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Autism Speaks announced that it has awarded $450,000 in grants for two projects focused on developing independent functioning and incre

March 01, 2012

NEW YORK, NY (March 1, 2012)– Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism advocacy and science organization, today announced that it has awarded $450,000 in grants for two projects focused on developing independent functioning and increased participation in community life for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). They are the largest Family Services grants funded by Autism Speaks to date, focused on creating specific tools and resources to enhance the lives of adolescents and adults living with autism.

Two New Tool Kits from the Autism Treatment Network Provide Valuable Guidance for Parents Whose Child Has Difficulty Sleeping and to Dental Professionals on How to Best Treat Patients with Autism

Autism Speaks today released the Sleep Strategies for Children with Autism: A Parent’s Guide and Treating Children with Autism Spectrum

February 20, 2012

NEW YORK, N.Y. (February 21, 2012) – Autism Speaks, North America’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, today released theSleep Strategies for Children with Autism: A Parent’s Guide and Treating Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Tool Kit for Dental Professionals, both available for free download on Autism Speaks Tools You Can Use webpage.

The mission of Roses for Autism is to grow independence in the business world through a replicable Autism training and employment program integrated in a successful and sustainable rose business. The vision is to demonstrate a replicable working model for inclusive transitional employment for youth and adults on the Autism Spectrum. In 2011, Autism Speaks awarded $25,000 to Roses for Autism through its Family Services Community Grants program.
 

Autism Speaks today announced that it has awarded $30,000 in funding to the National Autism Association (NAA) to provide 1,000 Big Red

February 14, 2012

NEW YORK, N.Y. (February 14, 2012) – Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, today announced that it has awarded $30,000 in funding to the National Autism Association (NAA) to provide 1,000 Big Red Safety Boxes to families of individuals with autism.

Here is a letter from one of our AutismCares recipients. AutismCares provides grants for individuals with autism spectrum disorders during times of crisis or unplanned hardships.
 

January got everyone off and running quickly as we ramped up several new programs and initiatives for 2012 and literally hit the ground running.
In late January, the New York Times broke a story about the proposed DSM-5 change that triggered an avalanche of discussion, concern and more. To get the latest, catch up on Autism Speaks DSM-5 policy statement and FAQ.
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Blog by Beth Weiner, Camp Director of Camp Good Times in Charleston, South Carolina, which received a grant last year:
 
The 2011 session of Camp Good Times of Charleston, a recipient of an Autism Speaks Baker Summer Camp Scholarship Fund, was activity oriented, fun, child centered, and safe for the 130 children who attended this past June. Our camp includes not only children on the autism spectrum, but neurotypical peers who come to camp, have fun, be campers and friends with everyone.