Wednesday, April 2, 2008

World Autism Awareness Day

Today marks the very first World Autism Awareness Day!
This is an exciting day for our family!
Our Clee has Autism.
In honor of Clee, we're celebrating World Autism Awareness Day.
Here are few simple and easy ideas that you can do today to acknowledge World Autism Awareness Day and help benefit the Autism community...
The next time you feel like doing a little web surfing, make sure you stop by the Chevy website. For each time you play the one minute video about some lame Chevy car, GM will donate up to 1 million dollars to the Autism Speaks foundation.
Do you have cable or know someone who does?
The Sundance channel is hosting the television premier of the documentary Autism Everyday tonight. This is a awesome documentary that gives you a peek into what it's like raising a child with Autism and what goes into our daily lives. Keep the tissue box within reach 'cause you'll need it. Check our local listings for times.
CNN will also have continuous global coverage on the first Worlds Autism Awareness Day.

Throughout the month of April, 500 Barnes and Noble stores will be hosting a special story time focusing on friendships and Autism. Check Barnes and Nobles website to find the date and time near you by clicking here.

Have kids? Do they like toys?
Toy's R Us is currently doing their annual fundraising campaign for Autism Speaks.
You can donate $1, $5, or $10 in exchange for a nifty sticker that reads,
"Autism, I helped solve the puzzle".
Who doesn't want a sticker that says that?
T.J Maxx is also currently doing the same fundraiser.

You can also check out what the rest of the World is doing to celebrate World Autism Awareness day by clicking on this link here.

On a serious note, if you don't already know someone with Autism, you soon will.
A child is diagnosed with Autism every 20 minutes.
That's 67 children a day.
Autism is the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the U.S and more children will be diagnosed with Autism this year than AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined.


Tice said...

Happy World Autism Awareness Day!

Grandma Gerri said...

Your blog looks great!!! I love it.

Grandma Gerri said...

Where ever did you find the autism ribbon with the words going around it. I looked all over the web for it last night (well obviously not all over). It looks great.

Lori said...

Did you write all that, Natalie? If you did you need to get a job in advertising!

In class tonight I learned that Delaware (I know,Natalie,DE is lame) is the only state to have a state wide autism program. Of course, that can't be too hard since DE is only so big!

natalie said...

@ Lori, of course I wrote it, i'm awesome. :)