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February 2012

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.

NBC correspondent Andrea Mitchell examined the plight of military families raising kids with autism, interviewing military spouse Rachel Kenyon, whose husband has served multiple deployments to Afghanistan, and Peter Bell, Autism Speaks executive vice president for programs and services. On MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports, Kenyon described the difficulties military families encounter in finding services for their children and the disruption caused by multiple deployments.

Older parents more likely to have an autistic child, study finds (Fox News) Children born to a parent over age 35 are at greater risk for developing an autism spectrum disorder -- but the risk is the same whether just one or both parents are older, according to a new study of Danish families. Read more.

Pa. university program helps autistic students (Erie, Penn.) Nick Pusateri drapes himself across a couch in a bunker-like room in the basement of his apartment building at Mercyhurst University in Erie. Read more.