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UW Autism Center participates in the 2010 Autism Speaks Fundraising Walk

August 14, 2010 - Research and clinical staff raised money, provided information about current UWAC activities, and participated in the 2010 Walk Now for Autism Speaks at Seattle Center on August 14.

Autism Speaks Team 2009



UW Autism Center participates in the 2009 Autism Speaks Fundraising Walk

October 3rd, 2009 - The University of Washington hosted this year's annual Seattle Walk Now for Autism at Dempsey Arena on Saturday, October 3rd, 2009. Walk Now for Autism, the nation's largest grassroots autism walk program, is Autism Speaks' signature fundraising and awareness event, taking place in communities across the United States, as well as in Canada and the United Kingdom.

Powered by volunteers and families with loved ones on the autism spectrum, this successful effort not only generated vital funds for autism research but also helped raise awareness about the increasing prevalence of autism and the need for increased research funding to combat this complex disorder.

The UW Autism Center teamed with Seattle Children's for the 2009 walk and raised over $3,200 to support Autism Speaks' mission to find the causes, effective treatments, and a cure for autism through funding scientific research. Congratulations to the UW Autism Center/Seattle Children's team!

Autism Speaks Team 2009

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UW Autism Center participates in the Autism Speaks Fundraising Walk

Saturday October 4th, 2008 - At 9:00am the University of Washington hosted the annual Seattle Walk Now for Autism in Dempsey Arena. Walk Now for Autism, the nation's largest grassroots autism walk program, is Autism Speaks' signature fundraising and awareness event, taking place in communities across the United States, as well as in Canada and the United Kingdom. Powered by volunteers and families with loved ones on the autism spectrum, this successful effort not only generated vital funds for autism research but also helped raise awareness about the increasing prevalence of autism and the need for increased research funding to combat this complex disorder.

The UW Autism Center joined with Children's Hospital for the 2008 Autism Speaks fundraising walk in Seattle. With 40 members, the UW Autism Center/Children's Hospital Team was one of the largest teams at the walk. The team raised $3,822 to support Autism Speaks' mission to find the causes, effective treatments and a cure for autism through funding scientific research. Congratulations to the UW Autism Center/Children's Hospital Team!

For more information please visit Seattle's Walk Now for Autism's website at:

Autism Speaks Team 2008

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UW Autism Center plays a pivotal role in legislative initiatives

Winter 2006 - In response to the growing prevalence of autism in the state of Washington, Governor Gregoire signed into law Senate Bill 5311. This bill created the Caring for Washington Individuals with Autism Task Force. The governor appointed task force was mandated to study and make recommendations to the legislature regarding the growing prevalence of autism and ways to improve the delivery and coordination of autism services in the state.  The Autism Center, together with state legislators, family and community agency representatives, developed a set of recommendations to be presented to the Governor in December, 2006. As members of the task force, Drs. Dawson and Orlich provided leadership and played an integral role in the crafting of recommendations to encompass changes to infrastructure, funding and delivery of Autism services in our state. Adoption and implementation of these recommendations could potentially have far reaching implications for access to timely services and support for families across Washington State. For those interested in reading the Task Force’s recommendations in full, please visit this website.

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UW Autism Center & Children's Hospital staff at Walk Now!

September 30, 2006 - The UW Autism Center staff joined with Children's Hospital to raise money for the Cure Autism Now foundation.

UW Autism Center & Children's Hospital staff at Walk Now!

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UW Autism Center Raises $3600 for Autism Speaks

Summer 2006 - The UW Autism Center's team participated in the Seattle walk for Autism Speaks. Together they raised $3600 in support of autism research projects supported by the foundation. The team consisted of 30 members and was led by Kendra VanDusen, Erica Gick, and Susan Faja. Thank you to everyone who donated!

UW Autism Center Raises $3600 for Autism Speaks

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The Federation of Behavioral, Psychological, and Cognitive Science sponsors a briefing on Capitol Hill by Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D. “Autism: Nature, Diagnosis, and Treatment”

March 22, 2002 - Briefing on Capitol Hill - On March 22nd, The Federation of Behavioral, Psychological and Cognitive Sciences held a US Congressional briefing on Capitol Hill with Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D. called “Autism: Nature, Diagnosis, and Treatment”. This event was funded and co-sponsored by the National Alliance for Autism Research and the NLM Family Foundation, with help from the of Representative Connie Morella and the Coalition for Autism Research and Education. Dawson presented information on state-of-the-art autism research. The level of questions from the briefing attendees was rather high and many stayed afterwards to speak with her individually.

After presenting basic data on autism, she turned to a theme involving the importance of early detection and early intervention. While the majority of autism cases are diagnosed between ages three and four, Dawson and her colleagues have developed criteria allowing them to diagnose by the child’s first birthday. This early diagnosis permits behavioral intervention strategies to be implemented at a very young age, which can make all the difference in whether a child later goes on to assume “normal” societal roles. She further noted that doctors and health professional do not tend to look for autistic symptoms, being more geared towards screening for physical abnormalities.

Although the proper behavioral interventions can make the difference between a functioning autistic and one needing to be institutionalized, insurance companies do not traditionally pay for this life-altering and money-saving treatment. Through the efforts of Dr. Dawson and others, Aetna at Microsoft recently agreed to cover the costs of early autism intervention. She is working towards getting more insurance companies on board with this by providing a method of certification.

September 16, 1999 - Testimony to Public Health Subcommittee, US Senate - In the fall of 1999, Dr. Geraldine Dawson provided written and spoken testimony to the U.S. Senate regarding legislation introduced in Congress that would dramatically increase the amount of funding available for autism research at the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This legislation would more than double the funds available for advancing biomedical research in autism and autism epidemiology studies.

The first, the Advancement in Pediatric Autism Research Act (HR 997), calls for expenditures of $39,000,000 annually to establish five autism research centers of excellence across the country that would combine clinical and basic research in autism, attract the nations top scientists and create a network for the rapid dissemination and replication of research findings. The second, the Autism Statistics, Surveillance, Research and Epidemiology Act (HR 274), calls for the creation of five centers for autism epidemiology research, at a cost of $7,500,000 annually, that would assess the prevalence of autism in this country for the first time and seek to epidemiology research, at a cost of $7,500,000 annually, that would assess the prevalence of autism in this country for the first time and seek to find patterns of causation. These two bills have been combined into a single bill, S 512, in the Senate.

Photos below taken in the United States Senate at a
Public Health Subcommittee Hearing, September 1999

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