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Celebrities for Autism Awareness Month

Friday, April 8th, 2011

This Autism Awareness Month, celebrities all over Hollywood are doing their part to help fund research for autism; for many celebrities, autism is a personal battle, as some of their own children have been diagnosed with symptoms of autism.

Here is a list of celebrities who have been touched by autism:

Celebrities reaching out to spread autism awareness


Kate Winslet authored a collection of celebrity self-portrait photos by Ben Stiller, Jude Law, Christina AguileraMeryl Streep and many others.  Proceeds from The Golden Hat will go to Winslet’s charity for autism research organization, The Golden Hat Foundation.

CELEBRITIES FOR AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH, WWW.B12PATCH.COMThe Lindt Gold Bunny Celebrity Auction on eBay gave people a chance to bid on a signature porcelain gold bunny signed by one of many celebrities. 100% of proceedings went to Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization which funds research, prevention and awareness efforts for children with autism. Celebrities who contributed include Jennifer Garner, Orlando Bloom, Celine Dion, Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon and many others.

Celebrities who have autistic children

Actress and Playboy model Jenny McCarthy‘s son Evan was diagnosed with autism; McCarthy is an outspoken activist against vaccines, believing that vaccines are responsible for giving her son autism.CELEBRITIES FOR AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH, WWW.B12PATCH.COM

R&B singer Toni Braxton‘s son Diesel was diagnosed with autism; Ms. Braxton is now an advocate for parents of children with autism.

Sylvester Stallone’s son Seargeoh was diagnosed with autism after his father noticed that he was having speech delays. Stallone organised the National Society for Children and Adults with Autism, a foundation for research on autism.

actress Holly Robinson Peete’s son RJ (Rodney Jackson) was diagnosed with autism; she and husband NFL quarterback Rodney Peete have set up HollyRod, a non-profit organization which helps parents of autistic children.

Celebrities who have been diagnosed with autism

Millionaire Bill Gates was diagnosed with Asperger’s as a child; many sufferers of Asperger’s experience social awkwardness but find comfort in focused hobbies such as math and computer science.

CELEBRITIES FOR AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH, WWW.B12PATCH.COMActor Dan Aykroyd, famous for Ghostbusters and his Saturday Night Live skits was diagnosed with Tourette and Asperger’s syndrome. He has spoken openly about the struggles he faced as a child because of his neurological impairments.

Actress Darryl Hannah, best known for her shy, yet demure demeanor in films such as Splash and Blade Runner, was diagnosed as borderline autistic as a small child.

Albert Einstein, renowned genius and world-famous winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, would undoubtedly been diagnosed as a sufferer of Asperger’s had he been born today.

Also read:

This Autism Awareness Month, Embrace a Special Person

10 Great iPad Apps for Autistic Children


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10 Great iPad Apps for Autistic Children

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Education experts are raving over the Apple iPad, but not for its ability to help kids with their homework or influence secondary language fluency; in the spotlight today is the way Apple’s new iPad touchscreen device is revolutionizing the way we teach children with autism.

Even small children like 3-year-old Hudson Holmquist, diagnosed with autism at the age of 2, are learning to utilize the iPad as a means of communicating with the outside world. Gone are the hourly meltdowns which resulted from Hudson’s frustration at not being able to ask for something or say, “I feel sad.”

Says mom Laura, “The iPad has given us our family back.”

Autism, B12 and Your Child

Approximately 1/110 children born in the US are autistic, according the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Below are 5 basic skills which autistic children learn by playing games and puzzles on their iPad:

  1. Social skills
  2. Fine motor skills
  3. Language and communication skills
  4. Sensory skills
  5. Stress reduction

Mark Coppin, the Assistive Technology Director at the Anne Carlsen Center in Jamestown, North Dakota  says that the iPad is used in their special education programs for autistic children; the hands-on design of the iPad interface is much simpler for autistic children to use than a keyboard and monitor.

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Here are 10 popular iTunes apps which are marketed towards parents and educators of children with autism:

  1. Proloquo2Go Highly recommended for kids and adults with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, developmental disabilities, apraxia, ALS, stroke or traumatic brain injury, this app-turned-AAC device utilizes colorful stick-figure illustrations and features an up-to-date vocabulary, text-to-speech voices and automatic conjugations.
  2. Grace This innovative app allows special-needs children to communicate through complete sentences by linking together colorful images and symbols in this fully customizable application.
  3. iCommunicateCreate pictures, flashcards, storyboards, routines, visual schedules and record custom audio in any language with this versatile program; incorporates pictures from your camera or Google images. Helps to teach social skills for children with autism.
  4. First Then Visual ScheduleEase transitioning for children with developmental delays such as Autism Spectrum Disorders by introducing this easy-to-customize scheduler into your special-needs curriculum.
  5. iConverse An inexpensive program designed for iPhone and iPod touch, this app functions as a picture exchange communication system (PECS) for autistic children and autistic adults alike, as well as others with communicative disabilities.
  6. AutismExpress This free app displays basic facial expressions in a way which is comical and instructional; excellent for children who have difficulty understanding emotions.
  7. stories2learn Illustrate your own social stories for children with autism,  using pictures, text and audio with this customizable program geared towards enriching the curricula of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
  8. MyTalk MobileThe MyTalk Mobile is an AAC device for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch; it also boasts the “My Talk Workspace,” which saves all info on a backup file in case of device crashing.
  9. TapToTalkMake your own AAC albums with this app, currently including a library of 2,000 pics. Children can tap on each image to hear fun audio.
  10. iComm Children who have cerebral palsy or autism will appreciate this fundamental communication system; iComm is an affordable alternative to many of the pricier communication devices.


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