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July 20, 2012

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Orlando Walk Chair Karen Thompson with daughter Jessica

The Federal Response to Autism

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), the federal panel responsible for coordinating the nation's autism policy, met for the first time in a year to review progress. We report on what was presented and how it was received. Plus, read a letter from our CSO Geri Dawson about this pivotal meeting.


In Their Own Words: Help and Hope

Orlando Walk Chair Karen Thompson shares the story of why she walks and focuses on two words, help and hope, in this "In Their Own Words" post.


Autism Speaks Conference for Families & Professionals

A personal invitation from ATN Medical Director Dan Coury, to attend our National Conference for Families and Professionals, in Columbus, Ohio, August 2nd and 3rd. Registration ends July 20th!

Safety in the Autism Community

Unfortunately, it is far too often that we hear about individuals with autism in dangerous situations. Autism Speaks is committed to doing all we can to help keep the autism community safe, so we created the Autism Safety Project. This project is designed to provide families affected by autism, as well as first responders, with tips, safety products, expert advice and resources so that everyone involved is prepared in case of emergencies or crisis situations.

Introducing Autism Speaks Science Digest

You asked. We're delivering – right to your inbox. Subscribe to our new bi-weekly email digest of the top science news, perspective and feature stories from Autism Speaks. We hope you'll enjoy this resource and invite your friends to do the same. Look for your first issue August 10th.

Try These Technologies

We're excited about all the ways that technology is being used to improve life for people on the spectrum and their families, and wanted to let you know about some cool apps and sites we've learned about. Check out BuZoo, a fully-touchless educational Alternative Augmentative Communication app for Android tablets that is in private alpha (and looking for testers). Plus, learn more about Squag, a digital playground for kids and teens on the spectrum; Carezone, a site to help parents care for their children; and Careverge.

Jump for Autism Speaks

Join this year's Great Open Jump at 150 Pump It Up stores nationwide on Wednesday, July 25 from 6 - 8 p.m. and help them meet their $100,000 fundraising goal for Autism Speaks. Pump It Up is inviting families nationwide to jump free of charge. Donations of any size will be accepted. Check with your local store as some events are on different days.

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

Young Researcher Tackles Link between Genes and Autism
Autism SmartPhone Apps
Autism Therapy and Insurance—A Situation That Has to Change
Weekly Whirl - Focus on Adults
The Importance of First Responder Training for Autism

Coming Soon:

July 22  Chicago Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon (Chicago, Ill.)

July 23 2012 Sullivan County Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off & Awards Recognition Dinner (Monticello, N.Y.)

July 26 New Jersey Shore and Central New Jersey Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-Off (Manalapan, N.J.)

July 28 Greater Austin Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-Off Event (Austin, Texas)

July 29 Baltimore Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off Event (Baltimore, Md.)

July 29 Nantucket Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off Event (Nantucket, Mass.)

July 29 Southern New England Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off Event (Pawtucket, R.I.)

July 31 Long Island Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off Event (Wantagh, N.Y.)

July 31 Las Vegas Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off Event (Las Vegas, Nev.)

August 2 Columbus Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off Event (Columbus, Ohio)

August 3,4 Autism Speaks National Conference for Families and Professionals (Columbus, Ohio)


  What's New in Environmental Research?

Our newest Trailblazer researcher is tracking chemical exposures using baby teeth

Pesticide Exposure and Risk of Autism

A "Got Questions?" blog from our director of research for environmental sciences

Autism, Motivation and Hard Work

Weatherstone Fellow Cara Damiano explores what motivates individuals with autism

Immune Irregularities & Autism

Growing evidence that inflammation during pregnancy increases risk



  White House Re-appoints Bell

Seat on PCPID is renewed

Mental Health Parity

Another court win in Washington State

Autism Law Summit

7th meeting set for September

Insurance Equals Savings

New study examines state initiatives

ABA in Virginia

Licensing under close watch


Family Services

  Adult Services Office Hours

Autism Speaks staff members answer questions from the adult community

Transition Tool Kit

A tool kit to assist individuals and families as they identify and secure supports and services for their loved ones with autism.

Resource Library

A collection of books, blogs, safety products, sensory tools, apps and more!


Get Involved

  Team Up! with Autism Speaks

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