Today in Rome, Autism Speaks co-founders Bob and Suzanne Wright spoke at the Vatican's first ever conference on autism. The conference, called “The Person with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Animating Hope,” is being held this week. Mrs. Wright received a standing ovation by attendees at the Vatican. Watch her speech above. You can watch Mr. Wright's remarks below.
The conference is covering genomic research, treatment, and acceptance of the estimated 70 million people worldwide living with autism. Topics include the brain and behavior; environmental factors in autism; early diagnosis; technology like iPads that can improve the quality of life, and ways for volunteers to help.