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.
Researchers at Missouri’s Thompson Center explore the association between autism-related sleep disturbances and daytime behavior challenges. Read more here.
LaunchAbility is a job-placement service for underserved and overlooked adults with cognitive disabilities who not only desire to join the workforce but, with guidance and training, are more than able to do so. Watch the interview with CBS DFW here.
A $3.5 million grant to the the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University will allow it to become an innovation incubator for pilot programs to prevent young adults on the spectrum from falling through the cracks after high school. Named “Transition Pathways,” the demonstration programs will help high school seniors and recent graduates on the cusp of living or working independently. Read more here.
Team Up! with Autism Speaks had 83 participants in the 2016 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend, with many of them in Princess costumes. On race weekend the runners met up for a fantastic buffet-style dinner at the Coronado Springs Convention Center with their teammates, as well their families and friends. Read more here.
Jonah Jacomet is a third grader whose talent show video, dancing to Michael Jackson, is going viral online. Read more and watch his dance moves here.
Austin Riley has autism, and although he can’t tie his shoe laces or cut up his food, he soars on the go-kart track. Austin is a champion well known in go-kart racing circles with a unique story. Read more.
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.
Jacob Velazquez, a 7-year-old boy with autism who is a piano prodigy and one of Taylor Swift's #1 fans composed a beautiful medley that helped him meet the pop star. Jacob’s mother Tina recently shared a video with us about Jacob’s love for Swift and how he performed a medley of her songs from her most recent album “1989.” Read more about how Jacob got to meet his idol here.