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On May 20th, I will be Walking in the "Walk Now for Autism Speaks" walk, in Northern NJ, on behalf of my 11 yo daugther Morgan, who has Autism!
Who is Autism Speaks?
Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Their longtime friend Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We are proud of what we've been able to accomplish and look forward to continued successes in the years ahead.
To read more about Autism Speaks' awareness, fundraising, science, and advocacy efforts, or to read about some of our other exciting initiatives, please visit
What Is Autism? What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. They include autistic disorder, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger syndrome. ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Some persons with ASD excel in visual skills, music, math and art.
Autism appears to have its roots in very early brain development. However, the most obvious signs of autism and symptoms of autism tend to emerge between 2 and 3 years of age. Autism Speaks continues to fund research on effective methods for earlier diagnosis, as early intervention with proven behavioral therapies can improve outcomes. Increasing autism awareness is a key aspect of this work and one in which our families and volunteers play an invaluable role.
How Common Is Autism?
Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 88 American children as on the autism spectrum–a 600 percent increase in prevalence over the past two decades. Careful research shows that this increase is only partly explained by improved diagnosis and awareness. Studies also show that autism is three to four times more common among boys than girls. An estimated 1 out of 70 boys is diagnosed with autism in the United States.
More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes or pediatric AIDS combined. ASD affects an estimated 3million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide. Moreover, government autism statistics suggest that prevalence rates have increased 10 to 17 percent annually in recent years. There is no established explanation for this continuing increase, although improved diagnosis and environmental influences are two reasons often considered.
My goal is to try to raise $5000 by May 20th! People that donate, will receive a rep from me, and potentially others. It’ll take just a few minutes to donate, and, every dollar raised goes to help Autism research.
Plus, I will be giving away some Applied Nutriceuticals products via a raffle that donates $5 or more. Plus, the 5 highest donated amounts will receive some product automatically!
How can you help?
1. Go here: http://www.kintera.org/faf/donorreg/...rce=bfschedule
2. Enter the amount you want to Donate and click "Continue"
3. After you hit "Continue" and fill out your information, you will hit "Continue" again and it will take you to the "Dedication" page.
4. On the Dedication page, click on "other" and enter your bb.com screen name and enter so I know that you donated!
5. If Paypal is the only way you can donate, please send me a PM and I will give the info on donating this way.
6. Post that you have donated and I will confirm. You then will be entered for the raffle!
What you get out of it:
1. Reps from me and others (possibility of mod reps)!
2. The Top 5 Donations will receive ForumAdmin Reps!
3. The 6-10 Donation amounts will receive reps from BBmod1!
4. Chance to win supplements in a raffle!
5. You are helping support Autism Research.
If I reach my goal of $5000, I will make an announcement about a Special Prize, that someone will have the chance to win no matter what amount you donated!!!