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Many studies have examined possible links between vaccination and increased prevalence of autism. This research has paid particular attention to the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, vaccines containing thimerosal and the total number of vaccines administered during early childhood or any one doctor’s visit. These studies have not found a link between vaccines and autism.

Harvard researchers find substantial costs in healthcare and education; more in-depth findings to come from Autism Speaks
February 10, 2014

Harvard researchers estimate that the added costs of autism-related healthcare and education average more than $17,000 per child per year in the United States. The figure represents expenses above those for a child without autism spectrum disorder (ASD). On a national level, the researchers estimated that these additional costs exceeded $11.5 billion in 2011.

Research investments in wandering prevention, treatment safety, early access to care and environmental influences on autism risk
January 06, 2014

Autism Speaks is pleased to announce new funding for thirteen research projects that will run over the next three years, for a total investment of $2,696,703 to advance understanding and treatment of autism and its related medical conditions.

January 09, 2013

In a story posted on Monday, the New York Times reports on a complaint filed with the Illinois State Board of Education. The complaint, filed by the nonprofit advocacy group Health & Disability Advocates, states that the Chicago Public Schools have repeatedly failed to evaluate children with disabilities and move them into special education preschool programs as required by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.


Every day new technology is changing our lives in ways we never imagined. For individuals with autism, some new technologies can improve communication, assist in the development of social skills, and enhance the ability to learn. This month's Community Connections is focused on helping families understand how new technology can improve the quality of everyday life!

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Summer Camp: The Perfect Place to Have Some Fun! Summer camp can be one of the best experiences for people with autism spectrum disorder. Autism Speaks has just announced the recipients of our Baker Summer Camp Grants program, and this month's Community Connections features tips and advice on choosing a summer camp, finding a camper scholarship, and how to get started.

The transition from summer back to school can be tough for everyone, especially families of individuals with autism. The daily routine established over the last 2 to 3 months is changing, and the time has come to go from camp back to the classroom. 

To help ease the stress and smooth the transition for you and your family, we have provided an array of tips and resources for everyone involved in the process, including students, parents, teachers and peers.

Faith is a very important part of life for so many families in the autism community. Many of these families often feel held back from becoming a part of their religious community because of their child's diagnosis. They might feel excluded, or just assume that they won't be supported or accepted. 

Our hope is that all families affected by autism may be welcomed in their house of worship, and able to become active participants in their faith community. We have put together a list of resources that families and faith leaders may find helpful.