Media Advisory - World Autism Awareness Day: New Haven Learning Centre for Children with Autism invites you to a media open house

    TORONTO, April 1 /CNW/ - New Haven Learning Centre, the leading provider
of education and treatment for children with autism, would like to open its
doors to the media on April 2, 2009, for World Autism Awareness Day to promote
our school as the most effective program to work with children with autism.
New Haven, founded in 1998, is a private, non-profit centre for individuals
with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The Centre's primary mission is to
provide children with autism a comprehensive one-to-one education and
treatment program based on the scientifically validated procedures of Applied
Behaviour Analysis (ABA).
    Interviews can be arranged with Clinical Director Audrey Meissner;
Jonathan Howard, the young man who ran across Canada in support of autism; New
Haven instructors, students and parents. We encourage people to arrive between
2-3 pm, however, alternate arrangements can be made.
    Research suggests that the incidence of autism is increasing. According
to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (2003) more than
1 in 300 children are affected. This rate is three to four times higher than
incidence rates reported 30 years ago and suggests that autism is increasing
at a faster rate than all other disabilities. Today's statistics have been
revised to 1 in 150.

For further information:

For further information: To book an interview or visit the Centre,
contact: Marni Brinder Byk, Director of Development, office (416) 259-4445 x
11, mobile (647) 588-4445, fax (416) 259-2023, email

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