Purpus

Why We Give

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a general term for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors. About 1 percent of the world population has autism spectrum disorder. Prevalence in the United States is estimated at 1 in 68 births. More than 3.5 million Americans live with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability.

Well, We Intend To Change This

Prevalence of autism in U.S. children increased by 119.4 percent from 2000 (1 in 150) to 2010 (1 in 68). Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability.

So we decided to Donate Funding on 3 Fronts:

AWARENESS

Today, one in 68 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, a nearly 30 percent increase in the last two years. Despite this high prevalence, research shows that many parents of young children have very little knowledge about autism and are not seeking help early enough.

While there is currently no cure for autism, early detection and intervention can result in critical improvements over a lifetime. Research shows that early intervention services improve learning, communication and social skills in young children with autism. However, the current age of diagnosis among low-income families, particularly African American and Latino families, is higher than the general public. Purpus will change this paradigm by funding organizations that have programs specifically focused on Awareness for children diagnosed with ASD.

EDUCATION

PURPUS donates funding to educators to support the specialized academic needs of their students with autism. We work with educators in the classroom, from preschool to university levels to provide educators with much-needed equipment, technology, and specialized curriculum, as well as a means of researching educational techniques. Our Donations also give educators a vehicle for piloting new methodologies, as well as funding of technology and programs that address key areas of concern for students with autism, such as social skills training, developing effective communication skills for verbal and non-verbal students, as well as reducing sensory and behavioral issues that interfere with learning. 

RESEARCH

PURPUS supports global biomedical research into the diagnosis, causes, prevention, and treatment of autism or its disabling symptoms. We fund research that helps us to understand the causes of autism and develop more effective treatments. We also fund projects that improve the dissemination of autism research which provides parents and other stakeholders with the latest developments in autism science. We focus on clever young investigators with cutting-edge ideas who need seed money to get their research off the ground.

ORGANIZATIONS WE SUPPORT

National Autism Association: The mission of the National Autism Association (NAA) is to respond to the most urgent needs of the autism community, providing real help and hope so that all affected can reach their full potential. NAA, which has chapters across the united States, provides breaking news, information and resources, a library, message boards, and support services with families dealing with autism.