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Thursday, 16 August 2012 19:40

Record Number of Women at Paralympic Games

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At London 2012, a record 1,513 female athletes will compete across 18 sports, which is more than double the 700 female athletes that took part in the Barcelona 1992 Games two decades ago. Tine Teilman, Chairperson of the IPC Women in Sport Committee which helps to raise the profile and…
Tuesday, 03 July 2012 22:01

Senate Bill 946

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California is officially the 28th state to enact autism insurance reform by signing SB.946, which requires coverage of proven behavioral treatment therapies starting in July 2012. "Courage and common sense have prevailed as Governor Brown has chosen to side with California families and taxpayers, rather than the health insurance lobby,"…
Thursday, 31 May 2012 20:27

Dandelion is hiring!

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Love Dandelion? Help us bloom -- let's grow together! We need charismatic special needs parents to get Dandelion into the hands of people who need it most — parents just like you. You'll spend 15-20 hours per month attending community events and stopping by parent support groups, play groups, and…
Tuesday, 22 May 2012 19:32

Free Autism Insurance Workshops

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Learn How to Navigate California Mandated Autism Coverage, Senate Bill 946: Trumpet Behavioral Health Launches California Autism Insurance Education Program to Help Parents Understand Their Rights, Maximize Funding Options and Access Care for Their Children with Autism. Families paying out-of-pocket costs for autism treatment will soon get much-needed relief. Starting…
Tuesday, 13 March 2012 21:12

Autism + Bunnies + Light It Up Blue

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Lindt, the swiss chocolatier, is holding a benefit auction: 75 of their signature gold bunnies, each with a celebrity's signature, are up for grabs -- and 100 percent of the proceeds benefit Autism Speaks.  In honor of National Autism Awareness Month, these porcelain versions of the Lindt bunny will be…
Thursday, 08 March 2012 22:58

Autism Sings

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Normally he's lost for words but put him in front of a microphone and Kyle Coleman can belt out a hit. For most of his life Kyle, who has autism that rendered him mute, never spoke a word. Now at age 25, Kyle is breaking his silence and recording an…

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Tuesday, 17 January 2012 21:30

Jake Barnett: One in 10 Million

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Did you catch Jake Barnett's remarkable story on 60 Minutes? Just before his second birthday, Jake stropped speaking and making eye contact. Concerned, his parents consulted doctors, and Jake was diagnosed with autism. The typical motley of therapies followed. "We realized that Jacob was not happy unless he was doing…
Monday, 10 October 2011 19:46

Congrats, California!

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Great big news, California: Governor Jerry Brown has signed SB 946 into law, which makes California the 28th state to enact autism insurance reform. For Californians with autism, this legislation will provides access to behavioral health treatments, including applied behavior analysis therapy. "Individuals with autism and their families are often…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 18:06

Could Autism be Genetic?

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A new study suggests that autism may have a genetic basis. In a study released October 3, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory researchers were able to develop a mouse model of autism, exhibiting many of the same symptoms seem in humans with the disorder. What does this mean for the masses?…
Friday, 23 September 2011 00:58

Autism in the News

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Here's a round-up of stories about autism that we stumbled upon this week: 1. The New York Times published this story about people with autism who are navigating adulthood and independence. Best of all, it was published on the front page of the Sunday edition – three cheers for awareness…
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Dandelion is a free quarterly magazine that serves as a resource for Bay Area and Sacramento families of children with special needs: autism and Asperger’s, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, those who are blind, deaf, in wheelchairs, learning disorders, sensory issues and every special need in between. Dandelion’s mission is to create and empower a community of local families through a variety of media by providing a database of resources, trusted and thought-provoking editorial content, an up-to-date calendar of special needs-specific events, noteworthy news, as well as contributions to the community.