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Friday, February 7, 2014 Link

This is a post by Dave Kearon and Leslie Long of the Adult Services team at Autism Speaks. Last week, Extraordinary Ventures held a conference in Chapel Hill, NC to recap last year's Small Business Initiative and discuss next steps to continue our mission in 2014.

The Autism Speaks Small Business Initiative, funded by the Ireland Family Foundation and executed in partnership with Extraordinary Ventures, had a great

Friday, February 7, 2014 Link
“After reading this and realizing that I'm not alone, I'm literally crying because I carried the burden of thinking that I did something wrong with my 4 year old daughter who is on the spectrum and will only have liquids. I tortured myself thinking I was a bad mom even though I've been doing everything possible … you have no idea how much
Friday, February 7, 2014 Link

In 2007, the first year of the Family Services Community Grants program, Autism Speaks awarded a grant of $20,000 to the Organization for Autism Research to fund the translation of three very valuable resource into Spanish and to print 2,000 copies of each for distribution in the Latino community. Autism Speaks is committed to expanding the number of resources available in Spanish

Thursday, February 6, 2014 Lorri UnumbLink

I wrote this post from the floor of the Atlanta airport, where I spent the better part of last Thursday night.  It wouldn’t be so bad, except that I spent the better part of the day stuck in the Nashville airport.  (Sidenote:  it’s not a bad place to be stuck.  A plate of BBQ, turnip greens, fresh-based rolls with live country music . . . but I digress.)  Business travel, especially during a rough weather week, is not fun.  More on my efforts to get home in a minute.

The travel was well worth it, for the extraordinary folks I met on the road

Thursday, February 6, 2014 Stasia Ward KehoeLink

This guest post is from Stasia Ward Kehoe, author of the book "The Sound of Letting Go," which was released today that you can find here. Stasia

Thursday, February 6, 2014 Link

This guest post is from Matt Barnthouse an adult with autism who is the manager for Ole Miss Men's college basketball team. Matt discusses his perspective of autism and last weekend's Autism Awareness Day in College Basketball. You can follow Matt on twitter at

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 Link

This post is from Jesse Saperstein, a motivational speaker and author of Atypical: Life with Asperger's in 20 1/3 Chapters. This post is part of an initiative on our site called “

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 Anthony IanniLink

This guest post is from Anthony Ianni, an adult with autism who played college basketball at Michigan State University for Coach Tom Izzo. Anthony shares his perspective on last weekend's Autism Awareness Day in College Basketball

As a motivational speaker for autism and Anti-bullying

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 Link

Today is the 10 year anniverasy of Facebook! With that we wanted to share some of our favorite Facebook posts around our offices with you from our Autism Speaks and World Autism Awareness Day Pages! 




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Tuesday, February 4, 2014 Link

Andrea Griggs of Murray, Utah is the mother of four children including two sons with autism. Even though Utah has the highest prevalence of autism in the nation (1 in 47), it remains one of only 16 states yet to require health insurers to cover autism therapies. Learn what that has meant for the Griggs family:

Most people in the autism community learn very quickly that the key to unlocking a child’s potential is early, intensive, evidence-based interventions, including ABA therapy. In many areas of our country, the key to getting these treatments is