Written by Michele Wheat
Autism is a developmental disorder that is becoming an increasingly common diagnosis, more so than any other disorder of its kind. Known as autism spectrum disorder, it can be found in one out of every 68 children in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People who are affected by the condition, either personally or through an acquaintance, are aware of how costly it can be. According to advocacy organization Autism Speaks, the lifetime cost of autism is between $1.4 million and $2.4 million, factoring in things like higher health care costs and educational needs. For these reasons, families living with autism may require financial help and people who are not directly impacted by it should be made aware of what exactly autism is. Awareness helps raise support for the autistic in terms of funding for research and the development of treatments and services. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to raise awareness and help with the expenses that are associated with autism. Fundraisers are a popular and often fun method of raising money for autism.
There is a multitude of potential fundraising ideas for autism awareness, and choosing the best idea often comes down to one's specific goals, needs, or preferences in general. Wristbands, for example, are one of the most popular autism fundraising ideas. At Wristband Resources, we offer a selection of wristbands that can be used when planning an autism fundraiser. Ideas for raising money often include selling large numbers of items such as bracelets or baked goods. When selling wristbands for autism awareness, they should be customized in a way that brings attention to the disorder in general, to a specific person, or to your event. Our bands, which are available in a range of vibrant colors, may be imprinted, debossed, or embossed with text or graphics. Ideas that could prove effective in raising awareness include customizing the wristbands with a person's name, an autism-related slogan, or an inspirational message. People will often buy these items with little prompting, but you can also encourage people to buy wristbands by pledging to perform a silly, yet safe, act, such as dyeing your hair an unconventional color, if a certain dollar amount is raised. Invite friends and family to do the same.
Other fundraising ideas for autism awareness include arranging an autism walk or participating in one that is already scheduled in your area and accepting financial pledges. You might buy wristbands to represent your group or, if planning an event, either sell or offer them to participants. Autism fundraisers may also consist of an event such as an auction, brunch, or dinner. When holding a fundraising dinner, charge by the plate and use wristbands as a way to identify attending guests.
There are many reasons why our wristbands make for ideal autism fundraising products. At Wristband Resources, we offer bulk ordering, low prices, and fast turnaround times. We make our wristbands using high-quality materials such as silicone, vinyl, cloth, plastic, and Tyvek®. Depending on which material is chosen, wristbands may be waterproof and come in a range of vibrant colors. Our bands are comfortable to wear for extended periods and may be designed for single or multiple use. When you are ready to place an order, you'll find that the process is quick and simple. If you have any questions about how to use wristbands as a part of your fundraising efforts, contact us online or by phone for assistance. Place your order today and start raising awareness for a good cause!