Saturday, April 3, 2010

Autism Awareness Day

A fellow face painter, Daniel Lasris, also known as Katmandew, has decided to do his part for World Autism Awareness Day, which is today, April 2, 2010.  The color of awareness is blue.

Therefore, Daniel has asked that we face painters paint some part of ourselves or each other blue and upload it to the Facebook Fan Page he has created.  He's going to take all of the photos he receives, upload them to a share site, and then create a book from the photographs submitted.  All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to Autism Speaks, and the organization plans to match the donation 100%!

I have submitted this photo, my blue faerie face. 

It's the one blue face I know I have on short notice.  Plus, I really kinda love it.

If you'd like to learn more about the organization or donate to Autism Speaks, please visit their website for information.


  1. nonnononono! Autism Speaks is just another money making scheme! yes they raise money, but they come to OUR community and they take money away from LOCAL organizations that would actually have been able to help people with autism! So many children in my area are lacking in services because there isnt enough money to pay therapists and along comes the "autism walk" with autism up a couple million dollars from MY community...and what do I see for it...big fat nothing!
    Talk to Cindy Waelterman from Autism LINK!
    they are actually doing GOOD things in their OWN community!!!

  2. I had no idea! Well, the photo was given and I won't rescind it, but I WILL look into better organizations to give through and to.

  3. Autism Speaks does not give grants or supporting funds to families. They raise funds for research and education on the subject of Autism. They do have links on their website that will point you in the right direction if you do need funding. They have in no way stated that the money goes back to the community.

    This is part of their mission statement:

    "We are dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. We are committed to raising the funds necessary to support these goals."

    If you want help locally, you are going to have to find a local chapter or an Autism charity in your region.

    Please don't let this reflect poorly on the cause at hand and what we are trying to do.

  4. Aha. Sounds like the different organizations work on different aspects of the issue. That's fair.



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