Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects over 2 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide. Statistics suggest that this number has increased 10 to 17 percent annually in recent years. There is no established explanation for this ongoing increase, although improved diagnosis and environmental influences are two reasons often considered.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identify around 1 in 88 American children as having Autism Spectrum Disorder to some degree; about 1 out of every 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls are diagnosed with ASD. This is a ten-fold increase over the last 40 years.
The Autism Speaks® foundation was established in February 2005 by the grandparents of a child with autism. Bob and Suzanne Wright, with the help of their friend Bernie Marcus’ $25 million donation, launched the organization. Dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism, Autism Speaks® has grown into the world’s leading autism organization. It has increased the awareness of autism spectrum disorders greatly and is an unlimited resource to individuals with autism and their families.
For the last two years Achievement Products® has partnered with Autism Speaks® to donate 10% of our April (Autism Awareness Month) sales on select items. We are delighted to announce that this year we will be donating $3,948.21, a 57% increase from last year. We could not have done this without all of our loyal customers and we thank each and every one of you for helping make this donation possible. Let’s keep it up and hopefully in April 2014 we will see another increase in donations.
Thank you again for all of your purchases during the month of April. You helped Achievement Products® contribute to an important, worthwhile cause!
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