Alegria by PG Lite: A Proud Supporter of Autism Speaks

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How Autism Touches One Of Our Own

We sat down with Albert Villalobos, our Warehouse Supervisor, for a deeply personal account of how autism has touched one of our own.

 

#LIUB

April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day! Join us as we plan to Light it Up Blue #LIUB.

 

What is Autism?

A Few Facts About Autism

We are pleased to continue for the 2nd year our partnership between Alegria by PG Lite® and Autism Speaks®. Autism Speaks® is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism, increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders (“ASD”), and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

· ASD are a group of complex developmental brain disorders believed to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, characterized by social challenges, communication difficulties and repetitive behaviors.


· Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the U.S., now affecting 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys. Every 11 minutes, someone receives a diagnosis of ASD.

· Autism currently costs U.S. society $137 billion annually, an individual with ASD $2.3 million over his or her lifetime, and, on average, a family more than $65,000 per year.

· Autism remains a lifelong disability with no solid answer as to why or how children are affected. There is currently no cure for autism.

Donations

Find out ways you can help us donate to Autism Speaks to help raise funds.

April 1-30: At checkout, you can add a $1, 5, or 10 donation to your order.

April 2-30: We'll be hosting a flash sale of select styles. All proceeds will be donated to Autism Speaks®

If you would like to donate to Autism Speaks®, please click here.

 

Walk Now for Autism Speaks

Join the Alegria by PG Lite team on April 18 in Pasadena for the Walk Now for Autism Speaks.

Team Alegria by PG Lite® will be participating in the Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks® event on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. This is the largest Walk Now event in the nation with over 300,000 participants! We are asking all Pepper Gaters to join the team. Here’s how:

1. Go to the Los Angeles event homepage

2. Click the “Register Here” button.

3. Review the waiver and click “I agree.”

4. Choose “Join a team.”

5. Under the “Select a Group” drop-down menu, select “Pepper Gate Footwear, Inc.” OR search for “Alegria” as the team name. Our team, “Alegria by PG Lite,” will appear.

6. Click “Join Team.”

7. Create your username/password and profile and you are all set, with your own personalized donation page!

If you cannot attend the event but would like to donate, simply click “Donate to a Walker” and search for the walker by name.

Resources

Bringing Hope
Here is how Autism Speaks® is bringing hope to autistic individuals and their families:

· Family Services: 63,000 Autism Speaks® tool kits provided to autistic individuals and their families, educators and practitioners. $4.5 million for community grants, scholarships and safety. $3.1 million for adult programs related to housing, transition and employment. $400,000 in iPads donated to financially disadvantaged individuals to improve communication. 30,000 individuals who annually receive direct assistance via phone and e-mail. Individuals in 42 states awarded scholarships for summer camp.

· Research: $500 million designated for research into global public health, environmental/genetic risk factors, early diagnosis and prevention. Collaboration with Google to store and analyze the world’s largest database of genomic sequence information regarding autism. $2 million for the creation of innovative medicines and technology. Developing clinically-tested guidelines for physicians treating autism.

· Advocacy: Led and achieved autism insurance reform in more than two-thirds of jurisdictions in the U.S. Improved access to care for military dependents with autism. Championed reauthorization of federal funding for autism research. Increased public awareness of autism by 45%.

Learn more:

Autism Speaks

Walk Now for Autism

- What is Autism? https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism

- Learn the Signs https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/learn-signs

Events

Help us increase autism awareness by joining us at these special events.

- April 1-30 Autism Awareness Month.

- April 1-30 Website taking Donations for Autism Speaks at checkout

- April 2 World Autism Awareness Day. Over 7,000 landmarks across the globe will light up blue for autism awareness, including the Eiffel Tower, the White House, the Pyramids of Giza, Niagara Falls, the Empire State Building and more! 

- April 2 Walk Now for Autism Speaks

- April 2-30 Flash Sale for Autism Speaks®: We will be featuring select styles for sale in honor of Autism Awareness Month, with all proceeds being donated to Autism Speaks®.

Gallery

Visit our Facebook gallery to see a photo journal of our dedication to autism awareness month!

 
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