April 2012

Tune In for 'The Dr. Radio Show' on Sirius and XM

Join our very own Dr. Geraldine Dawson, Karen Hopkins, a developmental pediatrician at NYU and Dr. Diana Robins of Georgia State who focuses on early screening of autism spectrum disorders. Currently, her two main areas of research are further improvement of screening for autism in the primary care setting using the M-CHAT, and study of the neurobiological mechanisms underlying social cognition, using functional neuroimaging.

Launching Teddy

This blog post is by Amy Landes

We’ve been preparing our 20-year-old son, Teddy to move from home since he was 10 years old. Not because he was difficult to live with-- he is mostly sweet, affectionate and agreeable—if a bit of a chow hound, requiring us to lock the refrigerator and hide the cookies. Something told us early on that a child, even one with autism, should not experience his or her whole life through the filter of parents.
 

United Nations Autism Awareness Stamps

The United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day to highlight the need to help improve the lives of children and adults who are affected by the disorder so they can lead full and meaningful lives.

The United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) will issue stamps and first day covers on 2 April 2012 in recognition of World Autism Day. The stamps, and the artists who designed them, will together raise awareness about this important global cause.

Autism in the News - 04.05.12

Autism linked to gene mutations; suicide linked to cancer (USA Today)

Judith Ursitti Explains Need for Healthcare Reform

Judith Ursitti, our director of state government affairs and the mom of two kids on the spectrum, met with master’s students at Yale University’s Pierson College to talk about autism insurance reform. As a member of the government relations team, Judith has fought for autism insurance reform laws across the nation and last summer helped lead a sweep of the Northeast when New York and Rhode Island enacted new laws. Read about her visit to Yale here.

"As Autism Soars: No One Is Left Untouched"

The CDC’s new estimate of autism prevalence – 1 in 88 children in the United States – demands that we recognize autism as a public health emergency and national priority warranting immediate attention. For perspective, more children are affected by autism in this country than by diabetes, AIDS, cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy or Down syndrome – combined.

The Boss!

 Written by Robert Holt, a supporter of Autism Speaks 

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.

Autism in the News - 04.04.12

Ban highlights talents of autism community, reaffirms UN’s resolve to raise awareness (New York, N.Y.)
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today pledged the United Nations’ continued commitment to raising awareness on the challenges that people with autism face, while highlighting the many talents that are sometimes overlooked in people with the condition. Read more.

Autism in the News - 04.03.12

'Light it Up Blue' for Autism Awareness (Lynnfield Patch)
The following is an opinion piece by State Senator Katherine Clark: Last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the prevalence of autism in the United States has risen to 1 in 88 children. Read more.

Presidential Proclamation – World Autism Awareness Day, 2012

The White House today released a Presidential Proclamation in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day.