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February 03, 2016

How to Light It Up Blue for autism awareness in 2016

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.

Pediatrics publishes research & guidelines on autism-related health issues

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

BalletBoyz’ Michael Nunn becomes ambassador for autism dance program

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.

Father of teen with autism shares the love and laughs

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.

At Sweetwater Spectrum in Sonoma, adults with autism reside, thrive

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 Family Drama Coming To TV

A one-hour drama about a family with a young child who has just been diagnosed with autism is headed to television. SundanceTV will air the six-episode series “The A-Word” later this year. Read more at Disability Scoop.

Autism Speaks names top ten research papers of 2015

Autism Speaks science staff and advisers review the studies that most powerfully advanced understanding and treatment of autism. See the full list. 

Your ATN@Work: Creating a sensory-friendly dental office

Researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have created a model “sensory smart” dentist office to ease visits for kids with autism. Read more.

Check out our “In Our Own Words: Living on the Spectrum” blog series!

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

She is on my Mind and in my Heart: A Brother's Story



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.