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February 15, 2013

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More Evidence that Folic Acid Reduces Autism Risk

Large study supports earlier findings that taking folic acid around conception reduces risk that a child will develop autism. Learn more.

 

In Their Own Words: '25 Things About Growing Up With Autism - Sibling Redux'

Ali lists 25 Things About Growing Up With Autism in this 'In Their Own Words' post.

 

Beyond Autism in Baby Siblings

Many younger siblings of children with autism have symptoms and delays that fall short of autism spectrum disorder but warrant early intervention. Learn more.

Family Services Community Grants Applications Open

The 2013 Family Services Community Grants application is now open! We will be accepting Letters of Intent online through March 25, and holding an informational webinar on March 6. To learn more and to apply, please click here. The Community Grants program seeks to directly support the innovative work of autism service providers in local communities across the United States.

ABLE Is Back! Make Sure Your Members of Congress Are Co-sponsors

Want to save tax-free for your child’s future needs without risk of losing their disability benefits? It’s going to take an Act of Congress—the ABLE Act. Make sure your U.S. Representative and both Senators are supporters by taking action here.

2013 Walk Now for Autism Speaks T-Shirt Contest Winner Announced

The winning design concept was submitted by Christina Gunn. The design will be used on over 70K t-shirts provided to Walkers who raise a minimum of $150 at any of the over 100 Walk Now for Autism Speaks events during 2013.

Visit walknowforautismspeaks.org to find Walk near you.

Autism Speaks eStore Relaunched

We recently relaunched the Autism Speaks eStore! The new site offers a better shopping experience. Get your merchandise now for World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd. Additional 2013 Light It Up Blue merchandise will be added over the next few weeks. Shop today.

Vote for the Hacking Autism App Idea You Want to See Come to Life at an AT&T Hackathon

Congratulations to all of our finalists in the Hacking Autism app idea contest! Now we want you, the community, to select the ultimate winners. Vote for your favorite app idea now through Feb. 17. Be sure to visit our Facebook page to vote for the apps you'd most like to see come to life. Vote today.

Share the Love with Fashion Project

We hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day. Please join us in celebrating our partnership with Fashion Project and continue to Share the Love by donating your clothing, shoes and accessories to this high–end website. You can donate your clothing to Fashion Project or shop for designer labels, with a portion of every sale going to charity. Visit fashionproject.com to donate or shop.

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

7 Weeks Until World Autism Awareness Day!
Autism in the Family: Getting the Big Picture
Can Vitamins and Other Supplements Relieve Symptoms?
Finding Information on Autism-Related Genes
Heart of Autism: Little Man and Me

Coming Soon:

February 16 Cumberland Tri-State Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off (Cumberland, Md.)

February 17 Milwaukee Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off (Milwaukee, Wis.)

February 21 Northern New Jersey Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off and Awards (Paterson, N.J.)

February 21 Minnesota Walk Now for Autism Speaks Awards (Apple Valley, Minn.)

February 22 Southern New Jersey Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off (Deptford, N.J.)

February 23 Milwaukee Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off (Glendale, Wis.)

February 23 North Bay Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off (Santa Rosa, Calif.)

February 27 New York City Walk Now for Autism Speaks Awards/Kick-off (New York, N.Y.)

March 3 Palm Beach Walk Now for Autism Speaks (West Palm Beach, Fla.)

March 6 Triangle Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off and Science Sharing (Chapel Hill, N.C.)

Science

  Nutrition and Autism

Report confirms challenge of ensuring adequate nutrition in children with autism

NPR Spotlights Autism Speaks Autism Tissue Program

Special segment on critical need for donated brain tissue

Color Our Minds

Film and discussion panel raise awareness of autism in communities of color

South Asian Autism Network Meets

Representatives from 8 countries attend inaugural meeting

 

Advocacy

  Utah Has Balls

And an autism insurance reform bill on the move

'Ava's Law' Activates Georgia

Insurance reform comes to Atlanta

Tennessee's Turn

Autism Speaks endorses 2 insurance reform bills

Missouri Reports on Costs

Covering autism has 0.16% impact on health costs

Minnesota Bill Endorsed

We join effort for passage

Back to Topeka

Kansas reform bills reintroduced

 

Family Services

Baker Summer Camp Grants

Applications open for 2013 cycle!

Resource Guide

Search for local camps, organizations and service providers in your area!

Adult Services

Information on housing, employment, and other adult initiatives at Autism Speaks

Awareness

  Ad Council Celebrates 70 Years

Congratulations to our partner in autism awareness campaign

AS2YP New York Winter Event

See photos from Autism Speaks to Young Professionals Winter Event at Ph-D in the Dream Hotel Downtown

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  Fundraise Your Way

Become an Independent Fundraiser for Autism Speaks

Planned Giving

Learn more about bequests and planned gifts

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