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February 17, 2016

Keeping the “Grade A” in universal early screening for autism

Autism Speaks' head of medical research redoubles the call for autism screening at 18 and 24 months despite equivocation by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Read more here.

Why these volunteers shipped 3000 puzzle piece pins to NCAA coaches

Coaches Powering Forward for Autism was created after NCAA coaches Pat Skerry and Tom Herrion, whose sons are both diagnosed with autism, embarked on a mission in 2014 to raise awareness and advocate for the needs of families and individuals affected by autism.

Sign up with your college team and help fundraise for the cause. And make sure to use and follow #AutismHoops this weekend to and see NCAA coaches and sportscasters spread autism awareness.

The Wright Stuff: From NBC to Autism Speaks

Co-Founder of Autism Speaks Bob Wright has a new book coming out in March 29 on how he went from NBC to Autism Speaks! 50 percent of proceeds from his book will go back to support our mission. Pre-order your book today here.

My Autistic Brother's Quest for Love

My brother has always wanted what most of us do: love. Someone to care about. Someone who will care in return. Someone other than our mother. Read more.

Autism Speaks House to Home Prize

Currently, 81% of adults with autism live with their aging parents. While there are many organizations and alliances dedicated to making the search for housing and community living easier, a major breakthrough that meets the escalating demand for homes and supports for those with autism is needed.

Autism Speaks is sponsoring the Autism Speaks House to Home Prize to bring about this breakthrough. Learn more and participate in the challenge here.

16 People With Autism Describe Why Eye Contact Can Be Difficult

stressful, distracting and sensory-taxing experience. Far too often, though, outsiders view avoiding eye contact as “rude” or “antisocial,” when this isn’t the case at all. Read more at Yahoo Parenting.

Blog: How I Experience Relationships With Autism

"ASD lets me view the world in a totally different light to most and I’ve come to like that; it has given me a personality and the confidence to be my own person." Read more.

Film about woman with autism searching for love to hit theaters on March 25

FilmBuff has picked up the rights to the sibling dramedy Jane Wants a Boyfriend who’s main character is a young woman with autism searching for her first relationship in New York City. The film stars Louisa Krause and Eliza Dushku and will be released in select theaters and on all major Video on Demand platforms on March 25. Read more about the film here

Northern Trust adds insurance coverage for autism-related therapies

Companies Making A Difference" is an Autism Speaks web series that recognizes businesses who are taking steps to better support the autism community within their companies. Read more here.

Free webcast of scientific workshop on regression in autism

On Feb 19, researchers will discuss research on brain changes related to lost skills and onset of symptoms in some children with autism. Read more here.

Fox 5 Discusses Universal Autism Screening 

Fox 5 News interviewed Autism Speaks Director of Public Health Research Michael Rosanoff about the US Preventive Services Task Force's controversial decision to not fully endorse universal screening for autism, and why leading pediatric and autism research groups oppose it.