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February 1, 2013

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Discovering "One Stop Shopping" in Autism Care

A New Jersey mom becomes a family partner within Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network at Children's Hospital Philadelphia. Learn more.


In Their Own Words: 'How Wonderful the Unknown Must Be'

In this 'In Their Own Words' post, Caroline writes a letter to her brother inquiring about 'How Wonderful the Unknown Must Be.'


Autism Speaks Advocates for Mental Health

Chief Science Officer Geri Dawson explains why Autism Speaks is fighting to improve mental health services for all Americans. Learn more.

2013 Baker Summer Camp Grant Applications Open

"The best thing about camp is having a fun place to go to and feel accepted." - Johnny, a camper who benefitted from the Baker Summer Camp program.

Applications are now open for the third annual Baker Summer Camp program, which offers scholarship funds to camps of up to $5,000 for children and young adults with autism to attend a summer camp.

IACC Pledges More Assertive Role

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) has pledged to take a more assertive role in federal autism policy, starting with the issue of assuring ABA coverage is included in all state health insurance exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act. Read a recap of Tuesday's meeting. Plus, read IACC member Geri Dawson's blog post about the new focus on issues of healthcare disparities, service needs and access to care.

Light It Up Blue April 2nd and All Month

Please join us on April 2, World Autism Awareness Day, to celebrate with thousands of people coming together to Light It Up Blue. Join now on LightItUpBlue.org

Autism Speaks Challenges New York ABA Restrictions

To qualify for insurance reimbursement under New York's 2011 autism insurance reform law, ABA practitioners would need to obtain a state license that does not currently exist. Autism Speaks pledges to contest the new regulation with "all available means." Learn more.

Inaugural Winners of AFAA Applauds Winners Selected

This week, Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism (AFAA) recognized six organizations for their innovative, high-quality support programs for adults living with autism. AFAA will promote these programs as best practice models for other organizations across the country to replicate.

Autism Speaks and AT&T Launch Hackathon

Autism Speaks and AT&T are hosting an app idea submission contest to crowdsource the most empowering and helpful app ideas for the autism community. Learn more and submit your idea.

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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

Autism is Not a Shameful Secret
Maximize Inclusion of Youth with Autism in Your Community
Heart of Autism
Meet Dr. G of The Autism Speaks Network (TASN)
Motivation and Autism

Coming Soon:

February 4 AS2YP New York City Winter Event (New York, N.Y.)

February 5 San Angelo Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off (San Angelo, Texas)

February 6 Greater Abilene Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off Luncheon (Abilene, Texas)

February 7 Tampa Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off (Tampa, Fla.)

February 8 Milwaukee Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off (Brookfield, Wis.)

February 12 Milwaukee Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off (Fitchburg, Wis.)


  Bonding over Oxytocin

Donors forge bond with families in the study they helped fund

No Such Thing as False Hope

Reflections on recovery news

Breastfeeding and Autism Risk

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



  Hawaii Bill Clears First Hurdle

Insurance reform out of Senate committees

Nebraska Bill Endorsed

Insurance reform measure proposed

Minnesota Bill on the Move

Insurance reform approved by House committee

5 More Years

California would extend ABA coverage


Family Services

Health and Wellness

Tips and resources on fitness, sleep and nutrition to keep you and your family healthy and happy!

Family Support
Tool Kits

Guides specifically designed for siblings, parents, grandparents and friends

Resource Guide

Search for resources in your local area, from psychologists to residential services to after school programs


  Waiter Hailed as Hero

Stands up for boy with Down syndrome

Board Member Karmazin Recognized

Mel Karmazin was chosen as Wall Street Journal's Donor of the Day

Dept. of Education Mandates Inclusion

Orders schools to provide equal opportunity to students with disabilities for extracurricular activities

Autism Friendly Broadway Shows

A special performance of the musical 'Elf'

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