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Hurricane preparedness links for special needs

All State Offices and Department of Education public schools will be closed tomorrow, August 8, 2014, to prepare for heavy weather from the effects of Hurricane Iselle and Tropical Storm Julio, according to Hawaii State Council on Developmental Disabilities.

• Advice on drinking water during emergencies from the Safe Drinking Water Branch of the Department of Health:


• Special needs information for emergencies from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency:


'Sounding the Alarm' released on Netflix

A documentary on the rising numbers of autism cases around the world was released July 15 on Netflix. It is also coming to iTunes, and Amazon Prime, according to Autism Speaks.

"Sounding the Alarm" follows 12 families dealing with autism, from diagnosis to adulthood. It seeks to raise awareness of the epidemic of autism cases and the emotional and financial issues faced by individuals with autism/ASD and their caregivers.

Study: higher autism risk for offspring of foreign-born mothers

Researchers at the University of California-Los Angeles found higher rates of autism overall and autism associated with mental retardation among children of foreign-born mothers who were black, Central/South American, Filipino or Vietnamese, according to an article in the July edition of Pediatrics.  

The study found compared to offspring of white U.S.-born mothers, children of U.S.-born African American/black, foreign-born black, foreign-born Central/South American, and U.S.-born Hispanic mothers were at higher risk of "exhibiting an AD phenotype with both severe emotional outbursts and impaired expressive language." 

The researchers called for more study into how country of birth and migration play a part in the incidence of autism in children.

Dr. Bolman's life celebrated in Nuuanu

A memorial service was held May 31 at Nuuanu Memorial Park and Mortuary to celebrate Dr. Bill Bolman's life. Dr. Bolman was president of the Autism Society of Hawaii and a longtime advocate for people with disabilities. He died on April 18.

Several people have very kindly asked where they can send donations to ASH in Dr. Bolman's memory. Please send contributions to our ASH treasurer at the address below:

Gerald Hew
Topa Financial Center
Bishop Street Tower, 3rd Floor
700 Bishop Street
Honolulu, HI 96813-4100

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