking this first step to creating a collaborative climate with autism researchers. Please consider supporting ASAN's initiatives to advance a quality of life oriented research agenda and to call attention to critical ethical, legal and social concerns in autism research, such as prenatal testing, the setting of appropriate and inappropriate intervention goals, balancing safety and self-determination and much more. $10.00 $25.00 $50.00 $100.00 $250.00

EnjoyHi5Autism - Autism Self Advocacy Network(ASAN) for offering live streaming of the 'ASAN Symposium on Ethics, Legal and Social Implications of Autism Research' at Harvard Law School. Referred by the Autistic Women's Network (Facebook).  Shared with 'EnjoyHi5Autism' community at Also, we share with EH5A global supporters at

References & Resources

IAN Project - Interactive Autism Network The Interactive Autism Network (IAN), is an innovative online project bringing together tens of thousands of people affected by autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and hundreds of researchers in a search for answers. 

"Life on the Autism Spectrum can be ENJOYable."

via @AAPD (American Association of People with Disabilities)
Presidential Proclamation -- International Day of Persons with Disabilities | The White House
On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we recommit to ensuring people living with disabilities enjoy full equality and unhindered participation in all facets of our national life. We recognize the myriad contributions that persons with disabilities make at home and abroad, and we remember that disability rights are universal rights to be recognized and promoted around the world.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

sexuality & Autism

'sexuality & Autism'

Autism-Asperger's & sexuality - Puberty and Beyond by Jerry and Mary Newport
Adolescent Issues Puberty, Hygiene and Sexuality |

Featured Book - Autism/Aspergers and SexualityPuberty and Beyond

From Authors' Introduction
We are a married couple with autism/Asperger's Syndrome. That unique fact is the main reason Future Horizons asked us to write this book. The President explained that we could offer an entirely different view of the sexual world because of our experiences and place in life now. It is true that we have not only seen the abuse, rejection and confusion endured by those on the spectrum, we have lived it.
Reprinted with permission from the May-June 2002 issue of the Autism Asperger’s Digest, a 52 page bimonthly magazine devoted to autism. 

Sexuality Instruction in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Individuals on the Autism Spectrum are sexual beings. However, individual interest in sex or in developing an intimate sexual relationship with another person varies widely across (and within) individuals at all ability levels.In this webinar, Peter F. Gerhardt, Ed.D, will provide a brief overview of issues associated with sexuality education and the role behavior analysis can play in this complex and important area.

Date: Monday Dec 5, 2011   Time: 6pm EST

via rethink autism - 'Web-based Educational Treatment Solutions for Autism Assessment, Training, Curriculum & Data Tracking'

Sexuality and Autism
Sexuality and autism page offers sexual education curriculum, masturbation medication research, and teaching autistic students based on levels of functioning.

Sexuality and Autism Resources

"Sex education for individuals with autism: Structuring information and Opportunities. ...Autism and sexuality-Danish Report Society for Autistically Handicapped. ...

Sexuality and Autism : Autism Research Institute
Sexuality is part of being a human being and having autism doesn't change that. Sexand sexuality are not things most of us like to talk about openly, especially ...


Scholarly articles for autism and sexuality

Sexuality and adolescents with autism - Koller - Cited by 47

via quality mall - 'person-centered services supporting people with developmental disabilities

Doing What Comes Naturally? Dispelling Myths and Fallacies about sexuality and People with Developmental Disabilities: A book about helping people understand the sexuality of people with disabilities

sexuality and Disability Webliography: Developmental Disabilities: A web-based reference to help meet the sexeducation needs of individuals with disabilities.

Love, sex and Long-Term Relationships: What People with Asperger Syndrome Really Really Want: This book is about sexand people who have Asperger Syndrome.

sexuality Education for Adults with Developmental Disabilities: A set of lessons about sexuality. It is designed for self-advocates and staff to teach as a team.

Embracing sexuality: TASH special newsletter issue aboutsexuality

Ethical Dilemmas: sexuality and Developmental Disability: This book addresses the critical issues of sexuality in people with developmental disabilities

Impact: Feature Issue on sexuality and People with Intellectual, Developmental and Other Disabilities: This newsletter talks about what it means to support sexuality as a part of life for people with disabilities. It has some articles about policy and research, and others that tell the stories of real people

sexuality & Disability (Canadian Federation for sexual Health): This set of web pages talk about sexuality and people with disabilities.

sexuality Education of Children and Adolescents With Developmental Disabilities: This product is a policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics about secuality and adolescents with disabilities.

Understanding & Expressing sexuality: Responsible Choices for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities.: Published in 1992 and no longer in print, this is nevertheless one of the authoritative works on sexuality and people with developmental disabilities.

"Life on the Autism Spectrum can be ENJOYable."

References & Resources

Autism Today is proud to be the first comprehensive online directory (established in 1998) of programs and services offering easy to locate professionals, schools, camps, recreational programs, and much more in one convenient place. Press hereto access the online directory.

rethink autism
Rethink autism's ongoing webinar series gives you the opportunity to participate in live discussions with leaders in the field of autism treatment and research

Welcome to Quality Mall, a place where you can find lots of free information about person-centered supports for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

"Enjoying The Hi-5s of Autism - A Family Experience"
'a uniquely different family'

"Life on the Autism Spectrum can be ENJOYable."