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Liz Feld

Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network Announces New Funding & Centers

New strategic plan emphasizes research and community outreach at 14 centers across North America; includes two new centers
August 18, 2014


In the newest round of funding for its Autism Treatment Network, Autism Speaks has selected 14 sites across U.S. and Canada. The selections include two new centers that will join the network in September 2014. (Full list below.)

The Kids Who Beat Autism Versus the Reality for Most Families

The New York Times explores “optimal outcomes” in autism – rare individuals who overcome symptoms, usually with intensive therapy
July 31, 2014

This coming Sunday's New York Times Magazine takes an in-depth look at the estimated one-in-ten children with autism spectrum disorder who make such dramatic progress with therapy that they would no longer be considered autistic.

Autism Speaks' Rob Ring to Serve on Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee

Newly appointed to the IACC, Autism Speaks' chief science officer redoubles pledge to put science to work for families
July 02, 2014

Today, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced the appointment of Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer Rob Ring as a new public member of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC). The committee advises the government on federally funded autism research and related activities. It also provides a forum for public input on these issues.

McLean Hospital Holds Annual Dinner, Honors Jane Fonda

June 21, 2014

June 21, 2014 - McLean Hospital held its Annual Dinner last night in Boston. Actress Jane Fonda received the McLean award for her work to increase public awareness of mental health issues. Among those in attendance were last year’s honoree, "American Hustle" director David O. Russell; former Saturday Night Live star Maya Rudolph; actress Catherine Keener; Red Sox President and CEO and Larry Lucchino and his wife, Stacey; Liz Feld, president, Autism Speaks; and Dan Smith, Autism Speaks senior director of discovery neuroscience and president of DELSIA.

WABC's "Up Close" on Autism Awareness in Wake of Avonte Oquendo Case

April 13, 2014

(April 13, 2014) - This morning, WABC-TV New York's  “Up Close” looked at  the importance of autism awareness and support for people with autism and their families in the wake of the disappearance and death of Avonte Oquendo. First, WABC's Bill Ritter spoke with Vanessa Fontaine, Avonte's mother, and her attorney, David Perecman.