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COVID-19
Advocacy News
8.5.2020

Florida issues new COVID-19 testing requirement for group home staff

Autism Speaks commends Florida for vital testing rules for staff of group homes for individuals with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities.
Speed Cubers
Blog
8.4.2020

My review of Netflix’s ‘The Speed Cubers’ as an adult with autism

The new documentary revolves around 17-year-old autistic teen Max Park who is Rubik’s Cube World Champion.
Autism Speaks Asks: Got Questions?
Expert Opinion
7.31.2020

We are so overwhelmed with going back to school. What can we do to prepare our family and our loved ones?

This “Got Questions” response is from Dr. Rena Sorensen, Ph.D., a clinical child psychologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
A school classroom full of students sitting at their desks with the teacher at the front of the class.
Life on the Spectrum
7.30.2020

Back-to-school lessons in self-advocacy as an autistic parent

No parenting book mentions that having kids would require so many social interactions with other adults. 
Blog
7.29.2020

Carrying a heavy load with back-to-school choices?

Schools across the country are continuing to debate whether the new school year should begin in the classroom, at home with e-learning or as
covid-19 virus
News
7.29.2020

Autism Speaks advocacy priorities to support people with autism through re-opening of community life

At Autism Speaks, we are committed to advocating for the needs of every person with autism, across the spectrum and throughout the life span. We urge
Five ways parents can advocate for their child with autism in virtual learning
Science News
7.29.2020

Five ways parents can advocate for their child with autism in virtual learning

Dr. Faustino is a school psychologist in New York. Dr. Oyen is assistant professor of school psychology at the University of South
Photo of three face masks stacked on top of each other on a table.
News
7.28.2020

Autism Speaks’ position on mask-wearing within the autism community

While it is a recommendation, and in many areas a requirement, to slow the spread of COVID-19, wearing a mask is often difficult for those on the
Photo of many multi-colored mouth and nose masks stacked high on a wooden table.
Science Blog
7.28.2020

Navigating today’s new reality: Tips for autistic people and families to address challenges with COVID measures

As the COVID-19 pandemic and society’s response to it continue to evolve, we recognize the needs of autistic people and those who love and care for
Autism Speaks and Autism Speaks Canada logos, both with multi-colored puzzle piece.
Press Release
7.27.2020

SickKids researchers find new genes and variations linked to autism using Autism Speaks’ MSSNG data

NEW YORK (July 27, 2020) – Researchers at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) uncovered new genetic changes and specific genes linked to autism
Aaron Magee
Blog
7.24.2020

I am determined to succeed in my career

Since I started this job with A2W, I can tell I’ve grown.
President George H.W. Bush signing the American with Disabilities Act
Advocacy News
7.23.2020

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Sunday, July 26, 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Now more than ever, delivering on the promise
Pediatrics journal dedicates supplement publication to autism studies
Science News
7.21.2020

Pediatrics journal dedicates supplement publication to autism studies

The journal of the American Association of Pediatrics published a standalone supplement to its April issue dedicated to findings in autism,
Identical twins with autism differ significantly in severity of social traits
Science News
7.21.2020

Researchers outline method to create gene list for autism-linked genetic variants

A multidisciplinary group of autism researchers proposed a new method for identifying whether certain gene changes
Purpose-driven, functional mentorships support low-pressure learning
Blog
7.15.2020

Purpose-driven, functional mentorships support low-pressure learning

Anne Nagel is a cognitive engineer and human factors specialist at Autism Speaks. She is also an executive
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