Autism Science Foundation Announces Second Annual Day of Learning and Evening of Celebration

Published December 9, 2014

Contact: Meredith Gilmer For Immediate Release
Email: December 10, 2014

Event will feature the 2nd annual Autism TED-style Talks with
Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter & NIMH Director Dr. Thomas Insel

(December 10, 2014—New York, NY) Today the Autism Science Foundation announced plans for its second annual Day of Learning & Evening of Celebration; a full day of events to take place on April 22, 2015 at the New York Athletic Club.

On the afternoon of April 22, ASF will host a festive luncheon, followed by the autism community’s second annual TED-style science conference, featuring talks from Former First Lady and Mental Health Advocate Mrs. Rosalynn Carter, NIMH Director Dr. Thomas Insel, Dr. Matt State (UCSF), Dr. Marsha Mailick (Univ of Wisconsin), Dr. Kevin Pelphrey (Yale), and PBS/NOVA Executive Producer Paula Apsell. These TED-style talks will be thoughtful, 15-minute distillations of critical issues in autism and mental health. “This event was such a huge success last year that we couldn’t wait to plan it again,” said Alison Singer, president of the Autism Science Foundation. “Our speakers will focus on the real issues facing families, such as gender differences in diagnosis and treatment, genetic testing, adult outcomes, caring for the caregivers, the effectiveness of workplace interventions, and the challenges of communicating science to the public.

That evening ASF will host its annual fundraising gala, during which the foundation will honor three leaders in autism science: Dr. Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, will receive the Distinguished Scientist Award; Gregg and Lori Ireland will receive the Distinguished Advocate Award; and the Media Impact Award will be presented to PBS, NOVA, Tangled Bank Studios and Genepool Productions for its documentary “Vaccines- Calling the Shots.” Dr. Richard Besser, Chief Medical Correspondent for ABC News, will serve as emcee for the evening, which will feature a cocktail reception and dinner. The evening will also include a silent auction and entertainment by teens and adults with autism, including Philadelphia-based musician Tommy Bak.

Proceeds from the day’s events will benefit ASF’s pre- and post- doctoral autism fellowship programs, which support early career research conducted by the nation’s most promising young autism scientists.

For sponsorship information or to join the benefit committee contact Casey Gold at 212-391-3913 or or visit

Registration for the Day of Learning will open at the end of January.

The Autism Science Foundation (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’s programs visit

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