Giving Back: Footloose! Raising Awareness for Autism
I love children, I have nephews, I have a goddaughter and it would break my heart to see any innocent child hurt or in pain. While I harbor all of these emotions towards children, I am not a mother and couldn’t imagine the pain a parent must feel if they heard something was wrong with their child. One of my closest male friends prayed that his daughter, my goddaughter, would be born healthy and with hair. Outside of the hair part, most parents pray a similar prayer and sing a similar song. Fortunately, his wish was granted. Unfortunately, for some, all wishes don’t come true. This month of April, while we’d like to think on the comings of spring, the warmer weather and highest fashions, we cannot forget to bring awareness and give back in our community. April is Autism Awareness Month. Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorder is a developmental condition that is sweeping the nation. Courtesy of the Autism-Society, here are a few facts:
Facts and Statistics
- 1% of the population of children in the U.S. ages 3-17 have an autism spectrum disorder. Prevalence is estimated at 1 in 110 births.
- 1 to 1.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder.
- Austim is the fastest-growing developmental disability; with a 1,148% overall growth rate and 10-17 % annual growth.
- 60% of Autism costs are in adult services.
- Cost of lifelong care can be reduced by 2/3 with early diagnosis and intervention.
- The cost of autism over the lifespan is 3.2 million dollars per person.
- Only 56% of students with autism finish high school.
- The average per-pupil expenditure for educating a child with autism was estimated by SEEP to be over $18,000 in the 1999-2000 school year. This estimate was nearly three times the expenditure for a typical regular education student who did not receive special education services.
But did you know?! According to Autism Speaks:
- More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined
- Boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism
- Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases
- Leukemia: Affects 1 in 1,200 / Funding: $277 million
- Muscular Dystrophy: Affects 1 in 100,000 / Funding: $162 million
- Pediatric AIDS: Affects 1 in 300 / Funding: $394 million
- Juvenile Diabetes: Affects 1 in 500 / Funding: $156 million
- Autism: Affects 1 in 88 / Funding: $79 million
- There is no medical detection or cure for autism
With all of this information, we are still faced with the horrible truth. There is no cure… yet.
Today, Dynamo introduces to you Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) and Green Sneakers (Green Sneakers). TACA is a national non-profit organization dedicated to educating, empowering, and supporting families affected by autism. Green Sneakers collects used tennis shoes making them available as affordable footwear around the globe. Put these two organizations together and viola! Magic.
Green Sneakers serves a dual purpose organization that rewards you for your service. They provide all of the tools you would need to have a successful drive for your community. If you supply at least 500lbs of sneakers (about 250 pairs), they will give you a check to the organization of your choice $.50/lb of the sneakers collected. Even with reaching the minimum, you are guaranteeing the organization of your choice (I humbly suggest TACA ), will receive $250. Talk about Duality! Donating your sneakers to those around the globe AND helping families help other families educate themselves and cope with Autism!? You’re such a showoff :-)
Calling ALL SNEAKER BUFFS! Give Green Sneakers a call and start making it happen. Start a drive and help in any way you can to bring awareness to this disorder and put an end to it for once and for all. There’s no better time than now, so open up a new browser and get to stepping! (pun intended)
** If you would like to donate sneakers, but don’t have time to start a drive, shoot me an email Brooklyn’s Sweetheart and I can point you to a few drop off locations **
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