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 approximately 1 in 88 American children as having ASD to some degree; about 1 out of every 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls are diagnosed with ASD. This represents 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 for autism, as well as a potential cure, Autism Speaks® has grown into the world’s leading autism organization. It has increased the awareness of ASD greatly and provides countless resources to individuals with autism and their families.
For the last two years, Achievement Products® has partnered with Autism Speaks® to donate 10% of our Holiday Gift Guide sales. We are delighted to announce that for the 2013 holiday shopping season, we were able to raise and donate $3,573.98. 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 we look forward to our annual Autism Awareness promotion in April, when we will again be partnering with Autism Speaks® to provide another donation.
Thank you again for all of your purchases during the 2013 holiday season. You helped Achievement Products® contribute to an important, worthwhile cause!
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