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August 31, 2012

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Teens acting in a social performance scene.
Photo courtesy of the Northeast Arc's Spotlight Program

Promoting Teen Social Skills

In the "Got Questions?" blog, doctoral candidate Matthew Lerner discusses his research on developing interventions to improve social and emotional abilities among children and adolescents with autism and explains how to tailor a social skills program for your teen.


In Their Own Words: A Place to Dance

This "In Their Own Words" describes a mother's dream of her daughter having a 'place to dance.'


Autism Votes Website Re-Launched

A cleaner-looking, more user-friendly website for our advocacy efforts is now live. Check it out!

Transition Tool Kit: A Guide for Families on the Road to Adulthood

There is a great need for resources and supports for individuals with autism as they transition out of the school system and into the world of adult services. The Autism Speaks Transition Tool Kit was created to serve as a guide to assist families on this journey by providing them with options to think about and explore as they begin to plan for adulthood.

Walk Now for Autism Speaks Update

Autism Speaks Co-founders Suzanne and Bob Wright participated in the Nantucket Walk, joining the thousands of families and friends who walked in Cleveland, Northeast Pennslyvania and Oregon Walks. To find a Walk near you, please visit walknowforautismspeaks.org.

Shop the Autism Speaks Store

Visit the Autism Speaks Store for stylish clothing, jewelry, gifts and accessories featuring the Autism Speaks puzzle piece logo. You can show your support and all purchases benefit Autism Speaks. Shop now.

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

Stephen Shore Live Chat Transcript
Kerry's Korner #23: Jadyn Waiser's NFL Debut
luck2tuck – hammer down
Mr. Rogers & Video Modeling
Videoblog: Weatherstone Fellow Conveys Passion & Thanks

Coming Soon:

September 7 IACC Subcommittee for Basic and Translational Research (Washington, D.C.)

September 8 Puget Sound Walk Now for Autism Speaks (Seattle Center, Seattle)

September 8 Southwest Missouri Walk Now for Autism Speaks (Springfield, Mo.)

September 8 Tennessee Walk Now for Autism Speaks (Nashville, Tenn.)

September 8 Utah Walk Now for Autism Speaks (Sandy, Utah)

September 8 Edmonton Walk Now for Autism (Edmonton, Alberta)

September 8 Montana Walk Now for Autism Speaks (Laurel, Mont.)

September 13 Tampa Walk Now for Autism Speaks Awards (St. Petersburg, Fla.)


  Father's Age Linked to Increased Genetic Mutations

Study explains why older parents are at higher risk of having a child with autism

Brain Inflammation, Oxidative Damage & Autism

New findings from a study using Autism Tissue Program samples

Immune Disorders and Autism

Read the transcript from our web chat with Dr. Patterson



  TRICARE Shortchanges Military Families

ABA policy 'change' just more of same

Tell Congress You Want ABLE

Congress on summer break, you need a tax break

Autism Law Summit

7th meeting set for September


Family Services


Grants for individuals with autism spectrum disorders during times of crisis or unplanned hardships, including natural disasters

Adult Services

A page dedicated to resources that impact all facets of adult life including employment, housing, and post-secondary education

Military Families Portal

Provides military families with resources, information and news related to services for individuals with autism



  Spouse of UN Secretary-General Promotes GAPH in Serbia

Mrs. Ban Soon-taek promoted the Global Autism Public Health Initiative, 100 Day Kit

Toys 'R' Us Releases Updated Guide

Updated Toys "R" Us Guide for Differently Abled Kids available now


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