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September 29, 2015

Home Videos Can Reveal Secrets of Autism

Analyzing home videos could help to distinguish toddlers with temporary autistic symptoms from those who are likely to develop autism, suggests a study published online in Early Human Development. Read more at the Wall Street Journal.

‘Learn the Signs Act Early’ Team releases training for early educators

CDC’s new online training course helps early care providers and teachers spot delays and promote early intervention. Read more.

6th Annual Fall Classic makes major impact for autism

"Everyone is affected by autism or will be affected by autism, and that’s why we do this,”  Bob Wright said at the 6th annual Autism Speaks Fall Classic at Baltusrol Monday.  “These families need our help,” he added. Read more.

2 Utah children with autism get help from canine companions

Here is a look at two Utah families, two children with autism, and the two dogs that are making a difference in their lives. Read more at KSL.

Please Stop Whitewashing Autism

A collection of raw, honest reactions from parents whose children are more severely affected by autism. Read more at Psychology Today.

Autism Researchers Seek More Brains to Study

One reason autism research hasn’t made more progress is a shortage of brains available for study. Brain scans can only take researchers so far—they need to work with donated brains to gain a deeper understanding of the condition. Read more from the Wall Street Journal. Learn more about the Autism BrainNet program.

Parents Open Up About Their Biggest Challenges Raising Children With Autism

As estimates of the number of children with autism spectrum disorders continue to soar, and our understanding of the developmental disorder slowly deepens, it may seem as though parents have more resources and support available to them than ever before. But for many caregivers, that is simply not true. Read more at Huffington Post.

Florida Couple With Autism Marries in All-Autism Wedding Celebration

A Florida couple read their own vows during an all-autism wedding Saturday in an effort to raise awareness of love among people with spectrum disorders. Read more at ABC News.

Webinar: Managing autism-related GI issues and feeding problems

Free Oct 21 webinar for caregivers will include live Q&A with experts. Read more.

Calling all innovative thinkers: Announcing the Autism Speaks House to Home Prize!

We are excited to announce the pre-launch phase of the Autism Speaks House to Home incentive prize! Autism Speaks is offering $150,000 in prizes for breakthrough ideas in housing and residential supports for adults with autism! Read more about the prize here. 

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

New "Ties That Bind" blog series!

The “Ties That Bind” blog series highlights the shared experiences that people in the autism community have had. These stories can range from anything from getting your child’s first autism diagnosis, going to the dentist, bullying, getting a haircut and much more! Submit your blog here.

The Autism Speaks House to Home Prize

Currently, 81% of adults with autism live with their aging parents. Homes and residential supports that meet the needs of these individuals, while simultaneously providing opportunities for independence and self-actualization, are already in demand. A major breakthrough that meets the escalating demand for homes and supports for those with autism is needed.
Introducing the Autism Speaks House to Home Prize! Autism Speaks is reaching out to you, the problem-solver community, to develop revolutionary solutions that empower adults with ASD to live as independently as possible while remaining connected to a larger community. This breakthrough must include the supports necessary to safely live outside of the family home, and it may come in the form of technology, architecture design, strategic partnerships, community services, new business models, or any combination of these or countless other ideas.
 Autism Speaks will be offering three prizes for three separate solutions to the challenge:
A home and residential support solution for those individuals who require 24/7 support
A home and residential support solution for those individuals who require daily support
A home and residential support solution for those individuals who require weekly support
The best solution in each of these categories will receive a $50,000 prize.
For full details, and to participate, enter your idea here: