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Tuesday, February 23, 2016 Link

Autism Speaks is excited to announce the newest round of recipients of the Swimming and Water Safety Scholarship Fund. This fund, announced in early 2014, selects eligible organizations and programs to identify qualified financially disadvantaged individuals with autism and offer scholarship funds for swimming and water safety lessons. Funding is awarded quarterly. Learn more here!

A total of 6 new organizations were awarded funding of up to $2,000 each. The list is organized alphabetically by state

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 Link

Researchers at Missouri’s Thompson Center explore the association between autism-related sleep disturbances and daytime behavior challenges

By child psychologist Micah Mazurek, of the University of Missouri’s Thompson

Monday, February 22, 2016 Link

Team Up! with Autism Speaks had 83 participants in the 2016 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend, with many of them in Princess costumes. On race weekend the runners met up for a fantastic buffet-style dinner at the Coronado

Monday, February 22, 2016 Link

This guest post was written by Jeanette Flory, Senior Vice President at Bentall Kennedy and an Autism Speaks supporter. We recently shared about Bentall Kennedy’s efforts last year and wanted to update you on their progress for this year.

My colleagues and I at Bentall

Friday, February 19, 2016 Link

Most people would agree that stress can at best be distracting. At its worst, science links stress to any number of physical health problems across the general population. Stress presents a unique challenge for children with autism and their families. Now, a new book takes a closer look at managing stress from four different directions: environment, energy, nutrition, and emotional

Friday, February 19, 2016 Link

“Throwing things. This is how our 3-year-old son [recently diagnosed with autism] shows anger or disappointment. It is hard to redirect him or encourage him out it. Any advice?”

Today’s “Got Questions?” answer is by developmental pediatrician Amanda Bennett and behavior analyst Megan Carolan Tomkinson. Dr. Bennett is the director of the

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Link

Pediatricians and advocates join to redouble the call for autism screening at 18 and 24 months despite equivocation by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

By developmental pediatrician Paul Wang, Autism Speaks senior vice president for medical research

Autism starts very early in brain development – probably before birth – and its symptoms can be

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 Link

This guest post is by Autism Speaks staffer Kerry Magro, a motivational speaker and best-selling author who’s on the autism spectrum. You can learn more about Kerry on Facebook and Twitter. This blog originally appeared 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 Link

This blog post is by Emily Travis, a senior at the Connelly School of the Holy Child in Potomac, Maryland. Emily has an older brother on the autism spectrum.

Hello! My name is Emily Travis and I am a senior at the Connelly School of the Holy Child. I am very proud to announce that for the first time ever, my cast mates and I are performing a sensory-friendly production of Cinderella for people

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 Link

The post below is by Lisa Smith, the mother of seven children, two with special needs. Her son Tate has autism. Lisa blogs about her experiences and can be found on Facebook at Quirks and Chaos or at

Over ten years ago, my son Tate was diagnosed with