Autism Channel Seeks Support to Reach Half Billion Worldwide Affected by Autism

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An Indiegogo Campaign was launched today by The Autism Channel (TAC) reaching out for support to expedite its rollout onto multiple delivery platforms and increase its viewing audience from just under 27,000 (achieved through Roku with no promotional efforts) to over 80 Million+ potential viewers.

“The Autism Channel presents television programming that touches EVERY aspect of autism, such as therapy, early diagnosis, research and special programming designed for young children, teens and adults.” stated Ray Smithers, The Autism Channel’s Co-Founder and Executive Producer in charge of Programming. “The need for support is great. We hope to reach viewers touched by autism who are in remote locations, and even third world countries where there may be no one there to diagnose them or offer therapy,” Smithers added. It is estimated that 1 in 150 people worldwide have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) - approximately a half a billion. The population is growing, as 1 in 8 children continue to be diagnosed with ASD each day. “To offer the kind of care and support required to achieve desired outcomes for someone with autism it may take up to six people (if you include extended family, respite care and therapists.) It is our vision that The Autism Channel provides programming that offers supplemental support to equip, inform, and serve the autism community at large.”

“Funds secured through the Indiegogo campaign will not only assist The Autism Channel in the final technical approval process for smart (or connected) TVs and Blu-ray disc players, but also in development of apps, other set-top boxes, connected TVs, gaming consoles, tablets and smart phones,” commented Jerry Trowbridge, The Autism Channel’s Co-Founder and Executive Producer in charge of Technology. “Every $5000 we raise after achieving our goal equates to approximately 10 Million additional viewers we can serve and positions us attractively to advertisers whose backing will make us self-sustaining,” Trowbridge concluded.

About The Autism Channel

Launched by Ray Smithers and Jerry Trowbridge over a year ago, The Autism Channel offers on-demand streaming video to its viewers at no charge, offering a World of Autism in One Place. To date, the channel has over 27 different series, 310 segments, 36 hours of all-autism programming and 7 program hosts that are on the spectrum. In addition to English, The Autism Channel will be captioned to speak 50 languages and is currently seen globally in countries such as India, Germany, Ecuador, Czech Republic, Thailand and China.

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