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May 24, 2013

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"Maybe" campaign encourages parents
to learn the early signs of autism

 


Autism Speaks Launches New Ad Council Campaign – "Maybe"

Autism Speaks launched a new series of public service advertisements in English and Spanish designed to reach African American and Hispanic parents. The "Maybe" campaign encourages parents to learn the early signs of autism and to contact their pediatrician if they have concerns. Autism Speaks also launched Early Access to Care, an initiative designed to lower the age of diagnosis in all communities. Read more about the "Maybe" campaign and watch the ads.

 

In Their Own Words: Welcome to the Club

In this 'In Their Own Words' post, Jess welcomes people to the club and reminds us all that we are not alone.

 

DSM-5 Released

On May 18th, the American Psychiatric Association released a new version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM-5. Learn more about the changes and how they could affect you and your family. Plus, read a letter from Chief Science Officer Geri Dawson encouraging people to share their experiences with DSM-5.

Katie Couric 'Living With Autism' to Air May 30

Tune In on May 30 for a special episode of the Katie Show, 'Living with Autism.' Learn more and watch a preview here. Read Katie Couric's post on our blog about her personal connection to autism. Plus, join Katie as she hosts a Twitter chat about autism on May 29.

Autism Speaks Responds to the Midwest Tornadoes

Autism Speaks extends our deepest sympathies to the families affected by this week's devastating tornadoes in the Midwest. We have provided information, resources, and assistance to families affected by autism who have experienced or continue to experience the effects of these horrible events. AutismCares, an Autism Speaks grant program, provides grants for individuals with autism spectrum disorders during times of crisis or unplanned hardships.

Watch the FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks on June 2

For the third straight year, FedEx Corp. Autism Speaks and Dover International Speedway will team up, as FedEx serves as the title sponsor for the "FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, June 2, 2013. Watch the race on Fox Sports. Learn more.

Minnesota Makes It #33

Gov. Mark Dayton signs autism insurance reform bill with additional provisions to assist lower-income families access public health care for ABA coverage. Minnesota is now the 33rd state to enact autism insurance reform. Read more. Plus, find out about insurance reform in your state.

Spring Walks Continue

Visit the Walk blog for recaps and photos from recent events. Plus, check out the upcoming Greater Waterbury, Greater Hartford, Montreal, Pittsburgh and Weschester/Fairfield events. Visit WalkNowforAutismSpeaks.org to find a Walk near you.

Glow in the Dark Shirts for Dad

Celebrate Father's Day and raise autism awareness! Enjoy $2 off a glow in the dark Autism Speaks shirt. Use promo code FATHERS at checkout. Offer ends June 16, 2013.

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

What's the connection between autism and depression?
An Afternoon with Temple Grandin
Teacher Turned Journalist Reports on Autism in China
A Life-Long Dream Fulfilled
See What College Students Helped Accomplish this School Year!

Science

  A New Way to Support Those with Autism

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital's state-of-the-art facility combines research, comprehensive care and community support

Embrace the DSM-5; Then Transform It

Psychiatrist and Autism Speaks Board Member Dr. Herb Pardes on why DSM-5 remains crucial but needs constant updates with research

Free Seminar on Role of Immunology, Genes and Environment

Leading autism researchers will present & answer questions via webstream as well as in person at UC-Davis

Five Things to Do While Waiting for an Autism Evaluation

Advice on the 'Got Questions?" blog

 

Advocacy

  Military Special Needs Services Hit In New Report

Blue Star Families survey finds widespread disaffection

NC Insurance Bill On The Move

Clears House, heads to Senate

Fighting For DC Autism Insurance Reform

District families seek ABA coverage

Oregon Insurer Hit With Class Action

Providence faulted for denying ABA coverage

Autism Speaks Joins Outcry Over Medi-Cal

ABA coverage cutoff in California

 

Family Services

Wandering is a Big Problem in the Autism Community - AWAARE Can Help

We’d like to send our deepest condolences to the families of Mikaela Lynch, Owen Black and Drew Howell. In light of the devastating accidents of the past week, we wanted to share some resources that may help prevent additional wandering-related tragedies.

German Business Software Company to Employ People with Autism

SAP will start to employ people with autism as software testers, programmers and data quality assurance specialists across the world

Autism Speaks 2013 National Conference for Families and Professionals

Join us July 27-28 in Columbus, Ohio for this year's conference: Treating the Whole Person with Autism: Care Across the Lifespan

Awareness

  SNL's Kenan Thompson at BTIG Charity Day

TV star acts as "guest trader" on behalf of Autism Speaks

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