Cause of the Month: Autism Speaks

Today, April 2nd, is World Autism Awareness Day. It was also a perfect align of stars that today was our “Cause of the Month” for April.

For those unaware of this charity, Autism Speaks is the world’s largest autism activism organization. It was founded back in 2005 by Bob Wright, and has since been on the excel to help fund research towards finding cures, treatments and preventions for this disorder.

Not only does this organization help towards extensive research, but they go around the world orchestrating various activities for families affected, including walks, school functions and outreach programs.

Autism Speaks celebrates “Light It Up Blue” today, which is a global initiative that kicks off Autism month and helps raise awareness around our communities. It also encourages everyone to wear the color blue and show off your charitable pride. To learn more about what you can do to start your own “Light It Up Blue” functions, click here.

Various different celebrities have joined the cause and have lent their support such as Pink, Zac Brown Band, Nikki Reed and athletic organizations such as the MLB and the NBA.

It is such an important cause considering the popularity of this disorder. I encourage everyone to read up on the various different disorders interlinked to Autism, and even if you cannot donate, knowledge is power!

Autism Facts (from Autism Speaks):
*1 in every 88 children are affected by some form of Autism.
*54 of those children are boys
*Autism costs a family around $60,000/year
*Autism research receives less donations than hundreds of non-preventable childhood diseases
*There is no cure

If you interested in donating to this incredible cause, click here. If you are interested in signing up for a walk near you area, here are the details.

You can also follow them on Twitter (@autismspeaks) and like them on Facebook.