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Thursday, February 2, 2012 scaminkerLink

The two posts below were written by Caroline and Taylor, members of Colgate University's Women's Hockey TeamThe team's Autism Awareness Project will be on Friday, February 3 at 7pm.  For more information or to make a donation, visit 

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Editor’s note: In this blog, Wills and Monica share their feelings about the possibility that planned revisions to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) will cause him to “lose his diagnosis” of autism. As Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer Geri Dawson explained in a recent statement and webchat, preliminary reports may have

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 walknowforautismspeaksLink

Can My Kid Still Get Treatment? Why Autism's Definition Matters (The Atlantic) Everyone, now, has something to say about autism. While TV shows, such as Touch, portray autistic children as possessing superhuman powers, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) is busy revising its definition of the disorder to focus on only the most affected individuals. Read more.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012 walknowforautismspeaksLink

We are so excited to announce our new partnership with Autisable. Autisable is an online community that connects people who want to tackle the puzzle of autism.

They encourage discussion surrounding all aspects of Autism/Aspergers, and associated issues surrounding those with special needs. Autisable's goal is to create a community of individuals with various viewpoints surrounding the controversies of autism, and to give back to the autism community through donations to organizations that help

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 walknowforautismspeaksLink

Military families finally got their say before Congress today about the injustice of losing autism benefits for their children when they retire, even when due to being wounded in action. More than 100 members of the military and their supporters jammed into a Capitol Hill briefing today to talk about the special difficulties military families face caring for children with autism.

Hosted by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Congressman John Larson of Connecticut, the briefing also provided military families an opportunity to explain how they lose autism benefits once they or

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 Link

The following remarks were presented to the U.S. Congress today by Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer Geri Dawson, Ph.D. 




Hello, I’m Geraldine Dawson, chief science officer for Autism Speaks, the

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 walknowforautismspeaksLink

Virginia approves bill to provide insurance coverage for autistic children - again (Richmond, Va.) The Virginia General Assembly has passed a bill — again — to provide insurance coverage for families with autistic children. Read more.

Changing The Autism Spectrum (Carbondale, Ill.) Workers at a local center are applauding the decision to change what classifies as autism. The

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012 Link

Please join us Thursday Feb. 2nd for “The Doctors Are In!” the next in our ongoing series of monthly webchats co-hosted by Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer Geri Dawson, Ph.D., and our Assistant Vice President, Head of Medical Research Joe Horrigan, M.D. Held at 3 p.m. Eastern (2 Central/1 Mountain/noon Pacific), this monthly "office hour

Monday, January 30, 2012 scaminkerLink


This blog post was written by Erin Mast, the Chair for the Central New York Walk Now for Autism Speaks. She is an active member of the autism community and a mother of three boys. Erin and her family have cultivated a wonderful relationship with Colgate University's Women's Hockey

Monday, January 30, 2012 Link

Guest post by Merope Pavlides, editor of, author of Animal-assisted Interventions for Individuals with Autism and mom to two sons, one of whom is on the autism