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March 1, 2013

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The Sequester Is Here. Now What?

From special education to adult housing to autism research, the $85 billion automatic cut in federal spending poses grave threats to our community. Get the details. It's never been more important to create awareness. Sign now!


Why We Walk: Alejandro

Learn why Denise and her family are walking this weekend at Palm Beach. And find a Walk near you.


Autism Speaks Hosts World's First Autism Investment Conference

Autism Speaks' inaugural Autism Investment Conference brought together investors and product developers to discuss opportunities for addressing the autism community's unmet needs. Learn more about the conference. Plus, watch Geri Dawson's opening remarks and read a blog post from speaker Gailynn Gluth.

Your 12 Favorite Autism Speaks Resources in 2012!

You visited the Autism Speaks website almost 9 million times in 2012! This list represents your favorite resources from our website based on activity during your visits. The Autism Speaks website is full of helpful resources; we thought we'd pull together a slideshow of your 12 favorites so you have them all in one place!

Light It Up Blue with Rosco

Rosco is the official color filter of Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue. Use Roscolux 80 or Roscolux 68 on the lights of your building or home on April 2nd to help raise autism awareness. Learn more and find a dealer near you. And visit LightItUpBlue.org to learn all the ways you can Light It Up Blue.

Light It Up Blue Merchandise Available Now

World Autism Awareness Day is less than 5 weeks away! Order your merchandise now to show your support and Light It Up Blue!

World of Jenks Premieres Monday

Last season on MTV'S World of Jenks, Jenks only scratched the surface when he spent eight days living with Chad. Now 21-years-old, Chad gives a completely unfiltered look at what life is like as a young person with autism. Season 2 premieres Monday, March 4th at 11/10c. Learn more.


Build A Bear Workshop will debut its Autism Speaks Bear on March 27 in their North American stores. Get a closer look at this cutie here.

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

25 Things About Growing Up With Autism - The Sibling Redux
5 Weeks Until Light It Up Blue
Heart of Autism: Spreading Autism Awareness with Duct Tape
Congratulations to our Hacking Autism App Contest Winners
Trials and Tribulations

Coming Soon:

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

March 3 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon (San Francisco, Calif.)

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

March 10 2012 Arkansas Walk Now for Autism Speaks Awards & Recognition Luncheon (Little Rock, Ark.)

March 12 Speeding For a Cure - An Evening to Benefit Autism Speaks and The Gillian Brewer School (New York, N.Y.)


  Autism Shares Risk Genes with Major Psychiatric Disorders

Autism, ADHD, schizophrenia, major depression and bipolar disorder appear to share genetic risk factors

Behavioral Medication Side Effects

On the 'Got Questions?' blog

Teens with Autism Lack Healthcare Transition Services

Half as likely to receive transition support as those with other longterm medical needs

Lives Changed and Lessons Learned in South Asia

Michael Rosanoff reports back from New Delhi



  Wright Urges Action on ABA

Asks governors to require coverage in their state ACA plans

California Declares Autism a Public Health Crisis

Emergency rules would require better ABA coverage for autism

Employment Issues Grab Center Stage

Senate Committee, NGA focus on hiring people with disabilities

TRICARE Prodded on ABA Pilot Program

Rep. Larson urges Department of Defense to act "promptly"

Hawaii Insurance Reform On The Move

Better insurance advances to Senate floor

Ava's Law Featured By NBC Atlanta

Georgia autism insurance reform, Bernie Marcus highlighted


Family Services

Resource Guide

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

Baker Summer Camp Grants

Applications open for 2013 cycle!

Family Services Community Grants

Informational webinar on funding for local organizations Wednesday, March 6th


  Spread the Word to End the Word

Group has marked March 6 as annual day to end the use of the R-word


Get Involved

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Become an Independent Fundraiser for Autism Speaks

Planned Giving

Learn more about bequests and planned gifts

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