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November 16, 2012

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It is estimated that as many as 1/3 of individuals with autism spectrum disorder also have epilepsy. 

Alpha Xi Delta Raises Over $1 Million for Autism Speaks!

In 2009, Alpha Xi Delta selected Autism Speaks as their national philanthropy. Since then, Alpha Xi Deltas across the country have worked tirelessly to promote Autism Speaks' mission while rallying fellow sisters, friends and family to support their efforts. We are honored to announce that Alpha Xi Delta has raised over $1 million for Autism Speaks, and continues to pave the way for future students and alumnae. Learn more and watch video.


In Their Own Words: After the Storm

Denise shares the resilience of her hometown in Staten Island in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and how her son with autism was affected in this 'In Their Own Words' post.


Autism and Epilepsy

It is estimated that as many as 1/3 of individuals with autism also have epilepsy. In honor of National Epilepsy Awareness Month, we have put together a page of information and resources to help families affected by both autism and epilepsy, so that they can learn more and better understand the disorder. It also includes information about the signs of epilepsy, types of seizures, and treatments available for their loved ones.

The Autism Agenda for the Lame Duck Congress

ABLE savings accounts, help for military families, and the threat of budget cuts will be the focus through the end of the year. Read more.

Vote for the 2013 Walk Now for Autism Speaks t-shirt design!

We received over 30 submissions in our 2013 Walk Now for Autism Speaks t-shirt design contest and have narrowed it down to 4 finalists. View the designs and vote for your favorite. The contest will be open for two weeks so be sure to visit and vote and share the link with your friends and family. Vote today!

Happy Thanksgiving from Autism Speaks!

We've compiled tips and tools to help your family enjoy the holiday. Read more.

2012 Walk Season Ends; Looking Forward to Next Year

The final Walk of 2012 took place last weekend in Orlando. Thank you to everyone who walked in 2012. We'd like to introduce you to Donovyn, the 2013 Hero for the Walk program, who will be featured on all Walk printed materials. Meet Donovyn here and visit the Walk site for 2013 Walk dates.

Get a Jump on your Holiday Shopping

Why wait for Black Friday when Blue Friday starts on Friday, November 16th in the Autism Speaks Store? Starting today, enjoy special discounted prices for the holiday section of the Autism Speaks Store. Stock up on holiday cards and wrapping paper while shopping for that special gift. But don't wait too long. This special only lasts until November 27th so act now!

LAGOS Supports Autism Speaks

Starting this week through November 30 our supporters at LAGOS Fine Jewelry are campaigning to give back. Proceeds from each item sold will be donated back to Autism Speaks. Shop online now at www.lagos.com.

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This Week on the Autism Speaks Blog

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What It Is Like To Be Autistic (For those of you who aren't)
Raising Expectations for Supported Employment
How do I summarize my son Donovyn's journey with autism...?
Navigating Services - Vocational Rehabilitation Program
From Helplessness to Courage: A Sister's Story

Coming Soon:

November 29 Blue Tie Blue Jean Ball (Beverly Hills, Calif.)


  Managing Anxiety in Children with Autism

Advice in the "Got Questions?" blog

AAP president-elect: 'Autism an Epidemic'

Doctors need more time to screen and treat

Encouraging Picky Eaters

Tips on how to help children on the spectrum to try new foods



  Veterans Day: A Call for Help

Congress needs to fix TRICARE

Rallying Support for ABLE

Advocates, lawmakers press for tax-exempt savings accounts

Slow Progress on Health Reform

Massachusetts, Nevada move on ABA coverage


Family Services

Challenging Behaviors Took Kit

Tips, tools and information from experts on how to best prevent and respond to challenging behaviors

Family Support Tool Kits

Support and information for parents, grandparents, siblings and friends.

Autism Response Team

Call or email our trained staff members who can help connect you with information, resources and opportunities.


  Autism Speaks named to Babble's Top 20

Parenting site recognizes top 20 charities for kids


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