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October 22, 2015

PBS NewsHour features Autism Speaks' MSSNG Project

PBS NewsHour took viewers behind-the-scenes of MSSNG on Wednesday night. Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer Rob Ring discussed the groundbreaking program, a project by Autism Speaks and Google, that sets out to sequence the DNA of 10,000 families affected by autism. You can learn more about MSSNG here.

Experts discuss Sesame Street's new muppet with autism, Julia, on GMA

Sesame Workshop announced yesterday that a new neighbor will be part of the show: a muppet, named "Julia," who has autism. She is part of a new initiative on the show, "Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children”. Autism Speaks' Michael Rosanoff, Director of Public Research, appeared on "Good Morning America" today to address how important Julia's presence on the show will be to change perceptions about autism in the minds of children and their families. Read more here.

Listen to the Autism Speaks Tele-Town Hall

On October 20th at 7pm EDT, President Liz Feld and Chief Science Officer Rob Ring hosted our very first telephone town hall event. Together they discussed Autism Speaks’ latest work and accomplishments over the last 10 years, goals for the future, and details on how BIG DATA is powering our efforts across Science, Family Services, Advocacy, and Awareness. The event featured a live Q&A session where audience members were invited to ask any questions they had. Listen to the entire town hall above and learn more here.

Peer-led program helps young adults with autism be themselves

24-year-old Jansen Chan has created the Autism Teenage Partnership (ATP) after seeing his brother with autism struggle to make friends and have a space to be himself. “It’s a place for them to feel included, gain confidence and strengthen their social skills,” he said. Read more at The Star.

Ellen Cleghorne wins $5,000 for Autism Speaks on "Worst Cooks in America"

Comedian Ellen Cleghorne, who was part of the cast of Saturday Night Live from 1991 to 1995, participated on "Worst Cooks in America" and lost last night. She was still able to win $5,000 for her chosen charity, Autism Speaks. Read more here. 

Teen with autism finds error in geometry textbook, gets it revised

Teenager Logan Tharp at Rockwall High School, Texas, found a geometry mistake in his McGraw-Hill textbook that many editors missed. After alerting the bookmakers to the mistake, the publishing company responded with a letter noting Logan’s finding. His teacher, Amanda Jordan, framed the letter and Rockwall High School Principal Courtney Gober presented it to Logan in her class on Oct. 6. Read more here.

5 ways to help your special kid love Halloween as much as you do!

"I simply LOVE Halloween. I love planning for Halloween. I love decorating for Halloween, but when it comes to the actual day, I have learned to manage my expectations. In that way, it is pretty much just like every other day as the parent of a kiddo on the spectrum. It can still be great." Read the tips from blogger "Raising Jedi."

Check out our “In Our Own Words: Living on the Spectrum” blog series!

The In Our Own Words blog series highlights people with autism and their stories through their perspectives. Have a story about growing up with autism? Submit your blog here

PBS NewsHour: The MSSNG Project