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January 2012

Autism in the News - 01.18.12

Mother of autistic boy levels charges of bullying at Malverne school (LI Herald) Bullies at the Malverne middle school have kicked, taunted, chased and harassed autistic eighth-grader Joel Luna Menjivar, according to his mother, Ana, who called the Herald in a desperate attempt to get help.

Kerry Magro Covers 'Joyful Noise' Premiere

This guest post is by Autism Speaks staffer Kerry Magro. Kerry, an adult who has autism, is a graduate student at Seton Hall University, and is actively involved with our college program. Autism Speaks U is an initiative designed to support college students in their awareness, advocacy and fundraising efforts.

Autism in the News - 01.17.12

Babies learn to speak by lip-reading, could offer autism  clues (MSNBC) For years, the conventional wisdom was that babies learned how to talk by listening to their parents. But a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that our little angels are using more than their ears to acquire language. They’re using their eyes, too, and are actually pretty good lip readers. Read more.

Autism Speaks Partners with Sevenly for an Awesome Awareness

Autism Speaks has teamed up with Sevenly to create custom designed tee-shirts to spread awareness about autism from January 16th to the 23rd. This is a unique opportunity and won’t last long, so get your swag quick! Every item sold helps the family of an individual with autism in a time of need. Through these funds, we can provide emergency financial aid during times of crisis or unplanned hardship through our Autism Cares initiative!

Autism In The News - 01.13.2012

Stephen Daldry’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Below The Line) Once he read the book and script for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, it was “very simple” for Academy-Award nominated director Stephen Daldry to immediately say yes to directing the film for producer Scott Rudin, who he had worked with on The Hours. Read More.