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Monday, May 7, 2012 Autism SpeaksLink

April 2012 marked the biggest World Autism Awareness Month to date and Autism Speaks was at the forefront, leading the charge with our Light it Up Blue initiative. Read on to find out all of the happenings of the month!


* It will never go without saying that the Annual World Autism Awareness Day was all made possible by our very own Suzanne

Monday, May 7, 2012 Autism Speaks U Link

This guest post is written by Kasia Bryant, founder and former president of the Autism Speaks U chapter at West Virginia University. The collegiate chapter was established in October 2011 and is making an incredible impact on campus and in the local community.

My name is Kasia Bryant and I am a graduating senior at West Virginia University (WVU). I am the former Autism Speaks U at WVU chapter President, but now am the Founder

Monday, May 7, 2012 Autism SpeaksLink

This blog post is by Frank Nappi, author of 'The Legend of Mickey Tussler'

Baseball and Autism? That seems to be the perfect combination these days. As the author of The Legend of Mickey Tussler series, novels that feature as their protagonist an autistic teen blessed with a killer fastball, I have come to understand just how powerful the blending of the two can really be. While the two subjects might appear at first glance to be unrelated, one only need observe the two together to see that this union has the unique power to engender awareness, understanding,

Monday, May 7, 2012 Autism SpeaksLink

Study Damps Fears on Autism Change (The Wall Street Journal)
Proposed new diagnostic criteria for autism don't appear to reduce the number of children diagnosed with that condition, according to preliminary data presented at the American Psychiatric Association annual meeting on Sunday. Read more.

Researcher Designs Schoolyard for Children with Autism (Manhattan, Kan.)
Chelsey King, master's student in landscape architecture, St. Peters, Mo

Monday, May 7, 2012 Autism SpeaksLink

On the West Coast, Karen Driscoll with the Autism Speaks Government Relations team threw out the honorary first pitch for the San Diego Padres game against the Florida Marlins at PETCO Park as part of Military Spouse Appreciation Day presented by TriWest. Driscoll, a Marine Corps wife and mother of a son with autism, recently joined Autism Speaks as Associate Director for

Monday, May 7, 2012 Link

Marian Sigman


 Posted by Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer Geri Dawson, Ph.D.

It was 1980, and I was a clinical intern at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute, under the mentorship of the pioneering

Friday, May 4, 2012 Link


Friday, May 4, 2012 Autism SpeaksLink

If anyone knows how hectic life can get – WE DO! That’s why we have created the Autism Speaks Weekly Whirl to fill you in on all of the highlights of the week! The last thing we want is for you to be left out of the loop! Please share with friends and family to spread the word about all of the exciting things going on in the autism community. Keep in mind, these updates aren’t limited to Autism Speaks —

Friday, May 4, 2012 Autism SpeaksLink

Prenatal Smoking Linked to High-Functioning Autism in Kids (HealthDay)
If a woman smokes during pregnancy, it may increase her child's risk of high-functioning autism, a new study suggests. Read more.

The May family copes with four boys' autism as a team (Glen Mills, Penn.)
Mothers make home movies for lots of happy reasons: to record milestones, such as a baby's first steps; to share a child

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Friday, May 4, 2012 thescienceteamLink

What’s with the new research that links autism and genetic mutations with having an older father? My wife and I were in our 20s when we had our child. So were many of the people we know whose children likewise have autism.

Today’s “Got Questions?” answer is from geneticist Esther Berko, an M.D./Ph.D. candidate at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York City, where she is currently pursuing