Honored by Great Nonprofits as a 2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Earned The Guidestar Exchange Seal
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We welcomed Dr. Dan Rossignol to our Science Advisory Board, created an Advisory committee chaired by Dr. Richard Frye, and implemented an International Working Group including Dr. Frye, Dr. Rossignol and Dr. Melillo.
This year we created new partnerships with The Gluten Free Allergy Free Expo, PLH/Health Partner, The Karma Foundation, Advanced Brain Technologies, and Dr. Bo Wagner.
GRANT PROGRAM During 2012, 90 individuals around the country received a 90-day autism treatment grant to improve their quality of life. Each grant recipient received:
- 2 doctor visits
- Lab testing
- Dietary intervention training
- Auditory processing therapy
- Vitamins, minerals and supplements
- A parent mentor
Each individual is monitored and tracked using the Autism Evaluation Treatment Checklist for progress. Generation Rescue’s grant recipients have shown an average improvement of 55% overall in the following areas:
- Speech, Language, Communication
- Sensory, Cognitive Awareness
- Health, Physical, Behaviors
This translates to more children being school ready, sleeping through the night, less need for an aide in the classroom, words spoken for the first time and less autistic behaviors like stimming, tip toe walking and hand flapping.
The cost of each Rescue Family Grant is $2,500.
The most progress I have seen is in play skills, he used to be terrified of swings but now at the playground he goes right to them and requests to swing.
His Occupational Therapist spent close to a year trying to get him on a swing and it just never happened. He just seems to be more aware of everything and wants to do more, like talk, play and feed himself. I feel like I am finally getting my baby boy back!
- Robyn, Mom to Dylan
I have seen dramatic results in our son. He had a stimming behavior where he would clap and cross his eyes constantly, this behavior has stopped completely! Also the repetitive behaviors have disappeared! I am so thankful that I have this opportunity.
- Jillian, Mom to Anthony
THE AUTISM EDUCATION SUMMIT is the largest U.S. autism conference and provides free access to families to learn about the latest research and therapies from leading scientists and physicians. Opportunities are provided for continuing education for medical professionals, first responders, legal advocates and teachers.
Recruited leading physicians from around the country to educate parents including:
- Martha Herbert, M.D. Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, Pediatric Neurologist at Mass General Hospital and director of TRANSCEND Research Program
- Educated over 3,000 attendees on topics ranging from adults & adolescents with autism, seizures, the brain gut connection to how to implement applied behavioral analysis and biomedical treatment.
- Provided online streaming for parents at home who could not attend the conference
RESCUE ANGELS – our 1,367 parent mentors are guiding other families affected by autism in more than 38 countries around the world. Interaction occurs daily and helps provide support and hope.
1-877-98AUTISM HOTLINE – our trained staff have answered more than 625 phone calls from families needing immediate assistance. Questions range from finding a psychologist for an autism evaluation, how to apply for Medicaid, where to find a behavioral therapist in their community to where to find a doctor who treats the underlying symptoms of Autism.
WEBSITE has been accessed by over 287,776 this year seeking our information tools designed to provide guidance on autism, support for those in need, education on treatment options and referrals for service providers approved by Generation Rescue. In addition, our blog has featured more than 140 articles by leading autism physicians such as Dr. Jerry Kartzinel to nutritionists to current news updates on autism.
INFORMATION EMAIL – our trained staff respond to over 1,155 emails daily from parents seeking advice, recommendations or referrals on autism support services
National Autism Awareness
Each year we work with new and current partners to raise awareness and funds for autism. Our cause marketing partnerships vary from creating a co-branded product to hosting a fundraising event to working on a joint awareness campaign. Here are some highlights from our 2012 partnerships:
Love Heals Jewelry
February 2012 - “Month of Love – Social Media Campaign”
In celebration of Valentine’s Day we ran a joint social media campaign with our community partner, Love Heals, to bring awareness to our partnership. Throughout the month we highlighted specific pieces created exclusively for Generation Rescue in their HOPE collection. Pieces of the collection and autographed books by Jenny were given away to fans of our Facebook pages for participating in select conversations and “Liking” Love Heals’ FB page. Love Heals also donated $.25 for every new “like” their page received during the month of February, earning an additional donation of $1,644.75.
Magic Bullet - January 13 – February 24, 2012 – Recipe Video and Smoothie Photo Contest on Facebook
In an effort to bring awareness and increase sales of the Limited Edition “Rescue Bullet” exclusively created for Generation Rescue, we hosted two Facebook contests. Between the two contests we had over 300 people participate by voting for their favorite recipe video or favorite photo of a blended treat.
Cycle Pan America - February – March, 2012
Cycle Pan America is an Autism Awareness campaign run by cyclist, Adam Biel. In an effort to raise Autism awareness outside of the community, Adam Biel set off on a 100-day journey across 14,000 miles spanning across two continents. Generation Rescue participated in our first live webinar with Adam to talk about autism and the programs and services offered by Generation Rescue.
ShoeDazzle - April 2012
During the month of April ShoeDazzle donated $5 for all new registrations to their membership site to GR for all users of the special code “JENNY.” In addition, ShoeDazzle donated 100% of the profits from Jenny’s personally designed shoe which completely sold out.
Lettuce Entertain You – April 2012 - “Cocktails For A Cause”
In April, Chicago’s restaurant group – RPM, HUB51 and Paris Club, promoted autism awareness month in each of their downtown Chicago locations. The campaign “Cocktails For A Cause” collected $1 per cocktail sold in each of the three venues for the month of April.
Blanchard Family Wines - July 2012 – “Summer Guilty Pleasure Photo Contest”
In July we asked parents the question – if you could do anything this summer just for yourself “what would you do?” Parents and caregivers shared pictures of their idea of a summer “guilty pleasure” and uploaded them to Instagram (a photo sharing social media site). Entries were narrowed down to one lucky winner of autographed books by Jenny, a GR angel wings t-shirt and two bottles of the Generation Rescue wine.
Cuipo - July 2012 – “Cuipo and Generation Rescue Save the Rainforest”
For the month of July, Cuipo ran a joint social media effort with GR to raise awareness for the rainforest and autism. Throughout the month, a portion of Cuipo t-shirts and merchandise sales were donated to GR. Cuipo is a social enterprise working to protect and preserve the world’s endangered rainforest, one meter at a time.
Body-Back - July - August 2012 – “Giving Back to the Mommy Warriors”
To celebrate the launch of her new book, Body-Back, Heather Porter decided to reward 10 lucky Mommies for doing what they do best – Being a Warrior Mom! We asked for nominations of an inspirational Mother and received some of the most touching stories. 10 Mothers were chosen to receive a $100 spa gift certificate & bag of beauty products.
Kulae - August 2012 – “Supporter Giveaway”
In August, we ran a social media campaign to raise awareness for our personalized nontoxic/allergen free yoga mats made by Kulae. Two Facebook contests were hosted on GR’s page where two lucky participating fans won a yoga mat.
Karma Foundation - August – September 2012 – “Partnership and Awareness Campaign”
In August, we announced a new corporate partner – Karma Foundation. A media campaign to announce the partnership has spanned the 3rd quarter to include multiple blog posts, social media updates, a press release, attending Kandyland their annual event.
Giordano’s - September – December 2012 – “Jenny’s Sweet Deal”
Jenny McCarthy helped Chicago pizzeria, Giordano's, create a signature dessert to support Generation Rescue. Jenny’s dessert combines fresh apples with a sprinkling of cinnamon, stuffed in a flaky, golden brown crust. The stuffed apple pie, called "Jenny's Fave," is available for dine-in or to-go at every Chicagoland Giordano's location from Sept. 15 through Dec. 31, with a portion of the proceeds donated to support Generation Rescue.
Rock the Spectrum - September 29, 2012 – “Promotion & Awareness Campaign”
The first annual Rock the Spectrum event, hosted by parents Brent & Cristal Hedrick was a concert and “block party” to raise awareness for autism and funds for families in Taney County, MO. A full marketing and media campaign was launched in September including a press release, media alert, local community outreach, distribution of posters and flyers, email announcements to invite guests and pre-sell event tickets and sponsorship opportunities.
Fundraisers For Families
5th Annual Rescue Our Angels Cocktail Party & Silent Auction, Hosted by Jenny McCarthy
Chicago, IL - May 24, 2012
Kandyland by Karma Foundation
Los Angeles, CA – June 23, 2012
Frankfort Police Department Fish Fry
Frankfort, IN – June 30, 2012
Laugh Now for Autism
Los Angeles, CA – July 25, 2012
1st Annual Rock The Spectrum
Branson, MO - September 29, 2012