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November 11, 2015

Autism Speaks salutes those who have served our country and made the ultimate sacrifice on this Veterans Day. We owe our freedoms to your commitment and our hearts go out to those now in harms way and their families here at home.

You can learn more about our resources for Military families who have children with special needs here.

Teen chef with autism turns his passion into a growing following

Chase Bailey, the teen chef behind YouTube cooking channel "Chase 'N Yur Face," has been steadily growing a following of fellow food lovers online. Now, he's getting nation-wide attention. Read more here.

Adults with autism have few hou​sing options available

“Most adults with autism live with their families long into adulthood, and for many families they’re very concerned about who will take care of their adult children with autism once they’re no longer able to do that,” Autism Speaks Executive V.P. of Programs and Services Lisa Goring told the The Star. Read more.

One Autism Speaks initiative to help meet the needs of the growing number of adults with autism is the House to Home Prize. The organization is seeking groundbreaking ideas from around the world on ways to expand housing and residential support options for adults on the spectrum that will allow them to live as independently as possible. The total prize purse is $150,000. Learn more.

Runner With Autism on Women’s Running Cover

Women's Running will feature the first ever runner with autism to appear on the cover of a national fitness magazine. Kiley Lyall, a 24-year-old half marathon runner from Chicago, entered the Women's Running Cover Runner Contest with a dream of sharing her poignant story of determination. Read more here.

Nevada to pay more for autism care

State health officials announced on Monday about their plan to reimburse service providers a certain amount for services provided through registered behavior technicians to children under Medicaid. You can read more about the story here.

I'm scared to be an older person with autism

Susan Dunne, a woman with aspergers discusses in an article for The Guardian about the fears she is facing as she gets older while also having autism. Read more here.

Students with autism find comfort in 'hug chair' invented by Regina undergrads

At the University of Regina, engineering students along with their program’s teacher have teamed up to build a “squeeze chair” to help children with autism. “We find for a lot of autistic kids, and a lot of kids, they need deep pressure,” Blaine Bosley, the teacher who worked to have the chair made told CBC News. Read more here

Rutgers University's plan to help adults with autism find jobs, housing

The university says it plans to open the Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services on its New Brunswick campus, which will provide adults with autism resources to live and work independently with the support of clinical staff and Rutgers graduate students. Read more on Fortune.

Supporting kids who have a special needs sibling

"I realized that being an autism mom meant that I still needed to make time for date nights with my husband and girls nights out. It's also meant nurturing my relationship with my daughter away from her brother," writes Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer. Read more at Philly Parenting.

Five tips for helping nonverbal children with autism learn to read

“Any suggestions for teaching a nonverbal 8-year-old to read? He can form sentences using augmentative communication.” Get our expert's advice.

Meet the boy who inspired the new Autism Speaks PSA

Jacob Sanchez, the star of Autism Speaks' new Ad Council PSA, joins Al Jazeera in the studio with his parents.