Today is World Autism Awareness Day, although to parents with autistic kids, so is tomorrow. And the next day.
Chances are, you know a child who is on the autistic spectrum, so let’s use today to raise awareness of this disorder and to support our favorite small businesses who try to help the kids with autism every day of the year too.
The Rugh Family Workshop uses their art to raise awareness of autism through a series of limited-edition posters for homes, schools, libraries and other public spaces. My favorite poster, shown above, features lyrics from Dan Zanes’ Hello and would be perfect in a child’s room to remind them we are more same than different. A donation from each sale is made to GRASP, the Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership. (via Design Mom)
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eBeanstalk makes finding the right toys for autistic children a little easier without assuming all autistic kids share the same challenges. Instead, you’ll find a thoughtful collection of toys grouped by specific developmental delays such as language or dexterity.
Massage is often recommended to help autistic kids (and everyone else) relax. I love Green Elly’s all-natural Twinkle Time Massage Gel which not only is gentle on sensitive skin, but also donates a portion of proceeds to autism research.
With 50% of profits going toward grants for underprivileged families coping with autistic children, OneHope’s California Cabernet Sauvignon does more than just taste good with grilled meats. When I raise my glass, I’ll make a toast to all of those families who are doing so much for their children. -Christina