Charity Miles is a new iPhone and Android app that enables people to earn money for Autism Speaks while walking, running or biking. The app launches today, National Running Day, and allows people to earn money for ten of the world’s top charities, including Autism Speaks.
The app is free and simple to use. No special event is required. People just launch the app, where they can choose Autism Speaks and either walk, run or bike. The selected charities of the application then earns money for every mile covered. Walkers and runners earn 25¢ per mile; bikers earn 10¢ per mile, all up to an initial $1,000,000. Charity Miles, LLC is backing the initial $1,000,000 and issuing a worldwide challenge to see if people can earn it for the charities within a year.
via Charity Miles Launches Game-Changing Mobile App | Blog | Autism Speaks.
Autism Awareness month is in the books. The blue lightbulbs are getting switched out for soft white, and the puzzle-pin car magnets will be a bit less prevalent.
And families of kids with autism and related disorders will continue to struggle to pay for much-needed services.
Lots of people are now aware of the scary numbers… the 1-in-88 odds of an autism diagnosis. But do they know exactly how much families on the spectrum have to pay for services like speech or OT? Or that even top-of-the-line private insurance rarely deigns to pick up the tab?
Singer Shawn Stockman understands – one of his sons has autism.
“We learned through our journey with Micah just how fortunate we were, having money,” he said. “There’s no way a normal couple or a single mom could afford this,” Stockman said.
Stockman and his wife are starting a new charity – named for his son – to help families deal with the economic issues associated with an autism diagnosis.
via Boyz II Men star Shawn Stockman on his son’s autism: ‘There’s no way a normal couple or a single mom could afford this’ – NY Daily News.