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February 05, 2016

Sharp observation skills may guard girls against severe autism

Infant girls at an elevated risk for autism pay more attention to social cues in faces than do boys at the same risk. The finding may help to explain why girls with autism tend to have subtler symptoms than boys with the condition. Read more at Spectrum News.

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.

Join Coaches Powering Forward for Autism Weekend!

Coaches Powering Forward for Autism was created in 2014 after NCAA Coaches Pat Skerry and Tom Herrion embarked on a mission to raise awareness of autism. Inspired by their sons, both diagnosed with autism, they made a simple request to fellow coaches: Wear the Autism Speaks blue puzzle piece pin during televised games the first weekend of February.  In an overwhelming response, more than 82 NCAA coaches and broadcasters took to the sidelines and airwaves throughout the weekend wearing the pin.  

How To Design For Autism

Problem: many kids with autism are super sensitive to the sight, sound, and feel of their environment. So when New York-Presbyterian decided to build an early intervention center for autistic children, they needed it designed with their needs in mind. Read more at Fast Company.

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.

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.

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.

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!