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November 16, 2015

Restaurant fires customer who berated delivery driver with autism

An Alaska restaurant is being overwhelmed with goodwill after its owner defended a delivery driver with autism who was berated by a customer. The customer called Little Italy Restaurante in Anchorage to loudly complain after the delivery employee mixed up an order, claiming the driver was using drugs. Owner P.J. Gialopsos’ daughter answered the phone, and assured the customer the driver wasn’t impaired and was instead autistic and has a speech impediment. Read more here.

Leading autism organization's statements on new prevalence report

new government survey of parents suggests that 1 in 45 children, ages 3 through 17, have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This is notably higher than the official government estimate of 1 in 68 American children with autism, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Because the new numbers come from a parent survey, they do not replace the CDC’s 1-in-68 figure as the official estimate of autism prevalence in the United States. Read more here.

Help adults with autism by submitting your idea for the House to Home Prize

To help meet the needs of the growing number of adults with autism, Autism Speaks has launched the House to Home Prize. We are seeking groundbreaking ideas from around the world on ways to expand housing and residential support options for adults on the spectrum that will allow them to live as independently as possible. The total prize purse is $150,000. Learn more.

Helping a child living with autism to deal with tragedy

Following the recent tragic events in Paris, Autism Speaks provides a resource to parents to help explain the situation to their children with autism. Read our tips here.

Autism and working in tech

The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education, interviewed David Kearon, director of adult services at Autism Speaks about pushing adults with autism to work in tech. Read the full story here.

My Brother Has Autism. Here’s How My Family is Making a Difference

More than 15,000 walkers participated in the Walk Now for Autism Speaks Philadelphia on October 24, 2015 at Citizens Bank Park, including many from the Community College of Philadelphia. Read about how this student and her family are raising money to support people with autism in their community.

Student with autism urges Canada's leaders to focus on autism supports

Zach Snow, a second-year communications student, says he would like to see Canada's party leaders focus more on support systems for people in the province who have autism during this election campaign. Read more here.

1 in 45 autism prevalence explained

A new government survey of parents suggests that 1 in 45 children, ages 3 through 17, have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This is notably higher than the official government estimate of 1 in 68 American children with autism, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Because the new numbers come from a parent survey, they do not replace the CDC’s 1-in-68 figure as the official estimate of autism prevalence in the United States.