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Autism Speaks, CDC and The Advertising Council Launch Program to Educate Teachers About Importance of Early Intervention for Autism
Date:9/24/2008

online media and is credited with raising awareness of autism by more than 43%. The campaign was recently awarded a prestigious bronze Effie award as a testament to its success in building awareness.

"We are so pleased to continue our partnership with Autism Speaks on this critical issue," said Peggy Conlon, President & CEO of The Advertising Council. "I am confident that this program will help all the wonderful teachers in our schools initiate discussions with parents of children they suspect may have autism."

Autism Speaks and the Ad Council are co-executive producers of the new DVD. JMH Education served as producer. Funding support was provided in part by the CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." campaign (www.cdc.gov/actearly.com).

About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Bob Wright is Senior Advisor at Lee Equity Partners and served as vice chairman, General Electric, and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal for more than twenty years. Autism Speaks merged with the Autism Coalition for Research and Education (ACRE), the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) and Cure Autism Now (CAN), bringing together the nation's leading autism advocacy organizations. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit www.autismspeaks.org

The Advertising Council
The Ad Council (www.adcouncil.org) is a private, non-profit organization that marshals talent from the advertising and communications industries, the facilities of the media, and the resources of the business and non-profit communities to produce, distribute and promote public service campaigns on behalf of non-prof
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