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Sunday, December 21, 2014 Link

This guest post is by Shannon Knall, CT Autism Speaks Policy Chair on the recent passing of The ABLE Act.

Almost seven years ago, I found myself in a very precarious situation…as I often do.  I am absolutely the definition of accidental advocate.

It was Autism Speaks’ Hill Day in Washington DC in 2008, and my first time

ABLE, Congress
Friday, December 19, 2014 Link

This guest blog post is by Lena Rivkin. Lena is an artist and graphologist living in Los Angeles. She also has a brother on the autism spectrum. 

It’s the Holiday Season, in case you’ve been lucky enough to be hiding under a rock and haven’t yet been to Costco, where they started

Friday, December 19, 2014 Link

For the entire month of December, Toyota Service Centers in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut will be raising awareness and funds for Autism Speaks!

Toyota dealerships accross the northeast have been spreading autism awareness with great Autism Speaks displays:

Friday, December 19, 2014 Link

This is a post by Autism Response Team Senior Coordinator Emily Mulligan. For resources and information, contact the Autism Response Team at or by phone at 888-288-4762 (en Espanol 888-772-9050). 

Although the holidays are a wonderful time to spend visiting with family and friends, holiday travel can be stressful for many individuals

Friday, December 19, 2014 Link

The year's most-popular answers, advice and perspective on the issues that matter to you

First, a heartfelt thanks to our readership for your outpouring of questions this year. While we received too many to answer each one in our “Got Questions?” column, all your emails were

Friday, December 19, 2014 Link

In January 2014, Autism Speaks published the ATN/AIR-P tool kit Exploring Feeding Behavior in Autism: A Parent’s Guide. We were awed by the response from our community. Your emails expressed not just appreciation, but also a wealth of personal stories alongside pleas for further guidance. The result was a new Autism Speaks

Thursday, December 18, 2014 Link

The Chocolate Spectrum is a micro-enterprise that was founded by Valerie Herskowitz for her son Blake, a 23 year old man with autism, to be able to have a vocational opportunity after his mother exhausted all other possibilities. The goal of The Chocolate Spectrum is not only to provide a purposeful opportunity for Blake, but also to create employment for others on the spectrum. There are currently 4 other adults in the training program. A portion of all sales are donated to autism charities. Below is a Q&A Valerie did with Autism Speaks. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Link

This blog is from Michelle Mocini, who is a mom of two boys, one on the spectrum. Her son, Michael, 12, is unable to speak but has found his voice through hand-writing letters to his friends, family and school teachers.

Our son Michael is 12 years old and attends school at Holland

Tuesday, December 16, 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 Kim's book Raising Autism: Surviving the Early Years is on sale on 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Link

This is a post by Marianne Sullivan, RN, MN, who works on the Autism Speaks Community Outreach team and is mom to a 22-year-old son with autism. Last week, Marianne trained the Stockton, Cal. Police Department on autism awareness and best practices when interacting with people with autism.

As more activities and inclusion opportunities become available in communities for people with autism, there are also new risks