Over 20,000 walkers gathered in Miami to kick-off the 2011 Walk season, raising nearly $685,000. Co-founders Bob and Suzanne Wright were in attendance along with Florida State Rep. Michael Bileca, County Mayor Carlos Alvarez, and County Commissioners Carlos Gimenez and Jose “Pepe” Diaz. Visit walknowforautismspeaks.org to find a Walk near you. And outfit your team in custom Walk tees that benefit Autism Speaks.
Immune Molecules Guide Communication in Young Neurons
In a study funded by Autism Speaks, Kimberley McAllister, Ph.D. and her lab at UC-Davis have demonstrated a new way that the immune system plays a key role in brain development. Certain immune molecules influence brain development by controlling the formation of synapses, or the connections between neurons, early in development.
Arkansas Legislature is Second to Pass Autism Insurance Reform in 2011
With unanimous passage through the state Senate on Wednesday, Arkansas families and advocates now call on Governor Mike Beebe to enact House Bill 1315, the autism insurance reform bill, allowing Arkansas to join the ranks of states that have recognized the unfair and unreasonable burden being imposed on families of children with autism. Once enacted, the bill will require state regulated private health insurance companies to provide coverage of evidence-based, medically necessary autism therapies, including behavioral health treatments like applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy.
Let Us Know How Well Your Town Meets the Needs of Individuals with Autism
Please take 5 minutes to tell us about your hometown. Are you unhappy with the available services, resources, educational opportunities and recreational options? What can your hometown do to better serve your family? Make your voice heard. Take the Autism Speaks Community Survey.
Autism Speaks Joins Grassroots Movement for Autism Understanding and Acceptance
On World Autism Awareness Day, April 2, 2011, Autism Speaks is uniting with the autism community to call for greater autism understanding and acceptance. The time has come when spreading a message of awareness is simply not enough. Learn more about Autism Understanding and Acceptance and how you can participate.