April 2012

The Boss!

This blog post is by Robert Holt

We were in for a wild ride right from the start.

 Bruce Springsteen was back in town, and we amazingly won tickets through Autism Speaks 5K, donated by Patti Springsteen.  Patti was inspired by a girl with autism who could horseback ride just like a normally developing teen, and wanted to donate tickets to the Autism Speaks cause.  Coincidentally, we were the lucky winners - my wife & I have been active in the Autism Speaks 5K and Walks for many years, and have a sweetheart 13-year-old daughter with autism.

Donation Match: Asbury Automotive Group

We wanted to share an amazing story from our friends at Asbury Automotive Group, Inc., which operates 79 car dealerships across the southeast and is the 5th largest publicly-traded automotive retailer in the country. This is a guest blog post from Melissa Corey at Asbury Automotive Group.

Autism in the News - 04.25.12

In treating autism, the earlier the better for behavioral therapy, says Mount Sinai specialist (The Daily News)
As director of the Seaver Autism Center at Mount Sinai, Dr. Joseph Buxbaum specializes in the neurobiology of psychiatric illnesses like autism. April is National Autism Awareness Month. Read more.

Why Does Autism Matter to You?

The New York Post recently posted an OpEd that says autism is a false epidemic. The truth is, autism matters to us all. Let them know why autism matters!

Simply post, “----- is/am why autism matters,” and substitute the space with your name or that of a loved one affected by autism on their page here.

Why Awareness Matters

Phillip Hain is the West Region Director of Autism Speaks and the parent of a child with autism

April 2, 2012 marked the 5th annual World Autism Awareness Day..

Kerry's Korner #14: Modell's Fundraising Efforts!

In this episode we had the opportunity to go to Modell's Sporting Goods in Times Square to see how they got involved with Autism Speaks. Modell's has 152 stores on the east coast and have been helping to shine a light on autism through Autism Speaks for the past 7 years now. We highlight their store and their accomplishments in this episode!

 

Autism in the News - 04.24.12

America’s false autism epidemic (The New York Post)
The apparent epidemic of autism is in fact the latest instance of the fads that litter the history of psychiatry. Read more.

A Geneticist Explores a Pollutant's Effects

Guest post by geneticist Janine LaSalle, Ph.D., of the University of California-Davis School of Medicine

I'm trained as a geneticist, but I suspect that genes are not the whole story when it comes to autism.  More and more scientific evidence suggests that environmental influences are contributing to increasing rates of autism.

Autism in the News - 04.23.12

Autism Awareness Walk raises awareness (KCBD)
The 7th annual Burthart Walk for Autism Awareness drew quite a crowd Sunday. Read more.

Antidepressants may fail to help some autistic kids (Fox News)
About a quarter of children with autism may be taking antidepressants that won't help them, a new study suggests. Read more.