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Ann Gibbons

Ann Gibbons, known locally as Philip’s mom, is Autism Speaks’ Senior Regional Director for the Southeast. She writes us from her office in Washington, DC.

In October, I received an email from Stephen Niman at 11th Hour Search, Inc., a veteran-owned small business in northern Virginia. Stephen and his colleagues had purchased and gift-wrapped 18 iPads. He asked me if he could drop them off at my office so I could re-distribute them to autistic children in the military families living and working in northern Virginia.


By Ann Gibbons, Executive director, National Capital Area chapter

On Friday evening, May 3rd, over 200 women and men gathered for a screening of the movie "Colored My Mind" and panel discussion on “Meeting the Needs of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Prince George's County.”  Three organizations—The Links of Prince George’s County, Colored My Mind, Inc., and Autism Speaks—presented the program at Prince George’s Community College.

By Ann Gibbons, Executive director, National Capital Area chapter; photos by Mike Lang

During the Presidential inauguration weekend, Autism Speaks participated in the National Day of Service exhibition on the National Mall. Over 25,000 prospective volunteers toured booths dedicated to health, education, economic development, and other community concerns.