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February 16, 2016

Why these volunteers shipped 3000 puzzle piece pins to NCAA coaches

Coaches Powering Forward for Autism was created after NCAA coaches Pat Skerry and Tom Herrion, whose sons are both diagnosed with autism, embarked on a mission in 2014 to raise awareness and advocate for the needs of families and individuals affected by autism.

Sign up with your college team and help fundraise for the cause. And make sure to use and follow #AutismHoops this weekend to and see NCAA coaches and sportscasters spread autism awareness.

Research on deaf children with autism yields broader insights

Recent studies with children affected by both autism and deafness have yielded new insights into helping these children, while also shedding light on important questions about how autism affects language and social development. Read more.

The Wright Stuff: From NBC to Autism Speaks

Co-Founder of Autism Speaks Bob Wright has a new book coming out in March 29 on how he went from NBC to Autism Speaks! 50 percent of proceeds from his book will go back to support our mission. Pre-order your book today here.

Teen Honors Her Late Service Dog, Raises Awareness For Autism

The 5-year-old dog, named Checkers, served as a service animal for the Pittsburgh teen, who has a form of autism called Asperger syndrome. Read more.

Autism Speaks House to Home Prize

Currently, 81% of adults with autism live with their aging parents. While there are many organizations and alliances dedicated to making the search for housing and community living easier, a major breakthrough that meets the escalating demand for homes and supports for those with autism is needed.

Autism Speaks is sponsoring the Autism Speaks House to Home Prize to bring about this breakthrough. Learn more and participate in the challenge here.

16 People With Autism Describe Why Eye Contact Can Be Difficult

stressful, distracting and sensory-taxing experience. Far too often, though, outsiders view avoiding eye contact as “rude” or “antisocial,” when this isn’t the case at all. Read more at Yahoo Parenting.

Film about woman with autism searching for love to hit theaters on March 25

FilmBuff has picked up the rights to the sibling dramedy Jane Wants a Boyfriend who’s main character is a young woman with autism searching for her first relationship in New York City. The film stars Louisa Krause and Eliza Dushku and will be released in select theaters and on all major Video on Demand platforms on March 25. Read more about the film here

Northern Trust adds insurance coverage for autism-related therapies

Companies Making A Difference" is an Autism Speaks web series that recognizes businesses who are taking steps to better support the autism community within their companies. Read more here.

Free webcast of scientific workshop on regression in autism

On Feb 19, researchers will discuss research on brain changes related to lost skills and onset of symptoms in some children with autism. Read more here.

My Name is Neal

My Name Is Neal features the words of a young non-verbal  man living with autism who communicates through his iPad.  The words were written for a speech that was given by Neal at the UN on World Autism Awareness Day. My Name is Neal is the second in a series of “My Name Is” animated shorts, the first being My Name Is David, that feature words written by people living with autism. The series is directed by Matt Manning, whose work includes Robot Chicken and Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story and was produced by Matt Asner of Autism Speaks.