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Andy Shih

Identifying Autism in Disadvantaged Regions: Challenges & Opportunity

Autism Speaks co-hosts meeting to spur development of practical means to diagnose autism in low- and middle-income countries
October 15, 2014

Autism Speaks co-hosts meeting to spur development of practical means to diagnose autism in low- and middle-income countries

(Oct 15, 2014) Today, autism researchers and clinicians from around the world will meet in Baltimore to begin developing practical and freely available tools for diagnosing autism in low- and middle-income countries.

World Health Assembly Adopts Resolution on Autism

Governing body of World Health Organization makes autism a global health priority, with commitments by all member nations
May 23, 2014

Today the World Health Assembly adopted a formal resolution making autism a global health priority. The assembly is the governing body of the World Health Organization (WHO). As such, the resolution brings a formal commitment by member states of the United Nations.

Autism Speaks Study Finds Advances towards Early Screening, Concerns about Path to Intervention

A new study from researchers at Autism Speaks shows improvement towards universal early screening for autism

January 28, 2014

NEW YORK, N.Y. (January 29, 2014) – A new study from researchers at Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, shows improvement towards universal early screening for autism.

Advancing Earlier Intervention for Autism: Is Early Screening Enough?

Autism Speaks investigators find advances toward universal early screening, but raise concerns about subsequent steps to early intervention
January 29, 2014

Autism Genome Sequenced in Unprecedented Detail

First results from 10K Autism Genome Project go beyond discovery of new autism-linked genes to provide guidance for diagnosis and treatment
December 01, 2013

A “Top Ten Advances in Autism Research 2013” Selection
See all the year’s “Top Ten” here.

New Evidence of Genetic Links between Autism and Related Impairments

Researchers study families affected by autism and associated disorders; findings could guide development of personalized treatments
October 31, 2013

Lorenzo Miodus-Santini, now 11, was never a big talker. As an infant he didn't babble or coo. When he began to speak as a toddler, he’d learn one word but forget another. At 13 months, he was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Lorenzo’s older brother, Christian, doesn’t have autism but likewise struggles with language. Christian has difficulty reading, processing spoken words and speaking clearly. Doctors gave him the diagnosis of specific language impairment.

Autism Speaks and the World Health Organization Listens

Andy Shih delivers call for action at WHO's 1st conference on autism and other developmental disorders, co-sponsored by Autism Speaks
September 17, 2013

 

 

Yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) convened its historic first conference on autism. The Geneva meeting represents the first step in enacting the recently passed World Health Assembly resolution on autism.