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March 30, 2012

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The CDC releases updated autism prevalence numbers

Autism Prevalence Rises to 1 in 88

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its estimate of autism prevalence in the United States to 1 in 88 children. Read complete coverage on our prevalence page.


In Their Own Words: Lighting Graceland Up Blue

In this 'In Their Own Words' Cindy explains how she got Elvis Presley's Graceland Mansion to go blue for World Autism Awareness Day.


Light It Up Blue for World Autism Awareness Day

On Monday, April 2, thousands of people around the world will join Autism Speaks to Light It Up Blue for World Autism Awareness Day. Learn about the online and tech leaders who have joined with Autism Speaks to celebrate with new tools and resources. And visit Kerry's Korner to see the exciting ways other people are doing their part for autism awareness.

Annual Cost of Autism Has More Than Tripled

Preliminary results of new research estimate that autism costs society a staggering $126 billion per year in the United States – a number that has more than tripled since 2006.

Autism Speaks Questions Federal Commitment on Autism

Testifying before the House Appropriations Committee, Peter Bell, executive vice president for programs and services at Autism Speaks, said the autism community is losing patience with the federal government's response to the autism epidemic.

Autism Speaks Salutes Military Families

Military families with dependents on the autism spectrum families are substantially affected by the financial and emotional costs of raising a child with autism. Given the frequent duty station changes and social turmoil of military service, military children with autism often face additional challenges. Autism Speaks has created a new online portal dedicated to providing resources and information to help military families face these challenges.

Home Depot Helps Light It Up Blue

Only 3 days until World Autism Awareness Day and thanks to our friends at The Home Depot we can all 'Light It Up Blue' with their awesome blue bulbs and lanterns. Find the store location nearest you here.

This Week on the Autism Speaks Blog

Check out this week's top posts and subscribe to the Autism Speaks Blog to receive an e-mail containing the day's stories

Autism Awareness Month and Month of the Military Child
In Their Own Words - Never Give Up Hope
7 Ways to Light Up Your College Campus Blue!
I Heart Sara
Reflections on Autism's Rise

Coming Soon

March 31 Autism Speaks Salutes Military Families (New York, N.Y.)

March 31 Mahoning Valley Walk Now for Autism Speaks (New York, N.Y.)

April 2 World Autism Awareness Day


  DSM-5 Update from Chief Science Officer Geri Dawson Ph.D.

New research explores effect of proposed revisions

Autism Care Slams Mom's Income

Research confirms what our families know!

Autism May Begin at Very Early Phases of Brain Development

Study author explains how findings can guide new treatments

World's Largest Study for Developing Autism Medicines

Autism Speaks joins international collaboration



  Federal Judge Rules on Medicaid ABA Coverage

Florida ordered to cover ABA immediately

Michigan Insurance Bills Sent to Governor

Legislature completes action on 3-bill package

Vermont Expansion Bill Voted out of Senate

Would raise age for ABA coverage from 6 to 21


Family Services

  100 Day Kit

A guide to the first 100 days after a diagnosis

Family Support Tool Kits

Advice and support for parents, siblings, grandparents and friends
Autism Response Team

Team members are specially trained to connect families with information and resources



  Blue Garden Candle from Nest Fragrances

Purchase online, get free ground shipping and support Autism Speaks

Acts of Love

New San Francisco Event Raises $500,000


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Planned Giving

Learn more about bequests and planned gifts


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