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Posted by Amy Daniels, PhD, Autism Speaks assistant director for public health research

In early September, Autism Speaks Senior Vice President of Scientific Affairs Andy Shih and I traveled to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (keer-gih-STAN) at the invitation of the nation’s largest parent-led advocacy organization, “Hand in Hand”(Ruka v Ruke).  

This Your Dollars @ Work post features Have Dreams Film and Multimedia Camp, a recipient of one of this year's Autism Speaks Baker Summer Camp Program grants. This blog post was written by Kathryn Born, Instructional Designer for Have Dreams. She designed this course, along with the technology and video game design courses that are also held at Have Dreams. Watch a video from behind the scenes and one of the videos created below!

This post below is by Jennifer Hitz, Grants Coordinator, and Megan Giordano, Equine Director, of Leg Up Farm. Opened in 2010, Leg Up Farm is a nonprofit therapy center, located in Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, whose mission it is to enrich the lives of families with special needs children through customized therapeutic experiences. Since its opening, Leg Up Farm has provided therapy and education services to over 1,200 children, over 20% of whom have had an autism diagnosis.

Earlier this year, Autism Speaks was excited to launch a new grant program, the Swimming and Water Safety Scholarship Fund. This program grants funding to organizations that provide swimming and water safety lessons to award scholarships to financially disadvantaged individuals with autism. The Your Dollars @ Work post below is a series of pictures of some of the scholarship recipients as well as testimonials from parents and service providers.

Guest post by genetic epidemiologist Christine Ladd-Acosta. In her research, Dr. Ladd-Acosta collaborates with Dani Fallin, director of the Wendy Klag Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Researchers funded by Autism Speaks share findings, seek participants for study of infants in families affected by autism

Guest post by Chad Chappell, research project coordinator for the Infant Brain Imaging Study (IBIS), at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.