A guest blog by Sara Hart Weir, vice president for advocacy & affiliate relations with the National Down Syndrome Society. NDSS, Autism Speaks and 50 other national disabilities organizations have united in their support for the ABLE Act which has now attracted over 200 cosponsors in the House and a third of the Senate.
The Fistel and Paston families from Syosset, New York are planning the Ultimate Gaga! It’s a fun-filled day of entertaining activities for kids and their parents such as gaga, basketball, photos, face painting, and more! All proceeds will benefit our initiative to support research in Autism Speaks' efforts.
Check out their page here!
This is a blog post by Marianne Sullivan, RN, MN, the Assistant Director of National Outreach and Resources at Autism Speaks, and the mother of an adult with autism.
My son Hunter is a 20-year-old adult with autism. From age two when he was first diagnosed with autism, his language development was extremely limited. This has continued throughout his life, so his inability to express his needs and feelings frequently leaves him deeply frustrated, which, in turn, gets expressed by challenging and aggressive behaviors.
Family Services hosted a Live Chat with Dr. Matthew Siegel in conjunction with the launch of our Challenging Behaviors Tool Kit.
Guest post by Joseph Gleeson, M.D., professor of neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego
Andrew Littlefield, MM, MT-BC is a music therapist and Assistant Director at The George Center for Music Therapy, Inc. in the metro-Atlanta, Georgia area. The George Center has served hundreds of clients in the Atlanta area, many of who are diagnosed on the autism
This blog is by Giana Hitsos a singer, speaker, actor, and advocate bringing awareness and ahanging the perception of people with autism.
Jennifer Toscano is an aide at a private school for children with autism in New Jersey. With 6+ years working in the special education field, Jen has been exposed to a number of unique opportunities and experiences. Jen has created great relationships with many different and complex children over the years. Jen continues to work passionately and love the children that change her life daily.
We would like to thank Cantor Fitzgerald for including Autism Speaks in its annual Charity Day event on September 11, 2012. Charity Day takes place every year to commemorate September 11, 2001. By reaching out to help others, Cantor Fitzgerald turns a tragic day into one that is positive and uplifting. During the event, celebrities work with licensed brokers to raise funds for dozens of charities all over the world. We would like to express our gratitude to Autism Speaks' celebrity ambassadors, former NBA player Cliff Robinson and former NFL player Corey Louchiey.
The Autism Speaks blog features opinions from people throughout the autism community. Each blog represents the point of view of the author and does not necessarily reflect Autism Speaks' beliefs or point of view.