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August 22, 2011

All of us at Autism Speaks mourn the loss of Jerome J. Shestack, father of Cure Autism Now co-founder Jonathan Shestack. He was a well-known human rights lawyer from Philadelphia, who also served as president of the American Bar Association in 1997-98. In 1979, Jerry was appointed Ambassador to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights by President Jimmy Carter. He is credited with helping to create the first human rights bloc in U.N. History.

Executive Committee Member Jon Shestack and Actor/advocate Bradley Whitford Speak in Support of Expanding the Promise for Individuals with Autism Act (EPIAA)

Leadership of Autism Speaks, the nation's leading autism advocacy organization, joined members of Congress on Capitol Hill today to ann

April 17, 2007

WASHINGTON, DC (April 17, 2007) -- Leadership of Autism Speaks, the nation's leading autism advocacy organization, joined members of Congress on Capitol Hill today to announce the introduction of the Expanding the Promise of Individuals with Autism Act (EPIAA) in the House of Representatives. Autism Speaks Executive Committee Member Jon Shestack and actor and long-time autism advocate Bradley Whitford applauded Reps. Mike Doyle (D-PA), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Chip Pickering (R-MS), House co-sponsors of the bill, for their leadership.

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Autism Speaks, Press Updates, Autism Speaks Leadership Joins House Co-Sponsors in Announcing Introduction of Landmark Autism Treatment Bill
April 23, 2007


Portia Iversen, Cure Autism Now co-founder, was interviewed by Public Radio International's midday news magazine "Here and Now" on March 8, 2007. Iversen recently authored the book "Strange Son," about the experience she and her husband Jon Shestack, CAN co-founder and Autism Speaks board member, have had with their autistic son Dov.

The nine-minute radio segment can be found at the "Here and Now" web site.

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Autism Speaks, In the News, Current News, Radio News Program Spotlights CAN Co-founder
August 23, 2007

On Saturday, August 25, 2007, MSNBC.com will feature internet banners from Autism Speaks' Ad Council public service ad campaign on every page of the site. Visit MSNBC.com on Saturday to see the ads.

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Autism Speaks, In the News, TUNE IN: MSNBC.com to Feature Ad Council Banners
May 13, 2007

strange son by portia iversen


Portia Iversen, Cure Autism Now co-founder, has just released her long-awaited book Strange Son: Two Mothers, Two Sons, and the Quest to Unlock the Hidden World of Autism. Iversen and her husband Jon Shestack founded CAN to find a cure and increase understanding of those affected by autism, after their son Dov's autism diagnosis at age 2.

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Autism Speaks, In the News, Current News, CAN Co-founder Publishes Book on Autism
April 25, 2007


Nearly a thousand scientists, parents and advocates from around the world will gather in Seattle May 3-5 to discuss the latest findings in autism research at the sixth International Meeting for Autism Research, sponsored by Autism Speaks. The meeting will focus on the search for potential causes of autism and better treatments.

A number of researchers will present their findings on a range of topics, including:

  • A drug treatment that appears to help some patients with autism reduce repetitive behaviors and improve social functioning;
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Autism Speaks, In the News, Conference to Explore the Latest Developments in Autism Research
Star Patrick Dempsey Takes 11th Place Driving the Autism Speaks #29
August 23, 2007


Patrick Dempsey got behind the wheel of the Autism Speaks #29 Mazda MX-5 racecar at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières in Quebec on August 19, 2007 and drove his way to 11th place out of 29-cars.

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Autism Speaks, In the News, Grey's Anatomy Star Patrick Dempsey Takes 11th Place Driving the Autism Speaks #29
October 03, 2006

A rare Corvette Z06, donated by General Motors, raised $121,000 for Autism Speaks this past weekend at the 2007 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction. Car collector John O'Quinn of Houston, Texas, was the winning bidder, with a final bid of $110,000. The final amount of the donation includes a 10% buyers premium.

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Autism Speaks, In the News, Auction of Rare Corvette Raises $121,000 for Autism Speaks