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February 06, 2016

Film about woman with autism searching for love to hit theaters on March 25

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

One World Trade Center will Light It Up Blue for autism awareness

Representatives at the "Freedom Tower" confirmed that the skyscraper will Light It Up Blue for the 2nd year in a row on April 2, 2016 in honor of World Autism Awareness Day!Read more.

The Wright Stuff: From NBC to Autism Speaks

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.

Your ATN@Work: Helping businesses go autism-friendly

The Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders is helping Missouri businesses create autism-friendly venues and workplaces. Read more.

Autism Speaks House to Home Prize

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.

Microsoft features the stories of their employees with autism

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.

This hospital is creating an autism-friendly Emergency Room

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.

Northern Trust adds insurance coverage for autism-related therapies

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.

Free webcast of scientific workshop on regression in autism

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.

Why I let my 12-year-old son watch Sesame Street

"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


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.