After a few months of sitting on the idea, I thought it was about time to jump in and get involved. My life for one has been greatly impacted by Autism as my oldest daughter is autistic.
More than 1 in 150 children are diagnosed with some form of Autism, and that rate keeps going up.
I know many children through support groups and through professionals who have expressed the need for something like this. There are so many autistic individuals who could benefit from sponsorship of their special needs supplies and treatment.
I have also supported http://www.autismspeaks.org for a very long time. They are an incredible resource to families of those dealing with Autism, and promote change, awareness, and research to help slow this epidemic and help offer treatment to those affected by this disease.
My goals for this ETSY shop, is first to help those who have autism with real needs that we could provide. Examples are sensory equipment which is not covered by any insurance carrier as of yet. Another example would be to provide diapers for those kids who have outgrown child-size diapers but cant afford the larger ones (we have found ourselves in this situation many times, and it is something I can really relate to and understand the need for!)
you can see this profile for this etsy shop at: http://www.etsy.com/profile.php?user_id=5333492
100% of the profits after shipping and listing costs will go directly towards the above donations. 50% of the profits will go to a needy family affected by Autism. The remaining 50% will be donated to AutismSpeaks.org.
If you are at all interested in helping with this effort by donating a craft, we will truly appreciate it! ALL crafts are welcome from young, old, experienced, and novice alike. It does not have to be autism themed, and can be a great stash buster!
You will need to ship the item to me (please reply here or pm me for details), and I will list it, and ship it to the buyer.
If you are interested in making something for an autistic child specifically, I will include a list of items on another thread that can be donated and most used (I will update this list with new ideas frequently, so keep watch!). You can also send any items you like for this (even off the suggested list) and I will make sure they go to a needy autistic child.
Let me know, and lets get this off the ground and running!