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Calls to Action


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!”

July 27, 2015

CBS Evening News correspondent Meg Oliver reported on Charles Cobbert, a promising 17-year-old swimmer who is on his way to competing in nationals.

July 15, 2015

On Tuesday evening, Autism Speaks and Monroe County Office of Emergency Management hosted a First Responder Training for more than sixty local first responders in Stroudsburg, Pa. The training facilitated greater understanding of autism and focused on helping first responders to recognize the signs while providing strategies to use in the field.

July 14, 2015

St. Paul, Minn. police officer Rob Zink, a father of three sons, two of whom have autism, recently created the Cop Autism Response Education (CARE) Project, as part of a groundbreaking effort to ensure that police calls involving people with autism end safely.

July 09, 2015

Safety is a major concern for the autism community and unfortunately, misunderstandings related to the core symptoms of autism, including difficulties with communication and social interactions, can escalate into unsafe situations, such as the November 2014 incident involving Troy Canalis, a teen with autism in the Bronx.

June 16, 2015

“There is a tremendous need for expanded access to resources for the autism community," said Lisa Goring of Autism Speaks. "This was a great opportunity to arm individuals with autism, their family members, friends and service providers with the information they need to successfully advocate for these critical services and supports.”

June 12, 2015

Drivers in Alabama who have been diagnosed with autism can now carry around a special identification card to communicate with police and others, says an article in the local NBC news affiliate.