September 2012

Fundraising Friday: Helicopter Scale Masters!

What a fun event! Helicopter Scale Masters fun-fly event! To be held at the Woodland Aeromodelers flying site near Sacramento, California.


How Can Technology Help Me? - Our Technology Guide

Marc SirkinToday's "Got Questions?" answer comes from Marc Sirkin, Chief Digital Marketing Officer at Autism Speaks. 

How Can Technology Help Me and My Family?

1 in 88 Can't Wait: A Daughter Turns 18

By Darnell Carr-Newsum. Watch Darnell in our election video "1 in 88 Can't Wait" and read her blog about why this year's election is important to her as a mother.

Helping Your Teen Cope with an AS Diagnosis

Dr. Michael Clatch received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Psychology from National-Louis University and his Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Midwestern University where he dedicated his dissertation to the effects art therapy has on adolescents with Asperger’s Syndrome.


Career Day at The Gap: Job Training for People with Autism

Earlier this week our friends at Gap in NYC hosted a career day to give four young people with autism some real world experience to help them develop their workplace skills.

Gap partnered with Autism Speaks and HeartShare to give Reuben, Kenneth, Mathew and Sean (pictured) some on-the-job training, and a glimpse into the working world.  The four young men spent the day at GAP’s flagship 5th avenue store -- each was paired with a Gap employee and assigned to one of four stations:


This post is by Gianna Hitsos, a 17 year old Singer/Speaker/Actor/Advocate Bringing Awareness and Changing the Perception of People With Autism. Gianna will be participating in the Greater Boston Walk Now for Autism Speaks. To donate to 'Team Gianna' visit here.

When the Personal Gets Political

By Liane Kupferberg Carter, a community activist, journalist and Autism After 16 blogger, who has served on Autism Speaks’ Parent Advisory Committee.

Remember that saying from the 1970s – the personal is political?

Join Us for a Technology and Autism Webinar Series

Join us for Autism Speaks new Technology and Autism Webinar Series. Each webinar will offer a technology topic presented by experts that is targeted toward a family–friendly audience. The 2012 series runs from October through December, and will begin again in January 2013. Each webinar will allow time for questions and answers sessions. Webinars will be recorded and available for later viewing. The series is free and open to all.

Technology and Autism Webinar Series Highlights:

The Ballad of SenseAbility Gym

Alysia lives in Hopedale, MA with her husband and three sons. She is active in the special needs community through her volunteer work, specifically as the managing editor of the SPD Blogger Network, a website designed to connect parents of children with sensory processing disorder and through her own personal blog Try Defying Gravity. She is also a member of her local special education parents advisory council. Her middle child was diagnosed with PDD-NOS at age 3 1/2.