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Changing for the good

What is Autism?

Each individual with autism is unique. Many of those on the autism spectrum have exceptional abilities in visual skills, music and academic skills. About 40 percent have average to above average intellectual abilities

ASD

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.

ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Some persons with ASD excel in visual skills, music, math and art.

There you have it, not at all contagious or any reason to shy away from those diagnosed. Just reason to be a bit more compassionate and patient.


Stats

1 in 68 American children are on the autism spectrum. Studies also show that autism is four to five times more common among boys than girls. An estimated 1 out of 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls are diagnosed with autism in the United States.

ASD affects over 3 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide. Moreover, government autism statistics suggest that prevalence rates have increased 10 to 17 percent annually in recent years.

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Stella & Dot's Effort

We are helping to donate more to support organizations like HollyRod Foundation that will provide valuable support, resources and tools for families with children on the spectrum.

Each $19 purchase will contribute, thousands to HollyRod Foundation.

From April 1-30, 2016, we are proud to dedicate a new 2016 style, the Harmony Bracelet as our exclusive Autism Awareness product. All net proceeds from eligible customer purchases of the Harmony Bracelet will be donated to the HollyRod Foundation. The HollyRod Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing compassionate care to those living with autism. The HollyRod Foundation seeks to fill an unmet need by providing compassionate care and services to underserved individuals and families that are burdened financially and emotionally by a diagnosis.

Resources & Support

By clicking the link above you're helping others that are in great need of your support.

There are many groups that provide that support, I've included a few and a link to others. Please check your local area for additional resources.

Light it up Blue

Compassion for another is authentic and heartfelt. We care about those that need it most. It's simply about humanity. You give because you care and you can. Help us #LightItUpBlue in April 2016