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Friday, January 27, 2012 walknowforautismspeaksLink

NH school principal dives in river to rescue boy (Rochester, N.H.) An elementary school principal in New Hampshire jumped into a frozen river to save a 10-year-old student who fell through the ice. Read more.

Assembly passes set of mental health care bills (Sacramento, Calif.) The state Assembly on Thursday passed a set of bills intended to broaden the mental health and health care services covered by private insurance

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Friday, January 27, 2012 Link

This week’s “Got Questions?” answer is from Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer Geri Dawson, Ph.D.

In recent days, you may have read media

Thursday, January 26, 2012 walknowforautismspeaksLink

The following blog post by an Army Sergeant Major deployed to Afghanistan, who must remain otherwise anonymous, demonstrates vividly the extraordinary challenges faced by our military members raising children with autism. Visit 'Welcome to Stim City' to follow Mrs. Sergeant Major's Blog and to read original post. Military families will finally get a chance to tell their stories to Congress on Tuesday, January 31. Learn more

Thursday, January 26, 2012 walknowforautismspeaksLink

This is a post by Dr. Scott Standifer, a Clinical Assistant Professor for the Disability Policy & Studies office (DPS) at the University of Missouri. He is the author of Adult Autism & Employment: A guide for vocational rehabilitation professionals, and the organizer of the Autism Works National Conference, March 6 & 7, 2012 in St. Louis, MO.

The first call came in 2008, just after I started work on the

Thursday, January 26, 2012 walknowforautismspeaksLink

Study finds early signs of autism in baby brains (FOX News) Children who develop autism already show signs of different brain responses in their first year of life, scientists said on Thursday in a study that may in the future help doctors diagnose the disorder earlier. Read more.

9th annual Flutie Bowl (Wicked Local) Richie La Montagne, a former U.S.B.F. Cruiser weight champion, chats with Doug Flutie (L to R) at

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012 walknowforautismspeaksLink

Blog by Beth Weiner, Camp Director of Camp Good Times in Charleston, South Carolina, which received a grant last year:

The 2011 session of Camp Good Times of Charleston, a recipient of an Autism Speaks Baker Summer Camp Scholarship Fund, was activity oriented, fun, child centered, and safe for the 130 children who attended this past June.

Our camp includes not only children on the autism spectrum, but neurotypical peers who come to camp, have fun, be campers and friends with everyone. The highlights from our 12 days include…swimming everyday, field trips to

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 walknowforautismspeaksLink

‘Talking things through in their head’ may aid children with autism (Fox News) Talking to yourself in your head may not be such a bizarre pastime.  It may actually be an important developmental tool. Read more.

Revision to DSM Manual Could Substantially Affect Autistic Individuals and Their Access to Services (Forbes) The first substantial revision to the Diagnostic and

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012 walknowforautismspeaksLink

On January 31, military families will get their chance to tell Congress about the special challenges they face raising children with autism.

Many military parents will be in the audience. But many more will be unable to make it to Washington for the briefing. Autism Speaks believes their voices need to be heard as well. We are making it possible for these military families to record a brief story about their experiences and upload it to our YouTube page.

We will share as many of these videos as possible with Congress, including airing portions of them during the meeting.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 walknowforautismspeaksLink

This is a blog post by Lisa Goring, Autism Speaks Vice President, Family Services.

A recent research study funded by Autism Speaks reached a conclusion that probably would surprise few in our community: Teens with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often face major obstacles to social life outside the classroom. Given that

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 walknowforautismspeaksLink

It makes sense to redefine autism (CNN) "Will my child still qualify for a diagnosis of autism?" This is the question on the minds of many parents with children who have autism. The short answer is: Most likely, yes. Read more. Autistic boy beat up at the bus stop while peers watch and cheer; One posts video on Facebook  (The New York Daily News) The horrified parents of an autistic sixth grader watched video of their son being pummeled by

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