May 2012

I am a Child WITH Autism

This is a poem written by Kathy Booth. Kathy Booth has taught in the Ramsey School district for over 15 years. She began her career working with children with special needs. To this day, Kathy looks for ways to bring special education into her mainstream classroom. She is currently teaching the Kindergarten Wrap Program at Tisdale Elementary School in Ramsey. Kathy is also the proud mother of two adult children. When her children were grown, she decided to go back to school.

Geri Dawson Discusses DSM-5 on NPR

Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D., was interviewed by NPR on the latest study out on the DSM-5, the diagnostic manual for conditions like autism. Read an update from Dr. Dawson, Findings from DSM-5 Field Testing, on what the latest findings mean.

Autism in the News - 05.09.12

Targeting child's play to help tackle autism (Fox News)
As efforts expand to diagnose autism earlier and more accurately, researchers also are striving to figure out ways to treat children as young as one year old. Read more.

My Son Has Autism: A Marine Speaks

This post is by Major Bradley Gordon, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. It is excerpted from a blog he submitted to the Camp Lejeune Globe.

Are You Ready for Hacking Autism?

This is a guest blog post from Marc Sirkin, Autism Speaks VP Social Marketing and Online Fundraising.

Since our first "hackathon" in October 2011, we've been thinking, rethinking and, err, hacking our way through what worked, what didn't work, and where we want to take the program in the future. I wanted to personally reach out to you to give you an update and to let you know what is going on with the program and what you can expect.

Autism in the News - 05.08.12

Letter to the editor: In defense of Autism Speaks (Daily Sundial)
Jeffrey Zide’s opinion piece on Autism Speaks presents a false impression of the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization. Read more.

How to Advocate for Optimum Medical Care People with ASD

Join us on Thursday, May 10th at 4 pm ( PST) 7 pm (EST) for a live chat with Dr. Ricki Robinson. Dr. Robinson will discuss the family and physician relationship, and the importance of finding a physician who is aware of a person’s general health , as well as specialized medical conditions that are often associated with ASD. 

Stuck in Transition

This blog post is by Nathan Young, self-advocate and founder of Autism Candles.

Have you ever dreamed nearly everyday of the same thing and thought it was unlikely to come true , but it did? I have and it was amazing and today I no longer dream of it, but create within it's reality. For those with autism and developmental disabilities, including myself the prospects of gainful employment can be grim. That is when I decided to prove a point and without any possibility of failure because it wasn't part of the dream.

The Month in Review: Autism Speaks April 2012 Impact

April 2012 marked the biggest World Autism Awareness Month to date and Autism Speaks was at the forefront, leading the charge with our Light it Up Blue initiative. Read on to find out all of the happenings of the month!


Autism Speaks U Chapter Spotlight: West Virginia University

This guest post is written by Kasia Bryant, founder and former president of the Autism Speaks U chapter at West Virginia University. The collegiate chapter was established in October 2011 and is making an incredible impact on campus and in the local community.