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May 10, 2013

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Celebrating moms


Complete Coverage from the International Meeting for Autism Research

The financial payoff from quality early intervention; encouraging evidence of autism acceptance on campus; gender differences signal need for more research on girls and women; Autism Speaks and Simons launch new brain tissue network. . . . See complete coverage.


In Their Own Words: Spotlight on Moms

In honor of Mother's Day, we couldn't pick just one, so we picked some favorite "In Their Own Words" posts to help you celebrate the moms in your life. Happy Mother's Day from all of us at Autism Speaks.


Autism Speaks and Simons Foundation Create New Brain Tissue Network

Autism BrainNet will acquire, prepare and distribute the precious gift of brain tissue to advance autism research. Learn more.

The Importance Health and Wellness

Living a healthy lifestyle is so important for individuals on the spectrum and their families. The Autism Speaks Health and Wellness online portal provides resources, tips and tools for families, and is divided into three sections: fitness, nutrition and sleep. The portal includes tips for picky eaters, a sleep tool kit for families, fitness videos and more! Check it out!

Federal Employee Health Plans Get Pressure to Cover ABA

The federal agency that manages health benefits for federal employees has stepped up the pressure on participating health plans to start covering ABA in 2014. The Federal Employee Health Benefits program covers the nation's single largest workforce with 8.2 million active employees, dependents and retirees. Read more here.

More Than $2 Million Raised During Toys"R"Us® Autism Speaks Campaign

Our largest corporate sponsor, Toys"R"Us, Inc. announced that it raised more than $2 million across the U.S. and Canada during its seventh consecutive in-store and online fundraising campaign to benefit Autism Speaks! We are tremendously grateful for their continued support of us and our communities. In addition, individuals nationwide are still being invited to join a Walk Now For Autism Speaks event in their local community, or "Walk With Geoffrey" online. Learn more.

Mother's Day "Moms 4 Moms" luncheon honors Dee Ocleppo

A celebration of motherhood honored Autism Speaks national board member, fashion designer and former model Dee Ocleppo, and mothers within the autism community. Learn more and see video highlights.

Autism Speaks Day at the Races returns to "FedEx 400"

Autism Speaks Days at the Races ticket package are still available for the FedEx 400 on June 2. This is a unique opportunity for those on the autism spectrum and their families to attend a NASCAR race in a sensory friendly area within the enclosed grandstands at Dover International Speedway. Learn more.

Major League Baseball Autism Awareness Nights

All 30 clubs are hosting autism awareness nights this season as part of Major League Baseball's partnership with Autism Speaks. See photos from recent games hosted by the Boston Red Sox and the New York Mets.

Spring Walks Continue

Thousands turned out to walk at the New York City Walk. See photos here. Plus check out upcoming the Walks in Colorado; Camden, N.C; Cincinnati; Wheeling; Bay Area; Chicago; Southern New Jersey; Central New York; Laurel Highlands; Northern New Jersey; Georgia. Visit WalkNowforAutismSpeaks.org to find a Walk near you.

Live Chat with Temple Grandin

Join us on May 16th at 4pm EST for a live chat with Temple Grandin; an expert on autism, a best-selling author, and a scientist who's inspired millions of readers and fans worldwide. This is an opportunity for an open discussion on the science of autism and the real-life applications that can be drawn from it. Learn more or sign up to get a reminder.

Heart of Autism: Dani's Animation Movement

Dani Bowman is an 18-year-old girl on the autism spectrum. At age 11, Dani founded an organization called Powerlight Studios, a sole proprietorship, focused on animation, illustration and graphic arts. Dani hires adults on the spectrum to work alongside her, teaches animation to kids with autism, and encourages all individuals with autism to follow their dreams like she did. Learn more.


Memorial Day is almost here and summer season is upon us. Light the way on the warm nights with an Autism Speaks lantern by Coleman. Free shipping on orders of $49 or more starting May 15. Get yours here!

Dee Ocleppo 3-in-1 Handbags

Dee Ocleppo and husband Tommy Hilfiger give back this Mother's Day with the launch of Dee's designer handbags with 100% of proceeds benefitting Autism Speaks. Handbags and covers, all of which are reversible, are on sale until May 12 ranging from $20 to $88. Use code Moms4Moms for free shipping. Shop 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

Understanding Autism: Toward a More Inclusive World
One Dad's Musical Journey Through Autism Awareness Month
Meeting the Needs of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Healthy Eating From Sprouts!
Brian Patrick: Skating for Autism From Coast to Coast


  A Stakeholder View of IMFAR 2013

Peter Bell offers a personal look at the conference

Seven Tips to Help a Picky Eater with Autism

Advice from Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network

Why Has Our Teen Daughter Become Violent?

Advice in the "Got Questions?" blog
Autism and Bipolar Disorder

Perspective on the connection from autism clinicians



  ABA Coverage Coming for Ohio State Workers

Governor Kasich comes through on promise

Texas Zap-the-Cap Bill Clears Senate

Age cap under existing autism insurance law would be eliminated

CA Senate Votes to Extend Law to 2019

Autism insurance law set to expire in 2014 would get 5 more years

Kids First Bill Introduced in Congress

House bill would increase research funding

Looking Ahead in Tennessee

Keeping autism insurance reform on the move


Family Services

Baker Summer Camp Grants

Autism Speaks has provided funding to 113 summer camps around the country to provide scholarships to financially disadvantaged individuals with autism.

Autism Safety Project: Abuse and Autism

Answers to frequently asked questions about this important issue that unfortunately affects the autism community

Leading the Way: Autism Friendly Youth Organizations

Tool for organizations to help promote inclusion and acceptance of individuals with autism in their programs


  Developers Dive in to Create Autism Apps

AT&T sponsors Hacking Autism event

Autism Speaks Ambassador Dan Spitz

Anthrax guitarist, leader of Anarchy for Autism tour, profiled by Rock Revolt magazine

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