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This Wednesday was probably the first day on the (potentially long) path to Adobe Flash decline: the most popular video site out there – YouTube – started offering videos in Flash-less mode for browsers which support HTML 5 and h.264 video codec. This means that today the option is available for Chrome and Safari. Then at some point they will likely add the Ogg codec and support Firefox, or help Firefox get native h.264 codec support. And then IE9 ships and all latest browsers will play videos natively. Flash will no longer be required for video, and why would anyone want it then? The whole story of Flash in retrospect is going to be an interesting one. Adobe had 95-98% penetration in PC market for years and could not expand its adoption beyond video. They tried: kept improving the tools, added offline, even tried open-sourcing it, and getting to the mobile market –... (more)

Research, Clinicians & Smartphones Answer the Call for Families Worried About Autism

When families or physicians suspect a child has autism, early intervention is critical, yet wait lists for in-clinic assessments and diagnosis can be several months or more than a year long. Medical technologies firm Behavior Imaging Solutions has collaborated with Arizona-based Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC), Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Georgia Tech to introduce NODA™, a new technology and clinician-based autism diagnostic service that can provide families with an autism diagnosis in two weeks or less, and at half the cost of in-clinic assessments. Watch this video to learn how NODA works: behaviorimaging.com/noda-pediatrician. Behavior Imaging's NODA, the Naturalistic Observation Diagnostic Assessment, uses smartphone technology and a team of clinicians trained for assessing behavior to confirm or rule out... (more)

Governor Rendell Discusses Impact of Budget on Services for Families of Children With Autism

BRYN MAWR, Pa., June 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Edward G. Rendell today met with families in southeastern Pennsylvania to discuss what is at stake in the proposed state budget as it relates to autism services. An estimated 25,000 Pennsylvania children and adults live with an autism spectrum disorder. "Pennsylvania has worked hard and made great progress for families who rely on services that their children need," said Governor Rendell during an event at Bryn Mawr College. "Funding for these services is now being threatened. The budget proposed by Senate Republicans would cut funding for autism by nearly $8 million, which means cutting services and support to nearly 250 families." Governor Rendell recognized there is no sustainable, fiscally responsible solution to Pennsylvania's budget challenge without new revenue. He rebuffed demands by the Senate ... (more)

Lineagen Announces New Study Demonstrating Two-Fold Increase in Detection Rate of Validated Genetic Variants in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders

SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Lineagen, Inc. today announced publication of the results of a 9,000-person genetic study that demonstrates an approximately 100% increase in the detection rate of genetic markers now validated as being associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).  The study, one of the largest genetic validation studies in autism, was designed to confirm novel copy number genetic variants and novel next-generation sequence variants associated with ASDs.  Researchers affiliated with The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), the University of Utah (Utah), Golden Helix, Inc, and Lineagen have confirmed in family and broad population studies a two-fold increase in the number of cases of ASD that can be ascribed to these newly identified genetic variants, specifically gene deletions or duplications (termed copy number variants, or... (more)

Secret Room Events Hosts the Red Carpet Celebrity Retreat and Gift Lounge Honoring the 85th Academy Awards

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Secret Room Events and Easter Seals will present a lavish Tropical Red Carpet Celebrity Retreat from 11am-7pm on February 21st, 2013 at a private location in Beverly Hills. Honoring the 85th Academy Awards, its nominees and presenters, this exclusive invite only event will play host to nominees, celebrities, stylists, press and television crews. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130219/CG62655) This unique tropical themed event will benefit Easter Seals, who will be onsite taking donations and spreading awareness of their amazing organization. Easter Seals provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities (www.easterseals.com). The Tropical Celebrity Retreat will give Academy... (more)

International Autism Conference Presents Cutting-Edge Research and Treatment Approaches

NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 03/25/13 -- A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that 1 in 50 school-age children are diagnosed with autism. Roughly 1 million children ages 6 to 17 face formidable challenges in communication, behavior, and social interaction. On June 5th, 2013, ICare4Autism, the International Center for Autism Research & Education, is gathering leading clinicians and researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in conjunction with Montefiore Medical Center, who will participate in a conference in 2 tracks: Bio-Medical and Education-Behavioral Research and Practice. The conference has one critically important mission: to present cutting-edge research on autism and catalyze groundbreaking treatment approaches. The annual, cross-disciplinary conference defines the conversation on promising treatment and e... (more)

Autism-Focused Non-Profit Integrates 20 Locations with Broadview’s Cloud-Based OfficeSuite

Broadview Networks, a leading provider of cloud-based business communications services, was chosen by Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC) to upgrade its communications systems with OfficeSuite®, Broadview’s award-winning, cloud-based business phone system. QSAC provides educational, habilitation and residential support, as well as recreational programs, to the residents of all five New York City boroughs. With more than 1,000 staff members and 20 branches, QSAC was searching for a better way to unify communications among its locations. Chief Financial Officer Paul Naranjo and his team became frustrated trying to communicate between offices and maintain multiple systems. “It proved very difficult to have different equipment at each location, as none of the systems could speak to one other. Not having an integrated system was causing all kinds of problem... (more)

Fielding Graduate University Acquires the Doctoral Program in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health and Developmental Disorders from The Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Aug. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Fielding Graduate University, based in Santa Barbara, California, has recently acquired a nationally recognized doctoral program in infant and early childhood development from The Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL). This graduate program is dedicated to redefining and promoting each child's development to his or her fullest potential. The retitled PhD program, Infant and Early Childhood Development with an emphasis in mental health and developmental disorders, remains a multi-disciplinary doctoral program specializing in conditions such as autism spectrum, sensory integration, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and mood disorders. This program is the only program in the world to award such a combined PhD degree. Infant mental health, as defined in the World Association for Infant ... (more)

Contrary Opinion: CRM is a Hoax

I have a pet peeve concerning two things I’ve been meaning to write about lately, namely CRM and multi-tenancy. I recently read an excellent article referencing both concepts and thought itmight be a good stepping stone to a quick blog post. In his article Don’t Get Conned – The many disguises worn by software-as-a-service, Matt Wallach discusses CRM software and the concept of SaaS multi-tenancy. Matt’s business is life sciences, and he discusses the state of CRM software for his industry. His argument is along the lines of “be wary of on-premise wolves in SaaS sheep clothing”. The wolves, in this case, areon-premise CRM vendors who simply throw servers over a wall and call it a SaaSday. The sheep (aka the good guys) are those genuine SaaS vendors riding a multi-tenant architecture. He then proceeds to define what multi-tenancy means using the well-known “neighbor... (more)

LBS Research Series 2012

NEW YORK, Sept. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: LBS Research Series 2012 http://www.reportlinker.com/p0332361/LBS-Research-Series-2012.html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=Portable_Devices Executive summary Navigation systems and services for car and pedestrian navigation can be divided into multiple categories. Car manufacturers offer factory installed in-dash navigation systems as standard or optional equipment on a majority of their models sold in developed markets. Drivers that want to add navigation to their existing vehicle can choose among a number of aftermarket solutions. Examples include in-dash navigation systems, Personal Navigation Devices (PNDs) and navigation apps for mobile phones. New device categories such as Internet tablets are also being equipped ... (more)

Behavior Management Based on ABA

From ABA Journal ABA is based on the principles of behavioral approach and utilizes these principles to change socially significant behaviors. What does ABA target? Teaching new behaviors Strengthening existing behaviors Preventing undesirable behaviors Weakening/extinguishing undesirable behaviors Maintaining the behavioral changes Generalizing the behavioral changes Reinforcement is the behavioral consequence which increases the future likelihood of the behavior that it follows. If a stimulus is added to the environment in the reinforcement process, this type of reinforcement is called ‘positive reinforcement'. This stimulus is called ‘reinforcer' (i.e., ‘reward'). In order to get the expected result the reinforcer should immediately follow the target behavior, and should be provided only for the target behavior. Make sure that the reinforcer: has a reinforcing ... (more)