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January 2012

On Monday, January 9th, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies announced a new study focused on how teens with high-functioning autism approach learning to drive. According to the study which surveyed almost 300 parents, two-thirds of teenagers with a high-functioning autism of legal driving age in their state are currently driving or plan to drive.

Autistic Teen Charged in Alleged Teacher Attack (CBS News) A 13-year-old autistic student is facing felony battery charges in Florida for allegedly hitting a middle school speech therapist in the head with headphones. Read More.

'Biggest Losers' Couple to Keynote Autism Forum Feb. 15 in The Woodlands Phil and Amy Parham, contestants on the NBC TV show “The Biggest Loser” in 2008, will share their experiences as parents of an autistic child when they keynote the Community Autism Resource Forum on Wednesday, Feb. 15 in The Woodlands. Read More.

Sheriff's Office preparing to launch Project Lifesaver (WBTV Lincoln County, NC) The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is preparing to launch Project Lifesaver to assist Search and Rescue operations. The system can be used when children and adults with autism, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, Down’s syndrome or other memory-related illnesses wander from the safety of their parents or caregivers. Read More.

New group for Asperger families to start in Perth (Australia) A Perth group that supports families affected by autism issues is set to be reborn as a community interest company. The Spectrum Club Scotland will mark its step up in status and a whole host of new training courses with a big launch at the City Base premises in the Fair City’s Scott Street on Monday. Read more.

Author of Discredited Vaccine-Autism Report Sues for Libel (Science Insider) Gastroenterologist Andrew Wakefield has been defeated at nearly every round in a legal battle over his claims about autism, but he's coming back for another. An article Wakefield published in 1998 linking the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine to autism and bowel disease was immediately challenged and discredited. Wakefield, formerly based at a U.K. Read More.