Guest Author - Bonnie Sayers
It is that time once again to prepare for promoting autism awareness. APRIL IS AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH. Spread the word.
The flag banner is available on ebay.
I made some purchases for autism awareness through Cafe Press. I try to buy from different sellers to have an assortment of products in my home and to test our various shops and phrases. This time I utilized two stores for several items.
Over at child with autism I picked out a baseball jersey for Matthew that states, " Yes, I am Autistic! - Stare if you must, I'm not paying attention to you anyway". This is three quarter sleeve in the navy/white option for $14.99. I like that it is 100% cotton and not too thick or thin. Matthew wore this to school the other day.
I also purchased two magnets at this store, Autism Rocks!!(and flaps and spins and ...) for $3.49 and the April is Autism Awareness Month. Both are rectangle and placed on our refrigerator alongside some buttons from previous purchases at other sites.
My orders with Cafe Press were placed on 2/20/08 and received via UPS on 2/29/08. The other site I purchased from is Wilson Wisdom. I learned of this store from a CafeMom group. I really like the phrase he created, "LABELS go on SOUP CANS, AUTISM is a DIAGNOSIS" and chose the Tile Coaster for $5.99.
I finally got a Wall Clock for the bedroom and chose the phrase, "ACCEPTANCE IS THE CURE, Autism Awareness". The price was reasonable at $13.99 and well packaged along with batteries ready to hang. I was thinking about a tote, but instead went wit a journal book that has, "Accept, love, respect, honor, admire, embrace, empower, cherish & understand autism" on the cover. I like that this is wire bound and unlined with 160 pages for $9.99.
Here is a sampling of what is available online relating to Autism Awareness:
Victorystore.com - Autism Awareness Silver Photo Frame for $15.95 or two for $30.00. I really like these and will be getting two so I can display graduation photos since Matthew is graduating from Elementary School this year.
AwarenessDepot.com - Autism Photo Frame Magnet sells for $4.95 and has bulk options for purchase. This is used for the refrigerator.
Autism Merchandise - "To my autistic child" poem is sold as a print, on a ceramic tile and in a shirt. The prices vary. This is something that would make a nice gift for a higher functioning child to celebrate a special event.
Art.com - Fine Art Autism print by Brad Herrmann. This is very colorful and appealing to look at. The cost is $67.50.
Autismarts.com - Autism Arts' Autism Awareness Postcard Print can be purchased in bundles of 25 to 1000 cards. 25 postcard prints cost $17.50.
AutismThings.com - This is 100% polyester autism scarf for $6.90. It has a smooth texture and velour finish. They also sell handbooks and fabric.
Unlockingautismstore.org - this is a three layer autism scarf that sells for $15.00.
Autismlinkstore.com - Checkbook cover for $2.75
Nationalautismassociation.org - Here you can buy greeting cards, stamps and a 2008 calendar.
These are business card size that you carry in your wallet and present to strangers or use as a calling card to give to those who stare while out and about. I keep a stack of a few of these in my purse and give to other parents and replenish my supply often.
Unlocking Autism - 25 yellow behavior cards for only $2.00.
Autism Society of America (ASA) - Awareness Wallet Card 100 Pack for $15.50. This is a two sided helpful hints card available in English or Spanish.
Large pdf version of the helpful hints
Buttons and More - there are 50 Public Autism Awareness cards in gray for $5.00
I love a child with autism - these Autism Information Cards are in white and sell 20 for $3.00
Autism Cards -they have a wide selection of them that includes - I have autism, don't stare card, asperger awareness card, autism encounter card and a sampler of all their cards ($6.00 for 30 of them).
Autism Gear - Handout cards are now available in English, Spanish and French. They also have cards for teachers. These come in sets of 25 for $3.50
Autism Safety Products - My Precious Kid
Autism Awareness Toolbar
Year End Teacher and Therapist Gifts
Educational Autism Tips for Families 71 page resourceful ebook for families entering the school system with a recent autism diagnosis. Find out what issues take place over the course of a school day and meet these challenges head on.