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e-Speaks || March 4, 2011


Light It Up Blue, Light The White House Blue

On the evenings of April 1 and 2, 2011, prominent buildings across North America and the world — including the Empire State Building in NYC and the CN Tower in Toronto — will turn their lights blue to raise awareness for autism and to commemorate World Autism Awareness Day on Saturday, April 2. Please ask President Obama to light the White House blue to show the entire world! Sign the pledge to raise autism awareness and Light It Up Blue.

Miami Kicks Off 2011 Walks in Style

Over 20,000 walkers gathered in Miami to kick-off the 2011 Walk season, raising nearly $685,000. Co-founders Bob and Suzanne Wright were in attendance along with Florida State Rep. Michael Bileca, County Mayor Carlos Alvarez, and County Commissioners Carlos Gimenez and Jose “Pepe” Diaz. Visit to find a Walk near you. And outfit your team in custom Walk tees that benefit Autism Speaks.

Immune Molecules Guide Communication in Young Neurons

In a study funded by Autism Speaks, Kimberley McAllister, Ph.D. and her lab at UC-Davis have demonstrated a new way that the immune system plays a key role in brain development. Certain immune molecules influence brain development by controlling the formation of synapses, or the connections between neurons, early in development.

Arkansas Legislature is Second to Pass Autism Insurance Reform in 2011

With unanimous passage through the state Senate on Wednesday, Arkansas families and advocates now call on Governor Mike Beebe to enact House Bill 1315, the autism insurance reform bill, allowing Arkansas to join the ranks of states that have recognized the unfair and unreasonable burden being imposed on families of children with autism. Once enacted, the bill will require state regulated private health insurance companies to provide coverage of evidence-based, medically necessary autism therapies, including behavioral health treatments like applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy.

Let Us Know How Well Your Town Meets the Needs of Individuals with Autism

Please take 5 minutes to tell us about your hometown. Are you unhappy with the available services, resources, educational opportunities and recreational options? What can your hometown do to better serve your family? Make your voice heard. Take the Autism Speaks Community Survey.

Autism Speaks Joins Grassroots Movement for Autism Understanding and Acceptance

On World Autism Awareness Day, April 2, 2011, Autism Speaks is uniting with the autism community to call for greater autism understanding and acceptance. The time has come when spreading a message of awareness is simply not enough. Learn more about Autism Understanding and Acceptance and how you can participate.

This Week on the Autism Speaks Blog

Check out this week's top posts and subscribe to the Autism Speaks Blog to receive an e-mail containing the day's stories.

In Their Own Words: My Son Bubba

In this week's ‘In Their Own Words' Jessica Anderson submitted a letter sharing her son's success as part of his high school basketball team and how it will stay with him forever.