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Tuesday, May 8, 2012 Autism SpeaksLink

This is a guest blog post from Marc Sirkin, Autism Speaks VP Social Marketing and Online Fundraising.

Since our first "hackathon" in October 2011, we've been thinking, rethinking and, err, hacking our way through what worked, what didn't work, and where we want to take the program in the future. I wanted to personally reach out to you to give you an update and to let you know what is going on with the program and what you can expect.

First, while HP remains committed and involved, Autism Speaks is now

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 Autism SpeaksLink

Letter to the editor: In defense of Autism Speaks (Daily Sundial)
Jeffrey Zide’s opinion piece on Autism Speaks presents a false impression of the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization. Read more.

Autism and the Ethics of Inclusion: A Matter of Civil Rights (Belleville-Nutley)
Obama's appointee to the National Council on DisAbility, Ari Ne'eman spoke about what it means to be “different” in an

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012 Autism SpeaksLink

Join us on Thursday, May 10th at 4 pm ( PST) 7 pm (EST) for a live chat with Dr. Ricki Robinson. Dr. Robinson will discuss the family and physician relationship, and the importance of finding a physician who is aware of a person’s general health , as well as specialized medical conditions that are often associated with ASD. 

Monday, May 7, 2012 Autism SpeaksLink

This blog post is by Nathan Young, self-advocate and founder of Autism Candles.

Have you ever dreamed nearly everyday of the same thing and thought it was unlikely to come true , but it did? I have and it was amazing and today I no longer dream of it, but create within it's reality. For those with autism and developmental disabilities, including myself the prospects of gainful employment can be grim. That is when I decided to prove a point and without any possibility of failure because it wasn't part of the dream.


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

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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