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Autism in the News – 12.19.11

Autism battle: At last, west to have P-12 school (Australia)
An autism school catering for children up to year12 in Melbourne’s west has been approved by the state government. Read more.
 
Autistic girl’s service dog found dead in family’s front yard (Berkeley County, S.C.)
A service dog that stolen from the home of a young Berkeley County girl with autism last week was found dead in the girl’s front yard Sunday night. Read more.
 
Holiday gift guide: Books about autism (Silver Spring, Md.)
Whether you are looking for a last-minute gift idea for a relative or trying to find a book to lose yourself in over the winter holidays, look no further. Autism Unexpected brings you some of our favorite books about autism, just in time to buy and read over the holidays. Read more.
 
NJ autistic adults lack programs (NorthJersey.com)
Delia O’Mahony moved back to New Jersey a decade ago seeking better educational opportunities for her autistic son, Jonathan. Read more.
 
Unsettling season: Noisy, bright, busy holidays are challenge for families of children with autism (Deseret News)
Here’s an unforgettable Christmas scene from the past: a younger Brady Cook, agitated because his current obsession, a battery-powered toy drill that was under the tree, is not working. In the meltdown that ensues, he puts his head through the sheetrock wall. Meanwhile, as Robert and Sharon Cook try to calm their son, his brothers, Nick, Christopher and Coby, open their own gifts by themselves and play with them quietly. Read more.