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March 29, 2013

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Autism Speaks Launches Employment Tool Kit

Far too many adults on the autism spectrum are unemployed or underemployed. The Employment Tool Kit, developed by a collaboration of many people including adults on the spectrum, is written for adults with autism to help them research, find and keep employment. Download the Employment Tool Kit.


In Their Own Words: Lighting It Up Blue

In this In Their Own Words post, Lou Melgarejo, one of our favorite dads, shares how he will be 'Lighting It Up Blue' this year with his family.


Join Autism Speaks to Light It Up Blue

World Autism Awareness Day is Tuesday, April 2. Join Autism Speaks in celebrating and Light It Up Blue! Plus, sign the petition calling on President Obama and Congress to develop and implement a comprehensive national plan to address autism.

Early Childhood Vaccines

Researchers investigate concerns that childhood vaccination schedule is 'Too Much Too Soon?' Learn more.

National Survey Pegs Autism Prevalence at 1 in 50 School-age Children

Government health survey of families bolsters research indicating that many affected children go uncounted and without services. Learn more. Autism Speaks President Liz Feld explains what this means for our community in her letter.

U.S. Census Delivers Dismal Employment Report

Americans with disabilities experience higher unemployment and lower wages than non-disabled workers. Common jobs are janitors, dishwashers and cashiers. Read more.

Spring Walk Season in Full Swing

Our Spring Walk season is underway, with the San Angelo, Milwaukee, Miami, North Bay (Windsor, Calif.), Cumberland Tri-State , and Triangle (Raleigh, N.C.) events happening in early April.

Visit WalkNowforAutismSpeaks.org to find a Walk near you.


Hug something blue while you are lighting up blue. Make your very own Autism Speaks Bear at Build-A-Bear Workshop while supplies last. Build-A-Bear Workshop is supporting the mission of Autism Speaks throughout the month of April with its blue bears and donations at the register.

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

Seven Ways to Help Your Nonverbal Child Speak
Kerry's Korner #33: Autism Speaks Build-A-Bear
How Early Can Autism Be Diagnosed?
Autism, Old Grandpas and Mom's Childhood
You're Hired


  Autism Speaks Awards New Research Grants

Trailblazer study and career-launching Weatherstone fellowships

Autism Speaks ATN Opens Applications

Hospitals and university medical centers encouraged to apply

IACC Urges National Standard for Autism Coverage

Federal panel sends letter to Secretary of Health

Autism Speaks 2013 National Conference for Families and Professionals

Registration now open for July 26 - 27 conference featuring workshops and scientific sessions on autism care through the lifespan



  Congress Adds $6 Million for Autism Research

Funding included in Department of Defense budget

District of Columbia Moves on ABA

Panel recommends therapy be included in new ACA health plans

Texas Moves to Eliminate Age Cap

Cap on insurance benefits after age 9 would be removed

NJ Sidelines Star Football Player

Game-winning kicker denied extra year of eligibility

Cantor: Autism Will be Priority of House Majority

Majority Leader responds to 1 in 50 prevalence report


Family Services

Heart of Autism

Meet a 9-year-old boy with autism who works to make other kids like him feel proud

Autism Safety Project

Tools and resources about safety in the home and in the community, including information about sexual abuse

Leading the Way

A guide to help local organizations promote inclusion of youth on the spectrum and become more autism-friendly


  Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians and Jews honors Bob Wright

Autism Speaks Co-founder recognized at group's annual dinner

Emma's Story
Learn how one family went from 1 blue light bulb in 2010 to lighting up a whole neighborhood blue

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