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Visit this page for stories that highlight the work of members of the Autism Speaks Board of Directors as advocates and philanthropists.



July 9, 2014 - In an international custody dispute, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has held that a young boy with "severe" autism may remain in the United States with his mother and his brother so that he can continue to receive ABA therapy. The court determined that if the child More...
(May 23, 2014) - A mother in Peekskill, New York has filed a $3 Million lawsuit against the Westchester Medical Center (WMC) alleging that during the course of a surgical procedure, her nine-year-old son "R.J.", who is diagnosed with autism, was slapped across the face by one of More...
This Q & A is with attorney Gary Mayerson. Mayerson serves on the Board of Autism Speaks and is the founder of Mayerson & Associates, a Manhattan-based law firm founded in 2000 as the very first law firm in the nation dedicated to the representation of individuals with autism. Mayerson is More...
(April 28, 2014) -  BBDO New York brought together three of its clients to help deliver a one-of-a-kind, onetime :60 commercial message designed to help raise awareness of autism and encourage parents to look for early signs.  Andrew Robertson, President and CEO of BBDO Worldwide, is a More...
(April 24, 2014) - Laura Slatkin, the Founder and CEO of NEST Fragrances and a member of the Autism Speaks Board of Directors, visited Chicago today as part her Blue Garden tour. Slatkin is visiting Neiman Marcus stores across the country to meet walkers from Walk Now for Autism Speaks More...
(April 14, 2014) - Laura Slatkin, the Founder and CEO of NEST Fragrances and a member of the Autism Speaks Board of Directors, kicked off her Blue Garden tour on Saturday at Neiman Marcus in King of Prussia, Penn. Slatkin is visiting Neiman Marcus stores across the country to meet walkers More...
(April 8, 2014) - The IDEA statute expressly provides that students with disabilities are to be educated and included with their non-disabled peers to the “maximum extent appropriate.”  This requirement is sometimes referred to as the “least restrictive environment” ( More...
We recently had the opportunity to interview Laura Slatkin,  the Founder and CEO of NEST Fragrances, a luxury lifestyle fragrance brand.  She is the Co-Founder and Board President of New York Collaborates for Autism (NYCA) and serves on the Board of Directors of Autism Speaks, NYCA More...
New York (February 1, 2014) - HollyRod Foundation and Autism Speaks held the first annual Super Kid Honors Pre-Game Celebration! today at Joe's Crab Shack in Harlem. Holly Robinson Peete, co-founder of HollyRod and an Autism Speaks board member joined Autism Speaks President Liz Feld and More...
Gary Mayerson serves on the Board of Autism Speaks and is the founder of Mayerson & Associates, a Manhattan-based law firm founded in 2000 as the very first law firm in the nation dedicated to the representation of individuals with autism. This spring, Mayerson was approached by the Autism More...