2012 Election

On November 6, 2012, voters across the United States will go to the polls to elect our next President and a new Congress. Autism Speaks is asking all candidates seeking to serve our country after this election to advance a federal autism policy that will commit to these following principles:

  • a national plan to address the autism crisis with urgency
  • principled leadership to guide the federal response to autism
  • accountability for results from the federal research investment

A summary of our 2012 policy principles is here.

As a tax-exempt organization, Autism Speaks does not endorse any candidates for federal office. As an informational service to the autism community, we will, from time to time, post video or other content showing how autism-related issues are being discussed in the 2012 campaign.

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News

NEW YORK (October 13, 2012) -- Autism Speaks is preparing for Tuesday's Presidential debate at Hofstra University by organizing advocates to appear at Good Morning America, the...
NEW YORK (October 11, 2012)-- Autism Speaks joined a social media campaign today with the nation's leading autism advocacy organizations to raise autism as an issue in the Presidential...
NEW YORK (September 18, 2012) Autism Speaks today released a video featuring people on the autism spectrum, parents, siblings and teachers explaining why autism  is important to them  in...
NEW YORK (September 13, 2012) -- Now you can get our brand new Autism Votes 2012 Election T-shirts that let everyone know "Our 1 in 88 can't wait." Buy one, wear it around town, get...
COLUMBUS, OH (September 11, 2012) -- A coalition of over 50 disability organizations, including Autism Speaks, is hosting a non-partisan September 28 National Forum on Disability Issues where the...
CHARLOTTE (September 6, 2012) -- Former President Bill Clinton, in his speech to the Democratic National Convention last night, referenced autism in remarks about Medicaid. In a critique of...
WASHINGTON, DC (September 5, 2012) -- The 2012 Democratic and Republican party platforms have been issued and both make specific reference to autism among their policy goals for the next four...
DETROIT (August 31, 2012) -- In a comparison of the Romney/Ryan Republican ticket with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, the Detroit News cited Calley's embrace...
This post is by Shelley Hendrix, Autism Speaks director of grassroots advocacy Granted, as Director of Grassroots Development at Autism Speaks, I have a bias on this topic rooted in the belief...
Amy Gravino, who was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome as a young adolescent, is featured in our new election video, "1 in 88 Can't Wait." Watch the video and then read why Amy believes...

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