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Suzanne Wright

October 07, 2013

Autism Speaks Co-founders Suzanne and Bob Wright and Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, spouse of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, hosted the Sixth Annual World Focus on Autism on Thursday, September 26 in New York City. The event promoted autism awareness and highlighted autism as a global public health issue for an audience of First Spouses and dignitaries from countries around the world.

September 26, 2013

Autism Speaks Co-founders Suzanne and Bob Wright and Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, spouse of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, hosted the Sixth Annual World Focus on Autism on Thursday, September 26 in New York City. The event promoted autism awareness and highlighted autism as a global public health issue for an audience of First Spouses and dignitaries from countries around the world. 

Thank you Kate. Kate has been a great friend of ours for many years. What a wonderful woman she is. Fighting to keep America – thinking- and on its toes.

Just two years ago Bob was a part of the inaugural Nantucket Project entitled “Rethink.” Last year it was “Collective Intelligence.” Both are what we do every day at Autism Speaks. We use the collective intelligence of the best and brightest to make American think and rethink – what it knows about the most urgent childhood development disorder in the world: autism

July 08, 2013

 

Deana Petty and her husband, Doug, are like most grandparents: They dote endlessly on the kids by celebrating their personal milestones and call them, 'the sunshine in their lives, the apples of their eyes, the joy in their hearts.'

When her grandson Mac was diagnosed with autism five years ago at the age of 7, Petty gathered her family in close.

“I heard a doctor say if you meet one autistic child, you’ve met one autistic child,” said Petty. “Translation: there is no template.”

Retired UConn Coach Jim Calhoun Wows Crowd with Commitment to Raising Awareness
June 17, 2013

Drive. Determination. Single-minded focus. These are qualities you’d expect to see on the golf course. But today at the famed USGA Winged Foot Golf Course in Mamaroneck, N.Y., those words took on extra meaning during the 15th Annual Autism Speaks Celebrity Golf Challenge.

Retired UConn head coach Jim Calhoun told a crowd of more than 220 golfers how he balked at NCAA rules – and wore his Autism Speaks blue puzzle pin everywhere he went. “I wear it or I don’t coach,” said the Autism Speaks ambassador and autism grandpa.

June 14, 2013

On May 30, the executive board of the World Health Assembly adopted the resolution “Comprehensive and Coordinated Efforts for the Management of Autism Spectrum Disorders” (ASD). The assembly is the governing body of the World Health Organization (WHO). Learn more about the resolution here.

May 30, 2013

On Thursday, May 30th, the Katie Show spotlighted living with autism in an episode titled, ‘Living With Autism & Amazing Acts of Love.’ Katie kicked off the show sharing that the broadcast was long overdue, considering 1 in 88 children are now diagnosed with some form of autism. Several people who work on the Katie Show are affected, including Katie’s godson Jay, who was diagnosed with autism ten years ago.