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Autism in the News - 01.06.12

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.

Discredited vaccine-autism doc sues critics (Mass Device) Dr. Andrew Wakefield, whose now-debunked research sparked the vaccines/autism debate, files a defamation suit against the British Medical Journal and one of its investigative reporters. Read more.

Four SHU Faculty Members to Present at Academic Research Showcase (Fairfield, Conn.) Four members of Sacred Heart University’s faculty have been selected to present in the Academic Research Showcase portion of the Presidential Inaugural Lecture Series. One proposal from each of SHU’s four colleges was selected. Read more.

Trained pet dogs can help families affected by autism (Kenilworth Weekly News) A New Set of Paws workshops, devised by charity Dogs for the Disabled, with the aim of helping parents with a child with autism will take place in Kenilworth this month. Read more.

New year brings several new state laws (Fairfax Times) Although most new laws in Virginia take effect on July 1 of the year in which they are passed, others — particularly tax laws — don’t go into effect until the new year. Read more.

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