e-Speaks: Autism $peaks Launches Autism Social Networking Site; New Online Resource Fosters Inclusive School Environments; Bank of America Partnership | Circa Aug 8, 2008

e-Speaks || August 8, 2008

Autism Speaks Launches Autism Social Networking Site

Autism Speaks announced the launch of its new autism social networking site which will provide a new venue for members of the autism community to share insights, opinions and information.

Members are able to create their own personalized profile, start a blog, join a number of new forums with a range of autism-related topics, and post photos and videos.

They can also join a variety of user groups, such as groups for individuals with autism, parents, grandparents, educators and others.

 Read more and visit the new autism social networking site here.

New Online Resource Fosters Inclusive School Environments

Autism Speaks today launched an online School Community Tool Kit designed to help school administrators talk with their staff about how students with autism can best be supported and included in the school community – and recognized as important contributors – for the betterment of all.

The kit provides information about inclusion of students with autism in the school community, strategies for intervention and information targeted to specific members of the school community, including administrators, teachers, bus drivers, school nurses, custodians, security and office staff. Read moreand download the free tool kit here

Autism Speaks and Bank of America Expand Partnership

Autism Speaks and Bank of America announced an expanded partnership, in which Bank of America will make a donation to Autism Speaks for every personal checking account and credit card account that is opened. Autism Speaks will also receive a further donation for every Check Card and credit card transaction. To raise autism awareness, the customized Visa®Check Card, credit card and checks will all feature the Autism Speaks logo. Read more.

Innovative Technology Helps to Advance Research and Treatment of Autism

The goal of Autism Speaks’ Innovative Technology for Autism (ITA) initiative is to facilitate the development of new technology to assist individuals with autism, clinicians and behavioral support staff, as well as the variety of researchers in the clinical, education and technology related fields.

June proved to be a busy month for the ITA, starting with the publication of a journal article, penned by program Vice-Chair Matthew S. Goodwin, Ph.D., which highlights the many technologies emerging in this exciting field. Additionally, ITA committee members attended the Autism Speaks co-sponsored 7th International Conference on Interaction Design for Children (IDC).

The goal of the conference, held June 11-13, was to better understand children’s needs and how to design specifically for them and their developmental requirements. Read more about the ITA, as well as journal and conference highlights here.

Hundreds Attend Walk Now for Autism Kick-off Events in N.Y. and N.J.

Nearly 700 guests attended kick-off events in Woodbury, N.Y. and in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. for the upcoming Long Island and New Jersey Shore Walk Now for Autism events, respectively. Attendees enjoyed speeches by presenters ranging from the sister of a child with autism to David Marciano, of FX’s “The Shield.” Read more, and view photos and video from the Long Island Kick-off and the New Jersey Shore Kick-off.

Bike to the Beach Raises $100,000 for Autism Speaks

On August 1, 80 cyclists pedaled more than 120 miles from Washington, D.C. to Bethany Beach, Del. raising awareness and $100,000 for Autism Speaks. Following the race, participants enjoyed a reception, in collaboration with the Lower Delaware Autism Foundation (LDAF), which combined autism awareness and festivities. Read more, and view photos and video here

.Kansas City Wizards Host Soccer Clinic for Kids with Autism

On July 25, Kansas City Wizards captain Jimmy Conrad and his teammates hosted a soccer clinic for children with autism. The clinic, presented by Athletes Against Autism, was designed to teach children with autism basic soccer skills and help raise autism awareness in the community. Read more and view photos here.  

3rd Annual Autism Speaks Celebrity Softball Game Raises $5,000 

Autism Speaks held its 3rd Annual Celebrity Charity Softball Game on Sunday, July 27 at KeySpan Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn, where numerous television and radio celebrities participated in the day’s festivities, raising $5,000 for Autism Speaks. Read more and view photos and video here.

Why We Walk: Autism Speaks Banner Flies Atop Mt. Rainier

In our latest “Why We Walk” essay, a father tells how raising a child with autism motivated him to challenge himself to inspire others, especially his children. He is serving as a co-chair of the British Columbia Walk Now for Autism and recently climbed Mt. Rainier to spread autism awareness. Read more.

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