Autism Speaks Joins Giving Tuesday, a Global Day Dedicated to Generosity

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Using the power of social media on December 1 to support the autism community

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Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, will take part in Giving Tuesday, the global movement driven by social media and the generosity of people around the world. On December 1, supporters can make an online donation to Autism Speaks, then encourage their social media networks to give – and share the personal stories behind those gifts.

Just as Black Friday and Cyber-Monday kick off the holiday shopping season, Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season. Created in 2012 by 92nd Street Y – a cultural center in New York City – Giving Tuesday seeks to increase donations and promote a culture of giving. The day brings together nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals. Organizers estimate that the efforts of 30,000 partners in 68 countries have increased online charitable donations on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving by 470 percent.

Autism Speaks’ participation expands its year-round efforts on behalf of the 1 in 68 people in the U.S. diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. On Giving Tuesday, anyone making an online donation to Autism Speaks will be asked to keep the giving going: Using the hashtags #1in68 and #GivingTuesday, they can encourage friends and family on their social media networks to give, and to share photos or stories of friends and loved ones on the spectrum. Anonymous donors will match each contribution, so every gift will have twice the impact.

Donations to Autism Speaks fund scientific research into the causes and treatments of the disorder; provide community grants, scholarships and safety programs; and make available more than 40 free tool kits covering the entire lifespan – from early screening to education, adult housing and employment.

Learn more about Giving Tuesday at secure.AutismSpeaks.org/GivingTuesday.

About Autism
Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, and repetitive behaviors. An estimated 1 in 68 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum.

About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $570 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 70 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.

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