From left, Joan Kirby, W. Ian Lipkin, Juan Carlos Brandt, Suzanne Wright and Eric Olson
On Thursday, June 28, Autism Speaks co-founder Suzanne Wright spoke at the United Nations' briefing titled Autism: Raising Awareness, Changing Attitudes presented by the Department of Public Information, Non-Governmental Organizations. The DPI/NGO presents weekly briefings and this one, the last of the season, focused on autism. It began with a screening of the 12-minute version of Autism Every Day which was followed by presentations by Suzanne Wright, Dr. W. Ian Lipkin (Greene Infectious Disease Laboratory), and Eric Olson (Focal Point on Family, Social Integration Section, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations) The briefing, moderated by Juan Carlos Brandt (Chief of the NGO section), discussed current research and the social challenges posed by autism. A lively Q&A session followed the panelists' remarks. Click here for a video webcast of the briefing (requires RealPlayer). Click here to read a press release about the event.