Less than two months left until World Autism Awareness Day and Light It Up Blue! Pledge to wear blue with Autism Speaks today! Read more about how you can Light It Up Blue here.
The journal Pediatrics published a special supplement on medical, mental health and behavioral issues commonly associated with autism. The issue provides important autism-specific practice guidelines for the nation’s pediatricians.The new and much-expanded supplement includes treatment recommendations for such autism-associated health issues anxiety, depression, disturbed sleep and severe irritability and problem behaviors. Read more here.
A father from the UK who has a son with autism has become an ambassador for the Royal Academy of Dance’s program “BalletBoyz” which will now help teach dance classes for children with autism. Learn more here.
Kirk Smith is helping spread awareness in our autism community. Smith’s son JJ was diagnosed with autism at 2. Today Smith has wrote the book “Rice Krispies with Ketchup: A Comedians Journey with an Autistic Child.” Read more about their journey here.
Sweetwater Spectrumis a supportive living community in Sonoma, Calif. The nonprofit was founded by a group of families, with the mission to challenge each individual to reach his or her highest potential. Read more here.
Autism Speaks science staff and advisers review the studies that most powerfully advanced understanding and treatment of autism. See the full list.
Researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have created a model “sensory smart” dentist office to ease visits for kids with autism. Read more.
The In Our Own Words blog series highlights people with autism and their stories through their perspectives. Have a story about growing up with autism? Submit your blog here.
Michael Anaclerio is a high school teacher who raises autism awareness in memory of his sister, Mary.
"It's not easy to explain to people what it means to be a sibling of someone with autism. I learned a lot from Mary during her life. I became a teacher because of her; I wanted to do something with my life that involved helping others. She taught me more about life than I could ever have imagined growing up. " Read Michael's touching story here.