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Playground Designed to Help Children with Autism Build Social Skills

(July 28, 2014) - The Shafer Center, a school for children with autism ages 2-8, in Owings Mills, Md., opened a new playground designed specifically for children with autism. Such playgrounds are becoming more common aro... More...

Autism’s ‘Aging Out’ Crisis

The following excerpt is from “Aging Out,” as published in Excel: The Research Magazine of Drexel University. Paul Shattuck’s continuing research on factors that promote successful outcomes for young adults with auti... More...

Sibling Talks Autism, Employment and New Bakery Called 'Puzzles'

Autism Speaks Staffer Kerry Magro interviewed Sara Mae Hickey, the Owner of Puzzles Bakery & Café, a new business in upstate New York that is committed to hiring adults with special needs. Puzzles seeks to "solve the puzzle&quo... More...

Apply for a Virtual Internship with the U.S. Department of State

The U.S. Department of State is hiring virtual interns! We are looking for talented students with diverse backgrounds and skill sets, and no prior work or internship experience is necessary. This program involves working on projects in areas such ... More...

Combating NIMBYism: Not in My Back Yard

What does “Not in My Back Yard (NIMBY)” mean?

NIMBYism is a term that is used to describe opposition from neighbors to the development or acquisition of a group home occupied by individuals with special needs. ... More...

Thank you Mr. Mayor

Autism Speaks President Liz Feld wrote to Noam Bramson, Mayor of New Rochelle, N.Y., in response to the Mayor's post on his website entitled "Child, Home, Neighborhood, Community & Conscience."  You can read his post... More...

Tragic Ending to Missouri Wandering Case

(July 9, 2014) -- The body of a five-year-old Missouri boy with autism who wandered from his family's home in Harrisonville was found drowned in a neighbor's pond yesterday, shortly after his family reached out to the... More...

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