While you may or may not be directly touched by someone who has been diagnosed with Autism, it is the fastest-growing developmental disability in the US today. Autism is extremely prevalent in our community, and we have had the opportunity to learn about the wonderful local charity – Autism Speaks – and all that they have done to make significant difference in the lives of those with Autism.
All of the proceeds raised from our raffle at our “Mother’s Day Treat Yo’Self Shopping Event” will go directly to Autism Speaks. We hope this brief article will open your eyes a bit more – as it did ours – to the world of Autism and this incredible organization.
Autism Facts:

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Autism now affects 1 in 68 children (1-in-42 boys)
  • Boys are almost 5x more likely than girls to have autism
  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the US
  • More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes and cancer COMBINED
  • Autism costs the nation over $35B per year, a figure that will significantly increase in the next decade
  • Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism

About Autism Speaks:
Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with Autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.
Autism Speaks enhances lives today and is accelerating a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.
Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, the grandparents to a child with Autism. Recognizing the need for a powerful voice, Bernie Marcus donated $25M to help financially launch the organization. Today, Autism Speaks is dedicated to advancing research into causes and better treatments for Autism spectrum disorders and related conditions both through direct funding and collaboration; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorders; and working toward solutions for the needs of individuals with autism and their families across the spectrum and lifespan through advocacy and support.
If you would like to get involved in this incredible charity and make a difference in someone’s life please contact Allison ZieringWalmark at amziering@aol.com .

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