Autism Speaks is an autism advocacy organization in the United States that sponsors autism research and conducts awareness and outreach activities aimed at families, governments, and the public. It was founded in February 2005 by Bob Wright, vice chairman of General Electric, and his wife Suzanne, a year after their grandson Christian was diagnosed with autism.

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  • "I’d inadvertently put a vulnerable child in charge of my sense of self-worth. It wasn’t his job to ensure I felt loved; it was mine." This blog post is by Lynn Dixon - a mom, writer and advocate for neuro-diverse families. She lives in Seattle, WA with her husband and two sons. You can read more of her work at her blog and follow her on Facebook. When my son was an infant, ...

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  • The Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network takes a big step in its mission to improve and expand the reach of comprehensive healthcare for children and teens with autism. The Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network takes a big step in its mission to improve and expand the reach of comprehensive healthcare for children and teens with autism By Donna Murray, Autism Speaks vice...

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  • "Three weeks in, we’re a bustling neighborhood café with 14 employees, 4 without special needs and 10 with various issues of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The local community is embracing us. And the smiles on my employee’s faces is contagious." This blog post is by Lorna Heid, owner of Independent Grounds Café in Kennesaw, Georgia.  Last fall a friend of min...

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  • "Advocating for those who cannot advocate for themselves is my passion. My brother, who is 19 years old, was diagnosed with autism and ADHD at a very young age. He is high functioning, verbal and my best friend." This guest blog post is by Juliana Fetherman. She has a brother on the autism spectrum and is an autism advocate.  Advocating for those who cannot advocate for th...

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  • I think it’s so important for families to know that they are not alone in their struggles and there is hope in a diagnosis. This guest blog post is by Anna Steinbuch. Anna has a son on the autism spectrum and is a GameStop store leader. From May 1- 31, 2018, all GameStop stores in the U.S. will be having a GameStop Gives Back Event, offering three ways guests can contribute ...

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  • "His heart is so pure and I am so proud of him and so blessed to have such a unique child in my life." This guest blog post is by Manar Kobeissi Everything I wished for in life I was able to achieve. I married the man of my dreams, I bought the house that I desired, and even gave birth to beautiful twins, something I have always dreamt for. With that there was always someth...

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  • Happy Mother's Day from Autism Speaks! This weekend, Autism Speaks celebrates moms like you who work hard to make the world a more understanding and accepting place of people with autism. In this post, we share just a small sample of the inspiring stories autism moms shared with the community through our Autism Mosaic. This Mother’s Day, Autism Speaks celebrates all of the m...

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  • "As much as I can, whenever I can, I try to relegate anxiety over the boys’ collective happiness to a shelf somewhere in the remote recesses of my brain. I do this for them, because a happy mom is a more competent mom, and they need me to be that for them." This is a post by Kimberlee Rutan McCafferty, mother to two sons on the autism spectrum and an Autism Family Partner at...

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  • "When I was diagnosed with autism, I was told that I was intellectually impaired, would never be able to be included with neurotypical kids..." This post is by Amanda Roberts, she is a 20-years-old woman on the autism spectrum. She currently works at McAlister's Deli. McAlister's is an Autism Speaks World Autism Month partner.  When I was diagnosed with autism, I was told t...

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  • "Remember: an IEP shouldn’t just help your child 'keep up'. It should work with their strengths, build on and expand those strengths to help overcome their weaknesses." This post is by Kate Cortelyou who resides in Nashville with her husband and two young children. She is a retired giraffe keeper turned stay-at-home mom. I went into my son’s IEP evaluation and eligibility...

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  • Sleep strategies and safety advice from pediatric psychologists who specialize in autism I have a young child with autism who wakes up in the night and wanders around the house. I’m afraid he might get outside while I’m asleep. How can I keep him safe while the rest of us are sleeping? Today’s “Got Questions?” response is by pediatric psychologists Melissa Campbell (left) an...

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  • "In the very end, when I ended up receiving all of those acceptance letters, especially from the colleges I had my eye on, it was all worth it. I learned that the only thing that could hold me back, would be myself." I am Matthew DiDomenico, a future student at Hofstra’s Laurence Hebert school for Communications, and I’m also in the small minority of kids with ADHD and PDD-N...

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  • When my son Ross turned 21 (the year of reckoning for those who live in the special-needs world), my emotions were running high. This blog post is by Laurie Rubin-Haber. Laurie worked as a manager of international sales in the publishing industry for almost 30 years. She retired from publishing to become a special needs advocate, an officer of the Center for Developmental D...

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  • "Sam is beginning to recognize that not everyone remembers birthdays as well as he does and takes pride in, as he says, 'making people’s day.'" This post is by Ilyse Levine-Kanji, a former employment discrimination lawyer, who lives outside Boston, Massachusetts with her husband and two sons, Sam (19) and Troy (17).  For more of Ilyse's advocacy work on behalf of people with...

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  • Quest Diagnostics has always been committed to a diverse workplace, but in recent years, we have extended that commitment to creating an inclusive workplace. Keedra Cotton is a Pre-Analytical Supervisor at Quest Diagnostics in Tucker, GA.  Jordan dreamed of finding a career that would allow her to excel using her skills and talents.  Though her dream is one shared by many, ...

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  • "He regained his skills, working diligently with his therapists, then his teachers in school." This is a post by Kimberlee Rutan McCafferty, mother to two sons on the autism spectrum. Kim also has a blog about her family. Eleven years ago this month my beautiful boy Zachary was born, my second son, little brother to his autistic sibling. He was the easiest baby, reveling in...

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  • "If we are going to use words to describe my twins, deficient would not be one of them. Words that I use to describe them are...inspiring, brave, joyful, intelligent, strong, and incredible!" Kristen Jeter is a stay at home mom, with a degree in child learning and development and a mom to 4 year old twins on the spectrum. Deficient/Deficiency is defined as “the quality or s...

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  • "We are one of the families on this journey that is lucky enough to see progress in the first year." This post is by Kate Cortelyou who resides in Nashville, Tenn. with her husband and two young children. She is a retired giraffe keeper turned stay-at-home mom.  In February 2017 during my sons 3 year well visit, his pediatrician advised me to have him tested for autism. 7 w...

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  • "My wish is that we will reach a point where everyone in the whole world will spread autism awareness, acceptance and inclusion, not just during the month of April, but each and every day." Over the past ten years, I have spread the message of autism awareness and acceptance. I was diagnosed with autism at two years old, so World Autism Month is extremely important to me. As...

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  • "In his words, David may have autism, but EVERYONE has SOMETHING. We all have differences and struggles that require self-recognition and adjustments to function to capacity." Sandy Petrovic is a registered nurse, an author, a public speaker, an instructional advisor/tutor in a college academic support center, and the mother of a son on the spectrum. For more about us, click...

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  • Many people with autism have difficulty processing sounds. An Autism Speaks fellow explains what we know and how her research can advance personalized interventions “I read that Autism Speaks is funding research into auditory processing disorder. What is it, and how does it affect people with autism?” Today’s “Got Questions?” answer is by Sophie Schwartz, Autism Speaks’ f...

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  • "The personal tie to the cause was the catalyst but the synergy with Cellairis was clear. As mobile devices and applications are growing more technologies are being created to help people with autism." When you come from a large, close-knit family, sometimes you feel invincible- nothing can stop you. Until one day, your (now grown) little sister shares that her 2-year-old ha...

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  • As Autism Speaks looks toward solutions for adults with autism in employment, open-sourced information like the Neurodiversity in the Workplace Curriculum by the Arc of Philadelphia is critical to share with our community. As Autism Speaks looks toward solutions for adults with autism in employment, open-sourced information like the Neurodiversity in the Workplace Curriculu...

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  • A Q&A with two parent participants: Stuart Spielman, Autism Speaks’ senior policy advisor and counsel, and Thomas Frazier, Autism Speaks’ chief science officer On May 4, 2017, Stuart Spielman, Autism Speaks’ senior policy advisor and counsel, and Thomas Frazier, Autism Speaks’ chief science officer participated in a public meeting and panel discussion on Patient-Focused Drug...

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  • 8 ways you can #LightItUpBlue in April for World Autism Month! Here's how you can get involved in #LightItUpBlue in April: SUPPORT BLUE Start a Facebook fundraiser for World Autism Month in three easy steps! Set your fundraising goal Tell your story Share your fundraiser SPREAD BLUE Add the #LightItUpBlue Facebook frame to your profile photo! Just click here and...

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