Archived | Autism Speaks: Grandparents Play Key Role in Lives of Children with Autism | Circa April 9, 2010

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e-Speaks || April 9, 2010

New Research Grants Announced

Autism Speaks is pleased to announce 16 new research grants totaling more than $5.2 million over the next three years. The new grants include investments that span the entire biomedical research spectrum, from basic research to methods for disseminating validated treatments to the community. 

How Does the Research Translate into Help for Families?In a blog post

, Autism Speaks’ Chief Science Officer Geri Dawson details how the newly funded research relates to families living with autism. Each grant is an important step in developing effective treatments for the challenging symptoms and behaviors of autism. 

New Survey Finds Grandparents Play Key Role in Lives of Children with Autism 

Last year, we asked grandparents in our community to join the Interactive Autism Network (IAN) and to complete a survey regarding their experiences. The survey revealed that grandparents do indeed play an important role in the lives of their grandchildren who have autism, noting that nearly one-third were the first to raise concerns about their grandchild’s development.

Delaware Enters the Fight for Autism Insurance Reform; Maine Legislature Passes Bill

Autism Speaks’ continuing national effort to end autism insurance discrimination in all 50 states took two big steps forward this week with the endorsement of Delaware Senate Bill 204 and the final passage of LD 1198 by the Maine Senate.

Last Chance to Win a Celebrity-Signed Lindt Bunny

Bid now for your last chance to to win an iconic Lindt Gold Bunny figure signed by one of sixty celebrities, from the culinary, entertainment, music and sports worlds, who have lent their support to Autism Speaks. All of the proceeds from the auction, which ends this Sunday, April 11, will support Autism Speaks.

In Their Own Words – What Happens When I Am No Longer Here?

The mother of a 22-year-old who has autism asks the tough question that keeps parents up at night – “Who will offer my child a healthy, loving touch when I am no longer there?” In this week’s “In Their Own Words,” she explains how, although she has taken steps to encourage her son’s independence while protecting him, there is still much that needs to change.

Coming Soon

April 10 
Cumberland Tri-State Walk Now for Autism Speaks (Cumberland, Md.) 
Fifth Annual We Are…Curing Autism Now 5K Race/3K Walk (State College, Penn.) 
New York City Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off Event (Brooklyn, N.Y.) 

April 14 
Tip Off for a Cure (New York, N.Y.) 

April 15 
Blair County Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off Event (Altoona, Penn.) 
Second Annual Adult Autism Awareness Day (Pittsburgh, Penn.) 
Pan American Autism Awareness and Training Initiative Workshop (Mexico City, Mexico) 

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