e-Speaks: Spotlight on Needs of Adults; New PSAs Star Golfer Ernie Els; Collaboration with National Children’s Study | Circa Apr 16, 2009

e-Speaks || April 17, 2009

Autism Speaks Puts Spotlight on the Needs of Adults withAutism

April is Autism Awareness Month and because of the growing concern families have for the futures of their loved ones with autism, Autism Speaks is shining a spotlight on adults with autism. We are proud to announce two new programs launched this week that will address the needs of this very important and underserved segment of the autism population. Additional information about other resources available to the adult autismcommunity is found below. And for the first time, Saturday, April 18 has been designated Adult Autism Awareness Day. We join the autism community in celebrating these very special people. Read more about adult services..

Ad Council and Autism Speaks Launch New PSAs Starring Pro Golfer Ernie Els

Autism Speaks and the Ad Council recently launched new public service announcements (PSAs) starring professional golfer Ernie Els and his son Ben. The PSAs juxtapose the odds of Els’ successful career, including winning the U.S. Open twice, with the startling odds of having a child diagnosed with autism, and urge parents to learn the early warning signs of the disorder at www.autismspeaks.org. Read more and view the television PSA here.

Autism Speaks Announces Collaboration with the National Children’s Study

Autism Speaks announces it will be advancing the study of genetic and environmental contributions to the risk of autismby collaborating with the National Children’s Study (NCS), one of the richest research resources to ever study children’s health. It aims to recruit 100,000 pregnant women from across the U.S. to follow those children through adulthood. “This is a truly unique opportunity to prospectively follow a large cohort of children in order to understand the environmental and genetic risk factors that are related to autism. This collaboration between Autism Speaks and the NCS is sure to provide new answers to understanding the causes of autism,” remarked Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D., chief science officer at AutismSpeaks. Read more.

Ask.com Supports Autism Speaks with Unique Awareness and Donation Initiative

Montana Becomes the 10th State to Pass Autism Insurance Reform

Autism Speaks joins Montana families and other autismadvocacy organizations in applauding the state’s legislators for passing Senate Bill 234, also known as Brandon’s Bill. Brandon’s Bill requires insurance companies to provide coverage of evidence-based, medically necessary autism therapies with a maximum benefit of $50,000 annually for a child with autismthat is eight years old or younger and $20,000 annually for a child between the ages of nine and 18. When signed by the governor, the bill will go into effect on January 1, 2010. Passage of this law makes Montana the 10th state to pass comprehensive autism insurance reform. To learn more about the Montana law, visit www.autismvotes.org/montana.

White House Renews Promises to Disability Community

Autism Speaks was among a group of non-profits invited to a special briefing on disabilities matters at the White House, on Wednesday, April 15. The meeting began with the White House declaring, “Truly it is now a new day for Americans with disabilities!” Read more.

West Texas Walk Illustrates Success of Year-Round Fundraising

On Saturday, April 4, more than 2,600 people walked in two West Texas locations, simultaneously raising over $135,000. The top two fundraising teams, “Charles in Charge” and “Haskell Heroes” successfully raised more than $40,000 through year-round events. Read more about the innovative fundraising events hosted by teams in West Texas, South Florida and Los Angeles and learn how to host your own here.

More than 1,500 Participate in Year’s First Autism SpeaksU Event

More than 1,500 people participated in the 4th annual “We Are … Curing Autism Now” at Penn State University in State College, Penn. The event, which is organized annually by Beta Sigma Beta, Pi Beta Phi and Sigma Delta Tau, has increased its four year total to more than $600,000. Three more Autism SpeaksU events are currently scheduled throughout 2009. Read more.

Rock ‘Til It Stops Concert to Honor Local and National AutismAdvocacy Leaders

This year’s annual Rock ‘Til It Stops will be an evening of food, music and fun as the Cleveland community joins together to raise awareness about autism and funds to support AutismSpeaks and local projects. The concert will honor Cleveland-area and national autism advocacy leaders Ronn and Bess Richard, Monica Robins and Bernadine Healy, M.D. Read more and purchase tickets here.

Holly Robinson Peete Named to Autism Speaks’ Board of Directors 

Autism Speaks announced that Holly Robinson Peete – an actress, author, autism advocate, and parent of a son, Rodney, who has autism – has been appointed to its board of directors. Robinson Peete participated in the celebration of World AutismAwareness Day in New York City on April 2, including the ringing of the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange, and took part in interviews with national and local media, discussing autism awareness, education and research, as well as the mission of Autism Speaks. Read more.

Celebrate National Volunteer Week with Ralph Lauren 

Autism Speaks salutes and thanks all the many volunteers that support Autism Speaks. To honor Autism Speaks and its volunteers, Polo Ralph Lauren is offering 15 percent off all purchases at ralphlauren.com and is donating 15 percent of sales to Autism Speaks, now through April 25. Click here for more details.

In Their Own Words: My Life as a Young Adult with Autism

In our latest “In Their Own Words” essay, a young woman with autism who will soon move into an apartment for adults with disabilities shares her story. In her essay, she details her best qualities, personal interests and challenges that she has overcome. Read more.

April 18
Autism SpeaksU 1st Annual Fear the Turtle, Find a Cure 5K Race/3K Walk (College Park, Md.) 
Broward County Walk Now for Autism (Davie, Fla.) 
Cumberland Tri-State Walk Now for Autism (Cumberland, Md.) 
Lehigh Valley Walk Now for Autism (Allentown, Penn.)
New York City Walk Now for Autism Kick-off (Brooklyn, N.Y.) 
Sonoma Walk Now for Autism (Sonoma, Calif.) 

April 19 
HEROES for Autism (Los Angeles, Calif.) 
The 7th Annual Bethesda Super-Sprint Triathlon (Bethesda, Md.) 

April 21 
Oklahoma Walk Now for Autism Kick-off (Oklahoma City, Okla.) 

April 23
New York City Walk Now for Autism Kick-off (New York, N.Y.) 

April 24 
Colorado Springs Walk Now for Autism Kick-off (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

April 25 
Iowa Walk Now for Autism Kick-off (Des Moines, Iowa) 
Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism (Pasadena, Calif.) 
Rock ’til it Stops (Cleveland, Ohio) 

April 30 

Blair County Walk Now for Autism Kick-off (Altoona, Penn.)

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