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November 19, 2015

Minecraft club brings together kids with autism and their peers

Christina Noel, assistant professor in the School of Teacher Education at Western Kentucky University, created a "Minecraft Club" for 15 Minecraft fans ages 7 to 12. Noel said she wanted to use an area of interest for both neurotypical children and those with autism to create an opportunity for learning social skills, something people with autism often struggle with. Read more here.

White Castle raises record donation thanks to friendly competition

During Autism Awareness Month in April, White Castle Cravers and team members raised a record-breaking $909,000 for Autism Speaks by selling puzzle pieces in 390 restaurants in 12 states. You can read more about how they did it here

Autism awareness day in college hoops will return for a third season!

oaches Powering Forward for Autism, an initiative started through Autism Speaks will take place during the weekend of February 19 – 21, 2016. Entering its third season, and spearheaded by NCAA basketball coaches Pat Skerry and Tom Herrion, Coaches Powering Forward for Autism provides coaches, their teams, athletic staff, schools and fans with opportunities to raise awareness, fundraise and advocate for the needs of people affected by autism. Read more here

The one message I'd like to share with our autism community

"I was never a runner. I would joke that I only ran when chased. I sometimes even mocked the middle aged men and women who would pass my window as I watched a movie or sat at my computer. So why did I run the NYC marathon just a few weeks ago?" Read more from this blog here.

Talking to your child about tragedy: Six tips for the autism community

Deliberate acts of violence that hurt innocent people are frightening to all of us. Children will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Families can help children cope by establishing a sense of safety and security. Here are some suggestions to help in processing information about the tragedy for various groups along the spectrum.

Autism and Thanksgiving: How to cope w​ith the feasting and hubbub

“We have a big extended family full of good cooks. So Thanksgiving is a big deal. Unfortunately it often doesn’t end well for our 13-year-old who has autism. The combination of family hubbub and limitless food tends to be too much. Do you have some tips for avoiding the usual meltdown and, er, “upheaval.” Get our expert's advice.

Help adults with autism by submitting your idea for the House to Home Prize

To help meet the needs of the growing number of adults with autism, Autism Speaks has launched the House to Home Prize. We are 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.



Behind the Science: New 1 in 45 autism prevalence survey

A new government survey of parents suggests that 1 in 45 children, ages 3 through 17, have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This is notably higher than the official government estimate of 1 in 68 American children with autism, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Because the new numbers come from a parent survey, they do not replace the CDC’s 1-in-68 figure as the official estimate of autism prevalence in the United States.