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April 2012

Avoiding Environmental Hazards During Pregnancy

This week’s “Got Questions?” answer is from Autism Speaks Director of Research for Environmental Sciences Alycia Halladay, Ph.D.

I’m pregnant. What can I do to avoid “environmental” risks?

NBA Celebrates World Autism Awareness Day

The NBA lent it support to raising autism awareness on the eve of World Autism Awareness Day as the announcers and coaches for the games broadast by ABC on April 1 wore the Autism Speaks puzzle pin. During the game between the Chicago Bulls and the Oklahoma City Thunder, announcer Mike Tirico explained the presence of the pin and and spoke about autism awareness month. Check out the photos below.

United Nations Panel Discussion Event

On April 3, we were honored to co-host a United Nations panel discussion, “Delivering Answers through Inclusive International Collaboration,” together with the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh, the United States Mission, and the Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the United Nations. The event served as a platform to bring the international community together in an effort to shed light on autism’s effect on families around the world, and what measures are being taken by leaders to better facilitate resources and services.

Tune In for 'The Dr. Radio Show' on Sirius and XM

Join our very own Dr. Geraldine Dawson, Karen Hopkins, a developmental pediatrician at NYU and Dr. Diana Robins of Georgia State who focuses on early screening of autism spectrum disorders. Currently, her two main areas of research are further improvement of screening for autism in the primary care setting using the M-CHAT, and study of the neurobiological mechanisms underlying social cognition, using functional neuroimaging.

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