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December 30, 2015

Family donates brains for autism research 

"It'll belong to science," Jill Briesch told NBC DFW with a smile. "Whenever any member of our family is no longer using our brains, when we have passed on, we have committed to donate our brains for autism research." Briesch, of Dallas, agreed to donate her brain for medical research being conducted by doctors involved with the Autism BrainNet. "Brain study is the key to solving autism, and our mission is to urge families to make the heroic decision to register for brain tissue donation," is the opening message on the Autism BrainNet homepage. Read more at NBC DFW.

Top 10 autism research stories o​f 2015

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.

Top 10 autism news stories of 2015

From caring santa, to Ellen and the New York Jets, to Sesame Street's big announcement, take a look back at the top 10 most-read autism news articles of 2015. See the full list.

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.

Top 5 autism videos of 2015

Check out our list of the top five autism-focused videos of 2015.

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 InOurOwnWords@autismspeaks.org and you could be featured on our website! Read more here

Autism Speaks ‘Got Questions?’ advice column: Best of 2015

The year’s most-read advice from specialists responding to your questions on autism-related health and behavioral issues. See the full list.

Top 10 autism awareness gifts ​of 2015

Here are 10 ways to spread autism awareness: from t-shirts, to wristbands, to magnets and more! Every purchase on ShopAutismSpeaks.org allows Autism Speaks to continue its search for the causes and most effective treatments for autism and provide information, tools, and resources to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by autism. See the full list.

Top 10 Autism Speaks tool kits of 2015!

Autism Speaks Tool Kits on topics ranging from toilet training and new diagnoses to housing and postsecondary education were downloaded over 140,000 times in 2015! See the full list.

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.