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Family Services

August 13, 2015

Families, autism service providers and individuals with autism from around central Florida gathered together to discuss concerns about the transition to adulthood. “Families should be engaged in preparing their child for independent living, before they need it,” said one panelist.

August 11, 2015

New pediatric dentistry program in Florida aims to increase access for children and teens with autism and ease transition to adult care

August 06, 2015

According to the Washington Post, special education advocates in Georgia have for years argued that the state’s program for children with behavior-related disabilities unnecessarily segregates them into inferior buildings with inferior educational opportunities.

August 04, 2015

On Saturday, August 1, Autism Speaks New Jersey and the Red Cross–Jersey Coast Chapter hosted a Safety Event for the New Jersey Shore community. Participants received an Autism Speaks Safety Kit, with tips for improving safety at home, school and in the community, and learned about programs and services available to help develop a safety plan.

July 31, 2015

As the discussion began, one panelist explained the importance of beginning the transition process as early as middle school, and urged parents to “spend a lot of time together talking about what you want for your future, what your child wants to do, [and] start as soon as possible.”

July 30, 2015

PEOPLE Magazine tells the story of 4-year-old Sidney Heidrick of Sheffield Lake, Ohio, who tragically died after wandering away from his grandparents' home into Lake Erie. These tragedies are far too common in the autism community.

July 28, 2015

Families in the autism community came together with local first responders for a fun afternoon sponsored by Autism Speaks. “This type of community event is a win-win for families and first responders," said Deputy Aleksandra Ridgeway. "At the end of the event, everyone feels safer and the community becomes more inclusive!”