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Autism Speaks Hosts "Rock 'Til It Stops" Benefit Concert at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to Support Local and National Initiatives

Legendary Musician Stephen Stills and Cleveland's Own Michael Stanley Headline April 12 Event

NEW YORK, NY (January 10, 2008) -- Autism Speaks will host a special one-night-only benefit concert, featuring performances by Stephen Stills and Michael Stanley, at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, on Saturday, April 12 from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. “Rock ‘Til It Stops”will be an evening of food, music and fun as the Cleveland community joins together to raise awareness about autism and funds to support Autism Speaks' local and national research, education and outreach initiatives. April is national Autism Awareness Month.

Last April, Autism Speaks sold out its inaugural Cleveland concert event, which raised $250,000 for Autism Speaks. In addition to the special musical performances by Stills – a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee -- and Cleveland's own Stanley, this year's “Rock ‘til It Stops” event will include tours of the Museum's exhibits, as well as delicious food and drinks. The evening will honor Cleveland-area leaders in the fight against autism: Norma Lerner, benefactor of The Lerner School for Autism at The Cleveland Clinic; Susie Ratner, co-founder of The Monarch School for Autism; Eileen McShea, Autism Speaks supporter and co-host of “Good Company” on WKYC-TV; and Kristen and Stephen Stills, activists and national supporters of Autism Speaks.

Ticket prices start at $150 and sponsorship opportunities are available. To purchase tickets, contact Leslie McCammon at (323) 549-0500, ext. 748 or For sponsorship information or to join the organizing committee, contact Shari Goldberg at (440) 449-9922 or

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Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by extreme behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 150 children in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The diagnosis of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.

Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism, and to advocating for the needs of affected families. Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism, founded it in February 2005. Bob Wright is Vice Chairman, General Electric, and served as chief executive officer of NBC for more than twenty years. Autism Speaks has merged with both the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) and Cure Autism Now (CAN), bringing together the nation's three leading autism advocacy organizations. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit