(the link above will take you the most recent fantastic news about this stupid group that I hate.)
I don’t how many of you remember me railing against this fake charity group, Autism Awareness Washington? But my talking with reporters and filing a complaint with the attorney general’s office was not for naught! They’re going DOWN!
Having a kid with autism myself, when I encountered this group standing outside a grocery store several times selling bracelets and raffle tickets “to raise awareness and help families who have children with autism” I would scrutinize their asses until it was clear they had no idea what they were talking about or how they were helping families. I’d researched their website and called them several times to talk to them on my show. They never responded. Then we moved to Yelm and they had set up at both the Safeway and Walmart there. So I started again.
Found out the owners owed 100’s of thousands to the IRS, and had criminal backgrounds involving embezzling funds from an old career. Did they think the internet was broken?? I told store managers and Media reps that they were being falsely listed as partners with these people online and complained to the attorney generals website form. When they seemed to get sick of me they left.
Months later I got a call from a journalist in Oregon who encountered them and when searched online he found me and rants from my show and Twitter. So I have gave him what I knew and now their finally done. Bet they wish they took my calls now.
While I’m glad that these individuals are finally being brought to justice, I think of the families and local Autism groups that could USED that $200k and it saddens me. Some of the responsibilty here lays on the individuals who did not give this fake charity a second thought. They gave money without being sure this group was honest. Part of that false sense of trust must come from the fact that the organization was able to set up tables at major retailers. These stores did not properly vet who they were allowing to solicit money away from their customers. I have seen tables set up where people are selling pink merchandise in the name of Susan G. Komen’s charity. People don’t hesitate to give money to them. Why on earth would Susan G. Komen’s charity need to set up a table and hock bracelets? They have Safeway decorating their entire store pink and asking customers to donate at the check stand.
Katy Perry and Jodi DiPiazza on Night of Too Many Stars
The most powerful performance I have ever seen. Please check this out and watch all of “Night of Too Many Stars” this Sunday at 8pm on Comedy Central.
This is something that has to be watched. I’m officially a mess now.
This is so fantastic.
I got to go to this show and saw this live AND YES I FUCKING CRIED. When she grips Katy’s waist tightly at the end I almost died.
Oh my god. This just made me well up. Abbi is right, it’s something that has to be watched.
HEY GUYS WATCH THIS VIDEO OF KATY PERRY PERFORMING “FIREWORK” WITH AN INCREDIBLY TALENTED LITTLE GIRL WHO ALSO HAS AUTISM AND CRY YOUR SWEET EYES OUT, THANKS!
A little eyeball sweat, here.
This got me. I’m total wreck right now. My son is so thankful for dr bus event. And so am I.
According to my delightful 7yo, this is what kind of dad I am. I love him.When your child with Aspergers is acting out, it really is useless to shout “WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS ?” but it feels good anyways.
Fruit before school this morning. (glasses required for picture taking) #aspergers (Taken with Instagram)
First time not having dad cut his hair. Pretty sure he hates all of this. #aspergers! (Taken with Instagram)
We’re right in the middle of our Autism Awareness Month series. This week, I’m going to let you know which charities you should support and talk a little bit about Autism and marriage.
April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day and this month, The Stay at Home Dadcast will be focusing on Autism. I have a child who is on the Autism Spectrum and it’s a subject I feel passionate about. In this epidosde, I try to explain what Autism is and have a great chat with Katie Anderson, a mother of 3 - two of which have Autism. Enjoy the show.