There are two Glee repeats tonight, one good (the Madonna episode at 8:00) and one bad (the Britney Spears episode at 9:00). In lieu of a new episode, thAutcast offers you this performance of "Run Joey Run" by Aidan and Tina. Aidan has autism, and his mimicry of Mark Salling's Puck is adorably accurate.
Works based on characters who either have autism or behave in ways similar to people who do did very well at the Golden Globe nominations this morning.
Claire Danes and David Strathairn were nominated for their performance in HBO's Temple Grandin, and the movie was nominated as well. The film was also chosen as one of AFI's outstanding television programs of the year.
The Social Network, the movie about Facebook and its possible Aspie- founder Mark Zuckerberg, won acting nominations for Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield. Director David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin were recognized for their work, and the movie itself was nominated for Best Drama.
Jim Parsons was also nominated for his role as the unofficially Aspergian Dr. Sheldon Cooper on CBS' The Big Bang Theory, which was also nominated for Best Comedy or Musical Series.
Adam Koumoutseas, a 23-year-old man with autism, has been arrested for attacking his mother:
Parents are impressed with results from a University of Southern Mississippi program which is preparing autistic children for public school:
Because a happy school life goes hand in hand with a happy home life, the Autism Project offers support for parents dealing with a special needs child. Kara's parents say the program has been an answered prayer for their family.
"She used to have meltdowns quite frequently throughout the day. It's really hard to get them to calm down," said Kara's mother Krystal Crosby. "That's improved. She is trying to talk more so than she was. Just her whole behavior, her attitude, everything has changed. I see a little bit more of a happy little girl. She's started to come out of her shell."
Tennessee schools are often finding themselves unprepared for children with autism.
Teachers have great things to say about the National Autism Center's book – "Evidence-Based Practice and Autism in the Schools".
Aaron Academy in New York City has a new "dual core curriculum with a focus on Aspergers Syndrome."
In January 2011, Talisman Academy in Henderson, North Carolina, will launch a new program geared toward helping young men transition into adulthood:
Talisman Transitions will serve young men, ages 18 to 24, who have Asperger’s Syndrome, high-functioning autism and related autism spectrum disorders. The typical length of stay is expected to be between one and two years. In a residential setting, based out of a beautiful, rustic bed and breakfast, young people will have a unique opportunity to transition into adulthood with the guidance and support of caring professionals.
“The goal of Talisman Transitions is to help young people achieve independence,” said Jonathan Bassett, the program’s director. “Whether a student wishes to work, attend college or integrate into the community, they will be learning critical independent living skills, self-regulation and social skills in everything they do.”
Erica Loughlin interviews her 18-year-old brother Andrew, who has Aspergers. They talk about the movie Adam and how unrealistic Andrew found the film's portrayal of Asperger's Syndrome. I think he's a little rough on the movie, but it's an insightful video.