Jane Lynch and Jane Fonda bust out the workout moves to help fight Alzheimer’s

Between them they have a combined age of 102.

But watching them bust out the workout moves you’d think Jane Lynch and Jane Fonda were still teenagers. The two Janes took to the stage yesterday in Long Beach, California in front of a packed convention center, as they helped co-host California First Lady Maria Shriver’s women’s conference.

The two actresses are both obviously in top physical shape and they embarked in a vigorous workout, encouraging the crowd to move along with them. It’s not surprising they’re so fit – 50-year-old Lynch seems to spend the majority of her time in sweats these days as she plays a PE teacher on the hit TV show Glee. And Fonda, 72, is a workout fanatic, even producing her own series of top selling workout tapes during the 1980s.

It was a star-studded affair with Peter Gallagher, Soleil Moon Frye, Rob Lowe and Leeza Gibbons all lending their support along with Fonda and Lynch.

Fifty-four-year-old Shriver is a long- time advocate for families struggling with Alzheimer’s. Her own father, Sargent, has battled the disease since being diagnosed in 2003.

Since that time, Shriver has been deeply involved in raising awareness and funding for Alzheimer care and research.

via Jane Lynch and Jane Fonda bust out the workout moves to help fight Alzheimer’s | Mail Online.

Riders with autism, Down syndrome take comfort, confidence on horseback

Children with autism and people with Down syndrome were among the competitors in Sunday’s Kiwanis Equestrian Competition for Special Athletes. Most began riding horses in therapeutic riding programs. Read the LA Times story about the daylong event for riders and their families:

Cathy Sulsona lives in a world where everyone looks down on her in her electric wheelchair. Sometimes passersby look right past her, or have trouble decoding her slurred voice. They see only the cerebral palsy.

But when she climbs on her quarter horse, she rises above them.

“I feel normal,” Sulsona, 43, of Riverside said as she sat next to her horse at Hansen Dam equestrian center. “I’m not looked down on.”

via Disabled riders take comfort, confidence on horseback – latimes.com.

Autistic kids sing, roar in ‘Jungle Book’ musical

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The La Quinta High School Theatre was filled with dancing and singing monkeys, elephants, tigers and other wild animals last weekend.

The Coachella Valley Autism Society, the local chapter of the Autism Society of America, performed Disney’s “The Jungle Book” Saturday and Sunday.

The musical theater class was formed in February as part of the society’s social recreation program, said Carolyn Russom, resource coordinator,

via Autistic kids sing, roar in ‘Jungle Book’ musical | mydesert.com | The Desert Sun.

Rihanna attends Matt Kemp’s autism fundraiser

Rihanna attended Ante up for Autism, a fundraiser co-hosted by her boyfriend, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, who has a brother with autism, according to E! online.

The second annual event raised $170,000 for TACA, or Talk About Curing Autism. The event website said special guests expected included Donovan McNabb, Manny Ramirez, David Justice, Danica Patrick and Rickey Henderson. (No mention of Rihanna, though!) Former MLB star pitcher Dave Stewart co-hosted the casino-style fundraiser with Kemp.

Here’s the E! report:

Things must be getting serious.

Rihanna traveled to Arizona to meet boyfriend Matt Kemp’s family this weekend, but this was no ordinary trip. The singer flew in all the way from Berlin on Saturday just so she could attend Kemp’s charity bash, Ante Up for Autism. The L.A. Dodgers outfielder is very close to the cause as his brother is autistic.

via Rihanna & Matt Kemp: It’s Meet the Family Time! – E! Online.

Kids with Autism have a baseball league of their own

Children with autism in one California community have a baseball league just for them — the A-League. Organizers say 50 kids play on the four teams — two for ages 5 to 8, and two for ages 9 to 15.

SAN DIMAS – In what may be the first of its kind in the area, a local mother has started a baseball league for children with autism.

The A-League, short for Autism League, was created six months ago by San Dimas resident Lora Mancini, whose 6-year-old son has autism.

Mancini, who had help from San Dimas Little League President Tim Roe, had previously enrolled her son, Anthony, in tee ball, but she found it to be “so competitive” and “too much stress” for children with autism.

Other specialized leagues, such as the Challenger League, were geared toward children with physical disabilities.

Mancini wanted to create something “in the middle” with a comfortable environment for her son.

via Autistic kids now have own baseball teams – ContraCostaTimes.com.

Autism: transitioning to college and the real world

I used to envy my friends who had children with learning disabilities and Asperger Syndrome. I watched their sons and daughters move from special education classes to regular classes–some even landed in our school district’s gifted and talented program. My understanding at the time was that since these kids were on the “graduation track”, they would likely go to college, enter the work force and go on to live independently.

I would later learn that academics alone are not enough.”My daughters have the grades and intelligence to get into college,” said my friend, Marnie Raymond. Her twin teenage girls have Asperger Sydrome.”But their underdeveloped social skills, lack of central coherence and poor executive functioning impact their ability to function without a great deal of support.

Now there is an option in the Bay Area for college-age youths with Asperger Syndrome, high-functioning autism, dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and other learning differences to help them transition into the real world–The College Internship Program CIPin downtown Berkeley.

via City Brights: Laura Shumaker : Autism: transitioning to college and the real world.