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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.

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.  

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.

In light of the recent Wandering study, we reached out to our community and asked for tips and tools used to prevent wandering. We got some great feedback and wanted to share it with everyone!

Rachel: "I have a red wait sign that helps my three year old, so now when I open the front door I show him the sign and he doesn't wander off or run away!"

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.