April 2012

Hacking Autism 'I Want to Say' Premiere LIVE Stream!

We're excited to announce that the San Francisco premiere of 'I Want to Say' will be live-steamed this Tuesday, May 1st.

Autism in the News - 04.30.12

Billy Joel praises 6-year-old Ethan Walmark playing ‘Piano Man’ (Washington Post)
It turns out Billy Joel has seen Ethan Walmark’s “Piano Man” performance, which went viral over the weekend, and the recording artist is impressed. Joel issued the following statement through a spokesperson Sunday: Read more.

Ethan Plays 'Piano Man'

A video of Ethan, a six-year-old boy with autism, playing Billy Joel's "Piano Man" has become an internet sensation. Now Billy Joel himself has praised Ethan's performance, saying, "I think I like his intro to "Piano Man" better than mine." Watch Ethan play the song below!

Bullying in the Autism Community

Sadly, bullying is an issue that has touched many families in the autism community.

We hope that greater awareness and the tools and resources that have been developed will help all of us to combat bullying. So spread the word!

And here are our 2 links:

Our Combating Bullying page: http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/bullying

Complementary Treatments for Autism

Today’s “Got Questions?” answer comes from Robert L. Hendren, D.O., director of child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, and a member of Autism Speaks Treatment Advisory Board. Dr.

Bullying Chat Led by Peter Faustino Transcript

On April 25, Peter Faustino, Ph.D., led a live chat and answered questions about bullying. Dr. Faustino, a New York state licensed psychologist, is a middle school psychologist and has been working with teenagers and their families for more than 12 years.


Autism in the News - 04.26.12

Autistic boy's father: Why hasn't teacher been fired over 'bullying'? (MSNBC)
The father of an autistic boy allegedly bullied by staff at a New Jersey school has vowed to keep campaigning until the teacher of his son's class has her license revoked. Read more.

In Their Own Words - Colors of Autism

"My name is Kelly Loftin. I teach special education at Southwest Laurens Elementary in Rentz, Georgia. My daughter is in 4th grade. Recently she was given an assignment to write a poem on a color. She asked her teacher if she could write about autism and her teacher, Laura Thomas, agreed. As a mom I am so very proud. As a special education teacher, I am touched that she has a "heart" and understanding for others. Although I was very proud upon reading it, I still had some questions. The first question was - "Did you write this on your own?" The answer was yes.