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NEWS
CDC Report Estimates Autism Prevalence 1 in 88
One week ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report that 1 in 88 children have autism. While there is no agreement or proven reasons for this increase, the Autism Society believes we must address the issues important to those living with autism today. Did you miss our full response? Read it here…
HHS Secretary Names Autism Society Board Members to Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has invited two Autism Society board members to join the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. Board members Dr. Jim Ball and Dr. Jose Cordero will serve on the federal advisory committee made up of both federal officials and public members. Read more…
Carino’s Italian Highlights Autism Champions, Donates to Autism Society this April
Carino’s Italian restaurants and the Autism Society are teaming up this April to support individuals living with autism and recognize the “Autism Champions” within the communities Carino’s Italian serves. Read more…
Download a Children’s iPad/iPhone App and Support the Autism Society
Merge Mobile, Inc is a proud supporter of the Autism Society. To help support the Autism Society’s efforts to support all affected by autism, Merge Mobile is donating 100 percent of its April earnings generated from the ClickySticky Cars iPad/iPhone app. Read more…
MedicAlert Foundation and Autism Society Partner to Raise Support for National Autism Awareness Month
 
The MedicAlert Foundation, the leader in emergency medical information and identification services, is planning the launch of a special campaign aimed at raising awareness about the special needs and challenges facing individuals with autism and their families to coincide with the annual National Autism Awareness Month. Read more…
Join the Autism Society and AMC Theatres for Sensory Friendly Films!
Join AMC Theatres and the Autism Society on Saturday, April 7, for a special showing of Mirror Mirror. We will be showing the movie at 10 a.m. local time in participating theatres nationwide. Don’t miss our newest locations! For more information or to find a theatre near you, visit www.autism-society.org/sensoryfilms.
Give Me Another Word For It
Although April is labeled Autism Awareness Month, I believe we have achieved Autism Awareness. In fact, 40% know someone with autism…Some of my colleagues believe the word we need now is “acceptance.” Read more…
Autism Journeys: Spencer
In Autism Journeys, we ask individuals on the spectrum, professionals and family members of all kinds to share their stories of what they have learned in their journeys with autism. This week, a proud parent shares a message of hope and love for all children with autism. Read more…
Autism Headlines Weekly
The Autism Society brings you some of the most interesting news around the Web. This week, the Autism Society kicks off National Autism Awareness Month, Michigan passes an insurance bill and a story highlights the talent of artist on the spectrum. Read more…
ADVOCACY
Reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the federal law that guarantees a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment for every person with a disability. Read more…
Autism Society Advocacy Update
The Autism Society continues to advocate for your rights everywhere from Washington, D.C. to your hometown. Here’s an update of some of the issues we’re focusing on at the national level. Read more…
CONFERENCES
Early Bird Registration is Open for the Autism Society 43rd National Conference and Exposition
We hope to see you in San Diego this July. Register before May 15 to get the best registration rate! 
The full conference program is online right now! Read more…
Sponsor One of the Largest and Oldest Conferences in the Country
The Autism Society National Conference and Exhibition is the only event to consistently bring together professionals, individuals on the autism spectrum, family members and advocates each year for in-depth discussions of what’s new in the field of autism and how to improve existing services and supports. Read more…
Autism Society Award Nominations Deadline Extended!
Do you know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to autism as a volunteer, educator or writer? Read more…
RESEARCH
Children with Autism Born Preterm, Post-term Have More Severe Symptoms
For children with autism, being born several weeks early or several weeks late tends to increase the severity of their symptoms, according to new research out of Michigan State University. Read more…
EDUCATION
Autism Awareness Month: Facts and Tips for Working with Students on the Autism Spectrum
The Autism Society and the Indiana Resource Center for Autism have  teamed up to provide facts about autism and tips for working with children on the autism spectrum. Remember that each student is different, and specific tips may not apply to all. Read more…
Become a Professional Member and Get Tuned In to Learning
Tuned in to Learning is a comprehensive music-assisted learning curriculum for special education, designed by an autism specialist and music therapist to help children on the spectrum learn core skills in a fun and motivating way! Read more…
RESOURCES
Free Resources Available for Autism Awareness Month Events
Print and distribute our free autism resources to share with your community this April for National Autism Awareness Month. Read more…
Upcoming AutismNOW Webinar: People Taking Responsibility for Advocacy in Their Own Lives
Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE), the presenters of our most popular webinar yet, is back with a new webinar that you do not want to miss! Read more…
Online Q&A with Temple Grandin Saturday to Focus on Transition to Adulthood
In honor of Autism Awareness Month, authors Chantal Sicile-Kira and Jeremy Sicile-Kira will join Temple Grandin, Ph.D. on  a free online Q & A this Saturday.Read more…
Animated Story Shares Message of Autism Acceptance and Understanding
In support of National Autism Awareness Month, Klondike Brands has created a “Tater Town Tale” about autism. Read more…
 
 
 
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NEWS

Why I Attend the Autism Society’s National Conference

I haven’t missed a year of the Autism Society’s National Conference and Exhibition since 1989 –that’s 22 consecutive years of attending the annual conference. During this time, I have been to a variety of conferences held by other organizations, but the Autism Society convention is the only one that consistently brings together professionals, people on the autism spectrum, Autism Society chapter leaders and family members for in-depth discussions of what’s new in the field of autism. Read more…

Winner of the Name Our Blog Contest

The name of the Autism Society blog is Autism Matters, submitted by Ron from Illinois! Thanks to everyone who participated in this online contest. Our top 10 submissions will receive an Autism Society magnet. Don’t forget to log on to Autism Matters daily for new content: www.autism-society.org/blog.

Vacation for Autism this July with Rooms for Good

Are you planning a vacation this summer? If you book at one of the Gaylord Hotel properties in July, you can help support the Autism Society. During the month of July, all Gaylord Hotel properties will donate 10 percent of the Rooms for Good package rate to the Autism Society. Read more…

Join the Autism Society and AMC Theatres this Summer at Sensory Friendly Films!

Join AMC Theatres and the Autism Society on July 2 for a special showing of Cars 2. We will be showing the movie at 10 a.m. local time in participating theatres nationwide. For more information or to find a theatre near you, visit www.autism-society.org/sensoryfilms.

Autism Journeys: Honoring Our Dads

In Autism Journeys, we ask individuals on the spectrum, professionals and family members of all kinds to share their stories of what they have learned in their journeys with autism. This week, we have asked a couple of fathers to guest blog for us about what it means to be a dad of a child with autism. We will be sharing these blogs through Monday, so please keep checking back!

Being Michael’s Teacher Read more…
The Bond Between Father and Son is Even More than I Expected Read more…

Join the Autism Society on Facebook

Thank you to all of our friends who log on to the Autism Society official Facebook page to share your experiences and knowledge. You are making a difference. Please help us reach out to more people who can benefit from the support of others. Suggest our page to your friends! Click here to “like” us: www.facebook.com/AutismSociety

Autism Headlines Weekly

The Autism Society brings you the most interesting news from around the Web! This week, a new autism study explores a genetic link, scientists warn of a chemical-autism link and a warning about how planned cuts to the Department of Human Services could hurt people with developmental disabilities. Read more...

ADVOCACY

Help the Autism Society Preserve IDEA!

As the federal budget process for fiscal year (FY) 2012 begins, it is becoming apparent that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) – along with all federal education funding – is vulnerable. Read more…

Act Now: Reauthorization of the Combating Autism Act

The Combating Autism Act of 2006 (CAA) will sunset on September 30, 2011, if it is not re-authorized. That will cause an immediate or “hard stop” of all federal funding of autism research and programs. Read more…

Autism Spectrum Disorder Portfolio Analysis Report Now Available; Shows Status of Research and Public/Private Sector Strategic Plan

On behalf of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), a federal advisory committee, the Office of Autism Research Coordination (OARC) is pleased to announce that the 2009 IACC Autism Spectrum Disorder Portfolio Analysis Report is now posted online on the IACC website. Read more…

TASH to Hold Congressional Briefing on National Efforts to Restrict the Use of Restraint & Seclusion Practices in Schools

TASH welcomes all Congressional leaders, legislative staff, advocates, educators and families to participate in this important briefing on national efforts to restrict the use of restraint, seclusion and aversive interventions in school settings. Read more…

RESEARCH

Therapies to Improve Biochemical Functions Hold Promise as Treatments for People with Autism

Several studies have previously indicated that children with autism often have abnormalities in methylation, glutathione redox and mitochondrial function. Read more…

EDUCATION

Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Mainstream Classroom

This engaging and informative book gives teachers the knowledge they need to understand students with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and strategies they can use to help children succeed in school. Read more…

CONFERENCES

Go to the National Conference, Help Research and Get a Ticket to Disney World

Disney Research, Pittsburgh will be conducting a study of language use by children with autism in park attractions and social situations during the 42nd National Conference of the Autism Society in Orlando, Florida. Read more…

Join the Autism Society for the Autism NOW Regional Summit in Florida

The Florida Regional Summit is a two-day event that will take place during the Autism Society’s 42nd National Conference and Exhibition this July. The summit is designed to promote relationship building among families, people with autism, self-advocates, key stakeholders and professionals in the areas of autism or developmental disabilities studies. Read more…

RESOURCES

Wretches & Jabberers Available for Pre-order on iTunes

During the National Autism Awareness Month 40-city tour of Wretches & Jabberers, many of you called and asked us when the autism documentary would be available for sale. Read more…

The Best Kind of Different

In The Best Kind of Different, Shonda Schilling, the wife of Major League Baseball All Star, former Boston Red Sox and World Series championship pitcher Curt Schilling, shares the story of their son’s Asperger’s Syndrome. Shonda Schilling will also be a keynote speaker at the Autism Society’s conference. Read more for a book excerpt and deal…

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Every year, one out of every 100 children in the United States – or six out of every 1,000 young people worldwide – is diagnosed with autism. Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are a neurologically based family of developmental disorders that can impact people’s communication and social skills. ASD includes both autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Read more…