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Autism Research Series: Discovery to Solutions

As part of the research discovery series, Autism Speaks is presenting Discovery to Solutions, which involves a panel of scientists moderated by Autism Speaks’ Dr. Dean Hartley, Senior Director, Genomic Discovery, and Translational Sciences. Panel members include our own Dr. Mendy Minjarez and Dr. Raphael Bernier.

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Autism 205: Inclusion: What’s Working and What’s Next? – A Panel Discussion

People with social, intellectual and behavioral differences are making positive changes in their own lives and in the lives of others. From education to policy to employment, the future is brighter because those with autism and other abilities are speaking out, stepping up and changing the way our society operates.  Read full post »

CDC Prevalence Estimates for Autism Rise to 1 in 59

Today the latest report from the CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network was released. The ADDM is a surveillance network focused on following the prevalence of ASD. With the establishment of this network, we’ve been able to actually look at the prevalence rate of autism by estimating the rate from 8-year old children in 11 states across the U.S using the same approach each year. What is important about this approach is that prior to the establishment of this network, we were comparing prevalence estimates using different methodologies. We were essentially comparing apples to oranges, which made it difficult to draw conclusions about the rate of autism. With this network we’re able to compare apples to apples.

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Autism 204: Powerful Partnerships – Strategies for Navigating the Family-School Relationship

This month’s Autism 200 Series class  “Autism 204: Powerful Partnerships: Strategies for Navigating the Family/School Relationship” will be held Thursday, April 19, 2018 at Seattle Children’s Hospital in Wright Auditorium from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Instructors: Carrie Basas, JD, MEd, and Rose Spidell, JD, Washington State Governor’s Office of the Education Ombuds; and Mariam Araujo, PhD

Development of a strong educational plan involves development of a collaborative relationship between parents and schools. Members of the Washington State Governor’s Office of the Education Ombuds (OEO) and Dr. Mariam Araujo will provide strategies for navigating difficult conversations and conflicts with schools when students have disabilities. Topics to be discussed include fostering positive communication and relationships with school and what to do when that situation changes, setting and sharing goals for your child’s education, preparing for meetings and maintaining student records.

What’s Your Word? MyIntent Celebrates Autism Awareness Month

What’s Your Word?  The amazing folks at MyIntent.org have generously offered to give 35% of proceeds to the Autism Center during the month of April, Autism Awareness month.  Read full post »