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October 21, 2015

PBS NewsHour to feature Autism Speaks MSSNG Project

Tune in tonight to PBS NewsHour where Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer Rob Ring will discuss Autism Speaks groundbreaking MSSNG program, a project by Autism Speaks and Google that sets out to sequence the DNA of 10,000 families affected by autism! Check your local listings.  You can learn more about MSSNG here.

NYC: Thirteen/WNET at 7pm EST

Chicago, IL: WTTW11 at 6pm CT

Denver, CO: RMPBS at 6pm MST

Los Angeles, CA: PBS SoCal at 6pm PST

Listen to the Autism Speaks Tele-Town Hall

Yesterday, October 20th at 7pm EDT, President Liz Feld and Chief Science Officer Rob Ring hosted our very first telephone town hall event. Together they discussed Autism Speaks’ latest work and accomplishments over the last 10 years, goals for the future, and details on how BIG DATA is powering our efforts across Science, Family Services, Advocacy, and Awareness. The event featured a live Q&A session where audience members were invited to ask any questions they had. Listen to the entire town hall above and learn more here.

Boy with Autism from Pennsylvania to appear on the NFL Network

Timothy Mashburn, a 12-year-old boy with autism who was bullied in school was able to overcome it through playing football. The NFL Network heard of Mashburn’s inspiring story and have requested to profile him on their network. Read more here

Seattle Seahawks make games more autism-friendly

The Seattle Seahawks announced great news for fans on the spectrum! The NFL team is taking steps to make attending a game at CenturyLink Field more autism-friendly. Read more.

Alexandra Shiva brings awareness to autism in new doc

"How to Dance in Ohio" is a documentary about a group of young adults preparing to face the daunting task of attending a school dance. Read more at Page Six.

School mascot role helps Iowa teen with autism conquer his fears

"He's a completely different child than he was before," Lana Popejoy, Caleb's mom, told

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

How law enforcement and families work together to keep loved ones with autism safe 

The Bucknam family talks about the challenges associated with having an adventurous son on the autism spectrum who is prone to wandering out of the house. They work closely with their local law enforcement to make sure their son will stay safe in and out of their home. Officer Laurie Reyes of the Montgomery Police Department is also featured, she has created and implemented what is now the department's Autism and Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Outreach Program.