Monthly Archives: March 2014

How Are You Going To Light It Up Blue?

All About Autism

Light it up blue for my son What are you going to do to shine a light on autism? Each April 2nd we celebrate Light It Up Blue in commemoration of the United Nations sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day. This is a unique global initiative that kicks off Autism Awareness month and helps raise awareness about autism.

sydney-opera-house1Last year more than 8,400 buildings and landmarks on all 7 continents illuminated bright blue on the evening of April 2nd. Locally the Bicentennial Tower and Mercyhurst University went blue. As I drove throughout our community it was amazing the number of families who changed their white porch lights to blue.

light-it-up-2You can register your participation with Light It Up Blue (link) and upload your photos of participation to the LIUB photo gallery. At the BNI we will be taking a Wear It Blue group photo of our students and faculty. I am going to turn…

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Study: Autism Develops Early During Pregnancy

This is interesting

CBS Atlanta

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) – A new study has found that autism begins early in pregnancy.

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the Allen Institute for Brain Science analyzed 25 genes in the brain tissue of deceased children with and without autism.

They found that the outermost layered structure of neural tissue is disrupted in children with autism by looking at genes that serve as biomarkers for brain cell types in different layers of the cortex as they specifically looked at genes implicated in autism and several control genes.

“Building a baby’s brain during pregnancy involves creating a cortex that contains six layers,” Eric Courchesne, PhD, professor of neurosciences and director of the Autism Center of Excellence at UC San Diego said in a press release. “We discovered focal patches of disrupted development of these cortical layers in the majority of children with…

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Neknominate: Albertans change the rules of the online drinking game

this is awesome…. Love being a Canadian when they do things like this. I love the idea of a “random act of kindness” instead of drinking something 🙂

Global News

CALGARY- When Eric K. received a neknomination, instead of accepting the invitation to take part in the dangerous and potentially deadly drinking game, he turned it into something positive.

Neknominate involves chugging beer or hard liquor, posting a video online and then nominating others to do the same within 24 hours. Sometimes the participant challenges others to perform a dangerous stunt.

Thanks to social media, the game quickly became a global phenomenon that spread to Canada and the U.S., but Eric clearly decided it wasn’t for him.

The high school student responded to his neknomination by leaving a $20 donation on the doorstep of the Cochrane and Area Humane Society.

And just to make things a litle more interesting, he did at night, in the cold, without a jacket, and shirtless. He then posted video of his gesture on Facebook.

“One of our staff found it stuffed under the door…

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