April is Autism Awareness Month

Honoring my little rainbow maker & many others

Join Me In Raising Awareness and Funds For Deserving Non-Profits

During the month of April, you have a chance to help me not only raise awareness about autism, but also raise funds for a couple of deserving non-profits that directly support the community I live in as well as other communities around the US.

I have partnered with my friend (and Stella & Dot Independant Stylist), Kim Borton, to help support Autism Awareness Month in April. I will be hosting an online trunk show during the month of April to sell the beautiful Visionary Bracelet (see below) and introduce you to other Stella & Dot gems- all with the benefit of raising money for both the HollyRod Foundation and Arizona Autism United.

Visionary Bracelet

At Stella & Dot, they are proud to re-launch the Visionary Bracelet as their exclusive Autism Awareness Bracelet. The name, Visionary, represents looking beyond what’s possible, the colors of the rainbow thread represent the diversity of the people and families living with autism, and the brightness of the thread and black diamond crystals signals a vision of a bright future through awareness.

They've partnered once again with the incredible HollyRod Foundation, where in April, ALL net proceeds of the visionary bracelet will be donated to them.

Since partnering with the HollyRod Foundation in 2013, Stella & Dot has raised over $221,000! The funds generated from this collaboration helped to support various autism summer camps, social skills and adolescent prevocational programs around the US and Canada. We have been able to grant more than 100 tablets to non-verbal children with autism, giving them the “Gift of Voice.” Due to the success of their 2014 campaign, we are also funding 5 new RJ’s Places that will open in children’s hospitals and autism centers across the U.S. and Canada to provide technology for children living with autism and to create a refuge for siblings who must accompany their brother or sister to treatment.

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Arizona Autism United

Kim is going to be donating 50% of her commission during the month of April to the Arizona Autism United non-profit. I chose this non-profit because... FINISH THIS PART

The mission of Arizona Autism United is to help as many local children and families as possible with individualized supports.

Arizona Autism United was founded in 2006 by current CEO Aaron Blocher-Rubin and a group of local families who were experiencing firsthand a shortage of quality care. Their concept was to develop a nonprofit organization whose sole focus was providing high quality direct services and supports to children and families in the community, so that anyone in need could get help.

What has made AZA United unique from the beginning is the organization's structure - the "Human Service Co-op." In this model, parents can not only receive services for their child but also participate in the governance and leadership of the organization. The basic idea is that parents understand better than anybody what is missing in the service systems that they rely on to help their children. When parents are in charge of the organization responsible for providing those services, they can prioritize resources to make sure we are truly focusing on the most important needs of real families.

Since 2006, Arizona Autism United has grown from a staff of 1 to 500, serving hundreds of children every day with a wide variety of therapies and supports. Parents continue to lead the way as board members, committee leaders and volunteers. They believe that involving families at all levels is the key to improving service delivery systems and child outcomes, both now and for the future. Together, we are helping today and building tomorrow.

Vision for the Future

AZA United's goal is to help anyone affected by autism access individualized supports without barriers, to achieve a high quality of life. In the long-term they hope to become a statewide organization serving the lifespan of people with autism, able to respond quickly and effectively to anyone in need. AZA United parents help them grow by identifying community needs and working with them to develop innovative and compassionate solutions. They believe that every family and person with autism has their own definition of success, and it's their job to help them get there.

How You Can Help

If you are on Facebook, look for an event invite coming soon for the online trunk show. This is where you can buy the Visionary Bracelet and there will be raffles, deals, discounts and other goodies popping up during the first two weeks of the show... stay tuned!

If you are not on Facebook, but would still love to support this cause, please click the link HERE to buy your bracelet online.

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You can connect with either myself or Kim Borton. Just reply to this e-mail or reach out to Kim at 503-407-9157 or kim.borton6@gmail.com.