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1.28.2022

Update on Autism Speaks diversity, equity, access and inclusion (DEAI) efforts - FY22 Q3

At Autism Speaks, we are working to achieve a world where all people with autism, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, can reach their
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Science News
1.25.2022

Research reveals racial differences in perceptions of autism prior to diagnosis

Researchers studied 489 children between ages 1 and 15 at their first ASD evaluation. Participants were 48% white, 23% Black/African American, 10%
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Advocacy News
12.30.2021

2021 Advocacy Highlights

Our Advocacy Team pursues policy solutions throughout the year that protect the rights of and enhance the services and supports for people with autism
U.S. Surgeon General issues advisory on youth mental health crisis
Science News
12.28.2021

U.S. Surgeon General issues advisory on youth mental health crisis

Earlier this month, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy issued an advisory to highlight the growing mental health crisis among the nation’s youth.
New study shows negative effect of COVID-19 school closures on autistic children
Science News
12.17.2021

New study shows negative effect of COVID-19 school closures on autistic children

As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, families across the country are coping with uncertainty and changes in routine caused by emergency school closures.
Autism Speaks announces grant funding for early-career scientists
Science News
12.17.2021

Autism Speaks announces grant funding for early-career scientists

As part of our mission to be a catalyst for life-enhancing research breakthroughs, Autism Speaks is proud to empower early-career scientists through
Autism Speaks renews call for significant increase in funding for research and services to support the 2.3% of U.S. children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Press Release
12.2.2021

Autism Speaks renews call for significant increase in funding for research and services to support the 2.3% of U.S. children with autism spectrum disorder

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released today its biennial update of autism’s estimated prevalence among the nation’s children,
WHO Caregiver Skills Training shows promising results in Italy
Science News
11.23.2021

WHO Caregiver Skills Training shows promising results in Italy

Researchers recruited the parents of 86 autistic children between 24 and 60 months of age in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy to participate in
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Advocacy News
11.19.2021

U.S. House Passes Historic Investment in Home and Community-Based Services

The historic $150 billion investment in HCBS was passed as a part of the Build Back Better Act and comes after months of advocacy where autistic
Research highlights the importance of vocational activities for adults with autism
Science News
11.15.2021

Research highlights the importance of vocational activities for adults with autism

A new study shows that vocational activities like employment, volunteer work and post-secondary education are associated with higher well-being and
New insights into the sexual health and activity of autistic adults and adolescents
Science News
11.15.2021

New insights into the sexual health and activity of autistic adults and adolescents

A new study reveals significant differences in sexual orientation and activity between autistic and non-autistic people across the lifespan. Click
Update on Autism Speaks diversity, equity, access and inclusion (DEAI) efforts – FY22 Q 1&2
News
11.3.2021

Update on Autism Speaks diversity, equity, access and inclusion (DEAI) efforts – FY22 Q 1&2

Autism Speaks is working to achieve a world where all people with autism, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, can reach their full
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News
10.19.2021

Autism Speaks elects Jennifer Seidel to its national board

Autism Speaks, the nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting solutions across the spectrum and throughout the life span for people with autism and
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Press Release
10.7.2021

Keith Wargo Appointed President and CEO of Autism Speaks

Keith Wargo has been named president and CEO of Autism Speaks. Mr. Wargo’s appointment is effective October 15, 2021, and follows the Board of
New study improves criteria to identify sleep problems in autistic children and adolescents
Science News
10.5.2021

New study improves criteria to identify sleep problems in autistic children and adolescents

A study has developed and validated a new cut-off value for the Children’s Sleep Habits Questionnaire for autism (CSHQ-autism), a common tool used to
Research finds patterns in restrictive and repetitive behaviors based on individual characteristics
Science News
10.5.2021

Research finds patterns in restrictive and repetitive behaviors based on individual characteristics

A study found differences in restrictive and repetitive behaviors (RRBs) in children with autism based on characteristics like age, sex, cognitive
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