Archived | e-Speaks: Final 2008 Walks; Inaugural Heroes Ball; Autism Highlighted at Human Genetics Meeting | Circa November 20, 2008

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Final 2008 Walks Raise Nearly $750,000

The successful 2008 Walk Now for Autism year ended this past weekend, with 10,000 participants raising nearly $750,000 at three Walks. Read more and view photos and video from the Greater AustinOrange County and Orlando Walks.

Heroes Ball Recognizes Chicago’s Autism Heroes

The inaugural Heroes Ball was held Friday, Nov. 14 in Chicago, recognizing local autism heroes and raising over $50,000 for Autism Speaks. Read more and view photos here.

Autism Speaks Website goes Platinum

The Autism Speaks website – — was honored with a Platinum award, in the “Best Health Content: Consumer Disease Focused Site” category during a special presentation at the Twelfth Annual Healthcare Internet Conference. The E-Healthcare Leadership awards recognize the best web sites of healthcare providers, health plans, healthcare associations, online health companies, pharmaceutical/medical companies, and other healthcare organizations. Read more.

Autism Highlighted at Human Genetics Meeting

Attendees at the American Society of Human Genetics annual meeting witnessed a dramatic increase in the number of posters and oral presentations pertaining to autism. As evidence of the increasing interest within the genetics research community, a total of ten presentations were devoted to autism genetics – four of them driven by samples from Autism Speaks’ Autism Genetic Resource Exchange or collaborations with the Autism Genome Project. Read more.

AutismCares Supports Families Affected by Calif. Fires 

AutismCares, a consortium of leading autism organizations, is actively seeking to assist families affected by autism who are victims of the California wildfires and invites those families to call the Autism Response Team at 1-888-Autism2 or e-mail

 to receive assistance. Families may also apply for support funding directly at Those looking to assist the relief efforts can donate online here.

Thanksgiving Tips for Special Needs Children

As many of our families prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving next week, members of the Autism Speaks community have provided tips to ensure that children with autism have a safe and enjoyable holiday. Read more and share your suggestions on our social network.

Skip the Fruitcake – Give Gifts that Give Back

Looking for the perfect holiday gift while making a difference for people who have autism? Your donation can help a family that has just received an autism diagnosis; provide a School Community Toolkit to one teacher or an entire school, or help emergency personnel assist people with autism by giving a First Responders Toolkit. Fund research into the causes of autism, better diagnostic tools and more effective treatments. Learn more about giving gifts that give back.

In Their Own Words: Lessons from Imagiville

In our latest “In Their Own Words” essay, a young man tells how growing up with autism inspired him to create art that would promote autism awareness and acceptance of people who are different. Read more.

e-Speaks Resumes December 5

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, e-Speaks will not be sent on its normal weekly schedule next Friday, November 28. e-Speaks will return to its regular schedule on Friday, December 5.

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