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.
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.
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.
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;
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.