Archived | Autism Speaks: Northern California Newsletter, Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism | Circa June 12, 2009 #NotAnAutisticAlly

Northern California Community via Fri, Jun 12, 2009, 11:17 AM
to Genevieve
June 2009 

 Northern California June Newsletter 


Thank you for your continued support of our community Walk Now for Autism events.

Sacramento – October 4th at Raley Field

 Central Valley – October 17th at Modesto Junior College, West Campus  


Bay Area – took place May 30th at History Park in San Jose. You can view photos

Sonoma – took place April 18th at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma  


June 12: Sacramento RiverCats Autism Awareness Night

7 pm at Raley Field in Sacramento. Click here
 to download the flyer.

June 15: San Francisco Giants Autism Awareness Night

7 pm at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Designated section for Autism Speaks’ ticket holders, special home plate ceremony before the game, and a Will Clark commemorative t-shirt are all included in ticket package. Click here to download the flyer.

August 29: Race & Ride for Autism at Madera Speedway

Presented by Team 51FIFTY & Carlos Vieira Racing Inc. A 100 lap western late model main event and motorcycle show. Click here for a flyer or visit for more information.

September 18: Crosby, Stills and Nash Concert at the San Jose Civic Auditorium

September 19: Crosby, Stills and Nash Concert at the Ironstone Amphitheatre in Murphys

General and Benefit Ticket purchases benefit Autism Speaks. Please visit and for more information.

September 25: Cherry Island Golf Classic Benefitting Autism Speaks

Cherry Island Golf Course in Elverta. Registration Deadline: September 20, 2009 (RSVP early!) For more information, click here and here.


 Become a fan of Autism Speaks and our local communities on Facebook – get the latest information, find local events, see photos and connect with others in the community.

The direct links to the individual pages are available by clicking on the name below: Autism Speaks   Bay Area   Central Valley   Sacramento   Sonoma


– AFAA Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism – AFAA Initiative

AFAA, a national consortium of leading autism organizations, has united to set national priorities, transform public policy and Service Programs for adults on the autism spectrum. Throughout 2009, AFAA will collect information, develop strategic solutions and advance the national agenda. Click here to view the one-sheet.


When researchers and parents aren’t connected, autism research can’t advance. That is why the Interactive Autism Network (IAN) was created – to build a bridge between those affected by ASD and researchers in the field. IAN, sponsored by Autism Speaks, invites individuals and their families to share information in a secure setting to become part of the largest online autism research effort in the United States. The data collected facilitates scientific research and empowers community leaders to advocate for improved services and resources.

To learn more about this innovative project, visit  


A network of leading autism researchers from three regions across the country launched one of the largest research studies of its kind to investigate early risk factors for Autism. The network, called the Early Autism Risk Longitudinal Investigation (EARLI), will follow a cohort of up to 1,200 pregnant women who already have a child with autism. The study is considered one of the best-equipped to discover biological markers and environmental risk factors for autism due to its elevated autism risk pregnancy cohort, wide ranging data collection with extensive bio-sampling, length of time it follows pregnant women and their babies, and multi-disciplinary team of expert investigators.

Under the study, researchers at four network field sites in three regions across the nation will study possible environmental risk factors and their interplay with genetic susceptibility during the prenatal, neonatal and early postnatal periods. The project will also investigate early biological indicators of autism. The EARLI Study is one of eleven National Institutes of Health Autism Centers of Excellence projects nationwide.

For the full press release, please click here or visit for more information.


Uniformed Services With Autism (USA) Heroes Act (H.R. 1600)

Autism Speaks applauds Senator Kristen Gillibrand’s (D-NY) introduction of the Uniformed Services with Autism (USA) Heroes Act, a senate companion bill to H.R. 1600. The legislation would require expanded coverage by TRICARE — the Department of Defense’s health care program for members of the uniformed services and their families — of medically necessary autism therapies for military dependents who have autism.

Current law limits TRICARE coverage of autism therapies, such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, for dependents of active duty service members and places a $3,000 monthly cap on a child’s treatment program. The USA Heroes Act will remove the dollar cap and increase accessibility of ABA and other essential, medically necessary autism treatments by extending benefits to retirees.

The USA Heroes Act also serves as a template for states who are currently seeking to institute autism insurance reform, as well as the federal autism insurance reform effort.

For more information, please visit:

TUNE IN: Autism Speaks Featured on Top Chef Masters

Tune in to the premiere of BRAVO’s new reality show, Top Chef Masters, on Wednesday, June 10 beginning at 10:00 p.m. and see 24 world-renowned chefs compete for the chance to win $100,000 for the charity of their choice. Chefs Wylie Dufresne of wd~50 and Christopher Lee of Aureole, both past participants in Autism Speaks to Wall Street: A Celebrity Chef Gala, have selected Autism Speaks as their charity of choice should they be crowned Top Chef Master.

Click here to learn more about the show and to find your local TV listing.


At Autism Speaks, our goal is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders.

We are dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. We are committed to raising the funds necessary to support these goals.

Autism Speaks aims to bring the autism community together as one strong voice to urge the government and private sector to listen to our concerns and take action to address this urgent global health crisis. It is our firm belief that, working together, we will find the missing pieces of the puzzle.

Autism Speaks. It’s time to listen.

Autism Speaks
Northern California

Mailing Address:
Autism Speaks
c/o: Bay Area Walk
5455 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 2250
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Contact Name: Northern California Office
Telephone Number: 707-778-3840

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