March 2012

Autism May Begin at Very Early Phases of Brain Development

Guest post by neuroscientist Eric Courchesne, Ph.D., director of the University of California-San Diego Autism Center of Excellence

The study we published today gives me tremendous hope. Building on past research by many labs, we are seeing an understanding of the neurobiological development of autism beginning to emerge.

10 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!

Who's Lighting It Up Blue?

A Night at the Circus


On Friday evening, March 16th two dozen autistic youngsters and their families quietly filed into the deserted floor of the Verizon Center as the guests of Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey Circus. Sitting in one of the circus’ three rings, they were treated to a sensory-friendly up-close-and-personal experience with a miniature horse, jugglers, clowns, tightrope artists, and be-spangled dancing girls.

In Their Own Words - Never Give Up Hope

This blog post is by a proud mother of a son with Asperger's Syndrome.

Kerry's Korner #4: Out of the Blue

In this episode of Kerry’s Korner I feature Jordan Randles, a 16 year old with asperger syndrome who has already sold 300 blue light bulbs for light it up blue day! Jordan is an advocate for autism awareness and hopes people understand that even though you have autism you are not any less of a person.

Autism in the News - 03.22.12

Growing Up Autistic in South Brunswick (South Brunswick Patch)
Joseph Ahern is just like any other typical 9-year-old kid in South Brunswick. He likes to play with toy cars, ride his bike, and he loves the New York Giants. But Joseph faces a daily struggle with tasks and the development of skills that so many take for granted. Joseph has autism spectrum disorder, which affects one in every 110 children in the U.S. Read more.

Autism Speaks U March Facebook Q&A Transcript


Autism in the News - 03.21.12

Autistic child’s family raises money for service dog (Woodville, Miss.)
At 10-months-old, Carter Scott was hitting every developmental milestone with ease, his mother Cristy Carter said. He pointed to a lamp and mouthed his first word, “hot,” with perfect pronunciation. Read more.

Kerry's Korner #3: Our Community Lights It Up Blue

This blog post is by Autism Speaks staff Kerry Magro. Kerry, an adult who has autism, is a graduate student at Seton Hall University and is filming a video series called “Kerry’s Korner” for Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue Initiative. Kerry recently started a new video blog called “My Autism My Voice,” where he discusses a variety of topics.