March 2012

Tune in Alerts

Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its estimate of autism prevalence in the United States to 1 in 88 children (1 in 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls). By comparison, this is more children than are affected by diabetes, AIDS, cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy or Down syndrome – combined.*

4 Days Until We Light It Up Blue

The countdown is on to April 2nd! World Autism Awareness Month is in reach and we are so excited to Light It Up Blue! Everyday, leading up to the big day we’ll post highlights, interviews, photos, and much more!

Autism in the News - 03.29.12

CDC: Autism is more common than previously thought (USA Today)
Autism rates continue to skyrocket, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which released new figures today, showing a 23% increase from 2006 to 2008. One in 88 American children are now on the autism spectrum, the CDC said, up from 1 in 110. The figures are even higher for boys, with 1 in 54 8-year-olds now counted on the spectrum. Read more.

1 in 88: We Need a Strategy

The following remarks were delivered by Mark Roithmayr, president of Autism Speaks, at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta on March 29, 2012. You can follow him on Twitter @markroithmayr.

Merriam-Webster defines the word epidemic as "Excessively prevalent.

Kerry’s Korner #6: ShopRite Lights It Up Blue

This year sixty ShopRites are helping out With Light It Up Blue. The stores are decorating themselves blue while selling Autism Speaks puzzle pieces, wristbands, and shirts to help fundraise for Autism Speaks. In this episode I visit and highlight one of the ShopRite’s located in Livingston, New Jersey.

2012 Autism Understanding and Awareness Tour

Aaron Likens, an accomplished public speaker, published author, avid blogger and remarkable individual was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome - a high-functioning form of autism - at age 20.  Now 29, Aaron has found an opport

Glen Finland to Host Live Q&A with The Washington Post

On Thursday March 29 at 12pm EST Glen Finland, author of "Next Stop: A Memoir," will be hosting a Live Q&A with the Washington Post to discusses how she's helped her special-needs, adult son become more independent. Find out more here!

5 Days Until We Light It Up Blue!

 

The countdown is on to April 2nd! World Autism Awareness Month is in reach and we are so excited to Light It Up Blue! Everyday, leading up to the big day we’ll post highlights, interviews, photos, and much more!

Hear From the Woman Behind Lighting Graceland Blue

Hi my name is Cynthia Wynn-Brandon (Cindy) and I am an autism mom. Craig and I have been married for 21 years. We have two wonderful children Savannah is 12 and Noah is 9. Noah has autism and it has been a challenge at times, but it can also be pretty crazy at times. We are a home school family so we spend A LOT of time together.