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Adult Employment: A Year of Progress

This year's celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is marked by new progress at the state and federal levels to increase job opportunities tempered by sobering reminders of the disproportionately high unemployment that persists within the disabilities community.

Autism Speaks is raising awareness of the issue through a series of nationwide Small Business Town Halls, including events Oct. 21 in Dallas and Oct. 23 outside Chicago.

Pitching In On Capitol Hill

Samantha Robbins, a student at Georgetown University Law Center, interned with the Autism Speaks federal relations team this summer in Washington.

When I look back to various internships I have had over the years, I never realized that there was an internship that could be both substantive in the field I want to pursue, while also being one of the most rewarding experiences.

On the Road: Encouraging the Autism Champion in Us All

Lorri Unumb, vice president of state government affairs for Autism Speaks, travels the country advocating for families and individuals facing the challenges of autism. This is the second post from her "On The Road For Autism Reform" blog.

I spent time in a couple of my favorite cities during the past week: Washington, D.C. and Charleston, South Carolina.

On the Road: Coalition Building in the South

Lorri Unumb, vice president of state government affairs for Autism Speaks, travels the country advocating for families and individuals facing the challenges of autism. This is her first post on the "On The Road For Autism Reform" blog.

There’s a lot to report from the Road to Autism Insurance Reform! In recent weeks, I made a loop of Southern states – closer to home for me -- to meet with families, legislators, lobbyists, and others who are working to pass laws requiring health insurance coverage for autism.

Putting The 'U' in Advocacy

Michelle Todd is President of the University of Minnesota Autism Speaks U chapter and has a 17-year-old brother on the autism spectrum. Last spring, she participated in a webinar covering Autism Speaks’ mission, including Advocacy.  During the webinar, she discovered the Advocacy department was offering summer internships and that Shelley Hendrix, the director of Grassroots Development, lives in Baton Rouge, LA where she was headed. She applied immediately for the position.