Autism In The News – Week of July 21


Top autism news from the week of July 21, 2014. Genetics play a bigger role than environmental causes for autism Genetics plays more of a role in the development of autism than environmental causes, according to new research published Sunday in Nature Genetics. The study found that 52% of autism risk comes from common genes, while only 2.6% are attributed to spontaneous mutations caused by, among other things, environmental factors. Safety: It takes a village! A 2012 study from the {Read More}

Tommy Hilfiger Stars in New Autism Awareness Ad [Video]


Fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger stars in a new autism awareness ad; the campaign is a project of Autism Speaks and the Ad Council. The new campaign draws attention to the current autism prevalence rate of 1 in 68; that is 1 in 68 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis. I’m 2 for 2 in my house. Other stories that may interest you: UK Study Shows that Autism Rate May Be 1 in 60 Children Environmental {Read More}

Video: An Introduction to Autism Speaks for College Students


Autism Speaks doesn’t just focus on young children on the autism spectrum, the national nonprofit has a program dedicated to college students with autism. Learn more about Autism Speaks U by watching this short informational video.

Dr. Oz on Autism Causes and Autism Speaks

In this video clip, Dr. Oz tells us what he really thinks about Autism Speaks, a highly controversial autism support and awareness organization.

White Castle Candle Helps Raise Autism Awareness


Here’s another press release that may be of interest to you – a White Castle Candle that helps raise autism awareness. Honestly, though, the thought of a burger-and-onion-scented candle just makes my stomach turn. White Castle’s Little Candle That Could Lights the Way for Autism Awareness White Castle along with NEST Fragrances and Autism Speaks, celebrated the success of the Original Slider®-scented candle with sliders and signature martinis at a press event on December 14 at White Castle’s 8th Avenue {Read More}

Bob and Suzanne Wright of Autism Speaks Earn Honorary Degrees

It’s graduation season and while thousands of American students will earn their college degree, hundreds of special guests and speakers will earn honorary degrees. This year, St. John’s University in New York conferred honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degrees onto Bob and Suzanne Wright, cofounders of the well known Autism Speaks organization.