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I would like to introduce you all to Acoustic for Autism. I was contacted by Acoustic for Autism’s founder and producer, Louis Gendron. Louis had heard about Android4Autism and he wanted to donate their entire music collection music to my campaign. Louis and I actually spoke on the phone for over an hour the other night and discovered that we have many things in common, including our passion for raising Autism Awareness and helping others in the Autism community.
Louis and I discussed the goals of our respective organizations and shared our experience thus far on our journey to raise our families and reach out to others. I’m going to quote the Acoustic for Autism website because I think they worded what they are all about very well:
The goal of Acoustic for Autism is to increase awareness, acceptance, understanding for those with autism and to help raise funds for non-profit autism organizations focused on making a direct and immediate impact for children with autism and their families.
Why? Because autism is on the rise. Estimates in 2011 are that 1 in every 91 children is diagnosed each year and 1.7 million American families are currently affected by autism. Autism has become the most rapidly growing developmental disability - more common than Down’s syndrome, childhood diabetes, and juvenile cancer combined.
Most children with autism require specialized education and support services for their entire lives. However, an early diagnosis and intensive education can change the course of this childhood disorder. By supporting Acoustic for Autism, you support our beneficiaries who are helping our children with autism reach their fullest potential!
We receive unique, previously unreleased acoustic-based songs donated by musicians and release them digitally. 100% of the proceeds are donated to autism non-profit organizations.
I listened to every single song on the album (several times actually), including all the singles and I have fallen in love with this music. It’s soothing, relaxing and at the risk of sounding corny, actually made me feel good. The track list (not including the singles) contains the following songs:
Every once in a while you hear a song that really speaks to you. I had one of these experiences while listening to Breathe by Analogue Transit. This song puts into words what I feel often times when looking at my life.
Take a listen for yourself to see if it touches you the same way. The whole Acoustic for Autism is filled with songs just as inspirational.
I’m amazed by the generosity of Louis and Acoustic for Autism organization. I’m very proud and excited to be working with them to help provide hope to families in the Autism community. Please check out the Acoustic for Autism website and support this great organization.
Thank you Acoustic for Autism for all your support. I look forward to working together to raise Autism Awareness and help provide hope to those that may have lost it. Acoustic for Autism is a permanent addition to my personal playlist. I would encourage all of you to check out this album and help support the Autism community.
Remember that 100% of the proceeds go right back into the community.
You can purchase the CD by clicking on the image below.
Android4Autism and Lost and Tired are very excited to announce the first recipient of an Android4Autism device. The McKay family will be receiving a Samsung Epic 4G fitted with a custom ROM built specifically to meet the needs of children. I had the pleasure of speaking with Jennifer McKay by phone yesterday afternoon to make arrangements and explain a bit about this particular device.
I’m so happy to be able to provide this device to the McKay family for their daughter, Kiersten. I look forward to delivering this device to them.
Here is a quote Jennifer McKay made to a previous post:
“My name is Jennifer and I received amazing news yesterday. My 6 year old daughter is going to receive this amazing item. Kiersten is non-verbal and it has been a pretty tough road. Not many people understand how frustating it can be to not know what your child needs when then can’t tell you. I am overflowing with joy to know that this product could change her life in such a positive way. This is amazing and I will keep updating to let everyone know of Kiersten’s progress. Thank you so so so much to Rob for giving us hope!!”
I would like to thank the following organizations for their support:
Stuart Duncan: Autism Father. Stuart has graciously provided the hosting for both Android4Autism and Lost and Tired. He is a pillar in the Autism community and not only a good friend but a source of inspiration.
Bonsai:The Art of Growing Android: The Bonsai Android development team provided the kernel, root and recovery for the ROM used in this device. They will also be assisting in development on various other devices going forward. They are a great resource for the Android community and a group I have been able to rely on time and time again.
PPCGeeks: For all their support and assistance spreading Autism Awareness and spreading the word and helping to drum up attention for my Android4Autism campaign.
XDA-Developers: For all the support the community as a whole has provided for my mission to spread Autism Awareness and provide these devices to families and children that need them.
Android Creative Syndicate: From Spontaneous Ingenuity Come Creative Brilliance. ACS as a whole has taken a stand and are actively helping to spread Autism Awareness. They have provided networking support as well as friendship. They are a great Android resource for the community.
Android Activist : Providing networking and also helping to raise Autism Awareness.
If you would like to support Android4Autism please feel free to contact me.
Excerpt for lostandtired.com:
“Today, I had the pleasure of speaking with Alex Turetsky, Director of Business Development at Intellijoy. Intellijoy is the #1 creator of educational apps on the Android Market. In fact today they released their newest app, Kids Shapes. If you remember the video I posted recently, featuring Emmett using his Android4Autism device, he was using Kids Shape Puzzle by Intellijoy. For those of following my families story, you know just how big a deal it is for Emmett to be able to do what he did in that video. Since using these apps he has learned dozens of new words that he didn’t know prior. He loves his Android4Autism device, he carries it with him EVERYWHERE and calls it his “puzzles”. Tonight, I so very pleased to announce that Intellijoy will be donating FULL versions of ALL their children’s apps to Android4Autism to be distributed on all the devices that we will be putting into the hands of Autistic children from around the US. I’m very excited about this because I truly believe this WILL make a difference in the lives of many Autistic children and their families. I don’t make it a habit of promoting companies on this blog because that’s not the purpose of Lost and Tired. However, Intellijoy is a company that is working to help our children learn through engaging and entertaining apps. My children benefit from the use of these applications and I know many more could as well. As special needs parents and members of the Autism community we should support companies like, Intellijoy, as they are providing low cost software that can turn your Android powered smartphone into a learning tool for your child.
So on behalf of Android4Autism and lostandtired.com, I want to THANK Intellijoy for helping to improve the lives our Autistic children and their families. If you have an Android powered smart phone and I KNOW many of you do, check out these apps on the Market. Help spread the word that these apps and others like it can be found on the Android Market.
As a community we need to support the companies that are providing resources for our kids….. More to come soon…”