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A$ Newsletter E-Speaks | Message From The Archives June 2008

e-Speaks | June 13, 2008

“Days of Our Lives” and Autism Speaks Team Up for Autism Storyline

Award-winning daytime drama “Days of Our Lives” is launching a new storyline focusing on how the whole family is affected when a child is diagnosed with autism. The story will be based on the experiences of the series’ head writer, Dena Higley, who has raised a child with autism. In the story, Dr. Lexie Carver (Renee Jones) and Commissioner Abe Carver (James Reynolds) are told their 3-year-old son, Theo, has autism. In developing the story, “Days of our Lives” has joined with Autism Speaks to help convey a message of hope and impart accurate and useful information. Read more.

Busiest SpringWalk Weekend Raises Nearly $3.5 Million

Seven Walk Now for Autism events took place this past weekend from coast-to-coast and in Canada, where more than 42,500 participants raised nearly $3.5 million. Read more and view photos and video from the Bay AreaGreater HartfordIowaOklahomaOntarioPittsburgh, and Westchester/FairfieldWalks.


Louisiana Legislature Passes Autism Insurance Bill

In a key victory for children with autism, on June 11, the Louisiana Senate unanimously passed a measure that would require insurance companies to cover evidence-based, medically necessary autism therapies. House Bill 958, the autism insurance reform bill, would cover Applied Behavior Analysis and other treatment costs of up to $36,000 per year with a lifetime cap of $144,000 for children under 17 with autism. The bill now goes to Governor Bobby Jindal for his signature. To learn more about House Bill 958 and to find out what you can do to help the bill become law, click here. To stay informed about autism insurance reform legislation in your home state, sign up for action alerts here.

Autism Speaks Announces Request for Applications Focused on International Autism Epidemiology

Autism Speaks recently announced a new funding mechanism for international records-based epidemiology research and is currently requesting applications. The purpose of this request for applications (RFA) is to lay the groundwork for autism prevalence studies of outside of the U.S., using methodology similar to that used by the CDC from which the current U.S. prevalence estimate of 1 in 150 children was ascertained. International epidemiology studies such as these can help generate clues about the potential causes, both genetic and environmental, that occur with different frequency in different populations around the world. Read more.

International Collaboration to Raise Awareness in Latin America and Caribbean Countries

Autism Speaks in collaboration with the U.S. National Institutes of Health, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and Carso Health Institute of Mexico recently announced the Pan American Autism Awareness and Training Initiative (PAAATI), an unprecedented international private-public partnership to address this challenge in the Americas. The purpose of PAAATI is to raise awareness, increase research expertise and enhance service delivery. Read more.

J. Sisters Hosts “Day of Beauty” Benefit

The J.Sisters Salon and Spa in New York City, along with Greg Gianello Hair Design, hosted a “Day of Beauty” to benefit Autism Speaks. The day featured presentations by plastic surgeon Dr. Mokhtar Asaadi, author Connie Bennett and Alison Singer of Autism Speaks. Throughout the day, all proceeds generated from beauty treatments benefited Autism Speaks. Read more and view photos and video here.

Comedy Series “Comics Unleashed” to Fight Autism

Entertainment Studios, Inc., a multi-media content provider and the largest independent producer/distributor of first-run syndicated television programming, announced a partnership with Autism Speaks. The first project will involve comedy series “Comics Unleashed” and will include public service announcements and comedian memorabilia auctions. Proceeds raised will benefit Autism Speaks. Read more.

Jewelry Industry Pledges $100,000 to Autism Speaks 

The Board of Directors of Jewelers for Children (JFC) pledged $100,000 to support the work of Autism Speaks. JFC, the philanthropic arm of the jewelry industry, annually awards millions of dollars raised by jewelry manufacturers and retailers across the country to organizations that help children. Read more.

Treat Your Grad to a Unique Gift from the Online Store

Reward the graduate in your life with a special gift from the Autism Speaks online store. Items perfect for graduates include tiesgolf attire and the Judith Ripka “Autism Speaks with Hope” necklace. Order graduation day presents now from the Autism Speaks online store!

In Their Own Words: A Father’s Day Tribute

In our latest “In Their Own Words” essay, staff and volunteers who have a loved one with autism submitted tributes about their husband, dad or personal experience as a father of a child on the spectrum, in honor of Father’s Day. Read more


e-Speaks to Keep Bi-weekly Schedule Until September 5

During the summer, e-Speaks will be sent bi-weekly. The next edition of e-Speaks will be on June 27. e-Speaks will return to its regular schedule on Friday, September 5, 2008. Have a safe and enjoyable summer.




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