Autism Speaks mourns the loss of Co- founder Suzanne Wright

Thank you for loving all of our children and Shining a blue light on Autism.



August 07, 2016 by Marla Garchik

Transition from School to Summer

School is wrapping up and the sun is shining. It's almost time for summer! Many individuals with autism do best with a routine.

School is wrapping up and the sun is shining. It's almost time for summer!

Many individuals with autism do best with a routine. Some have a hard time with change. As a result, the transition from school to summer can be difficult.

Here are some of our quick tips to help your family get ready for the transition from the classroom to the campground!

  • Prepare your child. As school comes to an end, make sure your child is prepared in advance. Be very clear about what changes will be happening in the weeks and days leading up to the start of summer. Use visual aids and pictures to help with the preparation.

  • Start a countdown. Highlight the first day of summer break on your family calendar and make it a point to show the calendar to your child each day. Use a fun activity to figure out how many days are left until summer kicks off!

  • Focus on the fun! Continue to let your child know that you are excited for summer and describe the activities you know he or she will enjoy. This will give your child something to look forward to and be excited about.

  • Keep the summer schedule as fixed as possible. For many families, a big perk of summer is the more relaxed and flexible schedule. For your child with autism, however, it may be best to keep the summer routine more structured like it is during the school months.

  • As always, make sure safety is a priority! The warm weather can often lead to higher incidents of wandering. Find some of our wandering resources here.

  • Consider a summer program! Summer programs and activities are a great way for a child to enjoy the summer months and establish a routine. You can search for programs in your local area using the Autism Speaks Resource Guide.

  • Contact the Autism Response Team (ART). For assistance locating additional information, tools, or resources contact ART by calling 1-888 AUTISM2 (288-4762), en Español: 1-888-772-9050, or emailing

Help us spread the word by forwarding this to families you know living with autism, so they can prepare for summer, too.

(Lisa Goring/Executive Vice President, Programs & Services Autism Speaks)

May 25, 2016 by Marla Garchik

Who is Liza Schwartz?

Liza Schwartz is a South Beach native, educated at The University of Miami. Liza Schwartz is a self-motivated designer who is constantly exploring and pushing the boundaries of creativity and expression. From singing with a band to jewelry making, she uses experiences and vision to show the world her take on modern jewelry. She creates unique jewelry and accessories for women and men by using a variety of high-end materials. Growing up in Miami Beach, she has been inspired by its melting pot of cultures. She moved to Barcelona, Spain, while there she traveled throughout Europe. She embraced a variety of new cultures and experienced the European fashion world. Liza’s handmade designs are modern, versatile and sophisticated. Liza Schwartz’s Jewelry can now be found at peace love solve.
Raising awareness and inspiring acceptance.
November 18, 2015 by Marla Garchik

B Tolerant

All I ask is for people to B Tolerant.


While traveling the journey of uncertainty, embrace peace and love

and have faith.




October 20, 2015 by Marla Garchik

Who is Sissy Yates?

Who is Sissy Yates?

Born in Washington D.C., Sissy grew up in a dynamic, cultivated home. Her mother served in the White House as White House Social Secretary. Her father was a Washington Post correspondent. Her aunt and uncle were global ambassadors. Her family instilled in Sissy a sensibility and curiosity about the world that shines through in her jewelry. 

From youth, Sissy was drawn to the colorful, natural brilliance of gemstones. As a child she combed Cape Cod beaches and tidal pools for the most beautiful shells and stones she could uncover, a collection that grew by the season. Rainy afternoons were often spent perusing the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Gem Gallery.

Sissy’s adventurous spirit was inspired by her grandmother, who more than a century ago ventured to the most remote corners of a China and brought home stories that became family legends, filling young Sissy with wanderlust. Later, Sissy worked at The Metropolitan Museum of Art where her love of colorful gems and early metal craftsmanship began to meld. As an adult, she traveled in her beloved grandmother’s spirit across America, Asia, North Africa, and Europe—explorations that would lead her to establish Sissy Yates Designs.

Sissy believes that when clients wear these radiant, breathtaking stones they nourish their relationship to the world’s wonders, deepening their connection to nature and humanity. Her impressive client list includes celebrities in entertainment, news, the arts, fashion and government: Oprah Winfrey, Katie Couric, Mariska Hargitay, Paulina Porizkova, Norah O’Donnell, Leslie Stahl, Joy Behar, Gayle King, Debra Messing, Robin Roberts, Lara Spencer, Jessica Seinfeld, Tracy Pollan, Ali Wentworth, Nicole Miller, Rose Styron, Sheila Johnson, Phyllis Wyeth and the late Mike Wallace.

In conjunction with her family --  sister, actress Ali Wentworth; brother-in-law George Stephanopoulos, the Good Morning America anchor and former White House Communications Director for President Clinton; and her late father-in-law, legendary newsman Mike Wallace -- Sissy is passionate about giving back to her community. She is active in a number of causes, not only in her hometown of Washington, D.C., but worldwide. She donates a percentage of sales from trunk shows to such charitable organizations as Baby Love DC, Baby Buggy, Save The Children, Autism Speaks, Leukemia Society, Breast Cancer Awareness, Joyful Heart Foundation and Children’s Law Center, to name a few.

Sissy lives in Washington D.C. with her husband and their three children.

August 30, 2015 by Marla Garchik

Summer is here!

Summer is finally here and everyone at Peace Love Solve is looking forward to embracing sun-filled days, enjoying family and friends, and embarking on new adventures. Its time to empty the backpack and fill up your beach bag with family vacations, summer camp, or just staying close to home. Even if that means filling up an extra suitcase containing your child’s favorite comfort toys.

Wherever you go this summer please take pride knowing that every purchase from Peace Love Solve makes a difference. Your contribution impacts individuals with autism, as well as their families.

June 08, 2015 by Marla Garchik

The Purpose of Peace Love Solve

Peace Love Solve donates a portion of its proceeds to Autism Speaks. Autism Speaks is the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization. Their goal is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. Thank you for helping us make a difference. To learn more about autism spectrum disorders and Autism Speaks please visit
April 07, 2015 by Marla Garchik