Dear Ellen

I must take this time to emphasize how much autism awareness can benefit from hosting Tommy Hilfiger on your The Ellen Show.  I was once again reading the Autism Speaks official blog and learned that Autism Speaks in conjunction with the New York Center for Autism hosted an event called A Funny Affair For Autism.  During this event, performances from Saturday Night Live stars, Seth Myers and Bill Hader were featured and with the 4o0 guests that attended 1.3 million dollars were raised.

Seeing as the only media coverage of this event was the Wall Street Journal, I feel as though Autism Speaks needs to be exposed to people of a younger and more mainstream demographic.  Your show targets this perfect group of people.  Bringing the issue of autism into the mainstream will put autism in the faces of many people who do not understand how big of an issue autism is and growing to be.  Please take a look at the posted published by the Autism Speaks blog posted here: http://bit.ly/rtGeF5, and take everything into consideration when thinking about the possibilities that could be realities if you take the time to help spread autism awareness into the mainstream.

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Another Way To Raise Money!

While surfing the internet to different websites regarding autism, I came across this site that sells merchandise that can help raise awareness about autism.  The website is called Victory Store, and while it sells miscellaneous merchandise, it features autism awareness products and makes a bi-annual donation to a charity that supports autism research.  Every six months, a voting process goes into action and they determine which organization they will be donating to.  If anyone is interested in being a part of the process, one can nominate an organization and partake in the voting.  Take a look at some of the products offered by Victory Store, and click on the link to see the full store: http://bit.ly/ttf0KP

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A Year of Advocacy Accomplishments

At the beginning of this month, I was perusing the official Autism Speaks blog.  I saw this post and it gave me hope for the future autism, and I feel as though we are on the road to finding a cure.  The year of 2011 has been such a successful year for not only Autism Speaks, but for Autism Awareness in general, and this blog post shows that if we keep a strong voice in all communities, the fight to cure autism will continue to be an issue that many people in congress will pay attention to.  Click on the link below to see the blog post, and take some time to look around and read the previous blog posts: http://bit.ly/tZGqlv

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I love someone with autism

This is a wonderful, inspiring video made this year by People CD Inc. relating to the families and friends of those with autism.  With the growing rate of autism at an all time high right now, it is important to know that it is the individual and those who have a relationship with the individual who all are affected by autism.

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Autism in the Work Force

For children and young adults with autism, the battle everyday is to live a life that is as normal as possible.  Last month was National Disability Employment Awareness Month.  During this time, businesses of all sizes focus on employment opportunities of all kinds for people with autism.  Dr. Paul Wehman, Director of the Virginia Commonwealth University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center wrote an article about the Community’s Connections with the employment of people with autism.  He states that with the right intensity,  support, and level of work, people with autism can work all different types of jobs.  You can read the article at this link: http://bit.ly/t9Y40p
                                                                                  Dr. Paul Wehman, Ph.D

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Tommy on Ellen! Let’s Do It!

Jenny McCarthy has already spoken about autism on the Ellen show.  It is time to get a new spokesperson talking about how autism has affected their life.  Fashion Designer Tommy Hilfiger has a son with autism, and has partnered with Autism Speaks to share his story.

To get Tommy on the Ellen show speaking about how having a son with autism has affected his life would give the public a whole new perspective on the cause.  Tommy would reach out to publics that Jenny McCarthy and Toni Braxon have not, and he will be a fresh face to the public.

Another person in the public’s eye who suffers from autism is Heather Kuzmich.  A contestant on America’s Next Top Model, Heather made it through many rounds, not letting her Asperger’s syndrome get in the way of her reaching for her dreams.

It would be a great idea to have Tommy Hilfiger on the Ellen Show and have Heather make an appearance, modeling Tommy’s new ready to wear collection.  The segment will then wrap up urging the public to donate to Autism Speaks so that we can get one step closer to finding a cure for autism.

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Not Just the Individual

The individual with autism is not the only one that suffers from the issue.  The entire family is affected by the day to day struggles.  Watch this video from Autism Speaks’ YouTube page and see for yourself what families go through every day.

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