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A mom works with a child who has autism during a Caregiver Skills Training workshop. Photo courtesy Mom2Mom
Advocacy News
2.18.2022

Autism Speaks Applauds Introduction of the Autism Family Caregivers Act

Representatives Grace Meng (D-NY), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Mike Doyle (D-PA) introduced the Autism Family Caregivers Act to improve the lives of
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Advocacy News
2.10.2022

Autism Speaks representative appointed to National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ Consumer Liaison group

Autism Speaks Senior Director of State Government Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy Kelly Headrick was recently named as a 2022 NAIC consumer liaison
Autism Speaks awards nearly $600,000 in Research Planning Grants
Science News
2.8.2022

Autism Speaks awards nearly $600,000 in Research Planning Grants

Autism Speaks is announcing grant funding to two research teams working to develop a model of care for autistic people across the lifespan who are
Advocacy News
2.8.2022

Historic Progress in Children’s Medicaid Coverage of Autism Services

This month, Texas became the 50th state to implement its Medicaid autism services benefit which provides coverage for ABA therapy when medically
Autism Speaks announces 2021 Local Impact Grant recipients
News
2.1.2022

Autism Speaks announces 2021 Local Impact Grant recipients

Autism Speaks is proud to announce the recipients of this year’s Local Impact Grants. Our Local Impact Grants fund non-profit programs that provide
WHO Caregiver Skills Training improves parent and child outcomes in urban India
Science News
2.1.2022

WHO Caregiver Skills Training improves parent and child outcomes in urban India

Research published recently in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders shows that the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Caregiver Skills
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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

To face the growing mental health crisis among the youth, the ACNet is committed to improving mental health for autistic youth. Read more.
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

A new study shows that the Caregiver Skills Training (CST) program can help parents improve their skills and engage with their autistic children. Read
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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