Monday, March 15, 2010

Toys R Us and Autism Speaks pair up to raise funds for autism research

Anyone who knows me, or who has read this blog, knows that I have a son with Autism, Ashton. Well, duh..... AUTISM is in the blog title "I Can Has Autism"! Autism is obviously, very much a part of our everyday life and is something that our whole family will continue to live with for the rest of our lives. 

Since April is coming up, I thought I'd post about this. Some of you may not know this, but April is "Autism Awareness Month". For the past three years, Toys R Us has taken on a fundraising campaign for Autism Speaks. Their (Autism Speaks) mission statement is as follows:

Autism Speaks is committed to facilitating research that will uncover the causes of autism, develop effective biomedical treatments, and hasten the discovery of a cure. We are committed to researching all potential causes of autism and we invite researchers to submit grant proposals covering a wide spectrum of ideas.

I'm speaking up here, for all you out there, to do what you can from now until May 1st to help raise Autism Awareness. Autism is on the rise, whether we like it or not. As of December 2009, ONE (1) child  in every  NINETY-ONE (91) children has Autism. Eleven years ago when I had my son, I hardly ever heard of anyone who knew someone that had Autism. Now, you can't go anywhere without hearing someone talk about Autism or without spotting an autistic individual. (it's pretty easy to see, especially if you are familiar with it).

All of this to say... please, help raise Autism Awareness and post this link to make others aware! If you can't donate to Autism Speaks, that's okay! I just hope to raise others awareness of Autism and what it is, and is not.

Thanks for reading (and hopefully, reposting/sharing!)

1 comment:

  1. Hi Jenn,

    Thank you so much for sharing this information with your readers! It is so important to us at Autism Speaks to have great bloggers like you sharing our mission and helping raise awareness!


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