On November 13, the “Autism Speaks to Washington” summit convened at the George Washington University for a robust and exciting line up of keynote speakers and presentations unveiling Autism Speaks’ enhanced state and federal advocacy strategy, groundbreaking advances in science and research, and a full discussion of the barriers to, and opportunities for, addressing the housing needs of those with autism.
Speakers, in order of appearance:
Mary Snow/Host, Autism Speaks To Washington
Suzanne Wright, Founder, Autism Speaks
Bob Wright, Founder, Autism Speaks
Liz Feld, President, Autism Speaks
Patrick Guerriero/ Founder, Civitas Public Affairs
Lorri Unumb/ Vice Pres., State Government Affairs
Judith Ursitti, Dir., State Government Relations
Mike Wasmer/ Assoc. Dir., State Government Affairs
Katie Keith/ The Trimpa Group
Kevin Roy/ Pres., Chesapeake Bay Ventures
Stuart Spielman/ Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel
Karen Driscoll/ Assoc. Dir., Gov’t Affairs & Military Relations
Shelley Hendrix/ Dir. of Grassroots Development
Adrienne Biddings/ Telecom Policy Counsel at Google
Rob Ring/ Chief Science Officer, Autism Speaks
Michael Rosanoff/ Assoc. Dir. for Public Health Research and Scientific Review
Dr. Steven Knapp/ Pres., The George Washington Univ.
Rep. Eric Cantor/ House Majority Leader
Lisa Goring/ Vice Pres., Family Services, Autism Speaks
Duncan Niederauer/ CEO and Dir., NYSE Euronext
Peter Gerhardt/ JPG Autism Consulting|
Anna Hundley/Exec. Dir., Autism Treatment Center of Texas
Tom Toronto/ Pres., Bergen County’s United Way
Patricia Wright/ Nat. Dir., Autism Services for Easter Seals
On Thursday, More than 260 autism activists from across the nation visited all 535 members of Congress, demanding a strategic national autism plan. Read more here.
At Wednesday's event, Autism Speaks announced the results of its National Housing Survey. Learn more here. Read a blog post from Autism Speaks staffer Kerry Magro, who introduced Sen. Menendez at the summit, here. Plus, see interviews with Sen. Menendez and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
On Wednesday night, singer Chelsea Stepp inspired the the crowd with a performance of her song "Beautiful Bless." Watch it here.
Autism Speaks to DC kicked off on Tuesday with an event honoring the Congressional Autism Caucus. See photos and video here.
Read Autism Speaks President Liz Feld's reflections on the Summit in this blog post.