Autism affects 1 in 88 children Autism affects 1 in 54 boys A child is diagnosed with autism every 15 minutes
The goal of Autism Speaks is to "change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders."
Autism Speaks funds "global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder."
There is a walk in Austin on September 28th you can register for to show your support.
Why I Chose Autism Speaks as a Charitable Giving Experience
Autism is not a term that many of us are unfamiliar with. However, it is also not a subject we are well versed in. I became familiar with Autism Speaks through the television show The Apprentice a couple of years ago. Holly Robinson Peete was competing and I learned that her son is living with Autism.
She created a non-profit organization to help families that need financial assistance with children that have autism. She herself stated that even though she and her husband are celebrities, dealing with the financial commitments of therapy related to Autism, was still stressful.
Realizing this, they began a foundation called the HollyRod Foundation to help other families deal with these stresses. I thought this was an awesome endeavor and have since become more aware.
Even still we are unaware as to how many families are affected by Autism. To put it into perspective, more children will be diagnosed with some degree of autism each year than with juvenile diabetes, AIDS or cancer combined.
I love children so much and any foundation that speaks for them has my heart!