Archived | Autism Speaks: IAN Reports on Driving and Autism Spectrum Disorder | Circa March 12, 2010

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e-Speaks || March 12, 2010

Light It Up Blue on April 1

On April 1, the eve of World Autism Awareness Day, Autism Speaks is asking the world to “Light It Up Blue” and shine a light on autism. Famous buildings and landmarks around the world, including the Empire State Building, will be lit up in blue. Visit on Monday to find out how you can “light it up blue” and raise autism awareness. 

Autism Speaks Appoints John Elder Robison to Scientific Advisory Board 

Autism Speaks named autism advocate and author John Elder Robison to its Scientific Advisory and Scientific Treatment Boards, which form the core of its grant review process. Upon his appointment, Robison penned a blog post about the impact he hopes to have in this role.

Thousands Join Palm Beach Walk Now for Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks’ Co-founders Bob and Suzanne Wright joined thousands of enthusiastic supporters for the Palm Beach Walk Now for Autism Speaks, who raised over $285,000. Spring Walk season continues on Saturday, March 20 in Jensen Beach, Fla. 

Autism Speaks Requests New Training, Treatment Network Applications

Autism Speaks is pleased to announce two new Requests for Applications that support our mission to improve the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The Weatherstone Pre-Doctoral Fellowships support the early career development of autism scientists; and the Autism Treatment Network, a collaboration of treatment and research centers, is improving medical care for children and adolescents with ASDs.

Autism Speaks Endorses Autism Insurance Reform Bill in New York
On Monday, Autism Speaks endorsed New York State Senate bill S.7000. This bill would require private health insurance companies to cover the screening, diagnosis, and both physical and behavioral treatments for individuals of any age with ASDs and has the potential to be one of the most comprehensive autism insurance laws in the country.

IAN Reports on Driving and ASD

Getting behind the wheel of a car is a rite of passage for many teenagers, but for high-functioning individuals with ASDs, this task may prove particularly difficult. A recent article by the Interactive Autism Network (IAN) details the additional challenges that these individuals face, while offering suggestions to improve the experience.

Celebrity Supporters Help Raise Autism Awareness

This past Sunday, actor and producer Ed Asner walked the red carpet at the Academy Awards while sporting the Autism Speaks puzzle pin. This Sunday evening, tune in to NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” featuring Autism Speaks’ national board member Holly Robinson Peete as a contestant. And check out the Autism Speaks Blog on Mondays to read episode recaps – if Holly’s on, we’re watching!

In Their Own Words – Filling in OUR Piece of the Puzzle

In this week’s essay, we learn about the efforts of a very dedicated group of students at The Ohio State University who formed Autism Speaks’ first Student Chapter. The students, who actively fundraise for the Columbus Walk Now for Autism Speaks, engage the campus community through education and awareness to positively affect the lives of those struggling with ASDs.

Coming SoonMarch 13
South Dakota Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off and Recognition Event (Sioux Falls, S.D.) 
Wheeling Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off Event (Wheeling, W.Va.) 

March 16 
Chicagoland Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off Event (Oak Bridge, Ill.) 
Tampa Bay Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off Event (St. Petersburg, Fla.) 

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