Autism Speaks joined the Ad Council and BBDO New York, the long-time volunteer agency for Autism Speaks, to launch a new series of public service advertisements (PSAs) designed to help parents recognize the early signs of autism and take immediate action. For the first time in the campaign’s history, the new PSAs feature an imaginative world, created using 3D and stop-motion animation, inspired by stories of real children with autism and told from the perspective of a child with autism. Read more about the PSA here.
“Almost everyone agrees that autism is caused by a combination of genetics and the environment,” writes science journalist Sarah DeWeert. “But while geneticists can comfortably rattle off lists of dozens of autism-linked genes, there’s much less agreement about which environmental factors contribute to the disorder — and by how much.” Read more about this story here.
Autism Speaks is joining the celebration of the nation’s 90 million family caregivers this November for National Family Caregivers Month. National Family Caregivers Month recognizes and celebrates the individuals who provide care to their loved ones every day- helping them maintain their independence and quality of life. Read more here.
After sending résumés and cover letters on behalf of fictitious candidates for thousands of accounting jobs, it was found that employers expressed interest in candidates who disclosed a disability about 26 percent less frequently than in candidates who did not, researchers at Rutgers and Syracuse universities concluded and The New York Times reported.
"Everybody is unique. Some people might have a special talent or excel in a certain area, while others have challenges. My 17-year-old brother, Sam, has autism." Read more of Troy Kanji's blog here.
A Vancouver woman has written a kids book of ABC's to promote autism awareness — and it was illustrated by her brother, who has autism. Andrea Bull, who works as a registered audiologist, created Animal Appetites with her brother Robert, who was diagnosed with autism at four years old and took to drawing at an early age to express himself. Read more CBC News.