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January 29, 2016

A Career in Compassion

Three years ago, David Friedman decided to become a social entrepreneur, launching AutonomyWorks, a firm that gives meaningful work to individuals with disabilities with the aim of doing social good and delivering profits. “I spent 25 years in large, complex business organizations,” Friedman says. “I focused all of my energy on business outcomes and growing those organizations. I spent very little time giving something back.” Read more from the American Marketing Association.

Learn about Autism Speaks' new initiative to help job-seekers with autism succeed. 

Autism risk and maternal diabetes with obesity: What you need to know

Our experts provide perspective on new research linking diabetes and obesity during pregnancy with increased risk of autism. Read more.

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. 

Oklahoma advocates ask lawmakers for better autism insurance

A new bill would coverage for autistic disorders under certain circumstances. Read more at KFOR-TV.

Blocking immune signal prevents autistic behaviors in mice

Researchers prevent mouse pups from developing autism-like behaviors that otherwise occur in mice after maternal infection during pregnancy. Read more.

Actor J.W. Cortes discusses son's autism, time in military

"Gotham" actor J.W. Cortes joins Cafecito host Feliciano Garcia to discuss his acting career, his years in the military and his experiences bringing up his autistic son. See the full interview on MSNBC.

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.

Decrease may stem from oxidative stress and cause some autism symptoms, researchers speculate in study made possible by postmortem brain donation. Read more.

Autism Speaks names Angela Timashenka Geiger as President and CEO

“She is a visionary, with a history of leadership and a record of accomplishment in family services, supporting the field, driving revenue, and advancing science and advocacy priorities," said Autism Speaks Chairman of the Board Brian Kelly. Read more.

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.

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

Teen with autism scores job at Starbucks, dubbed the "Dancing Barista"



A Canadian teen named Sam, who has autism and a movement disorder, was recently hired at a Starbucks. Sam never thought that he would be able to work behind the bar because of his sudden movements, but his manager Chris believed in him and got Sam to channel his movements into dance. Now his moves are going viral. 

Autism Speaks launched a job portal to connect adults with autism with companies interested in their skills, called "The Spectrum Careers." Search for jobs here.