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Autism Speaks, Bank of America Expand Partnership To Support Autism Awareness

Bank of America Makes Donation to Autism Speaks for Every Card and Deposit Program Opened by Consumers

NEW YORK, NY (August, 4, 2008) – Autism Speaks, the world's largest autism advocacy organization, and Bank of America, one of the world's largest financial institutions, today announced an expanded partnership that will give consumers a new way to support autism advocacy and research.

Under the new agreement, the two organizations will offer an Autism Speaks Visa® credit card and personal checking account at more than 6,100 Bank of America banking centers and on the Autism Speaks Web site. In addition, CDs and IRAs will be offered at special rates. Bank of America will make a donation to Autism Speaks for every personal checking account and credit card account that is opened. Autism Speaks will also receive a further donation for every Check Card and credit card transaction.

“Bank of America is proud to support causes that are important to our customers,” said Lance Weaver, North America Card executive. “By adding Autism Speaks to our line of MyExpression™ banking products, we are enabling our customers to support this worthy organization that educates the public on this disorder affecting thousands of individuals with autism and their families.”

“Customers can show their passion for autism advocacy every time they make a transaction using the Autism Speaks products,” said Affinity Management Vice President, David Dworsky. “The customized Visa® Check Card, credit card and checks will all feature the Autism Speaks logo.”

“This exciting partnership with Bank of America will help us promote autism awareness to new audiences, while also providing a unique way for our supporters to proudly display their dedication to autism advocacy,” said Glenn Tringali, Autism Speaks executive vice president for fundraising and operations. “In addition, the funds generated by this program will enable us to enhance and expand our awareness, research, advocacy and family services efforts.”

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About Autism
Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by extreme behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 150 children in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The diagnosis of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.

About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world's largest autism advocacy organization, dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Autism Speaks merged with the Autism Coalition for Research and Education (ACRE), the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) and Cure Autism Now (CAN), bringing together the nation's leading autism advocacy organizations. For more information about autism and Autism Speaks, please visit www.autismspeaks.org.

About Bank of America
Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk-management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving more than 59 million consumer and small business relationships with more than 6,100 retail banking offices, more than 18,500 ATMs and award-winning online banking with more than 25 million active users. Bank of America offers industry leading support to more than 4 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients in more than 150 countries and has relationships with 99 percent of the U.S. Fortune 500 companies and 83 percent of the Fortune Global 500. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Web site: http://www.bankofamerica.com.