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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Link

We reached out to the Autism Speaks community for their advice on the best ways to make this year's Halloween a successful and fun event! The top tips are below:

  1. The most important thing is do what is fun for your child and don't be too hard on yourself if a meltdown happens anyway. - Kari 
  2. One good idea (if you're close with your neighbors) is telling a few
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Link

This guest post is by Amy Gravino, an adult with autism who is on our Communications Committee here at Autism Speaks. This post is part of an initiative on our site called “In Our Own Words: Living on the Spectrum,” which highlights the experiences of individuals with autism from their perspectives. Have a story you

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 Link

This guest post is by Bunky who participates in Arizona’s Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Why do you walk? Tell us at and you could be featured on our website! See if there’s a walk that you can participate in at

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 Link


By pediatric nurse practitioner Lynn Cole, associate director of clinical services at the University of Rochester’s Division of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. The University of Rochester is one of 14

Monday, October 27, 2014 Link

This is a post by Kimberlee Rutan McCafferty, mother to two sons on the autism spectrum and an Autism Family Partner at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Kim is also the author of a blog about her two children with autism at

I pull Zach in close to me as we lean back into our pew, letting the sounds

Monday, October 27, 2014 Link

This guest post is by Kevin Long who will be running in the NYC Marathon this Sunday for "Timmy's Team", as part of our

Friday, October 24, 2014 Link

This guest post is by Edward J. Nitkewicz a Senior Counsel to Sanders, Sanders, Block, Woycik, Viener & Grossman, where he concentrates in the representation of personal injury plaintiffs. Edward attended our Long Island Town Hall on Adult Services focused on housing and community living Wednesday. You can read the entire recap of this event here

Town Halls
Friday, October 24, 2014 Link

“Our 9-year-old grandson has autism. He excels in music and math and understands an extensive vocabulary. But he struggles with expressive speech. He receives speech therapy. However, his screeching and vocal sounds at home and school are irritating and distracting. It’s not Tourette's. It comes out of the blue when he’s excited or concentrating. He's a great, loving kid, but these sounds are sending us all running for the hills! Can you help?

Thursday, October 23, 2014 Link

This post is written by Stephanie De Leon, our Spanish-speaking Autism Response Team Senior Coordinator.  Her background as a Behavior Therapist has shaped her perspective on autism which has personally compelled her to spread awareness on autism and provide families with resources and information. 

Esto fue escrito por Stephanie De León, nuestra Coordinador Superior del Equipo de Respuestas de Autismo. Su

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Link

By Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer Rob Ring and Paul Wang, Autism Speaks senior vice president for medical research


This week we’re very excited to announce that Autism Speaks is funding not just one but two proposals for research into autism-related gastrointestinal (GI) issues. (See our related news story