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December 29, 2015

Top 10 autism research stories o​f 2015

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.

Café serves up hope, opportunity for workers with autism

Ray Lee-Pack handed a coffee drink across the counter. He has a job that he loves despite many people wondering if he'd ever be able to get and keep one. Lee-Pack has autism. This year, 500,000 people with autism in the U.S. will turn 18, and 90 percent of them will not be able to find a job. Read more at CBS News.

UCLA​ program helps those with autism transition better from adolescence to adulthood

Transitioning from adolescence into adulthood for people on the autism spectrum can be difficult. And for many, starting college can add to that pressure. Now there is a program that may help. NBC’s Erika Edwards has more.

Special Education teacher's special bond with young student

Six-year-old Angelica Lisenby, of Richford, thinks Santa brought her an iPad. What she doesn't know is Santa got some big help from her former pre-K teacher, Mary Hause, at the Franziska Racker Centers. Read more.

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.

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

Seahawks general manager John Schneider and his wife, Traci, stand on a balcony, overlooking the hundreds of people dining at the El Gaucho Steakhouse. They just delivered a speech welcoming guests to this dinner, a fundraising event with cameos from head coach Pete Carroll and nearly all of the Seahawks players. Read more at ESPN.