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June 21, 2013

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Introducing Rob Ring, Autism Speaks' New Chief Science Officer

Rob Ring, Autism Speaks' new chief science officer, talks about his work in translational medicine and his goals in his new position. Learn more.

 

In Their Own Words: Celebrate Victories

In our latest "In Their Own Words" post, Keri Michaelis shares the story of how her son became the 2013 National History Bee Elementary School National Champion!

 

Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network Launches New Tool Kit!

Autism and Medication: Safe and Careful Use, a guide for families, provides strategies and resources for parents of children with autism who take medications. Check out other AS-ATN tool kits here.

Autism Speaks & Black Churches Partner to Advance Early Intervention

Autism Speaks and the National Black Church Initiative launched a campaign to reduce the average age of autism diagnosis and increase access to quality early intervention in African American communities. Learn more.

TRICARE Reform Approved by House

All military kids with autism would qualify for medically prescribed levels of ABA under the legislation. Action moves next to the Senate. Read more.

Celebrity Golf Challenge Celebrates Fifteen Years of Success

The 15th Celebrity Golf Challenge took place on June 17 at Winged Foot Golf Course in Mamaroneck, N.Y., where retired UConn Coach Jim Calhoun impressed the crowd with his commitment to raising awareness of autism. Learn more and see photos and video.

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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

Actor on the Spectrum Brings Awareness to the Stage
Can Exercise Improve Behavior? Help Encouraging a Child Who Has Autism
New Technology Enhances Autism Research and Therapy
Treating the Whole Person: 2013 Autism Speaks National Conference
Helping Families Safely Manage Behavioral Medicines

Science

  Families Petition Government for Access to Arbaclofen

More information and link to two petitions

In Autism: The Importance of the Gut

The Atlantic delves into autism-GI connection; spotlights Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network

Will Supreme Court Gene-Patent Ruling Affect Autism Community?

Perspective from Autism Speaks senior director for discovery neuroscience

World Health Organization Publishes Autism Resolution

Final language of published resolution brings formal commitment to action on developmental disabilities by more than 50 countries

Air Pollution and Autism

More evidence that prenatal exposure increases risk

 

Advocacy

  Perry Expands Autism Benefits in Texas

Signs bill removing age cap on insurance benefits for ABA, other therapies

Autism Comes to Capitol Hill

Interns with developmental disabilities work in Congressional offices

Kansas Insurance Reform Made Permanent

Pilot program for state employees made permanent

NY Licensing Bill Sent to Cuomo

Measure would remove hurdle blocking access to ABA care

Judge Modifies TRICARE Ruling

Federal judge partially reverses earlier order on ABA care

Have YOU Signed Our 1 in 88 Petition?

Urge President Obama and Congress to act now for autism

 

Family Services

Improving the Haircut Experience

This Haircutting Training Guide and video were created for families and stylists to help make haircuts easy and fun

Enjoy Going Out to Eat!

Summer is here and that can mean more family trips to restaurants. This resource provides tips and tools to make these trips a success

Safety in the Community

This part of our Autism Safety Project focuses on safety outside the home during specific tasks such as asking for help and using public restrooms

Awareness

  Royal Couple Hosts Benefit for Children with Autism in Serbia

Los Angeles event in conjunction with Autism Speaks and Lifeline New York Humanitarian Organization

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