Archived | e-Speaks: New Jersey Insurance Reform; Autism Tissue Program Adds Partner; Young Professionals Event | Circa August 20, 2009

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New Jersey Becomes the 15th State to Enact Autism Insurance Reform

Autism Speaks joined the New Jersey autism community last week in applauding the State Legislature and Governor Jon Corzine for ending autism insurance discrimination by signing S.1651 into law. The new law requires insurers to provide coverage for medically necessary, evidence-based autism therapies, such as intensive behavioral health treatments. For more information, visit

Autism Tissue Program Partners with Donor Services of Indiana to Increase Pace of Autism Research

Autism Speaks announces the addition of the Donor Services of Indiana (DSI) as a new collaborator with the Autism Tissue Program (ATP). Brain tissue provides a critical resource for researchers to pursue scientific investigation into the biological causes of autism. DSI’s expertise in the fields of tissue banking and public education of the significance of tissue donation makes them a strong advocate and partner of ATP’s efforts in autism research. Read more.

First Young Professionals Event a Sold Out Success

On August 5, more than 700 young professionals joined Olympic gold medal winning gymnast Dominique Dawes for the first Autism Speaks to Young Professionals night on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The sold-out event raised $40,000 for Autism Speaks. Read more and view photos from the event here.

Judith Ripka Promotion to Benefit Autism Speaks

Judith Ripka Jewelry will join with Autism Speaks for a large scale charity partnership inviting the 10 million American Vogue readers to “shop for a cause.” Readers will be offered gift cards worth up to $1100 toward the purchase of Ripka jewelry; 10% of the net proceeds will benefit Autism Speaks. The promotion debuts in the September issue of Vogue, on newsstands now. Read more.

Community Health Charities Podcast Focuses on Autism

Community Health Charities’ (the official workplace giving program of Autism Speaks) Health Matters at Work program has released a video podcast series featuring more than 20 of the nation’s most respected health charities. In its four-part series on Children’s Health Issues, Autism Speaks’ Anita Miller-Sostek is interviewed about autism and resources. Watch the podcast here.

It’s Not too Late to Contribute to “I am Autism” Film

Many people have asked if we can extend the deadline and we have – you can upload your footage for the United Nations World Focus on Autism video project through Monday, August 23. We have had a tremendous response so far, but each video we receive will help make a difference. Let’s show the world the real face of autism. Read more about creating and submitting video footage here.

In Their Own Words: My Summer at Autism Speaks

In our latest “In Their Own Words” essay, an Autism Speaks summer intern shares her experience working on the Global Autism Public Health (GAPH) Initiative within the science department. While collecting data, she discovered the struggles that families who have a child with autism in underdeveloped regions face, further inspiring her work and passion for the cause. Read more.

Coming Soon

August 22
Cincinnati Walk Now for Autism Speaks Awards Ceremony (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Nantucket Walk Now for Autism Speaks (Nantucket, Mass.)

August 28
Carolinas Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off (Concord, N.C.)

August 29
Nebraska Walk Now for Autism Speaks (Lincoln, Neb.)
Tennessee Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-off (Nashville, Tenn.)
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