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Autism Organizations and Foundations
Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of the growing autism epidemic and to raising money to fund scientists who are searching for a cure. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright. Bob Wright is Vice Chairman and Executive Officer, General Electric, and Chairman and CEO, NBC Universal. Autism Speaks and Cure Autism Now (CAN) recently announced plans to combine operations, bringing together the two leading organizations dedicated to accelerating and funding biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism spectrum disorders; to increasing awareness of the nation's fastest growing developmental disorder; and to advocating for the needs of affected families. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit www.autismspeaks.org
The Autism Society of America was founded in 1965 by Bernard Rimland, Ph.D. His book, Infantile Autism: The Syndrome and Its Implications for a Neural Theory of Behavior, was written in late 1964 and was one of the first of its kind. In 1968, Ruth Sullivan, Ph.D. became the organization's first elected president. Over the last 40 years, the Society has grown from a handful of parents, into the leading source of information, research, and reference on autism. ASA is the oldest and largest grassroots organization within the autism community. Today, more than 120,000 members and supporters are connected through a working network of nearly 200 chapters nationwide. ASA membership continues to grow as more and more parents and professionals unite to form a collective voice representing the autism community.
ASA is dedicated to increasing public awareness about autism and the day-to-day issues faced by individuals with autism, their families and the professionals with whom they interact. The Society and its chapters share a common mission of providing information and education, and supporting research and advocating for programs and services for the autism community. For more information please visit: www.autism-society.org
Erin Is Hope Foundation, Inc. provides multi-disciplinary, INTENSIVE, SPECIALIZED medical therapies and educational services for children diagnosed with severe communicative disabilities including autism, apraxia and MORE. Our mission is not just to provide maximum outcomes for each child through multi-sensory, systematic and incremental teaching, but to provide these exceptional private special services at prices affordable to the average family budget. Amazingly, families travel across America to our clinic not because of price, but because of "Erin's" legendary success in teaching functional verbal grammatic speech and language to nonverbal children. Learn more at our website: www.erinishope.com
"Autism Every Day" is powerful new documentary produced by the organization Autism Speaks that recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Directed by filmmaker Lauren Thierry, the film is a a truthful, unvarnished portrayal of the 24-hour-a-day challenges faced by families as they confront the heartbreak of autism with uncompromising hope and unconditional love."
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Dr. ANSHU BATRA
KAREN SIFF EXHORN
Author, "The Autism Sourcebook"
TEMPLE GRANDIN, Ph.D.
College Professor who has authored six books and has Autism:
- Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships
- Thinking In Pictures: And Other Reports From My Life With Autism
- Emergence: Labeled Autistic
- Developing Talents: Careers for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism
- Animals In Translation: Using The Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior
- Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships: Decoding Social Mysteries Through the Unique Perspectives of Autism
Author "The Autism Acceptance Book"
Work Education and Resource Centers for people with Autism
Online communtity for people who suffer from Asberger's and Autism
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