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e-Speaks || February 18, 2011


Assessing the Impact of Autism Speaks' Funded Research

Autism Speaks developed a survey to assess the results, outcomes and im­pact of its scientific research funding for grants that began in 2005 or later and were completed by summer 2010. Learn more about the novel discoveries funded by Autism Speaks, the ways scientific information was disseminated publicly, and the way that Autism Speaks' investments were leveraged for more research funding.

Family Services Requests Community Grant Proposals

Autism Speaks is again seeking proposals to fund projects that will enhance the lives of those affected by autism spectrum disorders. Proposals for these family services grants are sought in the following areas: Recreation/Community Activities; Education; or Young Adult/Adult Services. Educators, trainers and service providers who work with individuals with autism are invited to apply.

Applications Sought for Postdoctoral Fellowships in Translational Autism Research

Autism Speaks has launched a Request for Applications (RFA) to support Postdoctoral Fellowships. In an effort to remove barriers and encourage multidisciplinary collaboration among basic scientists, applied researchers, and clinicians, this postdoctoral fellowship RFA focuses specifically on Translational Autism Research. This fellowship program is designed to support promising, well-qualified postdoctoral scientists in their pursuit of research training that involves translation of biological discoveries toward new and more effective methods or strategies for treating or diagnosing autism spectrum disorders.

Community Connections: Financial Resources

It's no secret that raising a child with autism can be extremely expensive. Between doctor's appointments, therapy sessions, after school programs, etc., the costs can be overwhelming for families. In response to what we're hearing from our community, we've dedicated this month's Community Connections to helping point you in the right direction. Plus, sign up and each month we'll send you the latest edition of Community Connections direct by e-mail. 

Community Survey: Tell Us about Your Community

Do you live in an area that you've found to be an especially good place to be – geographically – for access to clinical care, treatments, services, resources and opportunities for yourself (if you are on the spectrum) or a loved one with autism? Autism Speaks is conducting a survey about where you live and how that makes life easier or more difficult. Share your thoughts here.

Virginia General Assembly Passes Autism Insurance Reform, Bill Heads to Gov. McDonnell for Signing

Autism Speaks joined Virginia families this week in applauding the members of the Virginia General Assembly for their passage of Senate Bill 1062 and House Bill 2467, which require insurance companies to provide coverage of evidence-based, medically necessary autism therapies, such as applied behavior analysis. Both bills will now head to Governor Robert McDonnell's desk for enactment into law. If signed into law, Virginia could become the first state of 2011, the twenty-fourth overall, to enact meaningful autism insurance reform legislation.

President Releases Budget Designed to Help "Win the Future for People with Disabilities"

President Obama's Federal Budget for the Fiscal Year 2012 allocated funding to various programs and initiatives designed to help “Win the Future for People with Disabilities.” These proposals include: expanding autism research, increasing support for workers with disabilities, and expanding funding for the education of children with disabilities. You can read a summary of the disabilities budget here, or check out a blog post by Connecticut Chapter Advocacy Chair Shannon Knall to learn how these proposals will affect the autism community.

This Week on the Autism Speaks Blog

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In Their Own Words: Experience Breeds Ability

In this week's In Their Own Words, Susan Senator shares how her son was able to grow and obtain new skills from experience.