International Autism Awareness Day
Today is International Autism Awareness Day. Here at the kids belts office we decided that we want to be a part of raising awareness for this cause. We want to announce that we will be releasing an Autism Awareness patterned Dapper Snapper later this week. This will be a fundraiser belt that will be added to our current fundraising line. We currently give back to breast cancer research and veterans groups and we are trying to continually add to that list.
We have chosen Easter Seals as our charity, $5 from every Autism Awareness belt purchase will be donated to them. We feel that we need to support and give back to the community that supports us. We are so thankful that we are in the position to give back. I have been wanting to release this pattern for a while now and we have finally gotten everything finalized to launch.
Have you ever wondered what Autism is? “Autism is a complex neurobehavioral disorder characterized by impairment in reciprocal social interaction, impairment in communication, and the presence of repetitive and stereotypic patterns of behaviors, interests, and activities. The onset of symptoms is typically before the age of 3 years. The severity of impairment in the given domains as well as the pattern of impairments varies from individual to individual; that is why diagnosticians refer to a “ spectrum ” of disability.” (courtesy of Association for Science in Autism Treatment)
Did you know … (courtesy of Autism Speaks)
- Autism now affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys
- Autism prevalence figures are growing
- Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
- Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average
- Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases
- Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism
- There is no medical detection or cure for autism
National Institutes of Health Funds Allocation
- Total 2012 NIH budget: $30.86 billion
- Of this, only $169 million goes directly to autism research. This represents 0.55% of total NIH funding.
So keep an eye out later this week for the release! Let us know what other fundraiser Dapper Snappers you would like to see!