Julia, Sesame Street

Julia debuts on Sesame Street episode about autism acceptance

Sesame Street debuted their newest muppet, Julia, on HBO on April 10, 2017. Julia made headlines earlier in the year for being the first Sesame Street
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Alpha Xi Delta Alpha Xi Delta’s members demonstrate commitment to support Autism Speaks’ mission nationwide, raising $8 million for

This program is teaching social skills to young adults with autism

The PEERS program at UCLA, which stands for Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills, is a 16 week-long program that teaches
Elizabeth Laugeson, director of the UCLA PEERS Clinic, leads a class for young adults who have autism.

Social skills classes produce lasting benefits for adults with autism

A social skills program for young adults with autism provides lasting benefits that include a steady growth in social connections, according to a new
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Neurodiversity in the Workplace Curriculum

Autism Speaks open-sources the Neurodiversity in the Workplace Curriculum by The Arc of Philadelphia.
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Youth with autism gain, keep jobs after employer-based skills program

Nearly all high school youth with autism spectrum disorder who participated in an intensive job skills program gained and maintained meaningful part

Study Confirms: Autism Wandering Common & Scary

A new study confirms what many parents know well: Wandering by children with autism is common, dangerous and puts tremendous stress on families.  
Autism Speaks and Royal Arch Masons sponsor research on Auditory Processing Disorder
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Autism Speaks and Royal Arch Masons fund research on auditory processing disorder

Autism Speaks, with the support of a Royal Arch Research Assistance grant, is funding a pilot study and a research fellowship to address sound
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Advocacy Ambassador Program celebrates one-year anniversary!

On August 1, 2017, we officially launched our Autism Speaks Volunteer Advocacy Ambassador Program.  
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Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act is reauthorized

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act was reauthorized on July 31, 2018. This law increases access to employment opportunities for
President George H.W. Bush signing the American with Disabilities Act
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Celebrate the 28th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act!

ADA is a landmark civil rights law. It prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in employment, education, housing,
Map of Unites States with states labelled in blue and green according to if an ABLE bill is signed and an ABLE program is open.
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An Update on ABLE Accounts

The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act was signed into law on December 19, 2014. The ABLE Act amended the federal tax code to allow
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North Dakota becomes 48th state to require autism insurance coverage

This morning, North Dakota became the 48th state to require autism insurance coverage. North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread announced that
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Bill passed to delay implementation of Electronic Visit Verification

Autism Speaks supported legislation recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives that would delay the implementation of Electronic Visit
Autism Speaks partners with DNAStack to support MSSNG whole genome sequencing program
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DNAstack and Autism Speaks® Announce Collaboration

DNAstac, a software company that develops a cloud-based platform to manage, analyze and search genomic datasets, and Autism Speaks announced today a
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19th Anniversary of the Supreme Court's Olmstead Decision

In the 1999 case, Olmstead v. L.C., the Court held that unjustified segregation of persons with disabilities constitutes discrimination in violation
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