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Shop, Sell, and Donate for Autism Speaks on eBay

Did you know that you can donate proceeds from your eBay sale to fund autism research and advocacy?

From August 9-15, Autism Speaks will be a featured nonprofit on eBay Giving Works, allowing buyers and sellers to donate when checking out with PayPal on eBay.

Here are some simple ways to support us year-round:

Buy

Buy items on eBay that are listed to benefit Autism Speaks. Great deals will abound, and your purchase will help fund autism research and advocacy.

Sell

Missed out on spring cleaning? Sellers of items can designate Autism Speaks as the beneficiary of 10-100% of the sale price. Plus, eBay gives back to you, too, with fee credits for every eBay Giving Works donation.

Donate

Not in the mood to buy or sell? Instead, make an immediate donation through PayPal through DonateNow.

Make Us Your Favorite

Save Autism Speaks as a favorite on eBay and you’ll be invited to donate $1 (or more) whenever you checkout.

Spread the Word

Ask your friends and family to support Autism Speaks during this time – send e-mails, update your Facebook status and tweet about it!

Get started today by visiting our dedicated page on eBay.

Thank you to MissionFish and eBay Giving Works for this wonderful awareness and fundraising opportunity. Happy shopping!

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The Million Dollar Phone Call

July 24, 2010 1 comment

When the phone rings at Autism Speaks, you never know what to expect. It could be a parent, who has a child newly diagnosed with autism, searching for resources. The caller could planning her wedding; she and her husband want to make a donation in lieu of wedding favors.

Or it could be a gentleman who is auctioning off the world’s largest centrifuge (starting at $12 million) on eBay, who will donate 10% of the proceeds (over $1 million)  to Autism Speaks, if it sells.

Upon relaying this story to my co-workers, my favorite response was, “I always wanted to go to space camp!” Yes, for that special someone out there who has an extra $12 million, it would be pretty cool to have your own space camp.

Check out the eBay auction page, which includes a description and some unbelievable photos – it is certainly one of the most interesting items I have ever seen, let alone one which will greatly benefit Autism Speaks if sold.

Join us in thanking the donor for his generosity – we hope it sells!

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GRASP Honors Dinner

June 14, 2010 1 comment

This guest post is by Autism Speaks Blog contributor Kerry Magro.  Kerry, an adult who has autism, is a junior at Seton Hall University, majoring in Sports Management. He is currently working at Autism Speaks as a writer.

On Tuesday night, The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership (GRASP) held its sixth annual Honors Dinner benefit to acknowledge several individuals who have made a difference in the lives of others on with Asperger Syndrome. Held at The William Bennett Gallery located in the NYC arts district of SoHo, it consisted of several different parts including a light dinner, a silent auction, and then a lecture with several different speakers both on the spectrum and not.

The silent auction featured prizes New York Mets tickets and a VIP Broadway package, among many other prizes.

The host of the night was none other than GRASP Executive Director Michael John Carley who led the way with the opening events starting followed by presenting several awards. Michael John Carley brought an energy to the night that was truly magical from a inspiring individual towards the cause. One quote Michael John said at the beginning which truly struck me was this:

“The day, in 50 years, 30 years, whenever it may be, when an adult on the spectrum hasn’t had all those banana peels, and hasn’t had those mistakes that were not made by bad people but based on the social Darwinist growth that all of this is on and when that person grows up into adulthood without this anxiety, anger, and depression we’re not going to recognize what an adult with autism and Asperger Syndrome looks like and that’s going to be a beautiful sight.”

Linda Walder Fiddle was the first honoree of the night accepting the FAB (Friend and Benefactor Award). Ms. Fiddle was the Founder of The Daniel J. Fiddle Foundation that was named after her son Daniel Fiddle. Ms. Fiddle said, “None of this would be possible without one special ingredient, “Enthusiasm”, she followed up by saying, “Nothing ever great was achieved without enthusiasm. You have the power to light your enthusiasm with the warmth of your heart.” This spoke home to me and was one of the themes I noticed throughout the night regardless whether it was Michael John or Linda or any of the several attendees at the event.

Lois Rosenwald was the second honoree of the night accepting the DNA (Divine Neurotypical Award). Ms. Rosenwald works at The Connecticut Autism Spectrum Resource Center. She said, “When I dream, I dream of a world where individuals on the autism spectrum are accepted and included; where people’s differences are routinely accepted. My work has been driven by the inadequacies of the system that we live with, a system that often refuses to provide appropriate supports and services to our adults. A system that often ignores the opinions held by those on the spectrum as to what services they need and how those services can most effectively be offered. A system where individuals challenges are more important than their strengths and their patterns. We have asked our senior work to change this work in Connecticut and in most ways we think we have succeeded.”

John Elder Robison was the final winner of the night who accepted the DSM (Distinguished Spectrumite Medal) for his work on science. Mr. Robison, who has Asperger’s, was able to speak about his own experience, along with his work, so elegantly. He used his early life and examples of how his ability to have Asperger was a strength where he could focus on specific areas of work.

Malachy McCourt, an Irish American actor, writer and politician was also in attendance for the event and did a wonderful job to grab everyone’s attention. Mr. McCourt was the celebrity auctioneer for the night who gave it all of his might to sell the auction items that’s total would end up going towards GRASP. Along with singing, joking, and pulling the leg of most in attendance, Mr. McCourt was a sweet and caring individual who cares very deeply towards GRASP’s mission.

In concluding I just wanted to say thank you to all those from GRASP along with William Bennett Gallery who made this night possible. I was astounded by the event and only hope the best for GRASP in their future pursuits. As I told Michael John Carley, “anything you need is what I’ll be willing to bring.” This is the impact they made on me and hopefully the impact they will make towards people for years to come in the fight to help those with Asperger Syndrome and autism.

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