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Autism in the News - 05.02.12

Ex-Anthrax Guitarist, Megadeth Frontman Release Music Video for Autism Awareness (Noise Creep)
What happens when you collide some of the biggest heavy metal musicians to shout the truth to the world? You start a new band called Red Lamb. Dan Spitz, formerly of Anthrax, and Dave Mustaine of Megadeth, who together have sold records approaching 50 million copies, are telling the story of what it's like for a family to live with identical/mirror image twins with Autism. Dan Spitz and his wife, Candi, have identical twins with Autism and are vocal advocates about the cause and taking the power of music to now help educate awareness on a global level as never before. Read more.

Special education program, staff receive praise (Wellsburg, Ohio)
A Follansbee family on Monday expressed thanks to staff members in Brooke County Schools' special education program for going beyond the classroom to help, and an official with the West Virginia Education expressed a complaint about the school district's administration. Read more.

Boyz II Men's Shawn Stockman Discusses Son With Autism, Autism Non-Profit Micah's Voice (VIDEO) (Huffington Post)
Shortly after his first birthday, Shawn Stockman says his son Micah suddenly began to change. The R&B singer who earned accolades and world-renown as one fourth of the group Boyz II Men says he never expected that his son would develop a condition that would change both of their lives -- autism. Read more.

Immune treatment stalls an autism disorder (Futurity)
Conducted by Noël C. Derecki and colleagues at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, the study suggests that bone marrow transplantation may offer a potential treatment for humans with Rett syndrome, which is typically deadly in boys and debilitating in girls. Read more.

High School Softball: Midland Park beats Bergenfield in autism fundraising game (Bergenfield, N.J.)
The Midland Park, Waldwick, Hasbrouck Heights and Bergenfield High School softball teams came together April 24 to play in a tournament for Autism Awareness. The tournament was booked at the Bergenfield PAL Fields and the games were played under the lights. Read more.

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