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e-Speaks || December 3, 2010


Mitochondria Dysfunction may be More Common in Autism

Children with autism may have more trouble fueling the energy demands of their cells due to dysfunctional mitochondria says a new study released Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Both lead researchers in the study, conducted by UC Davis, were funded by Autism Speaks. Read a personal story about mitochondrial disorder on our blog.

Looking for Answers in South Africa

Autism Speaks and the University of KwaZulu-Natal co-hosted Autism & Developmental Disabilities: the South Africa Context in Durban last month. The conference brought together more than 200 national and international researchers, advocacy groups as well as government representatives to launch GAPH South Africa. Read a personal account of the meeting.

Community Connections: Advocacy and Autism

The Autism Speaks Family Services team interacts with families affected by autism on a daily basis. Lots of families have shared stories, sought help, or asked questions about legal issues and how to become a better advocate for their loved one with autism. This month's Community Connections is dedicated to helping families navigate a "complicated" legal system and provide a road map to empowerment.

Announcing Puzzlebuilder Contests

Have you added your photo to the world's largest digital puzzle? To celebrate the 12,000 puzzles already added, we've launched daily contests. Check back every day for great prizes. Check back every day for great prizes. The rules are simple: whoever sells the most pieces each day wins a prize! It's that easy. Build your puzzle now and get in the running for great prizes like gift cards, iPods and DVDs. We challenge you to sell at least one piece! Ask your friends and family to buy a piece today!

Holiday Giving Times Two

Every gift purchased through the Autism Speaks shopping portal, Marketplace, is a holiday "two-fer": delightful to the recipient and precious to the Autism Speaks mission. Get your 2010 commemorative puzzle piece snowflake ornament for your decor collection, do your toy shopping (or any other online shopping) in the Shop + Give area or give the gift of safety, visual scheduling, and numerous other businesses that give back through our Partner Shop.

This Week on the Autism Speaks Blog

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In Their Own Words: Holiday Card Lore

In this week's “In Their Own Words,” Alison Dyer, whose brother has autism, shares the sometimes difficult process of creating a family holiday card.