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January 30, 2016

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.

Cam Newton’s act of kindness leaves lasting impact on boy with autism

This past summer, Jaxon Shytle, a 6-year-old boy with autism and his dad Alan Winninger went to a small Carolina Panthers training camp. As part of Panther’s “Sunday Giveaway,” Newton decided to give the ball to Shytle who is a huge fan of the team. It didn’t stop there though as Newton than stayed with Shytle to play catch with him. You can read more about this story here

Your ATN@Work: Creating a sensory-friendly dental office

Researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have created a model “sensory smart” dentist office to ease visits for kids with autism. Read more.

 
 
Decrease may stem from oxidative stress and cause some autism symptoms, researchers speculate in study made possible by postmortem brain donation. 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.

Autism Speaks names Angela Timashenka Geiger as President and CEO

“She is a visionary, with a history of leadership and a record of accomplishment in family services, supporting the field, driving revenue, and advancing science and advocacy priorities," said Autism Speaks Chairman of the Board Brian Kelly. Read more.

Wicked Plans Autism-Friendly Performance in UK

Thanks to the help of the National Autistic Society, an autism-friendly performance of Wicked will be taking place at the Apollo Victoria Theatre on May 14th. Anyone interested in attending the performance can learn more here

Courtyard Marriott pool a safe haven for children with autism

Delia was 6 years old when she placed a letter in “Santa's Mailbox” outside the Courtyard Marriott hotel on the University of Delaware’s Laird Campus. Hotel directors had put up the mailbox in order to connect with the Newark community during the holiday season, not knowing then that the connection they would make would ultimately change the lives of local children with autism and their families. Read more.

Candy's art inspires people around the world

Candace, aka Candy, is 15 years old and has autism. Candy is nonverbal, but is able to express herself through her paintings. Candy's art has inspired people and raised autism awareness around the world, and has been featured in countless news articles and publications. Read more about her art here

‘Life, Animated’: Sundance doc highlights family’s struggle with autism

Director Roger Ross Williams explains how a family struggled to communicate with their son, who has autism, until they started using a puppet of the famous Disney character. Read more here

TRM basketball joins in autism awareness

The second annual Shooting 2 Change event is happening this week from Jan 17-23 where participating schools will show their support of autism by wearing special Shooting 2 Change t-shirts. The story here highlights the T.R. Miller basketball team in Brewton, Alabama. Read more about the initiative here

Art proves life altering for boy with autism

John Tran, who has autism, was 10 when he was referred to Indianapolis neuroscientist Jane Yip. After years of therapy and little progress, it wasn't until Tran picked up a crayon that his whole life began to change. Read more 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

Teen with autism scores job at Starbucks, dubbed the "Dancing Barista"

A Canadian teen named Sam, who has autism and a movement disorder, was recently hired at a Starbucks. Sam never thought that he would be able to work behind the bar because of his sudden movements, but his manager Chris believed in him and got Sam to channel his movements into dance. Now his moves are going viral. 

Autism Speaks launched a job portal to connect adults with autism with companies interested in their skills, called "The Spectrum Careers." Search for jobs here.