April 2012

Autism Speaks Salutes Military Families at the Intrepid

It was a great morning aboard the iconic Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum on Saturday, March 31st as families came out for the Autism Speaks Salutes Military Families event. More than 200 guests joined us for this special event to kick off Autism Awareness Month and World Autism Awareness Day.

Kerry's Korner #6: ShopRite 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.

Empire State Building Lighting

To kick off the Light It up Blue campaign, the Wrights and the Hilfigers, along with the Kenyon family, a military family affected by autism, were at the Empire State Building at noon today to “flip the switch” to light the world famous icon’s tower lights blue.

Autism in the News - 04.02.12

Autism Awareness Day spotlights discrimination (CBS News)
Today, April 2nd, is World Autism Awareness Day. The United Nations recognizes today to spread awareness on the developmental disability that affects tens of millions of people worldwide and according to the Secretary-General, to put an end to the discrimination many people with an autism spectrum disorder face daily. Read more.

Shine a Light on Autism with Rosco Color Filters!

This post is by Joel Svendsen, Manager of Sales and Marketing Initiatives for Rosco U.S. Rosco Laboratories. Rosco is an equipment and products supplier for theater, film, TV, and architectural environments.

Autism Speaks Rings Opening Bell at New York Stock Exchange

On April 2, Autism Speaks opened World Autism Awareness Day surrounded by families and supports at the New York Stock Exchange where Co-founders Suzanne and Bob Wright rang the opening bell with NYSE President Duncan Niederauer and his family.

The Need for Autism Services Goes Beyond Economics

Guest post by health services researcher David Mandell, Sc.D., of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research and the Center for Autism Research at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Vatican Calls for Sensitivity on World Autism Awareness Day

In recognition of the fifth annual World Autism Awareness Day, April 2, 2012, Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care at the Vatican, issued "An Appeal for Sensitivity and Supportive Solidarity Towards Autistic People and their Families."  The full text of the message appears below.

Message of Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski
President of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers
for the Fifth World Autism Day
(2 April 2012)