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Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism research and advocacy organization. It was founded in 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. We have experts available to media on a variety of subjects from research into the causes and treatments, better diagnoses and prevalence, to services available to families and efforts to improve the lives of all those living or struggling with autism. If you are a member of the media, please contact our PR team in the U.S.

A Special Opportunity to Enjoy the FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race at Dover International Speedway on June 3

Autism Speaks, Dover International Speedway, NASCAR and FedEx have teamed up to create "Autism Speaks Day at the Races" an unprecedente

May 15, 2012

NEW YORK, NY (May 15, 2012) -- Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, Dover International Speedway, NASCAR and FedEx have teamed up to create  “Autism Speaks Day at the Races,” an unprecedented opportunity for children with autism and their families to enjoy a NASCAR race – the June 3 FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks – in-person in a sensory-friendly environment.

Autism Speaks and The Gillen Brewer School teamed up with Major League Baseball (MLB) for the first ever Lead-Off for a Cure dinner gal

April 18, 2012

NEW YORK, N.Y. (April 18, 2012) – Autism Speaks and The Gillen Brewer School teamed up with Major League Baseball (MLB) for the first ever Lead-Off for a Cure dinner gala on Monday, April 16 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan. The gala raised more than $1.3 million for children with autism and other special needs. 

Toys“R”Us, Inc., T.J. Maxx, Dollar General, Casey’s General Stores, Modell's Sporting Goods, Lindt, Build-A-Bear Workshop and Walgreens are Among Partners in April Activities

Autism Speaks announced an extensive, expanded program of awareness and fundraising initiatives involving a range of corporate and phil

April 04, 2012

NEW YORK, NY (April 2, 2011) – Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, today announced an extensive, expanded program of awareness and fundraising initiatives involving a range of corporate and philanthropic partners that will take place throughout Autism Awareness Month in April. Last year’s April initiatives raised over $7 million to support Autism Speaks’ research and advocacy efforts.

Grammy Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter, Star of “Braxton Family Values,” and Mother of a Child with Autism, Takes Her Advocacy Efforts to the United Nations

On April 3, Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, name Toni Braxton, six-time Grammy Award-winni

April 04, 2012

(NEW YORK, NY – April 4, 2012) – On April 3, Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, name Toni Braxton, six-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and star of WE’s Braxton Family Values, Autism Speaks Global Autism Ambassador. Ms. Braxton is the mother of two children, her youngest son Diezel was diagnosed with autism at age three.

Nearly 3000 Iconic Buildings and Landmarks in Over 600 Cities and 45 Countries Worldwide Shine a Bright Blue Light on Autism

On April 2, Autism Speaks celebrated the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day with a series of high profile awareness e

April 03, 2012

NEW YORK, N.Y. (April 3, 2012) – On April 2, Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, celebrated the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day with a series of high profile awareness events and the launch of its third annual Light It Up Blue (LIUB) campaign, a global initiative to raise funds and increase awareness of autism as a growing public health crisis now affecting1 in 88 individuals, and 1 in 54 boys in the United States.  

Population of People with Autism and Cost to Society Continue to Skyrocket; A National Public Health Crisis Requires a National Strategy

Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, today called on the nation’s elected and appointed leaders

March 29, 2012

NEW YORK, N.Y. (March 29, 2012) Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, today called on the nation’s elected and appointed leaders to immediately develop a new, coordinated strategy to take on a national public health emergency – the autism epidemic – in the wake of a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) finding that autism is now diagnosed in a staggering 1 in every 88 American children.

Microsoft, Twitter, Google, AOL, Barnes & Noble, and Others Help Celebrate Global Light It Up Blue Campaign and World Autism Awareness Day with New Resources, Tools

Autism Speaks nnounced a series of digital, mobile and technology initiatives involving a range of corporate and philanthropic partners

March 28, 2012

NEW YORK, NY (March 28, 2012) – Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, today announced a series of digital, mobile and technology initiatives involving a range of corporate and philanthropic partners that will take place throughout Autism Awareness Month in April as part of its global Light It Up Blue awareness campaign. 

Lifetime Care of Individuals with Autism Highest for Those with Intellectual Disability $2.3 Million U.S. and £1.5 Million U.K.

Autism Speaks announced preliminary results of new research that estimates autism costs society a staggering $126 billion per year (U.S

March 28, 2012

New York, N.Y. (March 28, 2012) – Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, today announced preliminary results of new research that estimates autism costs society a staggering $126 billion per year (U.S.) – a number that has more than tripled since 2006, and annually in the U.K. has reached more than £34 billion (equivalent to $54 billion U.S.). The costs of providing care for each person with autism affected by intellectual disability through his or her lifespan are $2.3 million in the U.S.