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Hateful Letter Sent to Mother with Two Sons on the Autism Spectrum

January 06, 2014

An anonymous letter was sent on New Years Eve to the house of Annie Sands, a mother from Bromley, London, about one of her sons, Rubin, who is on the autism spectrum. The letter has gone viral in autism community since Annie has shared it and has even made her decide to sell her home and find another place to live. See a close up of the letter below...

Karla Begley: Answer to Hateful Letter is to Spread Autism Acceptance

September 03, 2013

Autism Speaks Staffer Kerry Magro had a chance to speak with Karla Begley, the Canadian mother who received a hate-filled letter from a neighbor who was angered by the behavior of her son Max who has autism. The shocking letter has since gone viral and sparked an outpouring of support.

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



Promoting Autism Research in Schools

Autism Speaks sponsors special issue of journal Autism – exploring benefits of research conducted out of the lab and inside schools
May 28, 2013


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.

Autism Acceptance on Campus

Study suggests greater acceptance of autism-related behaviors when college students know a fellow student has autism
May 03, 2013


The transition to college is an understandably anxious time for many students with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). How will they be accepted by other college students? How open should they be about their autism?

Speech Devices Can Help Build Language in Schoolchildren with Autism

Minimally verbal schoolchildren with autism gained spoken language faster when play-based therapy included speech-generating devices
May 01, 2013