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The Archives | e-speaks Newsletter from Autism Speaks | Circa October 10, 2008

Weekend Walks Raise More than $2.35 Million

Five Walk Now for Autism events took place this past weekend, with nearly 37,000 participants raising over $2.35 million. Read more and view photos and video from the BaltimoreCarolinasLong IslandNew Hampshire, and Seattle Walks.

Third Annual Autism Speaks Golf Classic Raises over $350,000

The third annual Autism Speaks Golf Classic was held at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club on Oct. 6 in Scarborough, N.Y., raising over $350,000 in support of Autism Speaks. Read more and view photos and video here.

Riders Cruise the Pacific Coast Highway to Raise Funds

On Sunday, Oct. 5, 300 participants turned out for a spectacular day of motorcycle riding down picturesque Pacific Coast Highway for the 4th annual ING DIRECT Ride Now Southern California event. Read more and watch video here.

Autism Speaks Appoints Medical Director for the Autism Treatment Network

Autism Speaks has announced the appointment of Dan Coury, M.D. to the new post of Medical Director for its Autism Treatment Network (ATN). As Medical Director, Dr. Coury will provide the clinical leadership for the ATN’s clinical and research activities, working with the Clinical Coordinating Center at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Autism Speaks ATN program staff, and the participating ATN centers to develop a strategic vision for the ATN. Read more.

Autism Speaks and Ad Council Create Autism Awareness Widget

Autism Speaks and the Ad Council have teamed up to create an autism awareness widget as part of the Ad Council’s Exponential Action Network (EAN), a new social networking component of its public service campaigns. Through the autism awareness widget, users will have an opportunity to become further engaged in Autism Speaks’ advocacy efforts. Click here to learn more and here to access the widget.

Autism Speaks Launches National University Program

Autism Speaks has launched a new student-led initiative designed to connect college students with the autism community. The national program is an expansion of the successful fundraising events organized by the students at Penn State University. Read more and visit the Autism SpeaksU website.

Vote to Keep Toni Braxton Dancing

Autism Speaks’ national celebrity spokesperson Toni Braxton continues to rule the dance floor on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Be sure to vote for Toni and her dance partner, season one champion Alec Mazo, this upcoming Monday night! Every step she takes is a step toward greater autism awareness. Read more.

“Why We Walk” by Lindsay Haley

In our latest “Why We Walk” essay, the 11-year-old sister of a teenager with autism shares the speech she presented at the Long Island Walk Now for Autism Kick-off. She recounts the reasons that her family has been fundraising for Autism Speaks’ Walk program for nine years and encourages others to get involved. Read more.

Coming Soon

Oct. 11
Sioux Falls Walk Now for Autism (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
St. Louis Walk Now for Autism (Forest Park, Mo.)
Las Vegas Walk Now for Autism (Las Vegas, Nev.)

Oct. 12
Columbus Walk Now for Autism (Columbus, Ohio)
Southeast Michigan Walk Now for Autism (Auburn Hills, Mich.)
ING Direct Ride Now Las Vegas (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Las Vegas Weekend Pool Party (Las Vegas, Nev.)

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