Raise Funds And Spread Awareness For Autism With Custom Apparel Storefronts

April is National Autism Awareness Month and every year autism organizations around the world celebrate the month with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events. Increased awareness aids with early diagnosis and intervention which helps individuals access the appropriate services and support that lead to significantly improved outcomes. With any life-altering disease, there is a copious amount of research that goes into treatments which also require a great deal of funds to achieve results.

Marathons, auctions, and even small events like bake sales are only the tipping point to help fundraise for a cause. Customized Girl wants to help promote autism awareness and encourage others to join the movement by offering custom apparel storefronts. Our storefronts offer an excellent opportunity not only to spread awareness but to also raise funds towards their charity of choice.

We offer a variety of styles in apparel and accessories. All our users have to do is simply upload an image or logo of the name of the event, cause, or charity and add it to any product. Customized Girl already has a gallery full of custom autism awareness shirts that can be a starting point for storefronts or if you are just in need of some items for your next event.

Interested in starting a storefront to spread awareness and raise funds for your cause? For more detailed information check out our storefront FAQ. Customized Girl would be more than happy to help assist your efforts by offering our marketing strategies and art assistance to achieve the ideal storefront.

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Custom Autism T-Shirts for Your Walk or Run

April 1st marks the beginning of National Autism Awareness Month–a month where you can help increase awareness and educate the public on autism. Here are some important facts from AutismSpeaks.org:

  • Autism now affects 1 in 110 children and 1 in 70 boys
  • Autism prevalence figures are growing
  • More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes & cancer combined
  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
  • Autism costs the nation over $35 billion per year, a figure expected to significantly increase in the next decade
  • Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases
  • Boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism

One of the best ways to help is to get together a group of friends or family and participate in an Autism Awareness Run or Walk in your community. Walk Now for Autism Speaks has a great locator where you can search for a Walk Event, specific Walker or Team. If there are no community activities in your area, you can always donate money or volunteer your time toward the cause. Always remember that no matter how you choose to help, every little bit counts.

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Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness month. Autism is a disability that affects millions of Americans worldwide.  According to the Autism Society, “Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum disorder” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause for autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today.”  Below facts and statistics, as well as symptoms are provided by the Autism Society.

Facts & Statistics:

  • 1 percent 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.
  • Fastest-growing developmental disability; 1,148% growth rate.
  • 10 – 17 % annual growth.
  • $60 billion annual cost.
  • 60% of costs are in adult services.
  • Cost of lifelong care can be reduced by 2/3 with early diagnosis and intervention.
  • In 10 years, the annual cost will be $200-400 billion.
  • 1 percent of the adult population of the United Kingdom have an autism spectrum disorder.
  • The cost of autism over the lifespan is 3.2 million dollars per person.

Symptoms:

  • Does not babble or coo by 12 months
  • Does not gesture (point, wave, grasp) by 12 months
  • Does not say single words by 16 months
  • Does not say two-word phrases on his or her own by 24 months
  • Has any loss of any language or social skill at any age

Having any of these five “red flags” does not mean your child has autism. But because the characteristics of the disorder vary so much, a child showing these behaviors should have further evaluations by a multidisciplinary team. This team may include a neurologist, psychologist, developmental pediatrician, speech/language therapist, learning consultant, or other professionals knowledgeable about autism.

Get Involved:

A great way to be an active participant in Autism Awareness Month is to sign up for a walk, run, or marathon! Check your local listings for Autism Awareness events in your city.

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