The Case for Brain Donation

ASF President Alison Singer is featured on the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) blog, discussing “The Case for Brain Donations”:

Donating brain tissue from a family member with autism is perhaps one of the greatest gifts a family can give to other families raising children with the disorder. Discoveries made using brain tissue have had a huge impact on our understanding of the causes of autism, and may help us develop new treatments that can help individuals with autism lead happier, more fulfilling lives.

Click here to read the full post on the SFARI blog.

CDSweep Getting Some Serious Celeb Buzz!

Celebrities are helping spread the word about CDSweep the new fundraising program that allows you to get rid of your old CDs AND make a donation to ASF!

Thanks to the CDSweep team for encouraging these stars to tweet about the program.

Food Network star of “Chopped” Ted Allen


Kiernan Shipka, star of “Mad Men”










Recording Artist Rosanne Cash

CDSweep Makes it Easy to Clean Out Your Unwanted CDs & Support Autism Research!

You know you have piles of dusty CDs and DVDs somewhere in your house. You’ve long since converted everything to digital, so now what do you do with all those jewel cases? Donate them, of course!

CDSweep ( launches today as an easy way to do a clean sweep of all your unwanted CDs and DVDs and help fund critical autism research. Just box up all of your old discs, ship them free with prepaid FedEx labels, and for each disc received a donation will be made to ASF.

Go to, enter the amount of discs you’d like to send, and you’ll be emailed a prepaid FedEx label to ship them all for free. Your donation is tax-deductible and provides funding directly to scientists conducting innovative autism research and supports the needs of people with autism and their families. Each disk will be valued at up to 50 cents each! You can even request that your CDs be digitized and sent back to you as MP3s for free.

A HUGE THANK YOU goes to the volunteer committee who put this project together. Thank you team!

Jason Roth, Founder
Ken Waagner, Smartley-Dunn Solutions, Ltd.
Seth Mnookin, author, “The Panic Virus”
Debbi Dougherty-Roth, ad:tech
Sarah Wefald, graphic designer
Kris Schrey, iPodmeister

Online Chat Transcript with Dr. Peter Gerhardt

We were extremely happy to chat with Dr. Peter Gerhardt. Dr. Gerhardt is the Director of Education – Upper School for the McCarton School in New York City. Peter has over 30 years experience utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in support of adolescents and adults with ASD in educational, employment, residential, and community-based settings.  He is the author or co-author of articles and book chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder and he has presented nationally and internationally on this topic.

In addition, Dr. Gerhardt serves as Chairman of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research, on the Editorial Board of Behavior Analysis in Practice, and on numerous professional advisory boards including the Autism Society of America.

Click here to read the transcript.

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