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November 30, 2012

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Bob Wright addresses House Oversight Committee

Bob Wright Urges Congress to Get Moving on America's Autism Epidemic

Autism Speaks Co-founder Bob Wright told the House Oversight Committee that Washington has failed to respond to the nation's growing autism epidemic with the urgency it deserves. The committee pledged to dig deeper into the issue. Learn more.


In Their Own Words: Because You Can Do It

Kaitlin offers words of encouragement to others affected by autism based on her own diagnosis in this 'In Their Own Words' post.


ABA Care for Military Kids Advances in Senate

The Senate approved a bipartisan amendment that would improve access to ABA care for the nation's 23,000 military kids with autism. Read more.

Co-founders Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Autism Speaks Co-founders Suzanne and Bob Wright were honored with Moffly Media's Lifetime Achievement Award at. Light A Fire 2012, A Celebration of Giving. Read more.

Sound Off for Autism Speaks

Imagine getting Ed Asner, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, Carrie Fisher, Tom Hanks, Derek Jeter, Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, Patrick Stewart or Betty White to record a custom message for you. Sound Off For Autism Speaks on December 3rd and you can! Visit SoundOffForAutismSpeaks.com for more information. #SoundOff4AS

Immune Changes Linked to Regression, GI Distress & Repetitive Behaviors

The newly published results of a Suzanne and Bob Wright Trailblazer research grant links immune changes to regression, brain changes, repetitive behaviors and GI symptoms. Read more.

Toys"R"Us Offers Toy Guides for the Holidays

Toys"R"Us, longtime partner of Autism Speaks, offers two toy guides for parents: the Toys"R"Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids and Ten Toys That Speak To Autism, a special subset of the Guide. Learn more and shop for these toys at Toys“R”Us.

We Need Your Holiday Photos!

This holiday season, Autism Speaks would like to shine a light on you and your family in a special online holiday video. We're looking for photos or videos of the loved ones who brighten your lives. Show us how you celebrate the holidays or just how you celebrate each other (it doesn't have to be holiday-themed!). The higher the resolution the better, and if you're taking video please try to keep it under 30 seconds and in HD if possible.


Please send all photos and videos to photos@autismspeaks.org with "Holiday Video" included in the subject of the e-mail. If the file or files are too large to send by e-mail, please go to www.wetransfer.com, attach your files there, and send them to photos@autismspeaks.org. Please send photos or videos by Friday, December 7.

Family Services Community Grants Spotlight: DriveAdvise

In 2010, Autism Speaks awarded a Family Services Community Grant to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to create "DriveAdvise," a program designed to promote maximum independence while balancing safety needs for individuals with ASD who are trying to decide if learning how to drive is feasible and safe. The program developed a tool kit and an educational video to facilitate decisions about driving. Learn more about "DriveAdvise."

Fashion Project Supports Autism Speaks

This holiday season get the latest designer fashions while also giving back. Whether you donate or shop, you can make a difference. Fashion Project is spotlighting Autism Speaks this December; each purchase you make 60% of the proceeds will go back to Autism Speaks. Find out more about this awesome, unique company which supports many charities at www.fashionproject.com.

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

Managing Anxiety in Children with Autism
My Son Has Become More Than His Autism
Artists for Autism
Master Pieces for Autism Speaks

Coming Soon:

December 4 Autism Speaks for Sandy with Generation NXT at SL (New York, N.Y.)

December 6 From Pictures to Technology: Creating an Environment for Language Learning, Communication, and Independence Webinar


  Research Explosion Parallels Rise in Prevalence

Autism Speaks CSO Geri Dawson provides editorial commentary in Archives of General Psychiatry

Patient, Researcher, Student

Weatherstone Fellow shares life experiences that inspired her autism research

Early Intervention Comes to Saudi Arabia

Autism Speaks helps launch Early Start Denver Model training in Middle East



  ABA Faces Trouble in New York

New state rules could deny access

Lame Duck Agenda for Autism

Our goals with Congress


Family Services

Going Out to Eat

Tips and resources to help making dining out a successful and enjoyable experience for everyone

Technology Central

How can technology help you? Check out our webinars, apps, news, blogs and more!

Autism Safety Project

Tips for families and professionals about safety in the home and in the community


Autism Speaks Guest of Honor at United Nations

Permanent Mission of Bangladesh hosts event in support of UN Resolution addressing socio-economic needs

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