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Adults with Autism Report High Rates of Sexual Victimization

Study links higher risk to lack of sexual knowledge; Autism Speaks has resources for building understanding and skills
August 19, 2014


Adults with autism report starkly higher rates of sexual victimization than do other adults, and the risk appears to rise with lack of sexual knowledge, according to a new report.

Glendale Police Officers Trained to Better Communicate with People with Autism

September 10, 2013

Police officers in Glendale, Calif., took part in a training exercise on Monday designed to help them better communicate with people with autism.  The training was created by Kate Movius as part of Autism Speaks' Autism Safety Project. Local families who have children with autism took part in the training. Watch a segment from CBS Los Angeles News below.  

Autism Speaks Responds to Issy Stapleton Tragedy

September 05, 2013

On Tuesday, Kelli Stapleton of Benzie County, Michigan allegedly tried to kill herself and her 14-year-old daughter Issy. Police found and rescued Kelli and Issy, who has autism, from a van where both were already unconscious from carbon monoxide poisoning. As of late Wednesday, both Kelli and Issy remained hospitalized in Grand Rapids. Kelli is expected to be charged with attempted murder.

Training in Autism Friendly Protocols Help to Improve ER Care

September 04, 2013

A Pennsylvania emergency room doctor and three professors from Indiana University of Pennsylvania have created a training manual and DVD to help ER clinicians deal more effectively with patients on the autism spectrum.

Autism Speaks Responds to the Devastating Tornadoes

May 21, 2013

Autism Speaks extends our deepest sympathies to the families affected by this week's devastating tornadoes in the Midwest and South. We are working hard to provide information, resources, and assistance to families affected by autism who have experienced or continue to experience the effects of these horrible events. 

Hurricane Sandy: Disaster Preparedness Tips and Resources

August 26, 2012

As Hurricane Sandy arrives, we wanted to share some important information to help people prepare for the storm. Please everyone be safe and follow all precautions.

The Autism Safety Project provides information for families and First Responders with information and guidelines for communicating with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in emergency situations.

Autism Speaks Announces Partnership with the National Autism Association to Provide Funding for “Big Red Safety Boxes” for Families of Individuals with Autism at Risk of Wandering

Autism Speaks today announced that it has awarded $30,000 in funding to the National Autism Association (NAA) to provide 1,000 Big Red

February 14, 2012

NEW YORK, N.Y. (February 14, 2012) – Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, today announced that it has awarded $30,000 in funding to the National Autism Association (NAA) to provide 1,000 Big Red Safety Boxes to families of individuals with autism.