If anyone knows how hectic life can get – WE DO! That’s why we have created the Autism Speaks Weekly Whirl to fill you in on all of the highlights of the week! The last thing we want is for you to be left out of the loop! Please share with friends and family to spread the word about all of the exciting things going on in the autism community. Keep in mind, these updates aren’t limited to Autism Speaks — we will be featuring news from across the community.
Are you on Twitter? If you aren’t, you should be! Hop on and follow us at @AutismSpeaks! We picked out some of our favorite tweets of the week – enjoy!
@KristianPRGirl: 66 ppl on Team Jacob for 1st annual Walk Now for Autism event in Indy! Still time to join us. @autismspeaks
@briamduhamel: @autismspeaks same!:) most of my friends are aware of my Autism. My new motto is: “Autistic and Proud!”
Autism America Radio welcomes special guests, author and athlete Rodney Peete and attorney Valerie Vanaman.
Join hosts Matthew Asner and special guest host, author Monica Holloway for two hours of talk and interviews this Saturday 6:00 to 8:00 PM ET on Sirius/XM Family Talk Channel 131!
People wishing to participate should call 800-679-7650 During the show or Tweet their questions to @Autismamericar. Listen online at http://www.live365.com/stations/autismamerica?play or as a podcast on iTunes! You can also visit Autism America Radio on Facebook!
Autism Speaks has teamed up with Sevenly to create custom designed tee-shirts to spread awareness about autism from January 16th to the 23rd. This is a unique opportunity and won’t last long, so get your swag quick! Every item sold helps the family of an individual with autism in a time of need. Through these funds, we can provide emergency financial aid during times of crisis or unplanned hardship through our Autism Cares initiative!
Sevenly donates seven dollars from every shirt it sells to a different nonprofit organization each week. The company also raises awareness for the nonprofits it partners with through its social media platform, which encourages supporters to like the week’s campaign on Facebook and share it on Twitter.
On Saturday, November 5, Autism America Radio with special guest Holly Robinson Peete and a full hour of an ‘Ask The Doctor’ segment for the final hour of their broadcast with Dr. Ricki Robinson on this upcoming show.
Dr. Robinson will be answering questions live and on Twitter from 4-5pm PST.
People wishing to participate should call 877-520-1150 between 4-5 on Saturday or Tweet their questions to @AutismamericaR with the hash tag #askthedoctor.
Dr. Ricki Robinson is the author of Autism Solutions: How to Create a Healthy and Meaningful Life for Your Child.
This post is adapted from ‘JAMESDURBININFO.’
In the spirit of supporting all things James, here is what you need to do today to support our favorite rocker.
- Check out the new website at www.DurbinRock.com. You could get lost for hours there – it’s awesome. Think about your Christmas list and check out the merchandise section.
- Sign up for the Community on the website and flood James with congratulations.
- It is Follow Friday on twitter. Put #FF in front of James’ twitter name and tweet it. #FF @DurbinRock. While you are at it, add some of your other favorite celebrities and James fans.
- Be sure you like James on Facebook if you haven’t done it yet already.
- Want mobile updates? Subscribe by sending text “james” to 30644
Within a few weeks it will be time for voting for James video on VH1. This is going to be important for getting James’ video into the top 10. VH1 is watched…..so keep your voting fingers limber!
NBC’s Parenthood is one of our favorite shows on television! We have had weekly discussions on our blog about different topics that the show touches on, primarily in coping with Max’s Asperger’s Syndrome. So much has happened this season and the finale is upon us – we want to celebrate!
Autism Speaks is going to give-a-way a Parenthood script signed by the entire cast and you can be in the running to win!
All you have to do is tell us on Twitter, ‘How has the television show ‘Parenthood’ affected you?’
Your Twitter Handle will then be entered in a random drawing to win the signed script!
Be sure to tune in to NBC tonight at 10pm EST to watch the the finale of Parenthood!
USA TODAY is running a contest through Friday, April 16, 2010. Whichever charity gets the most #AmericaWants tweets and retweets will receive a full-page, full-color ad in USA TODAY, valued at $189,400.
With autism affecting 1 in 110 people, we certainly should be able to mobilize our community and win autism the awareness it deserves.
Each tweet must include “#AmericaWants (insert full name of charity) to get a full-page ad in USA TODAY.” Please note that you must include ALL WORDING in the quotation marks in order for your (re)tweet to be considered. Their Twitter filter will not be able to pick up tweets that aren’t formatted in that way.
Not on Twitter? Now is the time to sign up: www.twitter.com/autismspeaks. Start following Autism Speaks and make this your very first tweet!
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has made a proclamation designating April as Autism Awareness Month in Louisiana. They’ll kick it off with the Old Governor’s Mansion participating in ”Light It Up Blue” and have April for awareness raising efforts and activities.
How will you be Lighting It Up Blue to promote autism awareness, beginning this Thursday and Friday? Visit www.lightitupblue.org to host an event or find one in your area.
Want to Light It Up Blue online? Check out our web downloads, including one you can use as your Facebook profile picture.
Here are suggested status updates you can use on Facebook and Twitter:
Light it up blue today for the 1 in 110 children with autism. Visit lightitupblue.org to help us shine a bright light on #autism
I am donating my status today for World Autism Awareness Day. Visit autismspeaks.org to learn more and get involved #autism
Stay tuned for more great ideas and be sure to share with us how you plan to Light It Up Blue by commenting below.