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June 8, 2012

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Autism Speaks and its supporters enjoyed a wonderful weekend at the "FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks" thanks to our partners at NASCAR, Dover and FedEx

The Federal Response to Autism: Where's the Urgency?

Two months have passed since the CDC announced the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in 88. Where is Washington? An open letter from Peter Bell.


In Their Own Words: Autism

In this week's "In Their Own Words," a grandmother shares a poem her granddaughter wrote about her brother who has autism.


Objectives, Outcomes from Family Services Community Grant Recipients

Since 2007, Autism Speaks has awarded over $3 million to 141 organizations around the country through our Community Grants program. These recipients have provided us with reports of their objectives and outcomes to help other organizations and the community learn from their work.

The 'Docs Are In' Webchat

This week, Autism Speaks Head of Medical Research Joe Horrigan, M.D., ATN Medical Director Dan Coury, M.D., and ATN program director Nancy Jones, Ph.D., fielded questions on medical conditions and behavioral issues associated with autism. Read the full transcript.

Autism Speaks hits the racetrack at the "FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks"

Autism Speaks visited the "Monster Mile" at Dover International Speedway for three days of fundraising and awareness at the second annual "FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks" NASCAR race weekend. This year's race featured the first-ever autism friendly NASCAR experience for families with surprise driver appearances. Read more and see photos and read about Brandon's Special Day at NASCAR.

Walk Now for Autism Speaks Update

The Spring Walk season continued as thousands of family members and friends walked in support of our cause at the Colorado, Greater Waterbury, Greater Hartford, Montreal, New York City and Westchester/Fairfield Walks. To find a Walk near you, visit walknowforautismspeaks.org.

A Partnership to Help Families Receive Proper Health Claim Reimbursement

Navigating insurance claim reimbursement policies can be time consuming and frustrating. MedClaims Liaison (MCL) has teamed up with Autism Speaks to help you get the most from your insurance coverage. Read more or sign up to see how MCL can help your family.

Try Squag™

Squag™ is a curated online social space where you can communicate with your son or daughter in a new and exciting way. It's a safe, beautiful, and private experience that gives kids with autism (and their siblings) an opportunity to build ideas about themselves based on their special interests and diverse experiences, not just their diagnosis. Sign up for FREE now. (Use the Autism Speaks offer code: 60DaysOfSquag)

Father's Day is June 17

Show the fathers in your life you care with gifts from the Autism Speaks store. Or send a special Father's Day e-Card.

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

Geri's DSM-5 Update from IMFAR
IMFAR Update on Environmental Epidemiology & Autism
Bob's Red Mill Birthday Club
Autism Speaks receives $200,000 from Teamsters Local 25
Breaking Down Stereotypes: Mastering Communication

Coming Soon:

June 9 Iowa Walk Now for Autism Speaks
(Des Moines, Iowa)

June 9 Pittsburgh Walk Now for Autism Speaks (Pittsburgh, Penn.)

June 9 South Dakota Walk Now for Autism Speaks (Sioux Falls, S.D.)

June 10 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon (San Francisco, Calif.)

June 10 London Walk Now for Autism Speaks (London, Ontario)

June 10 Nantucket Family Picnic Kick-Off Event (Nantucket, Mass.)

June 11 Winged Foot Golf Event
(Mamaroneck, N.Y.)

June 12 Health and Wellness Live Chat

June 16 Blair County Walk Now for Autism Speaks (Altoona, Penn.)

June 17 Toronto Walk Now for Autism Speaks (Toronto, Ontario)


  Environmental Epidemiology of Autism

Grant applications open for research projects

Pregnancy, Fever and Autism

Findings link inflammation and brain development

Head Lag a Red Flag?

Weak head/neck control may be a sign of increased autism risk

Autism-Pitocin Connection?

Alycia Halladay provides perspective in the 'Got Questions?' blog



  ABA Gets a Boost

Federal government will start covering as medical benefit

Bullying: A Military Kid's Story

10th grader's video touches a nerve

Delaware Moves on Insurance

Autism reform clears first hurdle

Illinois Acts on DSM-5

Bill would shield families from any changes


Family Services

  Autism in the Workplace

News, Resources and Success Stories Related to Employment

Going Out to Eat

Tips for Making Dining Out Successful and Fun


Financial Support for Families During Times of Crisis



  Co-Founders Honored

Autism Speaks Co-founders Suzanne and Bob Wright were honored by the I Have A Dream Foundation



Get Involved

  Send a Father's Day

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Team Up! with Autism Speaks

Compete in endurance events and raise funds for Autism Speaks

Planned Giving

Learn more about bequests and planned gifts


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