Posts Tagged ‘national autism association’

Last Day to Vote!!!!

January 22, 2010

So I know I posted about this a few days ago, but today is the last day you can vote for the National Autism Association to win one of the $1-million prizes being given away through Chase Community Giving. There are 100 charities that people can vote on and the NAA is the only autism-related one. The top 5 vote getters will receive a $1-million prize. Just think how many families the NAA could help and what kind of resources they could provide with that kind of money. I’ve been impressed to see how many other autism organizations are throwing their support behind the NAA to win this. Usually it doesn’t seem like all these autism organizations get along too well, but this seems to be one instance where they’re all helping each other out.

So if you have a Facebook account, it only takes a few seconds to cast your vote here. And if you don’t use Facebook…what are you waiting for? Everybody else is on it. Just think…you can reconnect with family & friends and cast your vote!!!

Here’s the info that the NAA just sent out about this. Again, just go here and you’ll be able to cast your vote!!!!

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Vote to raise money for NAA

January 15, 2010

There’s a contest going on now on Facebook where you can vote for a charity to receive $1-million. The only autism related charity is the National Autism Association. Here’s the details that the NAA posted….

“Dear Think Autism friends,

Last month your votes put the National Autism Association into Round 2 of Chase Community Giving – voting is now underway for $1,000,000!

Autism is a national health emergency, now affecting 1 in 110 children in the US, yet resources for families remain scarce and under-funded. On a very modest budget, NAA’s programs provide REAL help and hope to families affected by Autism. One million dollars is not a drop in the bucket for our organization, it is a game-changer and will allow us to significantly expand our programs.

NAA is the only autism organization in the running and we need your help! Please take a minute to cast your vote for NAA today. You can make a huge difference!

Click and vote at http://apps.facebook.com/chasecommuni…

Other ways you can help:

– Tell your friends you voted

– Request their support by adding a customized link to your page today – whether your a mom, a teacher, or Twilight Fan there’s one for you! Check them all out here:http://www.nationalautismassociation….

– Spread the hope anyway you can.

Chase the hope. And don’t forget to spread it.”

When you go there you can watch a video created for this. Here it is…

So if you’re on Facebook, go ahead and vote! It only takes a minute and it could really help the lives of families of children with autism.

A Savage Attack

July 28, 2008

By now you may be well aware of the Michael Savage/Autism controversy. Savage is a radio commentator who has angered the autism community with the following statements he made recently….

 

“I’ll tell you what autism is. In 99 percent of the cases, it’s a brat who hasn’t been told to cut the act out. That’s what autism is. What do you mean they scream and they’re silent? They don’t have a father around to tell them, `Don’t act like a moron. You’ll get nowhere in life. Stop acting like a putz. Straighten up. Act like a man. Don’t sit there crying and screaming, idiot.”

 

The backlash against Savage has been pretty swift. The National Autism Association has quickly issued a response that is well-written and very insightful.

 

Normally I don’t get too involved in these kinds of matters because these types of radio pundits always seem to be saying something to court controversy. I wouldn’t doubt that’s a large part of Savage’s motive just to get his name out there a little more and get some added publicity whether it’s positive or negative.

 

Besides the above quote, he’s since said some things about how parents want their kids to get the autism diagnosis because they’ll get all sorts of free medical care. That statement will get a good laugh from any parent who has an autistic child. I’ve yet to come across any help so far that’s been anything close to free!

 

I’d love for Mr. Savage to spend one day in the shoes of a parent of a child with autism. The constant worrying about your child’s present and future. The depleted financial resources from all the therapies, supplements, and diets. The toll it takes on relationships.

 

I wish it were as easy as telling our kids to ‘cut the act out.’ The fact is our children’s conditions are all too real and what they need is love, support, and understanding from everyone.

 

All I know is my two-year-old autistic son is the farthest things from a ‘brat’ you’ll find. He’s actually the bravest, most courageous person I know. He has to work harder than any little guy his age should have to. We’re always subjecting him to a therapy, a supplement, a shot, etc. He does all this the best he can and with much more grace than I’d be able to.

 

I don’t know much about Mr. Savage other than what I’ve read about him from this controversy. Why is it that so many of these buffoons are the ones that have the ability to reach the masses with their outlandish and outdated views? Imagine if someone in that position could use their influence for something positive. Like using the microphone to preach tolerance for those affected by autism.

 

I originally wasn’t planning to even comment on this situation. It seemed to me a lot like dealing with bullies when you’re a kid. The best advice was usually just to ignore them and they’d go away. But I know I, along with countless other parents, deal with enough crap in a given day to have to let someone bully our kids on the airwaves. Many autistic kids may not be able to defend themselves against such a ‘savage beast’ but I’m not about to let someone who is ill-informed off the hook without getting my 2 cents in.

 

I’m glad to see many advertisers are pulling their support for his program. And by reading up on him, I learned that Savage isn’t his real last name. It’s funny that his real last name fits his personality much better. His real last name?

 

Weiner. (I’m not kidding, you can look it up). I think it speaks volumes that a Weiner has to act like a tough guy and call himself “Savage.”

 

Yeah, Weiner sounds more like it.