Redstone Donates $1M to Autism Group

Viacom founder’s gift will be used for scientific research and improving treatments for disease

Last Updated: February 24, 2010 @ 10:21 AM

Viacom chairman and founder Sumner Redstone has donated $1 million to Autism Speaks, the autism science and advocacy organization announced on Friday. Redstone’s gift will be applied to scientific research into autism’s causes, improved treatments, and, finding a cure. Part of the gift will support Autism Speaks’ programs for children, adults and families.

Redstone has supported Autism Speaks since 2007, but this marks his largest gift to date.

"I hope this contribution will inspire others to give to this wonderful organization that brings hope to all those dealing with autism.” Redstone said in a statement.

 “We are deeply grateful to Mr. Redstone for his generosity," Autism Speaks Co-founders Bob and Suzanne Wright, said in a statement. "This remarkable gift is a wonderful way to kick off our fifth anniversary year. We speak on behalf of our board of directors and all of the families we represent in thanking him for joining our cause.”