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Watering Can Press and The Autism Acceptance Book to Serve as the First National Sponsor for Autism Speaks' Walk for Autism Research Events this Fall

(NEW YORK, NY - July 31, 2006) - Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of autism and raising money to fund autism research, today announced that Watering Can Press and its book, The Autism Acceptance Book, will be the first National Platinum Sponsor for its Walk for Autism Research events this fall. The Autism Acceptance Book encourages children to develop a better understanding of autism and an appreciation for people's overall differences.

“We are thrilled to have Watering Can Press and The Autism Acceptance Book as our first national walk sponsor,” said Lisa Gallipoli, Autism Speaks' national walk director. “The central themes of this book - tolerance and understanding - couldn't be more appropriate, as the Walks for Autism Research are not just fundraising events, they're also a way to better inform our communities about the devastating impact autism has on so many families.”

“The Walk for Autism Research program gives families like mine an opportunity to play an active role in the fight against autism,” said Brian Kelly, an Autism Speaks board member and the father of a son with autism, who was instrumental in the publication of The Autism Acceptance Book. “By serving as the national sponsor of these walks, I believe Watering Can Press' The Autism Acceptance Book will reach an even wider audience with its important message of inclusion.”

The Walks for Autism Research – which will be held in 43 locations across the country throughout the year -- are the signature fundraising events of Autism Speaks. Established by the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) in 2000, Walk for Autism Research events have attracted hundreds of thousands of walkers worldwide who have raised over 30 million dollars for autism research. NAAR and Autism Speaks combined operations in February 2006.

For information about how to participate in a Walk for Autism Research event near you, or to start a walk in your community, please visit

Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of the growing autism epidemic and to raising money to fund scientists who are searching for a cure. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright. Bob Wright is Vice Chairman and Executive Officer, General Electric, and Chairman and CEO, NBC Universal. Autism Speaks and the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) recently combined operations, bringing together two of the leading organizations dedicated to accelerating and funding biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism spectrum disorders; to increasing awareness of the nation's fastest growing developmental disorder; and to advocating for the needs of affected families. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit

The Autism Acceptance Book is an interactive, educational, and character-building book that introduces children to the challenges faced by people with autism while also supporting their personal journey toward appreciating and respecting people's differences. This book offers educational information, conversation-starters, and engaging exercises that invite children to "walk in someone else's shoes" as they learn to treat others the same ways they would like to be treated themselves. To order a copy of The Autism Acceptance Book visit