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ASH President Bill Bolman passes away

Dear Autism Society of Hawaii and Friends,

It is with sadness that we share with you the passing away of Dr. William Bolman on April 18th, 2014. Bill was gentle and compassionate with a great sense of humor.  He served children and families with autism, and other mental health disorders for over forty years. He touched many of your lives in a positive way. He was the ASH president since 2009, and is one of the founding members.

In the 1970’s, physicians specializing in autism spectrum disorders were scarce in Hawaii. He humbly accepted his role as the local leader in the field. He had a unique passion for advancing health care opportunities, mentoring and education, and exploring novel research avenues, in hope of bettering the lives of children. He was well respected by colleagues from Boston to Hawaii, and served as a consultant to the World Health Organization and National Institutes of Mental Health. He updated himself, almost on a daily basis, in the latest findings in autism research. Bill was a scholar and a strong advocate, especially for those unable to communicate their needs effectively.

As a humble leader, friend and colleague, we miss him deeply. Bill’s family plans to hold a memorial service in May, 2014. We will inform you of the details when they are available. We understand that this is difficult news to receive. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me by email at rylee@shrinenet.org


Ryan Lee, MD

Autism Society of Hawaii, Board Member

Jessica Wong-Sumida

Executive Director

Autism Society of Hawaii

Laie 5K Run Participants Support the Cause

Mahalo to all who came out and helped to make this fundraising project a success. A special shoutout to organizer Bailey Banbury. And thanks to Ke Alakai News for sharing the video!

Volunteers Made Lego Event Great Success

"Thank you again to Gerald, Dennis, Carla and Tim for helping out at the Lego event.  We have a great photographer who is donating time to help us take the pictures that you see up.  This has made a tremendous impact!" says Executive Director Jessica Wong-Sumida.

And here's a photo or our Lego display in Lane Gallery at Honolulu Hale. It looks fabulous! 

CDC: 1 in 68 Children Estimated to Have ASD

On March 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention increased its autism spectrum disorder incidence estimate by 30 percent, raising the rate to 1 in 68 chidlren. 

The number of children identified with ASD continues to rise, the CDC said in its announcement. But the cause of autism spectrum disorders remains unknown.

CDC officials advised parents to seek immediate help if they have concerns about the way their child "plays, learns, speaks, acts, or moves." Take action. Talk to your child's doctor and, if needed seek, early intervention services. These provide the best hope of helping improve the outcomes for children with ASD.

Sensory Friendly Films to be Presented Statewide

On April 12 at 10 a.m., ASH is happy to present the Disney hit "Frozen" in sensory friendly film settings on Lanai and Molokai; the movie "Rio 2" in Honolulu and Hilo and Kona on the Big Island; and "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" in Kahului on Maui.

Sensory friendly films provide children on the spectrum an opportunity to watch movies in locations with more light, lower acoustics, and tolerance of stim behaviors and gluten-free, casein-free snacks.

Children will be admitted free at each site, but seats are limited. RSVPs are required by April 9 to aniokaj@hibh.org. Parent tickets cost $7.50 each. 

Locations for "Frozen" are:

• Lanai, The Lodge at Koele; seats are limited to 40 participants. 

• Oahu, Dole Cannery; 75 participants will be accommodated.

• Hilo, Big Island, Regal Prince Kuhio; 75 participants will be accommodated.

• Kona, Big Island, Regal Keauhou; 75 participants will be accommodated.

Location for "Mr. Peabody and Sherman:"

• Kahului, Maui Mall Megaplex; 75 participants will be accommodated.

Information will follow soon for Kauai.  

We are extremely thankful for our sponsors: Hilopa'a, Hawaii Behavioral Health and the Children Community Council. for helping to support this statewide presentation. We also wish to thank The Lodge at Koele on Lanai and Kaunakakai Elementary School Principal Janice Espiritu on Molokai.  

For more information, contact autismhi@gmail.com or call (808) 394-7320.


Need Help with Affordable Care Act Coverage?

The ACA National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC) website provides information on navigating the insurance coverage options under Obamacare.

Here is information on this resource:

"The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) is pleased to announce the launch of the website for the National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC): http://www.nationaldisabilitynavigator.org/. The NDNRC is an initiative aimed at providing cross-disability information and support to Navigators and other enrollment specialists thereby ensuring people with disabilities receive accurate information when selecting and enrolling in insurance through the Affordable Care Act Marketplaces."

Expert Urges Families to Scrutinize Autism Products, Services

Families need to be sure that the products and services they purchase are proven effective, advises Patricia Wright, national director of Autism Services at Easter Seals and member of Autism Society’s Panel of Professional Advisors.

In an article posted on the Autism Society website, she says:

"Families are taken advantage of every day, purchasing ineffective products with precious financial resources that could be spent on effective therapeutic interventions." Read more.


Ask Congress to Sign on to the Disabilities Rights Treaty

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is an international disability treaty which provides a vital framework for creating legislation and policies around the world to embrace the rights and dignity of all people with disabilities, including those with autism spectrum disorders. Take action and encourage your representatives to support this important treaty:

• Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono

Email: http://www.hirono.senate.gov/contact/email

Prince Kuhio Federal Building, Room 3-106
300 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96850
Phone: 808-522-8970
Fax: 808-545-4683

• Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz

Email: http://www.schatz.senate.gov/contact

Prince Kuhio Federal Building, Room 7-212
300 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96850
Phone: 808-523-2061
Fax: 808-523-2065

• Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (Dist. 1, Honolulu)

Email: https://hanabusa.house.gov/contact-me

Prince Kuhio Federal Building, Room 4-104
300 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96850
Phone: 808-541-2570
Fax: 808-533-0133

• Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Dist. 2, Rural Oahu-Neighbor Islands)


Email: https://gabbard.house.gov/contact/email-me

Prince Kuhio Building, Room 5-104
300 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96850
Phone: 808-541-1986
Fax: 808-538-0233