Have you seen this week's featured campaign yet? We are raising funding and awareness for Autism Speaks to help provide communication tools to individuals with autism. Thanks to an anonymous donor, your $7 donation per item purchased will be doubled to $14! Click here to see our new autism awareness items.
This week marks a record seventh Sevenly campaign for Autism Speaks. These campaigns have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for families that include people with autism, including the most recent campaign, which helped launch a new program to offer locating devices to people with autism.
The WoodSnap x Sevenly Collaboration
WoodSnap, "The Original Print on Wood Company", uses a patent pending method for printing images directly onto wood, artfully joining hand-selected wood grain with the details of your image. Since no two pieces of wood are ever the same, each WoodSnap print becomes an organic, unique piece of art. Using a tattoo-like process, WoodSnap infuses the ink directly into the wood, creating a durable wood canvas that is virtually indestructible, while maintaining the highest level of color vibrancy. WoodSnap prints are even moisture and heat resistant and can be scrubbed with a scouring pad and dish soap.
“In the struggles for finding your place in life, do I just work or do I make the world a better place? I know exactly what I’m supposed to do. I’m supposed to be here on this planet to take out children with autism surfing.” – Izzy Paskowitz
Hooking up a DVD player to your television typically requires three things: a television, the DVD player, and the cables that connect the two. We take for granted the fact that all the connections between the three are similarly shaped and color-coded to make it as simple as connecting red circle to red circle. You know that once you connect all the colors correctly, your picture and sound will work with no problem when you hit play.
Everyone has his or her own strategy of putting a jigsaw puzzle together. Some start with corner and edge pieces and work towards the center. Some start with large areas and work outward. Maybe some just go at it randomly. Whatever the strategy, the goal is always the same: put together the smaller images to discover the larger picture that is your puzzle. There are few greater feelings in our world than snapping in that last piece of the puzzle and the sense of accomplishment that comes with solving the problem that faced you when you started.
Puzzles can be a great hobby, but they also make for a great analogy for a larger problem that now affects 1 in 88 children.
Autism is a bio-neurological developmental disability that causes significant language delays, social and communication deficiencies and unusual, repetitive or stereotypical behaviors. When someone has autism, their brain does not process information like most others due to abnormalities in nerve cells and synapse connections. Many children with autism cannot speak and others have very limited vocabulary and language acquisition. Cases of autism were first recognized in the 1980s and since then have seen an alarming rise in incidences. Spotted within the first three years of life, autism has a higher incident rate in boys – four times the rate of girls. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 out of 54 boys will be diagnosed with Autism whereas 1 out of 252 girls will be diagnosed.
Autism is one of three disorders that fall under Autism Spectrum Disorders, with Aspergers being one and pervasive developmental disorder being the other. Autism is considered a spectrum disorder, as no two affected people are alike. There is also relatively little known about what causes autism, although recent research has been able to provide some answers and clues. And while this treatable condition is extremely complex and is occurring at higher and higher rates (autism affects more children than any other disorder), it is one of the most unfunded conditions.
That is what the National Autism Association exists for. Founded in 2003, NAA serves as the leading voice in advocating and providing for the urgent needs of the autism community. NAA is a parent-run organization that supports autism families with such things as safety, therapy and medical services. The NAA also advocates for its community though educating about research and new trends, funding impactful research studies, raising awareness of the autism epidemic and sponsoring the National Autism Conference every year. With local chapters all over the country, the National Autism Association gives families real help that gives those with autism a chance to live a life full of potential and support.
This week, when you partner with Sevenly and shop for a cause, you can help the National Autism Association advocate for those with Autism and meet the needs of its community. Let’s help solve the puzzle that paints a beautiful picture of hope and a full life.
Day 5 of the Sevenly 7 Days of Christmas supports the National Autism Association! For the next 24 hours, every purchase of this shirt will give back $7 to help provide behavioral therapy to a child on the autism spectrum. Shop for a cause today!
You know the feeling. Someone in the group says something inappropriate that was meant to be funny and no one else, including you, knows how to respond. Or everyone at work is talking about the latest episode of a popular series you haven’t seen, so you spend the weekend binge watching just so you can stay in the conversation loop next week.
It's finally here! The Sevenly 7 Days of Christmas kicks off today supporting Autism Speaks. Each day this week, we’re bringing back seven of your favorite 2013 campaigns for 24 hours! Support today’s cause by getting this Shine a Light on Autism t-shirt before it's gone. Shop for a cause with Sevenly and make it a wonderful Christmas for your loved ones and for those in need.