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Cure Autism Now News Archive

September 27, 2007

The articles linked below were first published on the Cure Autism Now web site prior to the completion of CAN's merger with Autism Speaks in early 2007. For further information, please e-mail or visit our Contact Us page.

April 18, 2007

Celebrities Put Their Foot Down To Raise Money For Autism Research
Support Autism Awareness Month and bid on shirts with celebrity foot prints from April 19-30 at

April 18, 2007

NASCAR Auction Revs Up Autism Awareness Month
Chevy Pace Car Hood Signed by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and More - Proceeds to benefit CAN

March 29, 2007

Teletubbies Take Manhattan
Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po—from the beloved BBC and PBS television series—are making appearances in New York City during the week of March 26 and will be raising awareness and funds for Autism Speaks and Cure Autism Now.

March 7, 2007

NBC Was the Place to Be on Oscar Night
The Oscar Night event in Chicago, An Evening With the Stars, was an overwhelming success, raising more than $100,000 for Autism Speaks and the Cure Autism Now Foundation.

February 26, 2007

Pat Levitt Awarded Cozzarelli Prize
The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) has awarded one of six Cozzarelli Prizes for an outstanding PNAS paper published in 2006 to Dr. Pat Levitt from Vanderbilt University for his paper entitled, "A genetic variant that disrupts MET transcription is associated with autism."

February 21, 2007

Atlanta Thrashers Host Second-Annual Autism Awareness Night
The Atlanta Thrashers, Athletes Against Autism and the Mellanby Autism Foundation hosted their second-annual Autism Awareness Night at the Thrashers game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Feb. 3, at Philips Arena. Ticket sales, a special meet and greet opportunity, a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction helped raise more than $9,000 for the fight against autism.

February 21, 2007

Clothes Off Our Back's Spring Awards Show Auction Continues
Bid on the clothing and accessories that your favorite movie and television stars wore to the Golden Globes, SAG Awards and other Hollywood events. Items are up for bid to the public with proceeds going to benefit children's charities, including Cure Autism Now.

February 21, 2007

Wolf Family Presented with Thanks a Million Award at Chicago Auto Show First Look for Charity Event
Cure Autism Now supporters from across the country gathered at The Chicago Auto Show's First Look for Charity on Feb. 8 to raise funds for autism research and awareness.

February 7, 2007

Cure Autism Now and TalkAutism Partner to Create AutismTown™
Cure Autism Now and TalkAutism have partnered to create AutismTown, a Web-based initiative aimed at bringing the autism community together and raising funds for autism research and technology programs.

February 5, 2007

CAN and Autism Speaks Complete Merger
The Cure Autism Now and Autism Speaks merger has been completed, uniting the nation's two leading autism advocacy organizations and their cutting-edge programs for research, treatment, and family services. View the press release in our newsroom.

February 5, 2007

Tax Tips for Cure Autism Now Volunteers
Did you know you could be missing out on hundreds of dollars in tax deductions? Many of you volunteer for Cure Autism Now and other nonprofits. The community appreciates your generosity. Uncle Sam appreciates it too. The IRS recognizes your dedication with a tax break for out-of-pocket volunteer expenses.

January 25, 2007

2007 Leadership Conference Brings Together CAN Leaders from Across America
Our CAN National Leadership Conference provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the previous year's accomplishments, express our gratitude for the continued efforts of our volunteers and get excited as we roll out our plans for the new year.

January 25, 2007

VH1 Classic Auctions Def Leppard/Journey Motorbike for Cure Autism Now
VH1 Classic has partnered with Def Leppard and Journey to auction off a custom, autographed motorbike.

January 24, 2007

Clothes Off Our Back's Spring Awards Show Auction
The Clothes Off Our Back Foundation's latest auction features today's hottest celebrity attire and is live until March 15.

January 11, 2007

Washington Capitals Autism Awareness Night Jump Starts the Year in Grand Fashion
The Washington Capitals and Athletes Against Autism hosted their second annual Autism Awareness Night at the Caps game against the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday, January 6 at Verizon Center.

December 28, 2006

A Season of Miracles
Make your year-end contribution to Cure Autism Now and help us make this a Season of Miracles

December 19, 2006

A Black-Tie February in Chicago

February is a month of dressing to impress for Cure Autism Now supporters in Chicago. Mark your calendars for the "First Look for Charity" Auto Show on Thursday, the 8th and "An Evening with the Stars" on Oscar night, Sunday, the 25th.

December 18, 2006

Portia Iversen's Long-Awaited Book Due Out in January
Strange Son: Two mothers, Two sons, and The Quest to Unlock the Hidden World of Autism is Cure Autism Now co-founder Portia Iversen's long-awaited book. It takes the reader through the history of CAN, the revelation of her nonverbal son's personality and the implications this process had on the scientific community's understanding of autism.

December 7, 2006

Cure Autism Now and Autism Speaks Praise the Swift Approval of the Combating Autism Act by the United States Senate
The bill authorizes nearly 1 billion dollars over the next five years to combat autism through research, screening, early detection and early intervention.

December 6, 2006

“The Hollywood Cookbook” Whips Up Support for CAN
Just in time for the holidays, “The Hollywood Cookbook” brings together more than 20 celebrities, their recipes and their favorite charities.

December 6, 2006

Athletes Against Autism Hosting Autism Awareness Nights Across the Country
Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers, Atlanta Thrashers, Nashville Predators, New York Islanders, Columbus Blue Jackets, Cleveland Cavaliers and Colorado Avalanche are set to host Autism Awareness Nights with Athletes Against Autism in the coming months.

December 6, 2006

Cure Autism Now and Autism Speaks Applaud Approval of the Combating Autism Act by United States House of Representatives
Landmark Legislation Authorizing Nearly $1 Billion in Autism Funding Now Moves Back to the Senate for Prompt Action

December 6, 2006

WALK NOW Has a Strong Finish for 2006 and Gears Up for 2007
Cure Autism Now's WALK NOW walkers, teams, volunteers and staff succeeded in raising over $6 million at 17 WALK NOW events nationwide in 2006.

December 4, 2006

Twisted Sister Holiday CD Benefits CAN
Rock legends Twisted Sister have released a holiday CD in partnership with VH1 Classic and a portion of proceeds will be donated to Cure Autism Now.

November 29, 2006

A Letter From Peter Bell
A letter from Peter Bell, president and CEO of Cure Autism Now, regarding CAN combining its efforts with Autism Speaks.

November 29, 2006

Cure Autism Now to Merge with Autism Speaks
Cure Autism Now announces plans to combine operations with Autism Speaks. CAN founders celebrate 11-year history and expanded capabilities of combined organization.

November 16, 2006

Hope for Our Children: A Campaign for This Generation
Cure Autism Now recently launched the Hope for Our Children campaign with a goal of raising $25 million in leadership gifts and pledges within the next four years.

November 15, 2006

Cure Autism Now Lecture Series Continues This Winter
Don't miss your last few chances to catch the Cure Autism Now Lecture Series this year. Events are scheduled in the San Francisco Bay Area, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Boston.

November 15, 2006

First Look for Charity Tickets On Sale Now
The Chicago Auto Show's First Look for Charity is the single-largest one evening fundraiser in Chicagoland, raising more than $2.6 million for its 18 participating charities. Cure Autism Now is honored to be one of the participating charities, for the sixth year in a row, on Feb. 8, 2007.

October 25, 2006

Clara Lajonchere, Ph.D., Promoted to Director of Clinical Research

Clara Lajonchere, Ph.D., who has been the director of Cure Autism Now's Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE) for the past three years, has been promoted to the new position of Director of Clinical Research.

October 25, 2006

Cure Autism Now and Autism Treatment Network to Merge Operations

Cure Autism Now and the Autism Treatment Network are merging operations to strengthen and accelerate their efforts to advance a standard of care for autism and related disorders.

October 24, 2006

CAN Comedy Night in New York City

Join Cure Autism Now and Spectrum Magazine in New York City for CAN Comedy Night on Sunday, Nov. 12.

October 24, 2006

CDC Child Care Provider Outreach Week

As part of CDC's “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” campaign, the week of Nov. 13-17 has been designated as Child Care Provider Outreach Week.

October 24, 2006

Scientific Advisory Board Member Named to National Academies of Sciences

John Mazziotta, M.D., Ph.D., a member of Cure Autism Now's Scientific Advisory Board, chairman of Neurology and director of the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center at UCLA, was among the newest members recently named to the National Academies of Sciences.

October 24, 2006

Sign Up to Stay Active with the Combating Autism Act

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Joe Barton still refuses to release the Senate-passed Combating Autism Act from his committee for consideration by the full House this session.

October 11, 2006

“Ghost Whisperer” Features Autism Storyline This Friday

Tune in this Friday, Oct. 13 at 8:00 p.m. (7:00 p.m. Central) as CBS' “Ghost Whisperer” features a character with autism.

October 11, 2006

“Nature Neuroscience” Special Focus on Childhood Developmental Disorders

“Nature Neuroscience,” a multidisciplinary journal that publishes papers in all areas of neuroscience, has produced a special focus on childhood developmental disorders, including autism.

October 11, 2006

FDA Approves Risperdal for Treatment of Symptoms Associated with Autism

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given Johnson & Johnson approval to market Risperdal (risperidone) for the treatment of irritability associated with autism, including symptoms of aggression, deliberate self-injury, temper tantrums and rapid mood swings in children and adolescents ages 5 to 16.

October 11, 2006

Hint Inc. Joins Cure Autism Now as National Sponsor

Hint Inc., maker of Hint Essence Water, has signed on as a National Sponsor of WALK NOW.

October 11, 2006

Leven Rambin of “All My Children” Signs On as Honorary Host of Fall Walks

Leven Rambin, Daytime Emmy-nominated star of ABC's “All My Children,” will be the Honorary Host of three of Cure Autism Now's fall WALK NOW events: Washington, DC on Oct. 21; New York City on Oct. 22 and Houston on Oct. 28.

October 11, 2006

Researchers Show Growing Interest in Autism Research

On a sunny weekend in early September, three dozen scientists from across the United States met in Los Angeles and volunteered their time to help move the state of autism research to a new level.

October 11, 2006

Sign Up to Stay Active with the Combating Autism Act

We are in a critical phase in our effort to pass the Combating Autism Act this year.

September 27, 2006

“Acts of Love: Dreams” Stages a Record-Breaking Event

Cure Autism Now hosted its fourth Acts of Love event on Sept. 18 at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

September 27, 2006

RIDE NOW Raised Awareness and Funds for Autism Across the Country

On Sept. 17th RIDE NOW brought together over 2,000 people, 1,700 bikes, 150 volunteers, four cities, and one wing-eating champion to raise over $200,000 for autism research.

September 27, 2006

Spookley the Square Pumpkin Helps Raise Funds and Awareness for Cure Autism Now

On Sunday, October 1, pumpkin patches around the country will be hosting a special Spookley's Autism Community Day.

September 27, 2006

Toby Keith Promotion Raises $24,000 for Cure Autism Now

Country superstar Toby Keith, on his Hookin' Up and Hangin' Out Tour, ran a radio promotion on San Jose's KRTY FM last month and proceeds went to Cure Autism Now.

August 31, 2006

Seattle Celebrates Local Autism Heroes

On August 24th, a special breakfast was held in Seattle to honor our local heroes.

August 30, 2006

AutismCares Marks Katrina Anniversary, Calls for Families to Register

AutismCares, a consortium of leading autism organizations created to spearhead a national emergency relief and recovery initiative in the wake of last year's devastating hurricanes, is again inviting all families with a member diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder to pre-register through AutismCares' Web site,, to ensure trained case managers are able to locate them more effectively in case disaster strikes their families.

August 30, 2006

Cure Autism Now Receives Grant from Fougera Cares

Fougera Cares, the philanthropic program of Fougera, a division of ALTANA, Inc., named Cure Autism Now as the 2006 recipient of its annual major grant during a ceremony at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Pharmacy & Technology Conference in San Diego on August 29.

August 29, 2006

Autism -- From Denial to Hope

Cure Autism Now's CEO Peter Bell was recently invited to write an editorial on the history of autism for Behavorial Healthcare, a publication for mental health professionals.

August 25, 2006

Scientists Seek Early Indicators of Autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is typically diagnosed around 3 years of age. However, earlier diagnosis can go a long way toward optimizing outcomes by allowing application of early intervention techniques, as well as helping parents to obtain necessary services and the time to adjust to the special needs of their child.

August 17, 2006

AGRE Provides DNA for Autism Gene Discovery Project

The Autism Consortium, a scientific and clinical collaboration involving 11 Boston-area autism research institutions, has announced the initiation of a comprehensive genetic association study to examine the entire human genome related to autism: the Autism Gene Discovery Project.

August 14, 2006

CAN Joins Efforts to Find Cures Faster

FasterCures, a nonprofit "action tank" seeking ways to accelerate the search for cures for disease, recently released the report "Investing in Innovation: Accelerating Disease Research Through Philanthropy and Business".

August 4, 2006

Cure Autism Now Celebrates Senate Approval of Combating Autism Act

We congratulate bill sponsors Sens. Santorum and Dodd and the entire U.S. Senate for passing the Combating Autism Act. The landmark Act authorizes $900 million for autism-specific funding and now moves to the U.S. House of Representatives for approval.

July 27, 2006

Cure Autism Now Announces Web-Based Clinical Trial and Research Study Listing

Families are a vital link to accelerating the pace of
utism research.

Jul 26, 2006

Jan Linder-Koda's “Sophisticated Lullabies” CD Benefits CAN

Jan Linder-Koda's latest release, “Sophisticated Lullabies”, is a collection of easy listening tunes for babies and young children.

July 26, 2006

UC Davis Autism Study Finds Structural Differences in Brain Areas Regulating Fear

Anxiety and a lack of emotional regulation are among the major challenges that individuals with autism face.