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February 04, 2016

First estimate of autism prevalence in Mexico pegs number at 1 in 115

The first scientific estimate of autism’s prevalence in Mexico pegs the number at 1 in 115. While the number may be an underestimate, it provides a solid foundation for government leaders and agencies that have expressed eagerness to understand and meet their nation’s need for autism services. Read more about the study here.

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.

Special Ed Teacher Plays Jason Mraz in Class

Last year, special education teacher Chris Ulmer earned praise for the awesome way he starts class every day. Now, he’s posted a video showing how he wraps up the week with his kids. Spoiler alert: It’s just as amazing. Read more at The Mighty.

Why I let my 12-year-old son watch Sesame Street

"It is his birthday, today. My oldest boy is twelve years old. He has autism and is disabled and differently-abled in so many strange and wonderful ways. And alone, together, we are marking this special day with our annual tradition---a trip downtown, to the theatre to see Sesame Street Live, on stage." Read more here.

Submit your idea to support adults on the spectrum today!

There is less than one month remaining until the submission deadline for the Autism Speaks House to Home Prize. In order to answer any remaining questions you may have, we will be hosting a 1-hour webinar on Thursday, February 11th, at 8:30 am Pacific Time (11:30 am Eastern) (GMT-8:00). During this session we will review the challenge guidelines and do a walkthrough of how to submit your entry on the HeroX website. Participants will also be able to submit questions during the presentation. To register for this webinar, click here and follow the instructions.

16 People With Autism Describe Why Eye Contact Can Be Difficult

For some people on the autism spectrum, making eye contact can be a 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 what 16 people with autism had to say about making eye contact.

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

What is Light it Up Blue?

We're just two months away from Light It Up Blue 2016! People around the world will Light It Up Blue to raise awareness for the 70 million people living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). 

In 2016 we hope to make Light It Up Blue even bigger! Pledge to wear blue on April 2nd, 2016 today!