(NEW YORK, NY – Jan. 16, 2007) – Some of Hollywood's biggest stars showed their support for Autism Speaks and its mission of autism awareness and research by wearing the organization's distinctive blue puzzle piece lapel pin on their tuxedos and gowns during last night's Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles. Golden Globe winner Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), nominee Steve Carell (The Office), nominee Masi Oka (Heroes) and presenters Tina Fey (30 Rock) and John Stamos (E.R.) were among those who made the fashion statement.
Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of the growing autism epidemic – 1 in 166 children is now diagnosed with autism -- and to raising money to fund scientists who are searching for a cure. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, whose grandson has autism. Bob Wright is Vice Chairman and Executive Officer, General Electric, and Chairman and CEO, NBC Universal.
Autism Speaks puzzle piece lapel pins are available for purchase at the Autism Speaks online store -- www.autismspeaks.org.
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 166 children, 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.