e-Speaks || February 4, 2011

 

Autism Speaks Launches Transition Tool Kit

In an effort to help families and their adolescents with autism more smoothly navigate the challenging transition into adulthood, Autism Speaks has launched the Autism Speaks Transition Tool Kit, a unique guide and roadmap to help families on the journey from adolescence to adult life. The free Tool Kit, developed in conjunction with both parents and professionals, features a wealth of practical and actionable information, as well as links to valuable resources.
 

Applications Sought for Basic and Clinical Research Grants

Autism Speaks launched a new Request for Applications (RFA) to support both Basic & Clinical research grant applications at both the Full- and Pilot-Levels to conduct innovative biomedical and behavioral research into the causes, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder. (Please note that there will not be a separate Pilot grant RFA in 2011.)
 

Evaluating Change in Autism Prevalence

Autism Speaks and the CDC co-sponsored a workshop “U.S. Data to Evaluate Changes in the Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders” designed to consider the factors driving the change in autism prevalence over the past two decades.
 
 
 

2011 State Autism Insurance Reform Bills Moving Quickly

This week, Autism Speaks endorsed its eighth, ninth, and tenth state autism insurance reform bills – North Dakota Senate Bill 2693, Hawaii Senate Bill 744, and Arkansas House Bill 1315. Like the bills already endorsed in Alaska, California, Minnesota, Oregon, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia, the North Dakota, Hawaii, and Arkansas bills will help end health insurance discrimination against individuals with autism. Also, the Virginia bill had a major victory this week, passing the House of Delegates in a vote of 74 to 24. 
 
You can now get Autism Votes action alerts sent directly to you via text message!* Just text "AVotes" to 30644 to sign up!
 

Find Autism Resources

Visit our Resource Guide to find local service providers and other resources and visit the Resource Library to browse books, magazine articles, educational manuals, software, and more. 
 

This Week on the Autism Speaks Blog

Check out this week's top posts and subscribe to the Autism Speaks Blog to receive an e-mail containing the day's stories.
 
 

In Their Own Words: It's For Me

In this week's “In Their Own Words,” Jess recaps her day at a Walk Now for Autism Speaks, and then tackles the difficult question, “how do you tell your child they have autism?”
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