NEW YORK, NY (June 5, 2008) – In an effort to better convey important information about autism to Spanish speakers, Autism Speaks -- the nation's largest autism advocacy organization -- today announced that it has begun to make key pages on its web site available in Spanish. The organization is also releasing a new Spanish-language version of its 100 Day Kit this summer for newly diagnosed families and has created Walk Now for Autism materials in Spanish.
The Autism Speaks web site (www.autismspeaks.org) now features several key pages of essential information about autism in Spanish (/espanol/), including What Is Autism?, Facts, FAQ, Learn the Signs, and Diagnosis.
In addition to offering the 100 Day Kit in Spanish, Autism Speaks will add bi-lingual staff to its Autism Response Team to answer phone calls and emails from Spanish-speaking families who have requested the kit and are seeking additional information about support services in their region.
Those interested in receiving Spanish-language Walk Now for Autism brochures and other printed materials, including fundraising guides and a one-sheet explanation of autism, should contact their local walk office. Contact information for each office is available at www.walknowforautism.org.
“Our goal is to reach as many families as possible with key information about autism, including the importance of recognizing the early warning signs and ways to get help,” said Mark Roithmayr, president of Autism Speaks. “This initiative is an important step toward making it easier for Spanish-speaking families across the country to access this critical information so that they can make informed decisions and get the services they need.”
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.
About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Bob Wright is Senior Advisor at Lee Equity Partners and served as vice chairman, General Electric, and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal for more than twenty years. Wright also serves on the board of directors of the Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation, RAND Corporation and Mission Product, LLC. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit www.autismspeaks.org.