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e-Speaks || January 21, 2011


Autism Treatment Network Expands to 17 Sites

Autism Speaks is pleased to announce the expansion of the Autism Treatment Network to include 17 leading children's hospitals and academic medical centers in the U.S. and Canada. The Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network is committed to improving the health and healthcare for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders through evidence-based research and practice.

Autism Speaks Announces Second Annual Baker Summer Camp Scholarship Program

The second annual Autism Speaks Baker Summer Camp Program will offer up to $3000 in funds to eligible camps to go towards scholarships for financially disadvantaged children with autism.

The Power of Words: Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee Meeting Recap

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) met on Tuesday. At the meeting, committee members and attendees heard presentations on topics including the latest research developments, the Affordable Care Act, the IACC's Strategic Plan for Autism Research for 2011, to wandering behavior. For more on the meeting, read blog posts from Geri Dawson, "The power of words: The IACC works to reconcile different perspectives on autism" and Stuart Spielman, "In Healthcare Reform, Words Do Matter."

Prevalence Investigation of Autism in the Somali Population in Minneapolis

Autism Speaks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institutes of Health announced a collaboration to investigate the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders in the Somali population located in Minneapolis, Minn.

Suggest Topics for Community Connections in 2011

We want to hear your suggestions! Please consider taking a few moments to complete a short survey and let us know the autism topics you want us to focus on in the Community Connections e-Newsletter in 2011! The monthly Community Connections e-Newsletter explores topics with practical tips for dealing with autism in everyday situations; each newsletter includes articles from experts, family experiences, and links to local resources. See previous issues and sign up to receive Community Connections, and take the survey today.

This Week on the Autism Speaks Blog

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In Their Own Words: The Best Lemonade – Sentiments from a Sibling of an Autistic Kid

In this week's “In Their Own Words,” Katelyn describes her special relationship with her brother Jon who has autism.