Autism Speaks Co-founder Bob Wright was honored Feb. 2, 2006, by the Museum of Television & Radio for his contributions to the entertainment industry. In the course of the star-studded evening, held at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York, the contributions of Bob and Suzanne Wright to raising autism awareness and research funds were acknowledged in a moving video tribute, which included
Autism Speaks' Bob Wright (right) with Museum of TV & Radio Vice Chairman Frank Bennack.
accolades by Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health; Autism Speaks President,Mark Roithmayr; Autism Speaks board members Mel Karmazin, Phil Geier, and Bernie Marcus; and Cure Autism Now founder Jon Shestack, among others.
Shestack said this about Autism Speaks' co-founders: "In one short year, Bob and Suzanne have gone through an amazing journey. They have learned everything there is to know about autism. They have gone through a tragedy in their own family, and they have come out the other end and become activists incredibly fast. And what they've done with that activism is they have created a media blitz on autism. They have raised an unheard of amount of money, and I believe they will provide leadership for years that will help make autism a household word and then, ultimately, will make autism a word that we only see in the history books."