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August 11, 2015

HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO (Oct. 26) spotlights a group of young people on the autism spectrum who spend 12 weeks practicing their social skills in preparation for a spring formal dance. Read more at Deadline.

Strategies for easing clinic visits for kids with autism

The Autism Spekas Autism Treatment Network center in Los Angeles has proven tips for ensuring a more successful medical visit for you and your child. Learn more.

Vote to change the future for people with autism

Microsoft is awarding a $500,000 grant to a global charity that receives the most votes on social media through the #UpgradeYourWorld competition. We need YOUR HELP to win this grant that will help us further our mission to change the future for people with autism spectrum disorders. Find out how to participate here.

Aces for Autism charity event helps Jacksonville girl get a service dog

The charity ride was organized by the Iron Order Motorcycle Club and Southeastern Steel Choppers. Read more at WITN.

This beautifully designed toy uses a clever trick to help autistic kids communicate

Synchrony is a wooden drum-like device that comes with no instructions. All a parent and child need to do is press the drum, and Synchrony produces soothing sounds. Hard strikes make louder sounds. Sustained presses are more resonant. Read more at Tech Insider.

Will doctors be prescribing video games for mental health?

NPR highlighted game developer Akili in a recent broadcast about games for brain health. Akili is in clinical development of Project: EVO, a therapeutic video game designed to improve executive function skills in those affected by autism. The project received funding from Autism Speaks’ not-for-profit affiliate DELSIA (Delivering Scientific Innovation for Autism) earlier this year. Read more about Project: EVO here.

Sensory-friendly showing of "Underdogs" Aug. 22

AMC Theateres has partners with the Autism Society to host sensory-friendly screenings across the country. Get tickets for the next showing on Aug. 22 here.

New "Ties That Bind" blog series!

The “Ties That Bind” blog series highlights the shared experiences that people in the autism community have had. These stories can range from anything from getting your child’s first autism diagnosis, going to the dentist, bullying, getting a haircut and much more! Submit your blog here.

Mexican organization Iluminemos de Azul has started a Light It Up Blue movement to spread autism awareness throughout the country. They recruited soccer stars from the natonal team to participate in the above PSA.