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August 15, 2011
Leitersburg Cinemas, in partnership with Providing Relief for Autistic Youth Inc., will show the movie “Shrek Forever After” for free Wednesday, starting at 7 p.m. During the event, the auditorium will have the lights on and the sound turned down. The audience is invited to get up and walk around, dance and sing. Anyone on a medical diet will be allowed to bring their own food and drink. Leitersburg Cinemas is at 20135 Leitersburg Pike in Hagerstown.
LIFESTYLE
November 2, 2012
Shepherd University is hosting an autism workshop "Creating Inclusion in the Classroom" featuring Amy Bryan-Chapman, autism coordinator and behavior specialist for Berkeley County Schools, Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Erma Ora Byrd Hall on campus. The workshop will have two sessions.  The first is an overview of autism spectrum disorders, and the second will cover strategies for easing transition, change, and scheduling for students with autism. Areas to be discussed during the workshop include identifying behaviors, developing strategies and lesson plans for scheduling and transitions, discovering the impact of autism on developmental skills, and learning how autism affects the ability to learn.
NEWS
September 29, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The Franklin County 4-H Therapeutic Riding Center has offered horseback riding lessons to children with autism for more than a year. The riding center hired an instructor after a generous grant from Summit Endowment. It has seen improvement in several areas in its riders after the first year. It is hoping to have a larger group of younger riders ages 3 to 5. Lessons will be once a week and are in 10-week sessions for a total of 40 weeks. Lessons can be during the day, in the early evening or on Saturday morning.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | July 31, 2009
"Deke," the school bully, has a learning disability. "Tommy" is an autistic student and a target for playground teasing. In "Wires," a children's book written and illustrated by three Berkeley County schoolteachers, the fictional characters somehow become fast friends. Co-authored by Donna Russler and Tyler Long and illustrated by Christopher Fleming of Tuscarora Elementary School in Martinsburg, the book was written to help general education students and teachers better understand students who are autistic.
NEWS
by KAREN HANNA | June 15, 2007
SMITHSBURG - For Ha Vu, the most beautiful thing about her 12-year-old daughter's jewelry-making enterprise isn't the product. It's the purpose. "It was for fun, something to do with the kids, and it turned into something great," Vu said. "It was her idea. " Linh Vu, a seventh-grader at Smithsburg Middle School, has been selling necklaces, earrings and bracelets to raise money to support autism research and families affected by the condition. She said she and her mother and aunt began making the jewelry after a family reunion in August to the Outer Banks in North Carolina.
NEWS
by JULIE E. GREENE | April 25, 2005
julieg@herald-mail.com By the time Joe Kowalski was 18 months old his favorite word was duck. "All the time he would say it. Anytime he saw a duck at the Norfolk, Va., zoo, 'Duck, duck, duck, duck, duck' and it was an adorable thing and then the next thing was he didn't want to or couldn't say it anymore," recalls Joe's mother, Carol Kowalski. Kowalski mentioned Joe's speech to a Virginia doctor during his checkup at age 2, and they agreed to wait six months to see if it improved.
NEWS
by SCOTT BUTKI | May 3, 2004
scottb@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - The relatives of Jarrett Keller, a Hagerstown child with autism, were not going to let rain stop them from participating in the Autism Awareness 5K Walk/Run at Hagerstown Community College on Sunday. "We were going to do it in the rain if we needed to," Sharon Sprecher, Jarrett's grandmother, said after the walk. That wasn't necessary; the rain did not begin until the walk was over. Nine family members, including Jarrett, 4, and his parents, took part in the walk, Sprecher said.
NEWS
February 4, 2005
English as a Second Language CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12 will offer intermediate and advanced-level English as a Second Language classes from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at First United Methodist Church, 225 S. Second St. Students may begin classes without making an appointment. Just come to class to enroll. Enter the church building from the parking lot in back of the church. Classes are free. For information, call 1-717-267-2212. Secular humanists discussion FREDERICK, Md. - Larry Crawley-Woods, coordinator of Grief Support for Hospice of the Panhandle of Martinsburg, W.Va.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | May 23, 2010
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Temple Grandin laughs at the way her autistic mind works and laughs at the ways she thinks a normal mind could perhaps process information better with autism. It's in this disarming manner that the author and associate professor of animal science at Colorado State University presents important theories about achieving success when living with autism-spectrum disorders. "The autistic person's world is a world of detail. In fact, scientific research shows the normal mind tends to drop out detail, and that can be very, very disastrous in a lot of engineering things and scientific things," Grandin said.
NEWS
August 20, 2006
21615 Old Forge Road Hagerstown Principal: John E. Festerman Phone: 301-766-8273 Fax: 301-745-6130 Web site: www.wcboe.k12.md.us/custom_pages/280/Main/index.html Start time: 7:55 a.m. Dismissal: 2:25 p.m. Grades: K-5 Date of construction: 1970 Age of building: 36 years Latest renovation: 1995 Size of building: 40,777 square feet State-rated capacity: 377 Projected 2006-07 enrollment: 379 From the principal Q. What are the biggest challenges this year?
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LIFESTYLE
May 24, 2013
Kennedy Krieger Institute announced a new, pilot initiative to help identify the red flags of autism spectrum disorders in infant siblings of children with ASD as early as possible. Research studies have found that for families who have one child with ASD, the chance of a subsequent sibling developing the disorder is one in five. Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore will provide free developmental assessments for infants between 5 to 10 months who have an older sibling diagnosed with ASD. Rebecca Landa, director, Center for Autism and Related Disorders at Kennedy Krieger Institute, said while children typically receive a diagnosis of ASD between ages 2 to 4, researchers are discovering that the earliest signs of ASD can be detected in infants as young as 6 to 14 months of age. Landa stresses that the earlier it's detected, the more effective early intervention can be in the life of a child.
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By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com | April 7, 2013
Writer-director Alonso Mayo has had his filmmaker's dream come to fruition: the premiere of his first full-length feature film. "It's exciting," Mayo said during a phone interview from a vacation in Lawrence, Kan. Mayo's film, "The Story of Luke," opened in limited release on April 5. For Hagers-town audiences, the film will be shown at the Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown  Saturday, April 13, at Academy Theater. The 34-year-old said he was in high school when he realized he wanted to become a filmmaker.
NEWS
Linda Murray | Around West Hagerstown | April 3, 2013
April is Autism Awareness month. As many as one in every 50 children is diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. Take time to learn about autism and gain some understanding for these awesome people.    Spaghetti dinner Grace United Methodist Church, 712 W. Church St., will hold an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner Saturday, April 13, from 3 to 7 p.m. The menu includes spaghetti with homemade sauce, salad, freshly baked bread (garlic...
LIFESTYLE
February 4, 2013
Children under the autism spectrum and their families are invited to Monkey Joe's, 1113 Maryland Ave.. Hagerstown from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. The cost is $5 per child, payable at the door. For more information, call 301-797-7716.
OPINION
January 13, 2013
“I see where some thought that the federal government should bail out citizens because of what are called natural disasters. I find this not a part of what the federal government's for. This should be covered by states or other organizations. If my house floods, I don't expect the federal (government) ... however, where's the line drawn? Is it a billion dollars, is it $2 billion? Why wouldn't my house be replaced if it was ravaged by flood? I don't think it would.” - Washington County “I am always amused at the ignorance of some of your callers; case in question being that autism may be linked to watching violence on TV. Children are born with autism.
LIFESTYLE
November 2, 2012
Shepherd University is hosting an autism workshop "Creating Inclusion in the Classroom" featuring Amy Bryan-Chapman, autism coordinator and behavior specialist for Berkeley County Schools, Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Erma Ora Byrd Hall on campus. The workshop will have two sessions.  The first is an overview of autism spectrum disorders, and the second will cover strategies for easing transition, change, and scheduling for students with autism. Areas to be discussed during the workshop include identifying behaviors, developing strategies and lesson plans for scheduling and transitions, discovering the impact of autism on developmental skills, and learning how autism affects the ability to learn.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | April 19, 2012
Trainer Dennis Debbaudt walked up to a student in the front row and leaned in, speaking a few inches from his face during a training session Thursday for about 50 law-enforcement officials and emergency responders at Hagerstown Community College. He said that for someone with autism that might be a natural way to greet a new neighbor for the first time, while the startled neighbor might feel stalked, threatened or sexually harassed and call 911. The scenario is one of many examples of how people with autism think and behave differently than others that police and other emergency responders need to understand, organizers of the session said.
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Linda Murray | Around West Hagerstown | March 28, 2012
Autism Speaks will mark World Autism Awareness Day on Monday, April 2, and is asking communities to Light It Up Blue to help shine a light on autism. Whether it's your front porch, City Hall, an office party or a banquet, the  world is going blue to increase awareness of autism. Light It Up Blue, in its third year, is a global initiative to help raise awareness about the growing public health concern of autism. Iconic landmarks around the world will also Light It Up Blue to show their support.
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Susie Hoffman | Around Funkstown | March 20, 2012
Providing Relief for Autistic Youth Inc., in partnership with Hagerstown Community College, will hold an autism awareness training program Thursday, April 19. There will be two sessions offered. The morning session is geared toward autism awareness risk and safety management training for law enforcement, first providers and criminal justice professionals. Registration for this session is from 8:30 to 9 a.m. and the session runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The evening session is also concerning autism awareness risk and safety management training; however, this session is targeting parents, care providers, educators and autism professionals.
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