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Community Outreach

Interested in learning more about Autism Speaks resources and initiatives? Seeking to raise awareness about autism within your school or community? Connect with the Community Outreach Team for info, tools, and events! Contact us:

Events in the Community

Town Halls bring together young adults and adults with autism, families, and service providers to examine needs, explore opportunities, and connect with available resources and expertise. This national series of events focuses on adult services, including transition, employment, housing and community living, and financial planning and features a panel discussion, resource fair, and networking opportunities.

Lighting the Way to Financial Well-being: Miami 
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Marriott Miami Airport
1201 NW LeJeune Rd
Building A
Miami, FL 33126

Lighting the Way to Financial Well-being: Nashville
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Nashville Airport Marriott
600 Marriott Drive
Nashville, TN 37214

Special Needs Planning Conference: Alexandria
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Westin Alexandria
400 Courthouse Square
Alexandria, VA 22314

Philadelphia: Transition Town Hall
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Behrakis Grand Hall | Creese Student Union Complex | Drexel University
3210 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Autism Speaks Tele-Learning Programs are virtual presentations for families, meant to provide information about Autism Speaks and the free resources available to individuals with autism and their families. These free programs will be held bi-monthly with two rotating topics – navigating an autism diagnosis and preparing for the transition to adulthood. Register for one today!

Our newly launched Community Meetings provide information about Autism Speaks and the resources available to you and your family. Join us to learn more about Autism Speaks’ mission, research, programs and services, and advocacy efforts locally and across the country.

Autism Safety Fairs provide an opportunity for people with autism and their families to engage with their local first responders while accessing safety resources in a safe, fun and family-friendly environment. 

The Outreach team has faciliated First Responder Trainings across the country to improve understanding of autism and provide first responders - law enforcement, fire department personnel, EMS, etc. - with practical tips and strategies for use in the field. For more about autism and safety, check out Autism Speaks safety resources here

Stay tuned for upcoming 2017 Events in your community! For more info, email

Call for Volunteers: Be a Grant Reviewer! 

Each year, Autism Speaks Family Services awards grants to service providers across the country who are working to improve the lives of children, young adults, and adults on the autism spectrum. One of the ways in which we support the grant-making process is working with volunteers to review grant applications and provide recommendations on funding decisions. This is a unique opportunity to share your expertise, and we highly value the time and insight shared by reviewers during this process. If you'd like to get involved for future grant cycles, reach out to us here

Featured Tools & Resources

Autism Response Team

The Autism Response Team (ART) is specially trained to connect people with autism, their families and caregivers to information, tools, and resources.

Call us toll free at 1-888AUTISM2 (288-4762), en Español 1-888-772-9050 or email us at