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Autistic and Seeking a Place in an Adult World
BY AMY HARMON of The New York Times

MONTCLAIR, N.J. — For weeks, Justin Canha, a high school student with autism, a love of cartoons and a gift for drawing, had rehearsed for the job interview at a local animation studio.
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Partnership preserves Middletown’s Coe estate
BY NICOLE ANTONUCCI Staff Writer for Independent

A bucolic 25-acre estate in Middletown will be preserved as open space and a learning center for adults with autism,
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Middletown group acquires site for adults with autism
By Kevin Pentón Staff Writer

As awareness of autism exploded in recent years, much of the attention focused on children who have the developmental disorder.

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Impact OASIS Held 3RD Annual Green Ball
By Lynne Ward, The Two River Times

OASIS stands for “ongoing autistic success in society” and was formed to address the need for a comprehensive educational plan for the growing number of children with autism in our local school systems.
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Middletown Matters - 26 Acres of Farmland Preserved

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Middletown to add park on Sleepy Hollow Road
By Kevin Penton, Keyport Bureau

MIDDLETOWN — The Township Committee voted 4-1 on Monday to acquire a portion of a 27-acre property on Sleepy Hollow Road so it can be developed into a municipal park.

The nonprofit organization Impact OASIS will own about 7 acres on the property, developing the space into a farm work, academic and social skills program for people with autism between the ages of 18 to 26.
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Twp. and autism group partner to buy farmland
Council approves purchase of 26-acre farm tract
By Jamie Romm, Independent Greater Media News

MIDDLETOWN — The Township Committee passed an ordinance last week that will give young adults with autism a place to live, work and form a community while adding to the township's open space.

On June 15, the Township Committee held a public hearing and final vote on the ordinance that would approve a joint acquisition by the township and Impact OASIS of a 26-acre farmland property on Sleepy Hollow Road, and Middletown resident Ian Smith gave his full support for the project.
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Farm life gives autistic young adults community
Impact OASIS to partner with township to buy 26-acre farm
By Jamie Romm, Independent Greater Media News

Middletown Township and a local nonprofit group are close to an agreement that would give autistic young adults a place to live together as a community on a farm after they graduate from high school.

The mission of Impact OASIS is to promote inclusion and acceptance of autistic individuals into their local communities by establishing environmentally exemplary farm centers that provide meaningful work, peaceful and healthful residences, and community interaction.

Impact OASIS President Mai Cleary said the group is an offshoot of a program that already exists in the public schools in the township.

"We came from the group Impact, which is done though the school system, and we decided to form another group for what happens after school," Cleary said. "We decided to use the farm concept, which is a great way to create work and community life."
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Unlocking secrets of autism treatment
From The Daily News

It's a disease with unknown causes, no known cure and treatments as varied as the minds forced to live with it.

Success for a person with autism can be measured by something as simple as being able to sit quietly through dinner at a restaurant - something it may take years for that person to learn.

And if one form of therapy is more successful than another in unlocking minds and personalities trapped by the ailment, executive director Frederica Blausten and her Association for Metroarea Autistic Children (AMAC) staff will probably be a part of finding it.
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Growing Old With Autism
By Karl Taro Greenfeld, The New York Times

IN mid-2007, I set off to meet with geneticists, epidemiologists and doctors who specialize in researching and treating autism. I was seeking a novel therapy for my 42-year-old autistic younger brother Noah. I was also looking to discover how heightened awareness of autism — it is now among the most financially successful and mediagenic diseases ever, with hundreds of millions of dollars a year going to research, and regular press coverage — might have resulted in new and innovative programs for adult autistics like Noah.
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Middletown Ordinance Would Fund Land Purchase For Impact OASIS

The Two River Times

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