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Adam Lanza's Father Breaks His Silence

March 10, 2014

(March 10, 2014) Peter Lanza, the father of Adam Lanza, who killed 20 young children and six adults in Newtown, Conn. at Sandy Hook Elementary school, has broken his silence for the first time. 

Peter Lanza spoke with New Yorker writer Andrew Solomon in a series of inteviews for an article published today. In the story, Lanza discusses Adam's diagnosis with Asperger Syndrome, telling Solomon, "Asperger’s makes people unusual, but it doesn’t make people like this."

Dan Aykroyd Talks About his Asperger's Diagnosis

December 16, 2013

In a recent interview with The Daily Mail, writer and actor Dan Aykroyd discussed his Asperger's diagnosis. In the interview, Aykroyd says his Asperger syndrome contributed to the inspiration for the hit movie Ghostbusters, telling the Daily Mail, "One of my symptoms included my obsession with ghosts and law enforcement -- I carry around a police badge with me, for example. I became obsessed by Hans Holzer, the greatest ghost hunter ever.

Discovering Comprehensive Care; Advancing Autism Research

September 08, 2013

A family finds a medical home in Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network and gladly "gives back" to autism research by becoming part of the network's patient registry. 

By Rachel Nuwer

Parents & Providers Collaborate to Build a Better Autism Medical Home

Day 2 at Autism Speaks National Conference: Paul Carbone helps families & doctors forge stronger partnerships, deliver lifelong care
July 27, 2013

 

Building a Fulfilling Life at the Autism Speaks National Conference

Educator, researcher, self-advocate Stephen Shore opens meeting with call for greater emphasis on self-advocacy and autism-related strengths
July 26, 2013

 

 

Caution Still Needed with Mercury Exposure during Pregnancy

Autism Speaks offers perspective on new report finding no increased autism risk associated with eating mercury-contaminated fish during pregnancy
July 24, 2013

A new study found no increased risk of autism associated with mothers eating large amounts of mercury-contaminated fish during pregnancy. The researchers tracked the development of children born to Seychelles Islanders, who tend to eat relatively large amounts mercury-contaminated fish. They looked for any link between autism behaviors in the children and mercury levels in the mothers. They found none.