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Advocacy News

From Fatherhood to Advocacy: Senator Eric Schmitt's Personal Journey Fuels His Fight for Autism

Among the different titles that U.S. Senator Eric Schmitt has held over the course of his political career, there is one job that started it all for
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Press Release

Senator Schmitt leads bipartisan bill aimed at permanently extending provisions relating to ABLE accounts

Senator Eric Schmitt introduced the bipartisan Ensuring Nationwide Access to Better Life Experience (ENABLE) Act to allow people with disabilities and
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Advocacy News

Autism Speaks Celebrates Advancement of Autism CARES Act of 2024 in House of Representatives

The Autism CARES Act of 2024 passed a key committee, adding a new priority to the bill that requires a yearly, comprehensive, and forward-looking
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Science News

INSAR 2024: Global Perspectives in Autism Research and Advocacy

Andy Shih, Chief Science Officer, represented Autism Speaks at the 2024 International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) conference in Melbourne,
POPSUGAR article with Alyssa Chapman on What It's Like to Live on the Spectrums of Autism and Queerness

POPSUGAR interviews Autism Speaks Champion of Change, Alyssa Chapman

Alyssa Chapman, one of Autism Speaks’ Champions of Change, shared what it’s like to coexist on the spectrums of autism and queerness.
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Advocacy News

New regulation strengthens civil rights protections for people with disabilities

The Office of Civil Rights has issued new regulation that strengthens civil rights and anti-discrimination protections and will improve access to
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Sports Byline USA interviews Armani Williams

Sports Byline USA interviewed Armani Williams, NASCAR’s first openly autistic driver. Read how his autism impacted his life and guided his career in
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Travel + Leisure interviews Stuart Spielman, Autism Speaks Senior Vice President of Advocacy

Autism Speaks’ Stuart Spielman shares how traveling with his son strengthened their bond and offered a sense of freedom.
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Advocacy News

New priorities added to Autism CARES Act of 2024 as it advances in Congress

We are proud to celebrate this milestone in not only advancing the Autism CARES Act of 2024 but expanding its impact through new elements of the bill.
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Science News

World’s largest autism genome database expands

Autism Speaks’ MSSNG database, the world’s largest autism whole-genome dataset, recently expanded to include an additional 2,489 fully sequenced
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Press Release

Thomas Frazier II, Ph.D. Appointed Chairman of Autism Speaks Board of Directors

Autism Speaks is pleased to announce the election of Thomas Frazier II, Ph.D., as the new chairman of the board, effective April 1, 2024.
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Press Release

New $2 million research initiative will study heart and brain health in people with autism

The American Heart Association and Autism Speaks are joining forces to fund pioneering research to learn more about how to enhance cardiovascular and
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Science News

Autism Speaks opens grant applications for autistic researchers

As part of our mission to be a catalyst for life-enhancing research breakthroughs, Autism Speaks is proud to announce a new round of our Predoctoral
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Advocacy News

Takeaways from the April 2024 IACC Meeting

This IACC meeting was an opportunity to recognize Autism Acceptance Month, share upcoming IACC publications and federal agency updates, and discuss
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Science News

Research shows no causal link between Tylenol and autism

A new study shows that there is no link between Tylenol and autism and that the previously reported connection is likely due to other underlying
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Advocacy News

Autism Speaks Endorses Bill to Ban the Sale of Water Beads Marketed as Toys

Autism Speaks has joined family advocates and groups like the American Academy of Pediatrics in calling for a ban of the sale of water beads marketed