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Recognizing the Legacy Behind "10 Years of Progress"

February 24, 2015

Autism Speaks Senior Vice President of Scientific Affairs Andy Shih, a former NAAR employee, talks about the contributions made by the legacy organizations that formed the foundation of Autism Speaks.

As we mark 10 years of Autism Speaks, I am reminded of a quote by Sir Isaac Newton, “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”

Indeed, one of the reasons Autism Speaks was able to accomplish so much in such a short time is because we were able to build on some of the programmatic foundation established by leading family organizations, Autism Coalition for Research and Education (ACRE), National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR), and Cure Autism Now Foundation (CAN), that merged with Autism Speaks in 2005 and 2006.

Today, many staff from those organizations still work at Autism Speaks, and field and science programs like Walk Now for Autism Speaks, Autism Genome Project (precursor to MSSNG), Baby Siblings Research Consortium (BSRC), and Autism Genetics Resource Exchange (AGRE) all had their start with these pioneering organizations. We thank them for their great work, so vital in making our work- and progress- today possible.

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