On September 25, UNICEF and Columbia University’s department of epidemiology will cosponsor a symposium on global childhood disability. Speakers will include Autism Speaks Senior Vice President for Scientific Affairs Andy Shih.
NEW YORK, N.Y., (July 11, 2013) – A collaborative formed by Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, has found full genome sequencing examining the entire DNA code of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their family members to provide the definitive look at the wide ranging genetic variations associated with ASD.
On May 30, the executive board of the World Health Assembly adopted the resolution “Comprehensive and Coordinated Efforts for the Management of Autism Spectrum Disorders” (ASD). The assembly is the governing body of the World Health Organization (WHO).
The frustration is a familiar one in autism research: A new behavioral therapy works great when study participants come into a laboratory or academic clinic. Not so well in classrooms where teachers and therapists try to put the intervention into action.
For individuals with autism some new technologies are inhancing their lives through improving communication and enhancing the ability to learn. For these reasons, parents, therapists, and developers have come together at hackathons to create prototypes of apps to help reach people with autism.
Andy Shih, Senior Vice President for Scientific Affairs at Autism Speaks, has helped organize a "hacking autism" event in San Francisco with cosponsor AT&T Inc. that drew 135 developers.