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Autism Speaks and Lids team up for “Lids Gives” initiative, unveiling limited-edition collection of on-site embroidery for hats and caps

In stores now, Lids customers can select customized symbols of support for Autism Speaks mission and resources

INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Lids Sports Group, the largest retail seller of hats and licensed sports product in North America, today announced a new initiative with Autism Speaks, the global nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of people with autism and their families. Under the initiative, Lids will create a limited-edition “Lids Gives” collection of new embroidery options for headwear to increase awareness and raise funds to support Autism Speaks resources and programs.

Embroidery options include the iconic Autism Speaks blue puzzle-piece logo and messages of inclusion such as “Understand. Accept. Love.” and “Be Kind.”  Available nationwide in Lids stores as of September 1, the embroidery is customizable and can be placed on any piece of Lids headwear, including branded or team caps. 

“Our Lids team has a long history of giving back to our communities.  Lids includes 8,500 associates across North America, we live in your communities and are a part of the local culture.  A big part of that culture is being an active and engaged neighbor,” said Tom Ripley, Chief Executive Officer at Lids Sports Group.  “‘Lids Gives’ is about embracing issues that affect our team and our communities.  Autism Speaks is a perfect first partner as they address both a deeply personal issue and one that touches every community.  Lids is excited and proud to work with Autism Speaks.” 

Through sales of the customized merchandise, Lids will donate $100,000 this year to Autism Speaks. The funds will help fuel Autism Speaks’ mission, which includes advocacy; providing reliable information and free resources; and advancing research into autism spectrum disorder, which affects each person differently and brings both challenges and strengths. With an estimated 1 in 59 children affected by autism, Autism Speaks is dedicated to enhancing lives today and accelerating a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow. 

“We are thrilled to partner with Lids, whose support will have a meaningful impact by enabling us to do more good for more people in the autism community,” said Lisa Goring, strategic initiatives and innovation officer at Autism Speaks. “The custom embroidery is a way for Lids customers to promote understanding and acceptance of people with autism.”

Customers can purchase their custom headwear in-store at their local Lids. For more about this program and a list of locations, please visit For more about Autism Speaks, visit or share your support on social media @AutismSpeaks. 

About Lids
Lids Sports Group is the largest licensed sports retailer in North America, selling fan and fashion-oriented headwear and apparel across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico through over 1,200 retail locations.  Indianapolis-based Lids Sports Group operates stores under the Lids, Locker Room by Lids, Fanzz, Buckeye Corner, Yankees, Dodgers and numerous other name-plates.  Lids also has locations in Macy’s department stores throughout the United States. To see the latest styles in headwear, visit

About Autism
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. We now know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, and each person with autism can have unique strengths and challenges. A combination of genetic and environmental factors influence the development of autism, and autism often is accompanied by medical issues such as GI disorders, seizures and sleep disturbances. Autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children.

About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. To find resources, join a fundraising walk or make a donation, go to


Autism Speaks
An Autism Speaks Initiative
Interactive Autism Network (IAN)
Cure Autism Now
Autism Clinical Trials Network (ACTN)
Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE)
Autism TIssue Program (ATP)
National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR)
Autism Treatment Network (ATN)
Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P)
Autism Care Network
Alpha Xi Delta
Parents As Partners


Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid. 

ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.

The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t workIn study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work. 

What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.

The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth. 

The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome. 

This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.

Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.

Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.

Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.

[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]

Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.

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