Note: The timeline is still in the process of being updated. [Last updated January 19, 2023]
Autism Politics & Initiatives
The Autism Market
Grants , Funded Projects & Money Raised
Marketing & Media Attention
Organizations & Companies
Autistic Community & Allies
Individuals with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990
The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.
Bernie Marcus and his wife Billi established The Marcus Institute in Atlanta, Georgia. Marcus later contributed $25 million to the launch of Autism Speaks.
Autism Society of America conference
The visible presence of autistics at the conference attracted the attention of the ASA Board of Directors. Autistics were approached at the conference by a board member and a few NT parents and asked if they’d like to help establish an ASA autistic advisory committee, have an autistic representative at each board meeting, participate in the planning of future conferences, and have space in their community newsletter.
This organization was Autistic founded
Rimland was in favor of aversives, and testified against the Hughes Act, which restricted their use.
Note: Vaccines do not cause autism. There is no treatment for autism, ‘all-natural’ or otherwise. Many of these ‘all-natural therapies’ are incredibly harmful and are still being touted by those cashing in on parents’ vulnerabilities with quackery and false hope.
September 23, 1996
A double-blind placebo-controlled crossover study of the effects of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) in autism
Included: Sudhir Gupta
February 20, 1997
June 1, 1997
June 17, 1997
July 24, 1997
July 29, 1997
“It was through our work on the golf outing that we connected with Marciarose Shestack of Philadelphia, who became our honorary chairperson,” said Medovich, president of the local group PACT. “Marciarose is the mother of Jonathan Shestack, one of the producers of “Air Force One”, and also the founder of CAN.”
June 29, 1997
CAN has raised over $500,000.
CAN is currently funding pilot studies and think tank sessions.
CAN now has over 8,000 supporters
“But there is so much more on which we all agree — most importantly, that we must work for a better life for people with autism. If organizations like CAN, ASA, ARI, NAAR, AIA and DDR can work together there is no end to what could be accomplished.”
October 12, 1997
October 24, 1997
December 21, 1997
And staff: Dr. Leonard Abbeduto
Anthony has increased his involvement with CAN by becoming a full member of CAN’s Board of Directors. Anthony’s special project for creating awareness for autism research is the Team CAN Indy Race Car entry.
CAN welcomes honorary board member, Leah Rabin.
March 25, 1998
“Facing Autism 1999” was the theme of a Hillsborough, California fundraiser held on the evening of March 25th.
Thanks to the efforts of co-chairs Merton and Marva Hanks and Nanci and Gary Fredkin, a dedicated event committee, and celebrity supporters including Anthony Edwards, Rene Russo, Jerry Rice, Randal Cunningham and Merton Hanks, over a quarter of a million dollars was raised for CAN’s research, education and outreach programs.
June 20, 1998
Ex- Seattle Mariner Bill Krueger and his wife Jo (parents of Chanel) hosted “A Night for Autism,” a benefit dinner and auction in Seattle. CAN was the grateful recipient of all proceeds — which netted over $75,000.
Los Angeles, Southern New Jersey, Chicago and Vancouver were all sites for CAN Celebrity Golf Classics held throughout the summer of 1998. These events had the participation of celebrities including Dweezil Zappa, Bill Smitrovich, Matt Adler, Joe Mantegna, Cathy Lee Crosy, Bill Pullman, Jack Scalia, Grant Tinker, Scott Wolf, Ronny Cox and Glen Foley, just to name a few.
CAN Co-founder Portia Iversen and CAN Scientific Coordinator Dr. Dan Geschwind traveled to Nice, France to participate in a collaborative autism genetics research group meeting sponsored by P.A.R.I.S., the European consortium working on the genetics of autism.
CAN, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and NAAR joined together in October 1998 for a historic event — the first ever animal model workshop in autism.
“Building Animal Models for Autism through Translational Neuroscience Research” brought together world class experts in neuroanatomy, genetics, mouse genetics, primate behavior, brain imaging and developmental biology to formulate a plan for the development of this cutting edge methodology within the field of autism.”
October 18, 1998
This parent-founded organization’s goal was to play a critical role to bring autism organizational leaders together to identify common ground, raise funds and public awareness.
1999 – 2005
January 6, 1999
To provide surveillance and research to better understand the prevalence and pattern of autism and other pervasive developmental disabilities so that effective treatment and prevention strategies can be implemented.
March 2, 1999
March 4, 1999
To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the expansion, intensification, and coordination of the activities of the National Institutes of Health with respect to research on autism.
March 20, 1999
CAN Conference in Chicago, Illinois
Chicago, Illinois was home to our most recent parent and professional conference. Organized by our dedicated IL CAN chapter, the conference, held on March 20th, brought together parents and professionals from across the midwest to obtain information on the latest in autism treatments and research. Speakers included Dr. Vijendra Singh, Dr. James Black, Dr. Ted Page, Maud Dammann, Dr. Jeffrey Kopelson and Dr. Philip Teitelbaum.
May 11, 1999
May 21, 1999
On Wednesday, May 5th, I had the privilege of joining Doug Flutie (star quarterback for the Buffalo Bills and the father of a little boy with autism) and Anthony Edwards (Actor and CAN Honorary Board member) for a trip to Washington, D.C. to help garner support for the autism legislation recently introduced in the House and Senate. …
September 14, 1999
October 3, 1999
CNN & Time Episodes
CNN & Time explore the possibilities that childhood vaccines are causing some children to become autistic. This hour long show puts public health policy against parental rights.
October 13, 1999
November 10, 1999
To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the expansion, intensification, and coordination of the activities of the Department of Health and Human Services with respect to research on autism.