Autism Spectrum News has awarded Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer Rob Ring its Beacon of Hope Award for Advancing Autism Science. Dr. Ring received the honor at the publication’s annual leadership awards reception last night, in White Plains, New York.
The award recognizes Dr. Ring’s “dedication to furthering scientific research to improve our understanding of the causes of autism and the development of effective treatments,” said Autism Spectrum News publisher David Minot.
“Autism Spectrum News is a vital source of trusted news and impactful voice among the autism community,” Dr. Ring said. “It’s a great honor to be recognized with this leadership award, which is as much an acknowledgement of the amazing work Autism Speaks is doing everyday on behalf of families as it is a personal accolade."
Other 2015 awardees included:
Peter Pierri, executive director of New York City’s InterAgency Council of Developmental Disabilities Agencies, received the Beacon of Hope Award for Advocacy.
Richard Swierat, executive director of Arc of Westchester, received the Beacon of Hope Award for Community Impact. Arc of Westchester serves teens and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.
Proceeds from the event will enhance autism education and awareness by expanding the free print distribution of Autism Spectrum News, Mr. Minot said. View the current online issue here.