At Autism Speaks, our goal is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders.

We are dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. We are committed to raising the funds necessary to support these goals.

Autism Speaks aims to bring the autism community together as one strong voice to urge the government and private sector to listen to our concerns and take action to address this urgent global health crisis. It is our firm belief that, working together, we will find the missing pieces of the puzzle.

Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization. In 2008, Suzanne and Bob were named to the Heroes and Pioneers, Time 100 list of most influential people in the world for their commitment to global autism advocacy.

We are proud of what we've been able to accomplish and look forward to continued successes in the years ahead.

Autism Speaks. It's time to listen.


Did You Know  . . .  

  • Autism prevalence figures are growing.  A new study* indicates autism affects:

    • 1 in 110 Children
    • 1 in 70 Boys
  • More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes & cancer combined
  • Autism costs the nation over $35 billion per year, a figure expected to significantly increase in the next decade
  • Less than 1% of the budget of the National Institutes of Health is devoted to autism research
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism

*As of October 5, 2009 – Published in the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Journal Pediatrics