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An Evening With the Stars

Join us as a guest, or on the committee at this red carpet spectacular for Autism Speaks! On Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 join Autism Speaks at the InterContinental O’Hare to watch the Oscars in style!

Contact: JoseMacias at or visit


 Light It Up Blue for World Autism Awareness Day

The United Nations designated April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day to galvanize international efforts to promote greater understanding about autism. In Chicago, we commemorate this day with our Light It Up Blue awareness campaign, educational events and fundraising promotions.



Illuminate, A Light It Up Blue Cocktail Reception Hosted By AS2YP Chicago

Join the committee and help us at the Light it Up Blue Cocktail Reception hosted by AS2YP on April 26th, 2014 at Block 37! Get your blue cocktail attire to celebrate Autism Awareness Month!

Contact: Sara and Austin at or visit


Autism Speaks to Young Professionals

Autism Speaks to Young Professionals (AS2YP) is comprised of rising executives and professionals ages 21 – 40 who are engaging a new generation to achieve Autism Speaks’ vision to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. As ambassadors they volunteer their time and talents to increase awareness, raise funds and serve as active members of the autism community. Contact: or visit 


Walk Now for Autism Speaks– Chicago and North Shore

Join hundreds and thousands of walkers at the signature event for Autism Speaks: the annual Walk Now for Autism Speaksevents. We have two in the Chicagoland area: Chicago at Soldier Field on May 17 and North Shore at New Trier High School Northfield Campus on May 4. Create your team or join an existing one! We’d love to have you!


Team Up! with Autism Speaks

Join us at the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle, Rock ’n’ Roll Half Marathon, or the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2014! We’re looking for volunteers, committee members, and runners! Visit to register for recruitment e-mails!


Ride for Autism Speaks

Join us next September 2014! Hundreds of bikers, families, friends and supporters ride through the scenic Chicago suburban countryside to raise funds for autism research and awareness.Contact:


Autism Speaks Community Ambassadors Program

Community Ambassadors help connect Chicago families with the free resources, tools and services that Autism Speaks offers. To date, more than 100 volunteers are trained ambassadors and perform outreach into the community for the 100 Day Kit (available in English and Spanish), the Asperger Syndrome/High Functioning Autism Tool Kit and the Transition Tool Kit. This program is helping to connect families with resources when they need us most.


Internships and Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Can you believe that with all of these events going on, we only have five full time staff members in the Chicagoland office? We could certainly use help! Check out our Facebook Page for one-off opportunities or contact for internship opportunities.