Archived | e-Speaks: 2008 IMFAR Shows Progress in All Areas of Autism Research; Pan American Initiative on Awareness and Training; Weekend Walks; NASCAR Tune-In | Circa May 31, 2008

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IMFAR Shows Progress in All Areas of Autism Research

The seventh annual International Meeting for Autism Research recently concluded in London with more than 1150 researchers from around the world in attendance. The record number of attendees and the depth and breadth of the science presented signals that autism research is truly becoming global, with advances being made across the board. But most importantly, the science presented and discussed will help individuals and families who are living with autism by uncovering more effective means to diagnose, treat and determine the causes of autism. Read brief summaries of some of the IMFAR presentations in the areas of autism etiology, biology, diagnosis and treatment here.

Autism Speaks Announces Pan American Initiative to Raise Autism Awareness and Training Standards

Autism Speaks recently announced the formation of a multinational initiative, in collaboration with North, South and Central America, which aims to promote awareness, research expertise and ultimately to improve the diagnosis and treatment of autism across the Americas. Autism Speaks’ Chief Science Officer, Geri Dawson, Ph.D., sees the partnership with various countries and cultures as “an important step toward providing better services for all children affected by autism and their families.” Read more.

Weekend Walks Raise Nearly $1.55 Million
19,000 walkers raised nearly $1.55 million at Walk Now for Autism events in Ligonier (Laurel Highlands), Penn., Chicago, Ill., and Lincoln, Neb. Read more and view photos and video from the Laurel HighlandsChicago, and Nebraska Walks.

Tune-in to Fox for the NASCAR “Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks”

On Sunday, June 1, tune-in to the Fox Network to see the NASCAR Sprint Series “Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks” from Dover International Speedway. Coverage begins at 1:30 p.m. EDT. Check local listings for details in your area. Read more and learn more about Student Clubs for Autism Speaks here.

Autism Awareness Month Retail Partners Post Remarkable Results

Autism Speaks was proud to partner with numerous retailers that helped increase autism awareness, while greatly enhancing the organization’s fundraising efforts during Autism Awareness Month in April. TJ Maxx raised over $1 million through the sale of paper puzzle pieces at 800 stores nationwide. Another returning corporate partner, Modell’s Sporting Goods, exceeded the $107,000 mark through a similar “Dollar Donation Days” promotion. For the fourth year in a row, Build-a-Bear Workshop teamed up with Autism Speaks, this year raising nearly $45,000 through the sale of purple hearts. First year corporate partner Anne Fontaine raised over $18,000 through sales of its top-selling Alison t-blouse and in-store promotional events. Read more about April promotions here.

Strikeouts for Autism” Promotion to Raise Money for Autism SpeaksFrozen Ropes of Long Island, a premier baseball and softball training academy, and WFAN, the New York Mets radio station, are supporting Autism Speaks through a unique promotion, “Strikeouts for Autism.” Every time a Mets pitcher strikes out a batter for the rest of the season, Frozen Ropes will donate $25 to Autism Speaks. WFAN will announce the totals at the end of the broadcast of each game and invite people to visit the Autism Speaks web site for more information. Read more.

J-Mac and Wegman’s Donate Nearly $11,000 to Autism Speaks

Jason McElwain (J-Mac), a young man with autism, became a household name when he scored twenty points in the final minutes of a high school basketball game. He has since penned an inspirational novel, “The Game of My Life.” Wegman’s, the grocery store where he is employed, recently hosted a book signing, donating nearly $11,000 to Autism Speaks.

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In Their Own Words: Trevor, Olie, Alex, and I: Sharing My Passion With My Son In our latest “In Their Own Words” essay, a father tells how sharing his passion for hockey helped him to better connect with his son who has autism. Read more.

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