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March 15, 2013

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Many Nonverbal Children with Autism Overcome Severe Language Delays

Hopeful news for families; study counters belief that nonverbal children won't acquire speech after age four. Learn more.


In Their Own Words: The Rewards of Knowing Someone with Autism

In this In Their Own Words post, Kerry Magro shares what he has learned from people with autism he has met.


Combating Bullying

An Interactive Autism Network study found that nearly 2/3 of children with autism spectrum disorder, ages 6 to 15, had been bullied at some point in their lives. Working together with partners, we released a Special Needs Anti-Bullying Toolkit, full of resources and information specifically tailored to parents, educators, and students dealing with bullying and children with special needs.

Join Autism Speaks to Light It Up Blue

Join Autism Speaks in celebrating World Autism Awareness Day April 2 & Light It Up Blue! Join Today! Plus, visit the Autism Speaks store for Light It Up Blue merchandise.

Major Victory in California for ABA Benefits

State judge gives the go-ahead to California Department of Insurance to implement emergency regulations addressing delays and denials for ABA by health insurers. Read more.

Coleman joins Autism Speaks to Light It Up Blue!

Coleman's special lantern will help you show support and awareness through the month of April. Coleman will donate $5 for every lantern sold. Get yours here!

Walkers Raise Awareness and Funds in the Sunshine State

The Walk Now for Autism Speaks season got off on the right foot as thousands walked at the Palm Beach event. Learn more and see photos. Visit WalkNowforAutismSpeaks.org to find a Walk near you.

NASCAR and Speeding for a Cure Event Raise $1.2 Million

Autism Speaks and The Gillen Brewer School teamed up with NASCAR at the Speeding for a Cure gala on Tuesday, March 12 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan. The evening event raised close to $1.2 million for children with autism and other special needs. Learn more and see photos.

Bing Fund Creating Autism Hackathons

Bing Fund is creating a series of Hackathons around autism, inviting technologists, designers, subject matter experts, and people living with autism (both families and individuals) to participate and help produce prototypes which will be built on at subsequent Hackathons. Autism Speaks is proud to be a participant at the upcoming Bing Fund Hackathon in Seattle March 22 and 23.

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

Horseback Riding as Autism Therapy
3 Weeks Until We Light It Up Blue
GFCF Chef Tom Dickinson Gives Back to Autism Community
Using Light It Up Blue to Explain Autism to Classmates
Hiking Kilimanjaro for Sophie


  Study Opens New Direction in Autism Research

Can blocking cell distress signals ease autism symptoms?

Ultrasound Flags Autism Risk in Low Birth Weight Infants

Very early brain marker may lead to earlier detection and treatment

Female Protective Effect

Scientific insights into why girls are less likely than boys to develop autism

Genetic Discoveries Improve Diagnosis & Treatment

Wave of gene discoveries could improve early diagnosis and treatment



  ABLE Advocates Rally on Capitol Hill

Bill would allow tax-exempt savings accounts for the disabled

Progress in New York on ABA

Legislative remedy in the works to resolve licensing dispute

Congress Makes A Stand for Federal Employees

Capital Region representatives call for better ABA benefits

Halfway Home in Hawaii

Insurance reform sails out of Senate

CNN Chronicles the Fight for Ava's Law

Georgia moms fight for insurance coverage


Family Services

Family Services Community Grants

Accepting Letters of Intent from community organizations until March 25th

Heart of Autism

A blog series highlighting individuals with autism giving back to the autism community

Your Religious Community

Resources and tools to help families and faith leaders work together to promote inclusion and acceptance


  CSN, Jack Black headline Light Up The Blues Concert

An Evening of Music Benefiting Autism Speaks, to be hosted by Kristen and Stephen Stills


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