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May 2012

Autism in the News - 05.03.12

Valley resources for autism (Jewish News)
A new study released in April by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in 88 children in the United States has been identified as having an autism spectrum disorder. The study also showed that autism spectrum disorders are almost five times more common among boys than girls - with one in 54 boys identified. Read more.

Co-Founders Appear on NBC Nightly News

On May 1, Autism Speaks Co-Founders Bob and Suzanne Wright appeared on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams for an interview about the Theatre Development Fund’s highly successful Autism Theatre Initiative to make theatre accessible to children and adults on the autism spectrum, and their families. Since the program’s launch in October 2011, special autism-friendly performances of The Lion King and Mary Poppins have been staged on Broadway.

Congress Briefed on Rising Prevalence, Cost of Autism

The Congressional Autism Caucus hosted a Capitol Hill briefing on the recently announced increase in the prevalence of autism and a related study showing how the costs to society and individual families for autism care have soared. The briefing was conducted as Congress weighed budget measures that could cripple the ability of the federal government to continue tracking the growth in autism.

Ethan Walmark on NBC's 'Today Show'

On May 2, YouTube sensation Ethan Walmark was featured alongside his parents, Allison and Michael, during the 8:00 a.m. hour of the Today Show. Ethan, 6, was diagnosed with autism four years ago. A recently posted video of him performing Billy Joel's "Piano Man" has rapidly gone viral on the internet, earning Ethan praise from Joel himself.