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Georgian Courts M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis Addresses Growing Need (Lakewood, N.J.) Georgian Court Universitys new masters program in applied behavior analysis is succeeding in meeting the needs of students and families struggling with autism as well the school districts and other institutions that serve those with autism spectrum disorders. Read more.

Mother of autistic boy levels charges of bullying at Malverne school (LI Herald) Bullies at the Malverne middle school have kicked, taunted, chased and harassed autistic eighth-grader Joel Luna Menjivar, according to his mother, Ana, who called the Herald in a desperate attempt to get help.

Babies learn to speak by lip-reading, could offer autism  clues (MSNBC) For years, the conventional wisdom was that babies learned how to talk by listening to their parents. But a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that our little angels are using more than their ears to acquire language. They’re using their eyes, too, and are actually pretty good lip readers. Read more.

Stephen Daldry’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Below The Line) Once he read the book and script for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, it was “very simple” for Academy-Award nominated director Stephen Daldry to immediately say yes to directing the film for producer Scott Rudin, who he had worked with on The Hours. Read More.

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.