(August 21, 2014) - Austin Riley’s story goes to show you can never dream too big. The 15-year-old is a go-kart sensation from Canada. He was diagnosed with autism at an early age and is currently ranked as one of the top drivers in North America. Austin never cared for sports until his dad took him to his first go-kart race. Now, his father Jason says he wants to use his son’s story to spread awareness of autism and inspire others on the spectrum.
Each April, World Autism Awareness Day and Light It Up Blue bring blue puzzle pins and lights to communities and TV screens around the world. But does Autism Awareness Month actually increase awareness of autism spectrum disorder?
June 21, 2014 - McLean Hospital held its Annual Dinner last night in Boston. Actress Jane Fonda received the McLean award for her work to increase public awareness of mental health issues. Among those in attendance were last year’s honoree, "American Hustle" director David O. Russell; former Saturday Night Live star Maya Rudolph; actress Catherine Keener; Red Sox President and CEO and Larry Lucchino and his wife, Stacey; Liz Feld, president, Autism Speaks; and Dan Smith, Autism Speaks senior director of discovery neuroscience and president of DELSIA.
West Hartford, CT (June 3, 2014) - Autism Speaks' Vice President for Community Affairs Jamitha Fields gave the keynote address at "The Autism Multicultural Project: Addressing Disparities and Needs in Underserved Communities,” today at the University of Saint Joseph. Read more about the event from the CT Mirror here.
(May 5, 2014) -- Led by their General Manager, John Schneider and his wife Traci, the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks have spent much of the off-season serving the Washington state autism community. Schneider's 12-year-old son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3.
(April 28, 2014) Today on WSJ.com, Nathalie Tadena looks at "Lifetime of Difference," the new awareness ad produced by BBDO New York in partnership with Autism Speaks.
The 60-second commercial consists of 4 15-second segments, the first features parents on a visit to the pediatrician with their young son. The next three, featuring Johnson & Johnson’s Band-Aid, Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup and AT&T, show the child growing up and overcoming the challenges of autism.