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December 23, 2015

Autism Eats supper club offers comfort, community

Four years ago, when the Zohn family went out for dinner, 6-year-old Adin grew tired of waiting for the food to arrive. He bolted from the table, managing to grab pizza off the plates of three other tables before his father caught him. Keep reading at the Boston Globe.

NY Times: When a Visit to San​ta Touches Thousands of Hearts

As children across the United States have made the annual pilgrimage to meet Santa Claus in their local malls, every so often he has made a special effort or gesture that no one could have expected. See all the touching stories at the New York Times.

Autism Speaks ‘Food for Thought’ advice column: Best of 2015

The year’s most-read and shared answers to your food and feeding questions, by experts in the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network. See the full list.

Commit a Random Act of Sweetness: UNO Pizzeria & Grill is Partnering with Autism Speaks to Sweeten this Holiday Season!

This holiday season, Uno Pizzeria & Grill is helping guests pay it forward with their Random Acts of Sweetness program. Throughout the month of December, Uno guests are able to purchase a mini-dessert for another guest and $1 of their purchase will be donated to Autism Speaks. Head over to your Uno Pizzeria & Grill today! Learn more here.

Tim Tebow to host special needs prom

Tim Tebow may be most well known for his career on the field but what he’s doing off it is receiving praise in our community. As reported by Christian Post, thanks to the Tim Tebow Foundation, 47 states in the U.S. along with 6 countries will host their 2nd annual ‘Night to Shine’ prom event for individuals with special needs at their local churches! Read more here.

Top 10 autism research stories ​of 2015

Our understanding of autism deepened and broadened in 2014, with scientific publications on an unprecedented number of advances and discoveries. They included the revelation of a previously unknown connection between the brain and the immune system and the reassuring results of the largest-ever comparison of autism rates among vaccinated versus unvaccinated children. At the same time, one of science’s first deep dives into the autism genome revealed that the condition’s genetic underpinnings are even more complex than previously thought. Get the full list.

2015: A year of ABLE momentum

One year ago this month, advocates across the country celebrated a victory eight years in the making when President Obama signed the Stephen Beck, Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014. This landmark achievement, which was made possible by the hard work of our champions on Capitol Hill and dedicated grassroots networks across the country, raised a question: how quickly would states act to make ABLE programs available? Read more here.

Flying with Autism Initiative Launched to Help Children with Autism to Fly

A new initiative supported through The National Autistic Society is helping children with autism assess how they cope with the flight process through short experience flights. This initiative is being done through Flying With Autism which you can learn more about here

10 inspiring stories from people with autism in 2015

We are inspired! These self-advocates have shared their stories of growing up with autism as part of our “In Our Own Words: Living on the Spectrum” blog series. Have a story you’d like to share email us at and you could be featured on our website! Read more here

Caregiving: Not Just A Personal Issue But Also A Legislative Issue

In a Huffington Post blog, Nancy LeaMond, Executive Vice President for AARP’s Community, State, and National Affairs, wrote about the growing importance of caregiving in our country and the need to provide families with supports. "Almost every single family caregiver says they need a little bit of help and resources along the way to make their big responsibilities just a little bit easier. They also expect action from elected officials," LeaMond writes. Read more here.

NBC Nightly News Covers Lincoln Center Production for Children on the Autism Spectrum 



Lincoln Center Education and The Trusty Sidekick Theatre Company created an interactive performance for children on the spectrum based on Jules Verne's "Around the World in 80 Days." The show is called "Up and Away."