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Autism Speaks Recognized as a Top Nonprofit
Date:12/20/2013

New York, NY (PRWEB) December 20, 2013

Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, today announced that it has been named a recommended, high-impact nonprofit in a Philanthropedia survey of leading experts. The recognition comes on the heels of an unprecedented year of action across each pillar of Autism Speaks’ mission to support the one in 88 individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorder.

“We are honored to receive this acknowledgment,” said Liz Feld, president of Autism Speaks. “Since its inception, Autism Speaks has fought to make a positive difference for the autism community. The past year was truly one of the most successful in achieving that goal thanks to the tireless work of the countless volunteers, advocates, individuals and families who support our cause.”

In 2013, Autism Speaks committed close to $5 million in new funding through its Science grants and fellowships programs. This investment in innovative research will lead to improvements in diagnosis, personalized medical care and the development of new treatments. Through its Family Services grants, Autism Speaks committed $1.2 million to local service providers in 2013. The grants will help create new and expand existing local programs to improve and enrich the lives of individuals with autism.

With 500,000 adolescents with autism transitioning to adulthood within the next decade, Autism Speaks focused efforts to meet the needs of the growing adult autism population. A series of small business town halls took place across the U.S. to create employment opportunities for the autism community. In addition, Autism Speaks announced the results of a

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