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April 20, 2000 at 12:24 am #5766
Passing along a story from the FEAT Sacramento newsletter.
Brick Study Calls For Epidemiology Research: NAAR
The National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) calls upon the
National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention to launch a nationwide survey of the rates of autism in light of
a startling new study that shows an unusually high prevalence of children
affected by the disorder in Brick Township, New Jersey.
The long-awaited study of children between ages 3 and 10 living in
Brick Township, released Tuesday by the CDC, found 6.7 per 1,000 or one in
every 150 children were affected by a range of autism disorders, including
those who are mildly affected by the condition to those who are severely
impaired. The prevalence of children suffering from a more narrow definition
of autism for the year of the study 1998 was 4 per 1,000.
The CDCs findings are astonishing, said Dr. Eric London, NAARs
Vice President of Medical Affairs. For decades, the generally accepted
figure and the one cited most often in the medical literature was that less
than one child per 1,000 was affected by autism.
In recent years, a number of studies outside the United States have
estimated the prevalence of autism as one out of every 1,000 children for
the narrow range and two out every 1,000 for the entire range of autism
The results of this study need to be put into a broader context, Dr.
London said. This does not necessarily mean there is a cluster of autism
in Brick Township. The fact is that we simply do not have enough data to
determine the prevalence of autism in this country. We do not know if this
is an unusually high number or if it is representative of autism prevalence
in the United States. Only through additional research will we be able to
evaluate the strikingly high numbers found in Brick to determine if they
reflect the overall population or if there are disparities in the rates in
different geographic areas, Dr. London said.
That is why we are calling on the NIH and the CDC to invest in an
autism prevalence study.
The high rate of autism in Brick Township underscores the widespread
concern within the autism community that the number of children with autism
is not only significantly higher than previously believed but possibly on
This study used the strictest possible diagnostic criteria, Dr.
London said. The high numbers found in Brick Township are undeniable.
The Brick Township study was initiated by the Brick POSSE, a group
of parents spearheaded by Bobbi Gallagher who were alarmed at what appeared
to be an especially large number of young children in their area diagnosed
with autism that they feared could be linked to possible toxic environmental
The POSSE collected data on the number of children affected by autism
and in 1997, with the help of NAAR, contacted the New Jersey State
Department of Health and Human Services.
At the behest of Sen. Robert Toricelli and Rep. Chris Smith, the CDC
and the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
developed a four-part plan that included the prevalence investigation, a
review of the literature on environmental factors and autism, an
investigation of environmental pathways for human exposure, and community
education and involvement activities.
In addition to the release of the prevalence investigation, the ATSDR
s report found three classes of chemicals that contaminated the townships
water supply at various points in time. Dr. London stated, It would be
difficult to link these or other chemicals to the causes of autism given our
limited understanding of the neurobiology of autism.
Given the critical importance of this issue, NAAR will be funding a
prevalence study in nearby Staten Island, an area where families are also
concerned about the proximity to toxic waste sites.
NAAR was founded in 1994 to fund biomedical research into the causes,
prevention, treatment and cure of autism and related disorders. Since 1997,
NAAR has committed over $3 million in grants to 50 scientists in the United
States, Canada, Italy, Spain and Russia. NAAR has identified autism rates as
a critical area of research.
Eric London, M.D.
Vice President-Medical Affairs
National Alliance for Autism Research
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http://www.feat.org/FEATNewsApril 18, 2000 at 5:01 am #5765
If any one is going to the F.E.A.T. meeting in
West Vancouver on Wednesday night, Cyntia
Stark needs a ride from Vancouver. If you can
give her a ride, Please call her at 827-0014April 17, 2000 at 5:14 am #5764
Here are the details for the next Behavioural Therapist Training Workshop-
Date: May 13th, 2000
Location: Simon Fraser University
Maggie Benson Building
Room # 2294
Cost: $20.00 per person
1) call the FEAT of BC fax on demand # 513-7233, press 3,2,2 to get to the workshop location
2)downlown load a form
If you have any questions please call Sharon at 531-2467 and leave a message.
Sharon BaxterApril 14, 2000 at 3:32 am #5763
RE: Behavioural Therapist Training Workshop
The next workshop in the Lower Mainland has been scheduled for May 13th. This time the workshop is going to be held at SFU. This 1 day workshop is being held from 9am to 5pm. I will post another message to confirm the room number as soon as possible. Please note a registration form will not be available until such time as all the details have been confirmed (approximately a week's time). I wanted to let everyone know the date as many people have expressed an interest.
If you have any question please call Sharon at 531-2467.
Sharon Baxter & Rachel RussellMarch 15, 2000 at 7:02 am #5762
a quick reminder note about the FEAT BC parent group meeting on Wednesday 03/15/00
– 7:30PM at St. Francis in the Woods in West Vancouver. Anyone who needs a map, it can be faxed to you by calling 513-7233 or downloaded at http://featbc.org/downloads/map.pdf
New parents are welcome — please pass on the information.February 25, 2000 at 1:17 am #5761
Interesting piece in the SUN a while back (coincidentally the day the discussion board broke down). For those who may have missed it, here is the text version.
The clipping with photo can be viewed at http://featbc.org/downloads/Sun_02_02_00.pdf
Gould may have had autism
Picture Of: Canadian Press files / AUTISTIC? Canadian pianist Glenn
Gould relaxes during practice for one of his early performances in
the late 1950s. Gould may have suffered from a mild form of autism.
OTTAWA — Glenn Gould may have suffered from a mild form of autism,
the keeper of the Gould archives says. The theory may explain both
the pianist's musical genius and his eccentricities, which included
an overfondness for scrambled eggs and an aversion to shaking hands.
Timothy Maloney, a musicologist and director of the music division
of the National Library of Canada, has worked for two years on a
paper contending that the late virtuoso had a neurological disorder
characterized by social deficiency, obsessiveness and intolerance of
Maloney sees Gould's retirement from the concert stage at 31 as an
effort to cope with the condition, Asperger's syndrome. "Every new
hall, every new piano and every new person was extremely stressful
to Gould," Maloney said in an interview at the National Library in
Ottawa. "As he grew older, he needed to be at a remove from society.
This is an arch example of an Asperger's sufferer."
Maloney cites Gould's reclusiveness, obsessive work habits,
prodigious memory, even his strict diet of scrambled eggs and
arrowroot biscuits, as symptoms of the disorder.
In Gould's time, many reviewers expressed irritation at his humming,
rocking at the keyboard and conducting the orchestra when either
hand was momentarily free. According to Maloney, "Gould could no
more control such mannerisms than play the violin. They ruled him,
not he them."
Asperger's syndrome was named for Viennese doctor Hans Asperger, who
published a paper in 1944 describing a pattern of behaviour in young
boys. Although they demonstrated normal language and intelligence
levels, they had deficiencies resembling autism in social and
communication skills.February 22, 2000 at 6:07 am #5760
Re: Autism Behavioural Therapist Training Workshop
Presented by Sharon Baxter & Rachel Russell
Sponsored by FEAT of BC
The next workshop is planned for March 11, 2000 in Kamloops. Please call Darby Turner at 250-374-3760 for registration information or call the FEAT of BC switchboard at 604-513-7233 to have a registration form faxed to you. Also, see
http://www.featbc.org/downloads/abtw.pdf to download a registration form.
(604)531-2467February 19, 2000 at 2:40 am #5759
FEAT BC AdminKeymaster
Apologies from the FEAT BC Discussion Board
Dear Feat BC Discussion Board Members:
We would like to apologize to for the unintentional e-mail messages you received today from the board. They were inadvertently transmitted during our work to repair the board.
The FEAT BC Discussion Board service provider was recently acquired by another company. The *migration* to the new server damaged the discussion board. We are working hard to make repairs and expect to have the board up and running again soon.
Once again, we apologize for the inconvenience.
Isaac Tamir (Mikis Dad)
FEAT of BC
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