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The Autism Consortium was chosen again as a recipient of a contribution resulting from the “People’s Pledge”.  Senator Brown delivered a check for $34,595 to the organization today after delivering a $1,000 check less than a month ago.

 

April 2, 2012

Senator Scott Brown presents a check for $34,595 to Deirdre Phillips.  Read the Press Release here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Autism Consortium was named by Elizabeth Warren as the charity Senator Scott Brown will donate to honor the People’s Pledge.

March 11, 2012

Senator Scott Brown and his family present Executive Director, Deirdre Phillips with a donation of $1,000 to the Autism Consortium.

March 9, 2012

Read the Boston Globe article here

Read the Boston Herald article here 

  • Press Release about the People's Pledge Donation

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Media Contact: Alison Thompson    617-797-7564  or 617-933-5018   athompson@solomonmccown.com

     

    THE AUTISM CONSORTIUM SELECTED AS CHARITY FOR “PEOPLE’S PLEDGE”

    Gift sheds light on non-partisan organization dedicated to uncovering causes and finding new treatments for autism spectrum disorders

     

    BOSTONMarch 12, 2012– The Autism Consortium, an innovative collaboration of 15 premier medical and research institutions working together to uncover the causes and find new treatments for autism spectrum disorders (ASD), announced today that it was the first recipient of a contribution resulting from the “People’s Pledge”.  The “People’s Pledge” is an agreement between Professor Elizabeth Warren and Senator Scott Brown to keep third-parties from advertising to influence the Massachusetts Senate Campaign.

    Professor Warren chose the Autism Consortium as the charity that the Brown campaign would contribute to and Senator Brown delivered a $1,000 check to the organization yesterday.  The donation comes at a fortuitous time as the Autism Consortium just launched this week a new website that will increase the ability of parents and caregivers to access the critical resources they need for their children.  And, for the first time, they can now easily connect directly with scientific and clinical researchers to talk about and enroll in autism research studies

    "On behalf of The Autism Consortium, we would like to thank both of the campaigns for their support of families across the Commonwealth who are impacted by autism. The energy and enthusiasm for our work on their behalf is greatly appreciated,” said Deirdre Phillips, Executive Director, Autism Consortium. “Gracious donations like this one support collaborative research which will build understanding of autism spectrum disorders and lead to the development of more effective therapies. We truly believe that the powerful combination of families, clinicians and researchers working together in a focused effort will allow us to break barriers and get results.”

    The Autism Consortium is grounded in the belief that when great scientists put their minds together, they will make more progress more rapidly than they would working alone. The core principles of the organization are simple:

    • Scientific and clinical collaboration accelerates research
    • ASD is a disorder that cannot wait for results to come from "business as usual"
    • Patients and families are integral to understanding and treating ASD; they must be  part of the research team

    In its first five years of existence the Consortium has supported multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional collaboration that is being replicated in other parts of the country; created a team of family support specialists at local hospitals; fostered research opportunities that engaged families; contributed to cross-institutional research; established data collections and samples for further study; and contributed to developing therapies.

    About The Autism Consortium

    The Autism Consortium is a scientific and clinical collaboration that includes 15 institutions, and nearly 100 principal investigators supported by a non-profit dedicated to facilitating and catalyzing research and improving clinical care.  The mission of the Autism Consortium is to catalyze rapid advances in understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of autism by engaging a collaboration of clinicians, researchers, donors and families affected by autism and other neurological disorders. The Consortium brings together some of the best minds across the region from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Medical Center, Boston University, Boston University School of Medicine, Broad Institute, Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, Lurie Autism Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts General Hospital, McLean Hospital, The Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, UMASS Medical School, and UMASS Memorial Health Care.

    More information can be found on the website, http://www.autismconsortium.org/.  Follow them on Twitter @autismboston and facebook at www.facebook.com/autismconsortium

     

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  • Press Release on Second Gift

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    THE AUTISM CONSORTIUM SELECTED AGAIN AS CHARITY FOR “PEOPLE’S PLEDGE”
    New CDC numbers indicate 1 in every 88 children has autism spectrum disorder; Gift will allow for further research

    BOSTON – April 2, 2012– The Autism Consortium, an innovative collaboration of 15 premier medical and research institutions working together to uncover the causes and find new treatments for autism spectrum disorders (ASD), announced today that it was chosen again as a recipient of a contribution resulting from the “People’s Pledge”.  The “People’s Pledge” is an agreement between Professor Elizabeth Warren and Senator Scott Brown to keep third-parties from advertising to influence the Massachusetts Senate Campaign.

    Senator Brown delivered a check for $34,595 to the organization today after delivering a $1,000 check less than a month ago. The donation comes at a fortuitous time as the CDC just announced last week that 1 in every 88 children now has an Autism Spectrum Disorder and further research is more necessary than ever.  The Autism Consortium recently launched a new website that will increase the ability of parents and caregivers to access the critical resources they need for their children.  And, now they can easily and directly connect with scientific and clinical researchers to talk about and enroll in autism research studies. 

    "I am very pleased to donate this money to the Autism Consortium and help support their incredibly important work," said Senator Brown. "Over the years, I have supported funding for autism research and support for children and families impacted by this disease."

    "On behalf of The Autism Consortium, we would like to thank both of the campaigns for their continued support of families across the Commonwealth who are impacted by autism. The energy and enthusiasm for our work on their behalf is greatly appreciated,” said Deirdre Phillips, Executive Director, Autism Consortium. “Gifts like these are invaluable at a time when research is absolutely necessary. More than 90% of pediatric oncology patients are involved in research while only 5% of children with autism participate in any research at all. We truly believe that the powerful combination of families, clinicians and researchers working together in a focused effort will allow us to break barriers and get results.”

    The Autism Consortium is grounded in the belief that when great scientists put their minds together, they will make more progress more rapidly than they would working alone. The core principles of the organization are simple:


    • Scientific and clinical collaboration accelerates research
    • ASD is a disorder that cannot wait for results to come from "business as usual"
    • Patients and families are integral to understanding and treating ASD; they must be  part of the research team

    In its first five years of existence the Consortium has supported multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional collaboration that is being replicated in other parts of the country; created a team of family support specialists at local hospitals; fostered research opportunities that engaged families; contributed to cross-institutional research; established data collections and samples for further study; and contributed to developing therapies.

    About The Autism Consortium

    The Autism Consortium is a scientific and clinical collaboration that includes 15 institutions, and nearly 100 principal investigators supported by a non-profit dedicated to facilitating and catalyzing research and improving clinical care.  The mission of the Autism Consortium is to catalyze rapid advances in understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of autism by engaging a collaboration of clinicians, researchers, donors and families affected by autism and other neurological disorders. The Consortium brings together some of the best minds across the region from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Medical Center, Boston University, Boston University School of Medicine, Broad Institute, Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, Lurie Autism Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts General Hospital, McLean Hospital, The Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, UMASS Medical School, and UMASS Memorial Health Care.

    Follow them on Twitter @autismboston and facebook at www.facebook.com/autismconsortium