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etnies Celebrates World Autism Awareness Day

April 7, 2011 2 comments

On April 2, World Autism Awareness Day, etnies, Autism Speaks and the A.skate Foundation held a day of free skate clinics for kids on the autism spectrum at the etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest, Calif. With the help of more than 40 volunteers, including etnies team riders Jose Rojo, Kyle Leeper, Devine Calloway, Kyle Loza, Nathan Williams and Ashley Charles, 80 children with autism of all ages were provided with one-on-one skateboarding lessons, which serve as a unique social outlet for kids who often struggle with social interaction. Check out the etnies blog for more video and read coverage of the the event from Transworld Skateboarding and LakeForestPatch.

Here are some photos from the event!


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Face-Off for a Cure

March 23, 2011 7 comments

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On Monday March 21st, over 450 guests came together at the spectacular Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City to celebrate “Face-Off for a Cure: An Evening to Benefit Autism Speaks and The Gillen Brewer School” – an event in partnership with the National Hockey League.

The evening began with cocktails and a silent auction in the museum’s Great Hall, with guests bidding on items such as tickets to the 2012 Winter Classic, a jersey signed by dozens of NHL Alum players, and an All-Star branded hockey puck, signed by Rick Nash, #61. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman posed for photos with such hockey greats as Pat LaFontaine and Ken Daneyko, as well as Coach Scott Wiley of the Colgate Women’s Hockey Team.  After cocktails guests moved into the awe-inspiring Temple of Dedur in the Sackler Wing, where the light of the setting sun was simulated on the temple walls, and guests gathered to hear remarks by event emcee, NBC Nightly News Correspondent Peter Alexander.

The evening’s honorees, Frank D’Amelio, EVP, Business Operations & Chief Financial Officer, Pfizer; Brian Monihan, Senior Vice President & General Manger, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia; Andrew Robertson, President, Chief Executive Officer BBDO Worldwide; and Richard Segal, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Seavest, Inc., each addressed the crowd with mentions of their own personal relationships to autism and philanthropy. The night’s end brought a special surprise for the audience- a visit from Lord Stanley himself- The Stanley Cup- after which guests had an opportunity to make pledges towards two specific programs for Autism Speaks and The Gillen Brewer School. Face Off for a Cure raised over $1.1 million and counting.

Autism Speaks would like to thank our event Co-Chairs, Henry Schacht, Chairman, The Gillen Brewer School; Tim Solso, Chairman and CEO, Cummins Inc.; Gary Bettman, Commissioner, National Hockey League; Paul Tagliabue, Former Commissioner, National Football League; and Suzanne & Bob Wright, Founders of Autism Speaks.  We would also like to recognize our friends at the Gillen Brewer School, the NHL, the evening’s honorees, special guests and our many wonderful sponsors and patrons who supported Face Off for a Cure to make it a resounding success.

For additional coverage of the event, please visit The Wall Street Journal.


Autism Speaks and The Home Depot Team Up to Shine a Light on Autism

March 21, 2011 58 comments

Autism Speaks, North America’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, and The Home Depot® have partnered to shine a light on autism during Autism Awareness Month in April and World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. The Home Depot, the largest distributor of Coleman products, will sell blue Coleman LED lanterns and blue light bulbs starting mid-March, offering people across the country the opportunity to raise autism awareness through Autism Speaks’ Light it Up Blue initiative. A portion of each sale will go to Autism Speaks to fund research, advocacy, family services, and awareness for families struggling with this disorder.

“The Home Depot and Coleman have become critical partners in Autism Speaks’ Light It Up Blue campaign,” said Pat Kemp, Autism Speaks Executive Vice President – Marketing, Corporate Relations and Development. “We can now encourage all Americans, whether they are touched by autism or not, to join the campaign on April 1 and 2 to show their compassion for families facing this disorder by lighting up their homes blue.”

The light bulbs retail for $1.65, and $1 from each one purchased, up to $80,000, will benefit Autism Speaks. The Coleman LED lanterns retail at $19.88 and $2 from each, up to $160,000, will go to Autism Speaks. The lantern alternates from white to blue when illuminated. The Home Depot arranged for the specially marked Light It Up Blue Coleman products to be manufactured and distributed throughout all of their stores in the United States and will be available in stores from March 15 through the end of April or while supplies last.

The Light It Up Blue campaign, now in its second year, has garnered the support of over 300 iconic buildings and landmarks across the globe that will illuminate their structures in bright blue on the evening of April 1 and 2 in an effort to help raise awareness and shine a bright light on autism as a growing public health crisis.

Autism Speaks has a special Web site, www.lightitupblue.org, to highlight the campaign. The Light It Up Blue Web site provides unique and fun ideas about how people can get involved in their local community, from hosting autism-themed gatherings to viewings of autism-themed films and TV programs. The site also accepts donations to fund autism awareness and research efforts.

For more information about the partnership between Autism Speaks and The Home Depot, please visit here!

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*For anyone having difficulty finding bulbs*
Call your local Home Depot Lighting & Electrical department, ask if they have them. If they do not, ask if the associate can look up what stores in your area still have stock and give the SKU. The SKU # is 625677 for the blue light bulbs.


JoRide Bicycles

March 10, 2011 3 comments

This is a guest post from Steven Cohen, the founder of JoRide Bicycles, for special needs children and adults. His son Joey has autism.

JoRide Bicycles is happy to announce we will be participating in the Chicago Walk Now for Autism Speaks as a Resource Fair vendor. Participants are using the JoRide bike to assist with OT and PT issues as well as social activities too—and we want to introduce Chicago families to this new product.

I founded JoRide Bicycle after my son Joey who has autism.

Over the past couple of years, I have tried to teach my autistic son Joey how to ride a standard pedal bicycle. After knocking his legs into the pedals time and time again, he, not surprisingly, lost interest. Meanwhile, he still desperately yearned to be able to go riding with his siblings and peers. For years, I have pulled Joey around in a Burley (a pull-behind bicycle trailer for children). That way, he was at least able to come along with the rest of the family, but he didn’t receive any exercise in the process. Now eleven years old and too large to fit in a Burley, I thought his bicycle days were over. That’s when I began tinkering with his bike. The modified version I came up with was the prototype for JoRide. And thanks to his own JoRide, Joey no longer takes a passive backseat in the Burley. He loves to actively ride just like other children, and he is content for HOURS just watching the movement of the wheels that he is accomplishing all by himself.

JoRiding has provided my son Joey with balance skills as well as newfound confidence and independence. It can accomplish the same benefits for any rider.

JoRide has appeared on many news broadcasts both locally and nationally lately as well as newspaper and magazine articles.

All of this coverage can be seen on our website.

www.joride.com

We are very thankful for all the attention we are receiving as the bike and offered programs by local schools, community centers and individual riders have expressed huge interest.  JoRide is a year round activity and has become very popular promoting fitness activities.  In addition, the bike gives the ability to Walk – Ride and rest when needed.

As we have grown we are now offered on Amazon, at this link and on our website.

30 other online retailers will be carrying JoRide Bicycles in the coming weeks.

Again, please visit our website to see pictures, videos, links to articles and reports completed and upcoming.

Top 10 Reasons to Buy from the ‘Shared Heart Collection’ this Valentines Day

February 8, 2011 13 comments

This Valentines’s Day don’t forget that Autism Speaks and Autism Speaks Canadas’ partners Zales, Peoples, and Mappins continue to feature their beautiful and exclusive Shared Heart Collection. Guys, here are 10 great reasons to shop now:



•     A piece from the shared collection will last much longer than a weekend getaway.

•     If everyone buys a diamond, we’ll stimulate the economy.

•     Diamonds don’t wilt like roses.

•     Diamonds don’t have calories!

•     Because sharing is caring!

•     New diamond can double as a glass cutter for when you forget your keys and can’t get into the house.

•     You get to tell all your friends you got her a diamond this year.

•     Because you know her, and Zales knows diamonds!

•     Diamonds don’t melt.

•     $5 gets donated to Autism Speaks for every piece sold!

The “Great Trade-In” Event at Babies“R”Us and Toys“R”Us Stores Nationwide

February 1, 2011 2 comments

From Friday, January 28 through Monday, February 21, Babies“R”Us and Toys“R”Us stores nationwide are holding the “Great Trade-In” event, urging customers to trade-in any used cribs, car seats, bassinets, strollers, travel systems, play yards, high chairs or toddler beds in exchange for a 25% savings on the purchase of any new baby item, in any of these product categories, from select manufacturers.

The “Great Trade-In” event is a national safety program designed to draw attention to the fact that certain used baby products, like cribs and car seats, can carry potential hazards, but are still in circulation and are not the best candidates to be handed down or resold.  Beyond recalls, certain older and used baby items can be potentially unsafe for a variety of reasons, including damage or lack of compliance with recent advances in product safety standards. Since the company introduced the “Great Trade-In” event in September 2009, approximately 300,000 potentially unsafe cribs, car seats and other baby products – most of which were in extremely poor condition – have been turned in at stores across the country.

Customers can visit their local Babies“R”Us or Toys“R”Us store to trade-in used cribs or baby products.  Day care centers or other organizations that wish to exchange items in bulk are encouraged to contact their local Babies“R”Us or Toys“R”Us store prior to returning their used items to ensure adequate availability of new merchandise.

For more information on the “Great Trade-In” event, including a list of participating manufacturers, please visit Babiesrus.com/trade-in.  For additional information on Toys“R”Us, Inc. safety initiatives, tips to keep kids safe and to sign up to receive e-mail notifications about product recalls visit Toysrus.com/Safety.

White Castle’s Little Candle That Could Lights The Way For Autism Awareness

December 15, 2010 1 comment

White Castle along with NEST Fragrances and Autism Speaks, celebrated the success of the Original Slider®-scented candle with sliders and signature martinis at a press event on December 14 at White Castle’s 8th Avenue, New York City location.

This ‘Little Candle That Could’ has captured the hearts of Cravers, autism supporters, the media and celebrities, including television host, author, and magazine publisher Martha Stewart, and world-renowned fashion designer Vera Wang, both of whom stopped by the event on Tuesday to support the candle’s cause.

The small but impressive Original Slider®-scented candle, simply packaged in a ceramic holder replicating the White Castle hamburger signature cardboard sleeve, has warmed White Castle Cravers’ homes all over the country.

“Our original goal simply was to sell a fun, distinctive candle for our Cravers that could help raise funds for Autism Speaks,” said Jamie Richardson, White Castle Vice President of Corporate Communications. “We never anticipated the amount of good this candle would do. The amount of its sales has raised to support Autism Speaks is just remarkable and surpassed everyone’s expectations.”

The candle first debuted in May to commemorate the 18th annual celebration of National Hamburger Month. White Castle teamed up with Laura Slatkin, Founder and CEO of NEST Fragrances, often called the “Queen of home fragrance,” to introduce a candle with scent of America’s first fast-food hamburger.  The idea for the candle was sparked when White Castle executives met Slatkin, who sits on the board of Autism Speaks.

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During the event, White Castle presented Autism Speaks with a check for $500,000, representing the net proceeds from the candle’s sales. “White Castle, The Ingrams, and the Slatkins have been such terrific friends to our organization over the years and we can’t thank them enough for their commitment to Autism Speaks.  This is a wonderful gift to the autism community, and it’s just in time for the holidays.  Thank you for helping us to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders” remarked Autism Speaks Co-founder Bob Wright, who, along with his Co-founder Suzanne Wright, were on hand to accept the check.

Richardson said White Castle expects to donate more as the holiday gift season is in full swing and candles are still selling.  “I am thrilled the candle has been so well received by White Castle lovers everywhere – it has become one of the hit cause-related gifts this holiday season,” Slatkin said.  “NEST and White Castle have a strong relationship and this is just another example of a lot of good happening when two companies join forces.”

The candles are currently available in White Castle restaurants nationwide. The candles are temporarily sold out at White Castle’s online store; the company expects to have them available online soon.

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