January 2012

LIVE Chat with Geri Dawson, PhD & Lisa Goring: DSM-5

Chief Science Officer Geri Dawson, PhD and Family Services Vice President Lisa Goring hosted a LIVE Chat to address concerns sparked by this week's New York Times article on proposed revisions to the medical definition of autism spectrum disorder in the DSM-5, to be published in 2013. Readers heard about its potential implications for individuals to receive an autism diagnosis and appropriate services.

Tune in TODAY for Autism Speaks' Analysis of the DSM-5

Tune-in today to hear Autism Speaks’ leadership discuss the recently released analysis of the DSM-5, to be published in 2013, and hear about its potential implications for individuals to receive an autism diagnosis and appropriate services.

Weekly Whirl - Focus on Sevenly!

If anyone knows how hectic life can get – WE DO! That’s why we have created the Autism Speaks Weekly Whirl to fill you in on all of the highlights of the week! The last thing we want is for you to be left out of the loop! Please share with friends and family to spread the word about all of the exciting things going on in the autism community. Keep in mind, these updates aren’t limited to Autism Speaks — we will be featuring news from across the community.

Autism America Radio - Saturday January 21st

Autism America Radio welcomes special guests, author and athlete Rodney Peete and attorney Valerie Vanaman.  

Join hosts Matthew Asner and special guest host, author Monica Holloway for two hours of talk and interviews this Saturday 6:00 to 8:00 PM ET on Sirius/XM Family Talk Channel 131! 

Autism in the News - 01.20.12

New Definition of Autism Will Exclude Many, Study Suggests (The New York Times) Proposed changes in the definition of autism would sharply reduce the skyrocketing rate at which the disorder is diagnosed and might make it harder for many people who would no longer meet the criteria to get health, educational and social services, a new analysis suggests. Read more.

Learn More About January’s Home of the Month

After we highlighted Farmsteads of New England as January’s “Home of the Month” on our new Housing Portal, we received many requests for more information about this housing initiative. For that reason, we asked its Founder and Executive Director, Deborah DeScenza, to blog about her experiences with her son, Andrew, and about how FNE got its start.

In Their Own Words - A Moment in the Sun

This 'In Their Own Words' is by J. Lorraine Martin. She digs deep through laughter and tears in her personal blog on life and motherhood at http://cheeselesspizza.blogspot.com.  She is the mother to three children, one of whom has autism.  She is a writer, graduate student, volunteer/mentor in the autism and refugee/immigrant communities.  

Autism in the News - 01.19.12

Georgian Courts M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis Addresses Growing Need (Lakewood, N.J.) Georgian Court Universitys new masters program in applied behavior analysis is succeeding in meeting the needs of students and families struggling with autism as well the school districts and other institutions that serve those with autism spectrum disorders. Read more.