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Autism and Driving: Study Opens Research into Unmet Needs of Adults

First study on adult drivers with autism reveals self-perceived challenges and self-imposed limits; can tailored driver education help?
June 30, 2014

 

As the number of adults with autism rapidly grows, a new study suggests a range of self-reported difficulties that might be addressed by tailored training to support safe driving – a key to independence for many adults.

New Autism Speaks Grant Search: Find Projects in Your Area

New search engine allows you to explore how we’re putting your dollars to work in your neighborhood, state and around the world
March 19, 2014

 

At Autism Speaks, we want to show our passionate community of families, volunteers and donors how their dollars are invested in projects that deliver services and advance scientific understanding and treatment of autism and its associated medical conditions.

ACA: Fact Sheets

The Affordable Care Act – also known as health reform or “Obamacare” – was signed into law on March 23, 2010. The health reform law is expected to affect millions of Americans, including the autism community. Health insurance is complicated but Autism Speaks wants to help you make sense of new changes under health reform.

Harkin Unveils 4-Point Jobs Plan For 'ADA Generation'

September 26, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (September 26, 2013) -- U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today issued a four-point plan to create 250,000 new job opportunities for the "ADA Generation," young adults with disabilities aged 16 to 19, by 2015. Harkin called for eliminating a Social Security requirement that people with disabilities forgo work in order to qualify for benefits.

7% Disability Hiring Goal Set for Federal Contracts

August 29, 2013

HOUSTON (August 29, 2013) -- Contractors who bid on federal contracts funded by taxpayer dollars will have to step up their efforts to recruit workers with disabilities, under a new policy announced by Vice President Joe Biden. According to the Associated Press, federal contractors currently employ about 1 in every 5 U.S. workers.

Local Schools Told to Step Up Services for Military Kids

August 28, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (August 28, 2013) -- In response to longstanding concerns raised by military families subject to frequent relocation, local school districts have been directed to provide special education and related services for transferring military students that are "comparable" with what they received at their previous school. An estimated 23,500 children in military families have autism.