Recipe4Hope and ASF!

8 12 2011

(Autism Science Foundation – they do so much for disease prevention, maybe we can all do something for autism to say THANKS!)

Every donation over $100 will receive a cozy, fleece ASF scarf

The Autism Science Foundation launched its special year-end fundraising campaign Recipe4Hope.

Every dollar donated to the campaign goes directly to fund pre- and post-doctoral autism research fellowships to expand understanding of what causes autism and to develop better treatments.

“We know that autism research takes a lot of people, working together, to find the answers,” said Alison Singer, president of the Autism Science Foundation. “We need the discoveries of the brightest scientists. We need the knowledge and experience of parents. We need donations to fund this critical research. All these efforts snowball into lasting hope for children, teens, and adults.”

The centerpiece of the campaign is a short video showcasing the Neiman family of Colorado building a snowman and playing together in the snow. This video illustrates the point that just like building a snowman, it takes all of us working together to fund critically needed autism research.

“I love playing in the snow with my family,” said mom Laura Neiman, whose son has autism. “I’m so thankful that my family was a part of this video. I hope that our participation will inspire others to give to this worthy cause.”

The fundraising campaign will take place exclusively online through December 31, and will employ social media outreach to connect with donors and supporters. Supporters are encouraged to share photos of snow angels and other outdoor activities on the nonprofit’s Facebook page and Twitter account. There is also a hashtag, #recipe4hope, to track the activity on social media sites.

Supporters can also create their own fundraising pages to raise donations for the nonprofit. It’s easy and free to set up a personal page and give the gift of hope this holiday season.

The Autism Science Foundation has funded just under half a million dollars in pre- and post-doctoral student research in the past two years. Ongoing donor support for this program through the Recipe4Hope campaign is critical. ASF’s pre- and post-doctoral grant program encourages bright, energetic young scientists to devote their careers to autism research. These research grants have a real impact on the field.

For more information about the Recipe4Hope campaign visit Follow the Autism Science Foundation on and “Like” it on Facebook at

The Autism Science Foundation (ASF) is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Its mission is to support autism research by providing funding and assistance to scientists and organizations conducting, facilitating, publishing, and disseminating autism science. The foundation also provides information about autism to the general public and increases awareness of autism spectrum disorders and the needs of individuals and families affected by autism. To learn more visit

By the Autism Science Foundation, of course!

Image courtesy of ASF

Autism Science Foundation

19 09 2011

[Autism Science Foundation is the place to go if you have questions about autism. We’re running their latest press release here to show our support for their work.]

Launch of NEW Website: Online Autism Research Destination for Parents, Individuals with Autism, Scientists and Teachers

(September 19, 2011—New York, NY)— The Autism Science Foundation (ASF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and funding autism research, announced today that it has re-launched its website as an enhanced, interactive resource for parents, individuals with autism, teachers, scientists and other autism stakeholders.

The website is the central distribution point for the latest in autism science and research. The site features:

Over the next few weeks, ASF’s team will be adding more features to the site including autism research sorted by topic area and a section about autism research studies seeking participants.

“It’s crucial that families, educators and scientists have access to up-to-date information that they know has been peer-reviewed or vetted by ASF’s Scientific Advisory Board,” said ASF co-founder Karen London. “Since ASF’s inception in 2009, we have aimed to be a central and trusted source of rigorous science information for the autism community.”

“We are pleased to be able to offer the autism community a broad and deep source of evidence-based information that integrates more interactive features and that reorganizes information to make it more useful and easier to find, in response to community feedback,” said Jonathan Carter, ASF’s operations manager. “The site offers ways for everyone who has a connection to autism to get involved in this important issue.”

ASF began funding research grants in 2009, its first year of operations, and has increased its funding levels each year. Since 2009, it has funded nearly half a million dollars in research grants. The organization was recently named the number one startup nonprofit in the “Disabilities” category by Philanthropedia/Guidestar.

ASF is a 501(c) (3) public charity. Its mission is to support autism research by providing funding to scientists and organizations conducting autism research. ASF also provides information about autism to the general public and serves to increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders and the needs of individuals and families affected by autism. To learn more about the Autism Science Foundation or to make a donation visit

Contact Info:
Dawn Crawford
Autism Science Foundation