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Autism Speaks Salutes Military Families!

Many military families are impacted by autism. Over 23,000 military dependents have a diagnosis on the autism spectrum. These families are substantially affected by the financial and emotional costs of raising a child with autism.

Military life is particularly difficult for children with autism and their families. Given the frequent duty station changes and social turmoil of military service, military children with autism often face additional challenges with which their civilian counterparts do not have to contend.

New Research Finds Annual Cost of Autism Has More Than Tripled to $126 Billion in the U.S. and Reached £34 Billion in the U.K.

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.

Autism Speaks Awards $450,000 in Grants for Two Programs to Encourage Independent Living, Increased Community Participation

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.

Autism Speaks Provides Sleep Strategies and Treatment Strategies to Dental Professionals

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.

Roses for Autism

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 Announces Partnership with the National Autism Association to Provide Funding for “Big Red Safety Boxes” for Families of Individuals with Autism at Risk of Wandering

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.

The Month in Review: Autism Speaks January 2011 Impact

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.
Enjoy this month’s impact highlights!
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