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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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This is a guest post by Allison Rogers.  Allison is a lawyer in private practice in Washington D.C. and volunteers actively with Autism Speaks in their housing policy initiative.  She has a younger brother, Adam, who has autism.
 

New Feature Allows Parents to View Examples of Different Treatment Options

Autism Speaks, together with First Signs, a leader in educating parents and professionals about the early signs of autism and related d

January 05, 2012

NEW YORK, N.Y. (January 5, 2011) – Autism Speaks, the world’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, together with First Signs, a leader in educating parents and professionals about the early signs of autism and related disorders, and Florida State University’s Autism Institute today announced the launch of a new treatment section of its acclaimed online Autism Video Glossary, giving parents an important new tool as they work to determine the best treatment options for their child.

Autism Speaks has been awarded a $75,000 grant from QBE the Americas to develop a new Employment Tool Kit, which will highlight the val

December 19, 2011
NEW YORK, N.Y. (December 19, 2011) – Autism Speaks, the world’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, has been awarded a $75,000 grant from QBE the Americas to develop a new Employment Tool Kit, which will highlight the valuable contributions people with autism can provide to potential employers, including businesses, non-profit groups and government agencies.