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Calls to Action

How We Help

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions across the spectrum and throughout the life span for the needs of people with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.

Increasing Global Understanding and Acceptance

From grassroots dedication to award-winning public awareness campaigns and the United Nations passage of the World Autism Awareness Day Resolution, Autism Speaks works to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism worldwide.

Ad Council public service campaigns increasing autism awareness by over 50%
Autism Speaks Walk, the largest autism fundraising event throughout North America, supporting the diverse needs of the autism community
World Autism Awareness Day, World Autism Month and Light It Up Blue initiatives, shining a light on autism worldwide Collaborative


Being a catalyst for research breakthroughs

Autism Speaks scientific research projects, fellowships and collaborative initiatives deepen our understanding of autism and improve methods for diagnosing, treating and supporting people on the spectrum. 

Helped lead the explosion of genomic discovery about biology of autisms
Collaborative Autism Treatment Network of leading academic medical centers conducting research to develop evidence-based best practices and cutting edge care
Advocacy for increased federal funding dedicated to autism research and advanced medical innovations legislation


Increasing early childhood screening and timely intervention

With partnerships and collaboration, Autism Speaks continues to address areas of critical importance to children with ASD and their support systems.

Global Autism Public Health initiatives that address the needs of underserved populations throughout the world
Physician education of early intervention and school-based intervention resources


Improving the transition to adulthood

Autism Speaks champions promote the well-being, fi nancial security and equal opportunity for adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum. 

Support of legislation enabling special tax-preferred savings for disability-related expenses, including autism 
Promotion of legislative policy supporting transition to adulthood for young adults 
Online access to resources that enhance all facets of adult life including education, employment, housing and community living


Ensuring access to reliable information and services throughout the life span

Autism Speaks empowers people with autism, their families and service providers through access to information and referrals. 

Global expansion through development and translation of vital tool kits and resources, across the lifespan from diagnosis through adulthood
Funding to increase programs and services for people with autism and family support
Real-time support and guidance for people with autism and their families through the Autism Response Team