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Peter H. Bell is executive vice president for programs and services at Autism Speaks. He oversees the foundation's government relations and family services activities and also serves as an advisor to the science division.
Prior to his role at Autism Speaks, Peter was president and CEO of Cure Autism Now, which merged with Autism Speaks in February 2007. In his leadership role at Autism Speaks, Peter has been involved in numerous accomplishments that have had major benefit to the autism community including: advancing autism insurance reform in state legislatures across the nation, as well as federal health care reform; securing legislative support and appropriations for autism research through the Combating Autism Act of 2006 (CAA), the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and recent renewal of the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011 (CARA); developing highly regarded resources for families, such as the Autism Speaks' 100 Day Kit, School Community Tool Kit, and Transition Tool Kit; and establishing a funding mechanism to award over $2.0 million in grants to service provider organizations who are working with individuals with autism around the country.
Peter's professional affiliations include being a member of the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) since its inception in 2001 where he currently serves as chair of the Community Advisory Committee and is a member of the Finance Committee. He chaired the Integration Panel of the Department of Defense (DoD) Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) for autism research in FY2007 and served as the alternate chair in FY2008-2009. In 2008, Mr. Bell co-founded Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism (AFAA), a national consortium of organizations working together to promote a collaborative spirit and develop both public and private sector support to improve the lives of adults living with autism. Autism Speaks presently serves as the managing partner of AFAA and Peter serves as president.
Peter lives in New Jersey with his wife Liz and three teenage children. Their oldest son, Tyler, has autism. He holds a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University