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Archive for March 2012

  • Waikato University Students have developed an App for the ipad, that will help children with asthma better understand the triggers for an asthma attack….
  • A new fundraising initiative by Asthma NZ is; ‘Dance For Asthma’,  and they are encouraging schools, business’ and social groups to get involved…. see here for more details. Asthma Awareness week will be from 31 April – 6 May, with Balloon Day being held on Friday 4 May.
  • Purple Day is on the 26 March…. this is to help raise funds and awareness of Epilepsy. Please keep an eye out for Purple Day events in your area.


Japanese researchers have developed a robot that can help you locate lost (misplaced) items in your house…. While they don’t intend to make it at this stage for commercial development…. who can’t see the benefits that this might have for people/children with disabilities, especially those who are allergic to dogs.  http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/gadgets/6506171/Japanese-robot-finds-lost-things


A petition has been handed into Parliament requesting that funding for closed caption tv be given so that deaf MP  Mojo Mathers can become more involved with parliamentary debates. This comes after Parliamentary Services said that she would have to fund her own staff to take notes for her…… Parliamentary Services sits in a couple of weeks where it is highly anticipated that they will allow for extra funding to be made available for her. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/6493546/Petition-for-deaf-MP-tabled-at-Parliament


Research Articles:

Autism Mums  have stress levels to that of a combat soldier……. I can imagine there are many mums of autistic kids out there who would readily agree with this.

Changes are being made to how Autism (ASD)  will be diagnosed in the future, with a more strict criteria being looked at, which is worrying many groups in the USA, as to how this will affect those considered to be at the high functioning end of the scale. For many this could threaten the end of help within classrooms and other therapy services as they no longer meet the new criteria.  Many here in NZ are watching with interest and wondering how any changes made overseas, will affect the way in which the disorder is diagnosed here.

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