Research reveals racial differences in perceptions of autism prior to diagnosisResearchers studied 489 children between ages 1 and 15 at their first ASD evaluation. Participants were 48% white, 23% Black/African American, 10%
2021 Advocacy HighlightsOur 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 crisisTo 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 childrenAs 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 scientistsAs 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 disorderThe 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 ItalyA new study shows that the Caregiver Skills Training (CST) program can help parents improve their skills and engage with their autistic children. Read
U.S. House Passes Historic Investment in Home and Community-Based ServicesThe 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 autismA 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 adolescentsA new study reveals significant differences in sexual orientation and activity between autistic and non-autistic people across the lifespan. Click
Autism Speaks elects Jennifer Seidel to its national boardAutism Speaks, the nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting solutions across the spectrum and throughout the life span for people with autism and
Keith Wargo Appointed President and CEO of Autism SpeaksKeith 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 adolescentsA 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 characteristicsA study found differences in restrictive and repetitive behaviors (RRBs) in children with autism based on characteristics like age, sex, cognitive
Research reveals racial and ethnic disparities in benefits eligibility and spending among autistic adultsA recent peer-reviewed study published in May in PLOS One reveals significant disparities in eligibility for Medicare and Medicaid coverage among