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Autism Speaks Names New Head of Medical Research

Pediatrician-scientist Paul Wang will oversee organization’s portfolio of medical research with emphasis on clinical studies
September 30, 2013

Behavioral-developmental pediatrician Paul Wang has joined Autism Speaks as its new senior vice president and head of medical research. He will oversee the organization’s medical research portfolio, with a strong focus on clinical studies.  

Largest Study to Date Confirms Autism’s Link to Disordered Sleep

Shortened sleep & frequent wakenings extend into adolescence; Autism Speaks addresses issue with clinically tested training and tool kit for parents
September 30, 2013

The largest study of its kind has confirmed that children with autism have poorer sleep quality than do other children. They both sleep less overall and are prone to frequent night wakening.

Autism Speaks Partners with Malaysia

New Malaysian program will work with Autism Speaks to raise awareness & sensitivity; Malaysia’s first lady praises collaboration
September 29, 2013

Malaysia’s newly founded autism program – Permata Kurnia – has announced that it will collaborate with Autism Speaks to enhance national awareness and community sensitivity to the needs of individuals with autism. The announcement comes on the heels of Autism Speaks’ Sixth Annual World Focus on Autism, in New York City. The Sept.

Autism Study Finds No Link to Celiac Disease; Gluten Reactivity Real

Largest-ever study of autism and celiac disease helps clarify earlier findings; supports parent reports of gluten sensitivities
September 25, 2013


In the largest study of its kind, researchers found no link between autism and celiac disease, a severe intestinal disorder triggered by an immune reaction to gluten. However, the study also confirmed a strong association between autism and the presence of antibodies to gluten. Such antibodies indicate a significant immune reaction to the protein, which is found most commonly in wheat.

Disney President Speaks Out About Changes

Disney President Addresses Changes to Program Providing Access to Guests with Disabilities
September 28, 2013

The following is a letter from the president of Disney Parks addressing the changes to the program providing access to guests with disabilities.

Dear Friends,

Disney Parks holds a cherished place in the hearts of the millions of Guests who visit us each year. We know that is especially true for those of you who have a loved one with a disability. For many families, what would be impossible elsewhere is not only possible, but magical, at our parks and resorts . We are proud to play such an important role in so many of your lives.

Autism at 70 – from Kanner to DSM-5

New England Journal of Medicine features a historical perspective on how autism has been viewed since first described in 1943
September 19, 2013



This week’s New England Journal of Medicine features a historical perspective on autism, marking the 70th anniversary of psychiatrist Leo Kanner’s 1943 description of the disorder.