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Check out “The Horse Boy” at Community Cinema Showings; Summiteers Find Autism Parallels in Climb

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Check out The Horse Boy at Community Cinema Showings

The Autism Society is proud to support ITVS’s national Community Cinema screenings of the acclaimed documentary The Horse Boy, coming to more than 50 cities across the U.S. in April 2010. Read more …

Summiteers Find Autism Parallels in Climb

This winter, Bob Cassidy and Bob Dickie III summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the tallest mountain in Africa. The endeavor was a huge undertaking in and of itself, but the two friends from Flint, Mich., had an even greater purpose behind it – raising awareness and support for autism, cancer and Alzheimer’s. After their return from Tanzania, the Autism Society sat down with the two climbers to discuss the adventure. Surprisingly, much of what they learned paralleled the challenges and lessons of living with autism, from taking things one step at a time to learning to draw help from others. Read more …

“Bounce for Autism” this April

The Autism Society and Pump It Up, the nation’s largest and fastest-growing franchise of giant indoor inflatable playgrounds for private parties, are teaming up for a third year to host “Bounce for Autism” this April in 144 locations nationwide. Find a location near you. Read more …

Autism Society Chapters Gearing Up for Autism Awareness Month

April is National Autism Awareness Month, and Autism Society chapters across the country are celebrating with all sorts of special events. Find one near you! Read more …

Call for Nominations Opens for 2010 Autism Society Awards

Each year, the Autism Society presents a number of awards and scholarships to individuals and organizations in recognition of their commitment to the autism community. Read more …

New PBS Documentary on Adults with Autism

Autism: Making It Work is a new program from KVCR, a PBS affiliate in California, which explores the growing needs of adolescents and young adults with autism. Read more …

Don’t Miss the Next Sensory Friendly Film!

Join AMC Entertainment and the Autism Society on April 10 for a special showing of How to Train Your Dragon. For more information or to find a theatre near you, visit

Autism Headlines Weekly

The Autism Society brings you the best autism news from around the Web. This week: Sensory Friendly Films, autism and the NCAA tournament, and perspectives on revisions to the DSM-5Read more …


Health-Care Reform Bill Passes Both Houses

On Sunday, March 21, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Senate version of health-care reform. “The Autism Society is pleased that Congress took a step in the right direction late last night,” said Lee Grossman, President and CEO of the Autism Society, “but we have much more work to do to ensure that families affected by autism have access to appropriate services and supports.” Read more …


Distance Education for Parents of Children with Autism Found Effective

Through the use of instructional DVDs, parents of children with autism can learn how to teach their child to communicate and improve their behavior, according to research published in the January 2010 issue of the Journal of Positive Behavior InterventionsRead more …

Babies’ Brains Tuned to Sharing Attention with Others

Children as young as five months old will follow the gaze of an adult towards an object and engage in joint attention, according to research funded by the Wellcome Trust and Medical Research Council. Joint attention—where two people share attention to the same object—is a vital human social skill necessary for many types of human behavior, such as teaching, collaboration and language learning. Impairments in this skill are one of the earliest signs of autism. Read more …


AAPC Offers Two New Titles on Middle School

The latest releases from AAPC help ease adolescents through the minefields of friendship and the special challenges of middle school—both are must-have resources for young people on the spectrum. Read more …


Autism Society Conference Program Now Available

The 41st National Conference full program with session and speaker information is now online.  We have over 110 breakout sessions plus a Continuing Medical Education Track and our 2nd Annual Science Symposium.  Read more …

Mind and Body in Autism Conference

Columbia University Teachers College in New York will host the 4th Annual Mind and Body in Autism Conference April 16-17. This two-day conference is designed to foster dialogue between diverse disciplines and to promote the development of integrated models for tailoring educational, psychological and medical interventions to better serve children with autism and related disorders and their families. Read more …


New Picture Book for Siblings

A new children’s picture book written by actress Holly Robinson Peete and her 11-year-old daughter Ryan Elizabeth Peete will be available starting this April. Read more …

41 Things to Know about Autism

Every year, one in every 110 children in America is diagnosed with autism. Although autism has reached epidemic proportions, it is far from understood. In 41 Things to Know about Autism, Chantal Sicile-Kira provides a clear, instructive explanation of autism. Read more …

How to Be a SisterJournalist Eileen Garvin’s new memoir, How to Be a Sister: A Love Story with a Twist of Autism, speaks directly to those affected by autism, but also more broadly, to everyone who finds themselves in a chronically conflictual relationship. Read more …

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