June 2012

In Their Own Words - Glows

This blog post is by Pia who writes over at a blog called 'The Crack and The Light.' Her son has autism.

“Autists are the ultimate square pegs, and the problem with pounding a square peg into a round hole is not that the hammering is hard work. It’s that you’re destroying the peg.”

— Paul Collins

Meet the Autism Speaks U Summer Interns!

This summer, we have three stellar interns working with our college program, Autism Speaks U. They are gaining hands on experience in digital and print marketing, design, social media marketing, branding and volunteer development. Not to mention they offer great feedback and ideas on how to develop Autism Speaks U even more! Read below to learn more about our intern team.

Can Grandma's Toxic Exposure Affect Child's Risk of Autism?

My mother was exposed to a potentially toxic chemical during her pregnancy. How does that affect the risk of autism in my children and my grandchildren?

This week’s “Got Questions?” answer comes from Alycia Halladay, Ph.D., Autism Speaks director of research for environmental sciences.

Family Connections Through Online Gameplay: Ohanarama

Jane Hoffer is the founder and CEO of Ohanarama.  A proud mother of three teenagers, she is also an accomplished technology entrepreneur.  Her vision for Ohanarama is to strengthen family bonds through the creative use of today’s technologies.


Bullying and Mainstreaming in the Schools

This post is by Benjamin Zablotsky, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Health & Wellness Chat Sponsored by Audax Health

On June 12, Audax Health and Autism Speaks co-hosted a live chat with Phillip Parham, a contestant on season six of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser: Families” and parent of a child with autism, and Eric Chessen, M.S., a fitness specialist and consultant dedicated to working with the autism population. The goal of this live chat was to bring the advocate community together to talk about the importance of healthcare for everyone – with an emphasis on those affected by the autism spectrum.


Annual Autism Speaks Celebrity Golf Challenge at Winged Foot

It was a memorably beautiful day at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, NY, where Autism Speaks Co-founders Suzanne and Bob Wright and event co-chairs Susan and Kevin Murray hosted the Fourteenth Annual Autism Speaks Celebrity Golf Challenge.