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Light It Up Blue

April marks Autism Awareness month and today, April 2nd, is World Autism Awareness Day!  What do you know about autism?  I have to admit, before college I was not very aware of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or autism.  And then I met Ashley.  She was an education major at Luther College who specialized in Special Education.  Ashley was a strong advocate of autism.  I learned so much from her and how common it really was in children.

Did you know that ASD affects 1 in 88 children, and is most common in boys?  Autism Spectrum Disorder is a disorder of brain development.  There are many degrees of autism, many of which have to do with social interaction, communication (nonverbal and verbal) and repetitive behaviors.

Autism is a very complex disorder, however, many with ASD excel in art, music and math.  Matt Savage was born in 1992 with autism and at the age of 8 had already been labeled a jazz prodigy.  Ah-mazing, right?!

Autism is much more common than you and I think.  According to AutismSpeaks.org, more children are diagnosed with autism than, “are affected by diabetes, AIDS, cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy or Down syndrome, combined.”

It’s not only more common, but it’s growing.  Please help these young boys and girls!  Autism affects 1 in 88 children and autism research receives less than 5% if the research funding of less prevalent childhood disease.

Here are some ways you can help:

Please consider helping in any way you can!  Are there buildings in your city that have been lit up with blue lights tonight?  Look at the Sydney Opera House!  BEA-utiful!

Make a Change

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Music plays such a large role in my life and I often connect memories to certain songs.  “Don’t Stop Believin'” to my college years, “Ignition (Remix)” by R-Kelly to some of my favorite times with my best friends from high school, and most recently, “Man In The Mirror” by Michael Jackson.  Not only is MJ one of my favorite artists, but there are some awesome messages in many of his songs.

Yesterday I was shuffling through my the music on my iPhone and came across this song.  The lyrics hit me like never before.  Don’t get me wrong, this has been one of my favorite songs since I can remember, but this time was different.  It had so much more to do with the chapter of my life I am in right now.  I want to make a change and a difference in our world.

I’m starting with the man in the mirror

I’m asking him to change his ways

And no message could have been clearer

If you wanna make the world a better place

take a look at yourself and then make a change.

At that point, I realized what I had done by creating CharitableConnections.  I took a good hard look at myself, and decided that I wanted to make a change.  I wanted to connect young professionals to the causes they believe in.  I wanted to challenge other young men and women, just like me, to take a look in the mirror, and change.  There is so much we can do to make the world a better place, but we have to start with ourselves.  We have to make the conscious effort to buy local, to be green, to exercise our right to vote, to support local, national, and international causes, that make the world a better place for others.

This is just an example of how music inspires me everyday.  What inspires you to change?  What causes do you want to fight for?  And, how do you want to fight for them?

My co-founder and I are always looking for suggestions to support our next cause.  What charity or foundation do you want to support?  How do you want to support them?  Do you want to establish a walk/run?  Do you want to throw a concert or party for the cause?  Will you buy an awesome t-shirt where all proceeds go to your cause of choice?

Let us know how you will be willing to support these (and other) causes and we will do our best to get you connected!