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Autism Speaks Supports Seminar on Gene-Environment Interactions and their Influence on Child Health

Made possible by an environmental sciences grant, Autism Speaks recently held the “Autism: Genes and the Enviroment” symposium at the 49th Annual Society of Teratology meeting. The theme of this year’s meeting was “genetic and environmental interactions on maternal and child health.” Although scientists in this area have long appreciated that certain compounds administered prior to or during pregnancy can have long-term detrimental consequences, this was the first time autism was highlighted at this very influential meeting. Read more.

Rep. Mike Doyle Makes Historic Pledge to the Autism Community

In his opening remarks this week during the House Energy and Commerce Committee markup of HR 3200, the America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009, Congressman Mike Doyle (D-PA), chair of the Congressional Autism Caucus, pledged that any health care reform bill that does not put an end to autism insurance discrimination is unacceptable. Watch video of Rep. Doyle’s statement and send him a thank you note here.

Summer Walks Stay Hot in Wisconsin and Washington

On July 11, more than 2,100 people participated in Walk Now for Autism events in Milwaukee, Wis. and Tacoma, Wash., raising nearly $150,000. The Milwaukee Walk was one of nine inaugural Walks in 2009, while the Tacoma event celebrated its fourth successful year. Read more and view photos here.

Showcase Your Family in a World Autism Video

Help Academy Award-nominated director Alfonso Cuarón and Grammy Award-winning producer Billy Mann to create their film “I am Autism,” by contributing video footage from around the world of people who are on the autism spectrum The film will premiere in September at the “Autism Speaks’ Second Annual United Nations World Focus on Autism” event. Read more and learn how to submit your footage here.

Autism Speaks Chosen as One of America’s Greatest Brands

Autism Speaks was selected, along with a distinguished group of internationally recognized businesses and charities, to be listed in the 2009 America’s Greatest Brands book, which honors brands that have continued to earn customer loyalty. Read more.

Community Connections Offers Tips on Choosing Recreational Programs

Recreational activities are particularly important for people with autism, offering opportunities to practice social skills, physical aptitude and increase motivation. This month’s Community Connections offer tips on selecting activities geared to your child’s interests and handling situations with programs that aren’t successful. Read more.

IACC Releases 2008 Funding Analysis

At the latest Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) meeting, The Subcommittee for Planning the Annual Strategic Plan Process reported on the review of a portfolio analysis of existing spending. The analysis showed that the NIH and Autism Speaks awarded the greatest number of research grants in 2008. Read more. 

Hit the Beach with Autism Speaks! 

Heading to the beach or pool this summer? Don’t forget to bring your Autism Speaks luxury beach towel! The 100% cotton luxury towel measures 35″ x 70″ and features an embroidered Autism Speaks logo. Shield yourself from the sun with an Autism Speaks logoed cap – available in white, navy, textured and camo. Purchase these summer essentials and more in the Autism Speaks online store

In Their Own Words: Living with Asperger’s

In our latest “In Their Own Words” essay, a teenager who was recently diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome shares how although it has challenged her life, it has also positively impacted her musical talents. Read more.

Coming Soon

July 24:
Cumberland Tri-State Walk Now for Autism Speaks Awards
(Cumberland, Md.)

July 25:
North Central New Jersey Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off
(Garwood, N.J.)

July 27:
San Diego Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off
(San Diego, Calif.)

July 29:
Western New England Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off
(Holyoke, Mass.)

July 30:
Sioux Falls Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off
(Sioux Falls, S.D.)

July 31:
Bike to the Beach
(Washington, D.C.)

August 1:
Sacramento Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off
(Sacramento, Calif.)
West Texas Walk Now for Autism Speaks Awards Ceremony
(Merkel, Texas)

August 4:
Seattle Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off
(Redmond, Wash.)

August 6:
Autism Speaks to Young Professionals
(New York, N.Y.)
Columbus Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off
(Columbus, Ohio)
Greater Hudson Valley Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off
(West Nyack, N.Y.)
New Hampshire Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off
(Concord, N.H.)

August 7:

Greater Austin Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off
(South Lamar, Texas)

Greater Boston Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off
(East Boston, Mass.)

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