FilmBuff has picked up the rights to the sibling dramedy Jane Wants a Boyfriend who’s main character is a young woman with autism searching for her first relationship in New York City. The film stars Louisa Krause and Eliza Dushku and will be released in select theaters and on all major Video on Demand platforms on March 25.
Autism Speaks staffer Kerry Magro, a national motivational speaker and best-selling author who’s on the autism spectrum was asked by the director of the film (William Sullivan) to serve as an autism consultant on the film to help bring a realistic portrayal of autism to the big screen. Read more about the film here.
Co-Founder of Autism Speaks Bob Wright has a new book coming out in March 29 on how he went from NBC to Autism Speaks! 50 percent of proceeds from his book will go back to support our mission. Pre-order your book today here.
The Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders is helping Missouri businesses create autism-friendly venues and workplaces. Read more.
Currently, 81% of adults with autism live with their aging parents. While there are many organizations and alliances dedicated to making the search for housing and community living easier, a major breakthrough that meets the escalating demand for homes and supports for those with autism is needed.
Autism Speaks is sponsoring the Autism Speaks House to Home Prize to bring about this breakthrough. Learn more and participate in the challenge here.
Autism Speaks and many other organizations are working hard to educate the business community about people with autism and what they are truly capable of. Read more about Microsoft’s pilot program to hire people with autism here, and about a young man named Kyle Schwaneke who is one of the 11 new Microsoft employees with autism.
An Orlando children's hospital is piloting a new program to reduce stress for children with autism when they visit the emergency room. Read more about the program here.
Companies Making A Difference" is an Autism Speaks web series that recognizes businesses who are taking steps to better support the autism community within their companies. Read more here.
On Feb 19, researchers will discuss research on brain changes related to lost skills and onset of symptoms in some children with autism. Read more here.
"It is his birthday, today. My oldest boy is twelve years old. He has autism and is disabled and differently-abled in so many strange and wonderful ways. And alone, together, we are marking this special day with our annual tradition---a trip downtown, to the theatre to see Sesame Street Live, on stage." Read more here.
My Name Is Neal features the words of a young non-verbal man living with autism who communicates through his iPad. The words were written for a speech that was given by Neal at the UN on World Autism Awareness Day. My Name is Neal is the second in a series of “My Name Is” animated shorts, the first being My Name Is David, that feature words written by people living with autism. The series is directed by Matt Manning, whose work includes Robot Chicken and Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story and was produced by Matt Asner of Autism Speaks.