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Title: HOSA National Leadership Conference 2009

HOSA National Leadership Conference 2009
Who is Autism Speaks Our Mission
  • At Autism Speaks, our goal is to change the
    future for all who struggle with autism spectrum
    disorders. We are dedicated to funding global
    biomedical research into the causes, prevention,
    treatments, and cure for autism to raising
    public awareness about autism and its effects on
    individuals, families, and society and to
    bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships
    of this disorder. We are committed to raising the
    funds necessary to support these goals. Autism
    Speaks aims to bring the autism community
    together as one strong voice to urge the
    government and private sector to listen to our
    concerns and take action to address this urgent
    global health crisis. It is our firm belief that,
    working together, we will find the missing pieces
    of the puzzle. Autism Speaks. It's time to

What is Autism?
  • Autism is a lifelong neurological disorder that
    impairs a persons ability to communicate and
    relate to others

Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder- 3
Main Affected Areas
  • Communication
  • Repetitive speech (echolalia)
  • Inappropriate utterances, comments, laughing
  • Delay or lack of verbal communication
  • Social Interaction
  • Doesnt understand the feelings of others
  • Lack of eye contact
  • Lack of reciprocity
  • Interests Attention
  • Prefers routine change can cause extreme
  • Little or no appreciation of real dangers
  • Higher tolerance for pain
  • Repetitive movements

What does autism look like?
How many people have autism?
  • One in 150 people are diagnosed with autism
  • One in 94 boys will are diagnosed with autism
  • A new case is diagnosed every 20 minutes
  • More children will be diagnosed with autism this
    year than with AIDS, diabetes, cancer combined

  • The cost per year of caring for ONE child with
    autism is over 50,000
  • How is Autism Speaks helping?
  • Autism Speaks has helped pass insurance reform in
    13 states to give families 35,000 a year for
    autism treatment.
  • Autism Speaks is working on a federal level to
    insure this benefit for all families affected by

HOSA Makes an Impact
  • In Fall 2008- Spring 2009, raised over 100,000
    for Autism Speaks with the National Service
  • Your donations provided the equivalent of
  • funding for a pilot grant to study the causes,
    diagnosis, treatment, prevention and cure of
    autism spectrum disorders
  • or 4 Community Grants that serve to build the
    field of services for individuals with autism and
    expand the capacity to effectively service this
    growing community
  • or 10 Graduate Student research grants
  • or 2,000 First 100 Days Kits that provide
    education, support, and guidance for newly
    diagnosed families

How can you and your HOSA Chapter help?
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How can you and your HOSA Chapter help?
  • Form a team for your local Walk Now for Autism
  • Organize a school walk
  • Get more involved in Student Initiatives
  • Start a Student Club
  • Start a Buddy Program
  • Join the National Student Council
  • Organize fundraising awareness events
  • Host Autism Awareness Week at your school
  • Volunteer and earn hours for community service

Having Fun with Fundraising
  • Battle of the Bands No bands?
  • Battle of the Rock Bands
  • Battle of the Guitar Heroes
  • Bounce for Autism
  • Dollar Drives

Autism Awareness Week Ideas
  • Establish a Puzzle Piece Campaign
  • Autism Awareness Buttons
  • Bake Sales
  • Car Washes
  • Raffles
  • Potluck Dinner or Lunch
  • Denim Days or Dress for Success Days
  • Host A-Thons
  • Jump-A-Thons, Swim-A-Thons, Dance-A-Thons

Other Awareness Opportunities
  • School and local newspaper articles about HOSA
    and Autism Speaks
  • HOSA Chapter newsletter articles about
    autism-related issues and/or Autism Speaks
  • Field trip to a health care facility which
    provides services to those with developmental
    disabilities (including autism)
  • Speak to a community group about autism spectrum
    disorders (utilizing talking points provided by
    Autism Speaks).
  • Host an activity or party for children with
    autism at a local school or autism center

Social Networking
  • Using status updates and targeted messaging
  • You can add links to your Walk Now for Autism
    Speaks or Give Now fundraising pages
  • Were working on adding Widgets so that you can
    share your fundraising progress
  • Fan Pages on Facebook
  • Photos, videos, and articles
  • Using Twitter to raise awareness for your event

Dates to Remember!
  • April 2
  • World Autism Awareness Day
  • April
  • Autism Awareness Month
  • Walk Dates
  • www.walknowforautism.org

Shawna Weinheimer (323) 297-4760 StudentClubs_at_Auti
smSpeaks.org www.autismspeaks.org
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