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January 04, 2016

5-year-old boy with autism found dead in Allentown, PA

Firefighters found the body of a missing 5-year-old boy with autism in a Pennsylvania canal following a two-day search that began during a New Year’s Eve party, according to the New York Daily News. Read more.

Former Orioles Star Goes to Bat for Autism

Former Baltimore Orioles star B.J. Surhoff might have retired from baseball after the 2005 season, but he's not really retired. He just changed hats and now serves as president of the board of Pathfinders for Autism, which provides support for people who live with autism and their families. Read more from the Baltimore Sun.

Top 10 autism research stories o​f 2015

Family collects 10,000 shoes to help pay for boy’s autism service dog

A West Lafayette, Indiana, family is hosting a shoe drive to help raise money to buy an autism service dog for their nephew and so far they’ve collected more than 10,000 shoes. Read more.

Top 10 autism news stories of 2015

From caring santa, to Ellen and the New York Jets, to Sesame Street's big announcement, take a look back at the top 10 most-read autism news articles of 2015. See the full list.

Autism Speaks ‘Food for Thought’ advice column: Best of 2015

The year’s most-read and shared answers to your food and feeding questions, by experts in the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network. See the full list.

Top 5 autism videos of 2015

Check out our list of the top five autism-focused videos of 2015.

2015: A year of ABLE momentum

One year ago this month, advocates across the country celebrated a victory eight years in the making when President Obama signed the Stephen Beck, Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014. This landmark achievement, which was made possible by the hard work of our champions on Capitol Hill and dedicated grassroots networks across the country, raised a question: how quickly would states act to make ABLE programs available? Read more here.

10 inspiring stories from people with autism in 2015

We are inspired! These self-advocates have shared their stories of growing up with autism as part of our “In Our Own Words: Living on the Spectrum” blog series. Have a story you’d like to share email us at and you could be featured on our website! Read more here

Autism Speaks ‘Got Questions?’ advice column: Best of 2015

The year’s most-read advice from specialists responding to your questions on autism-related health and behavioral issues. See the full list.

Top 10 autism awareness gifts ​of 2015

Here are 10 ways to spread autism awareness: from t-shirts, to wristbands, to magnets and more! Every purchase on allows Autism Speaks to continue its search for the causes and most effective treatments for autism and provide information, tools, and resources to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by autism. See the full list.

Top 10 Autism Speaks tool kits of 2015!

Autism Speaks Tool Kits on topics ranging from toilet training and new diagnoses to housing and postsecondary education were downloaded over 140,000 times in 2015! See the full list.

More than 1,000 iPads awarde​d to individuals with autism

In December, Autism Speaks awarded more than 1,000 iPads to financially disadvantaged kids and adults with autism. We asked the families to send photo and video updates. Watch some of the recipients' reactions in the video above. Learn more.