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e-Speaks || November 23, 2010


Dawson Named Rock Star of Science

Autism Speaks' Chief Science Officer, Geraldine Dawson,as been named a “Rock Star of Science” by Geoffrey Beene Gives Back® and GQ Magazine, who joined forces, along with the Entertainment Industry Foundation/SU2C, to bring together eight celebrity musicians--rock icon Debbie Harry (Blondie), Bret Michaels, Timbaland, Keri Hilson, Heart (Anne and Nancy Wilson), Jay Sean and B.o.B -- and seventeen of the nation's top medical researchers, including Dr. Dawson as well as two Nobel Laureates.

Researchers Gather for Neuroscience Meeting

This year's Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego hosted more and a greater variety of autism research than ever before. Look for posts focused on several new discoveries in the coming weeks on our blog. In addition, autism researchers from around the world gathered fora a special two-day symposium called The Emerging Neuroscience of Autism Spectrum Disorders: Etiologic Insights; Treatment Opportunities.

Happy Thanksgiving From Autism Speaks!

Thanksgiving is here! This holiday can be stressful and overwhelming for anyone, but particularly for individuals with autism and their families. This is the perfect time of year to let your loved ones with autism know how thankful you are for all of the blessings they bring to your life. We hope our resources and tips help increase your family's enjoyment during this Thanksgiving holiday. May your Thanksgiving be filled with lots of family, lots of food, and lots of fun!

Fall Walks Continue; Looking Forward to 2011

The 2010 Walk season continued with outstanding events in Orlando and Orange County. One more Walk remains in 2010 (Las Vegas, December 4) but we're already looking ahead to the 2011 Walks. Visit to learn about the Walk in your area.

Team Up With Autism Speaks has an Outstanding Year

Members of Team Up with Autism Speaks had an incredible year, logging over seven thousand miles in endurance events to raise more than $776,583 for Autism Speaks. Meet some Team Up members and learn about their commitment to the cause and to their children, brothers, sisters, neighbors and friends affected by autism.

Meet the Puzzlebuilder of the Week

The Celebrity Puzzlebuilder of the week is Anne Hathaway, star of the upcoming film Love and Other Drugs, which opens November 24. See Anne's puzzle and build your puzzle now!

This Holiday Season, Please Support Our Sponsors

This holiday season, as you are making your gift purchases, please remember companies who support Autism Speaks throughout the year: Toys"R"Us/Babies“R”Us, T.J. Maxx , Zales, Dollar General, Lindt , Build-a-Bear and Modell's

This Week on the Autism Speaks Blog

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In Their Own Words: Thank You

In this week's “In Their Own Words,” Nicholas James DeTommaso, who recently earned the high distinction of Eagle Scout, gives a glimpse of his life as a person with Asperger Syndrome.