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Story Airs in Advance of Monday's Small Business Town Hall in New York City
September 16, 2013

Lisa Goring, vice president of family services for Autism Speaks, and Lori and Gregg Ireland, the co-founders of Extraordinary Ventures, appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box on Monday morning to discuss efforts to increase employment opportunities for adults with autism. The story focused on tonight’s Small Business Town Hall which takes place Monday evening at Credit Suisse in New York City.

Team Up! with Autism Speaks took over the streets of Boston in the Allstate Life Insurance Boston 13.1 Marathon
September 15, 2013

(BOSTON) Sunday was a great day for a run in East Boston and that is exactly what over 2,000 runners did bright and early at Suffolk Downs, where the Allstate Life Insurance Boston 13.1 Marathon benefiting Autism Speaks took place.

September 11, 2013

At the Miss Amazing pageant everyone is a winner.

Jordan Somer founded the pageant when she was just 13 years old, for girls with physical and mental disabilites. For the last seven years, events have been held across the country that include an introduction ceremony, evening wear and talents like martial arts and singing, which are designed to help build confidence and self-esteem. 

September 10, 2013

On Tuesday, September 10 Neiman Marcus hosted Project Beauty at the Short Hills Mall in New Jersey. A crowd gathered to learn the latest techniques and must-have fall trends in color, skincare and tools from a team of beauty experts! Autism moms Jacqueline Laurita, star of BRAVO's Real Housewives of New Jersey, and Laura Slatkin, Autism Speaks Board Member and President of NEST Fragrances, gave moving speeches to kick off the festivities. 

September 10, 2013

Police officers in Glendale, Calif., took part in a training exercise on Monday designed to help them better communicate with people with autism.  The training was created by Kate Movius as part of Autism Speaks' Autism Safety Project. Local families who have children with autism took part in the training. Watch a segment from CBS Los Angeles News below.  

September 10, 2013

On Monday evening, Autism Speaks held its first Small Business Town Hall meeting, hosted by the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. Over 130 people participated in the event, including adults with autism and their families, small business owners, employment service providers and local politicians.

September 09, 2013

At the 9th Annual Beach Bash, California-based Surfers Healing helped kids ride the waves, many for the first time.

Surfers Healing Director Jeff Ekberg said ex-professional surfer Izzy Paskowitz, who has an autistic child, started the nonprofit organization. Paskowitz's son was having a tantrum on the beach one day, so he put him on a surf board and there was a positive response. From there, Surfers Healing was born. 

“It was something they finally had a connection to,” Ekberg said.