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This is a guest blog post from Marc Sirkin, Autism Speaks VP Social Marketing and Online Fundraising. He recently attended CES to support the launch of a strategic partnership with Careverge.com.
 

53 Community Organizations Across 2 Countries Benefit

Autism Speaks announced the award of over $1 million in grants to directly support the innovative work of autism service providers.

January 24, 2012

NEW YORK, NY (January 24, 2012) – Autism Speaks, the world's largest autism advocacy organization, today announced the award of over $1 million in grants to directly support the innovative work of autism service providers in dozens of communities across the United States and Canada. The awards raise the total amount of Family Services Community Grants awarded by Autism Speaks to $2.9 million in the United States and over $1 million in Canada.

Chief Science Officer Geri Dawson, PhD and Family Services Vice President Lisa Goring hosted a LIVE Chat to address concerns sparked by this week’s New York Times article on proposed revisions to the medical definition of autism spectrum disorder in the DSM-5, to be published in 2013. Readers heard about its potential implications for individuals to receive an autism diagnosis and appropriate services.

After we highlighted Farmsteads of New England as January’s “Home of the Month” on our new Housing Portal, we received many requests for more information about this housing initiative. For that reason, we asked its Founder and Executive Director, Deborah DeScenza, to blog about her experiences with her son, Andrew, and about how FNE got its start.
 

On Monday, January 9th, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies announced a new study focused on how teens with high-functioning autism approach learning to drive. According to the study which surveyed almost 300 parents, two-thirds of teenagers with a high-functioning autism of legal driving age in their state are currently driving or plan to drive.
 

New Online Tool to Provide Information and Insight to Navigate a Key Challenge Facing Adults with Autism

Autism Speaks launched the Housing and Residential Supports Portal, a new online tool offering reliable, actionable information to help

January 12, 2012

NEW YORK, N.Y. (January 12, 2012) – Autism Speaks, the world’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, today launched the Housing and Residential Supports Portal, a new online tool offering reliable, actionable information to help secure appropriate residential supports and services, a critical aspect of an individual with autism’s adult life.

Happy New Year and welcome to 2012! December was a busy month, with lots of last minute fundraising and grant activity. This month’s “impact” post includes updates from across the organization. We hope the holidays were great for you and yours! As usual, this post is filled with top items from last month that we think made an impact for the community.
 
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