Since 2010 the annual autism fundraising campaign has raised more than $3 million for Autism Speaks 

June 11, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio – During Autism Awareness Month in April, White Castle Cravers and team members raised a record-breading $909,000 for Autism Speaks by selling puzzle pieces in 390 restaurants in 12 states. 

“We’re thrilled that our Cravers and team members so strongly supported the puzzle piece campaign again this year,” said Erin Shannon, corporate relations manager at White Castle and fourth generation family member. “The result of reaching our campaign goal again in 2015 allows White Castle to make a large donation that provides nourishment and hope to families impacted by an autism diagnosis.”

The Castle Shares program continued its philanthropic commitment with a campaign that ran from March 29th through May 3, 2015. And set a fundraising record for the sixth straight year. Cravers supported the nation’s largest research and advocacy organization for autism by purchasing an Autism Speaks Puzzle Piece for $1, $3 or $5.

In the past five years, White Castle has donated more than $3 million to Autism Speaks. In addition to sales of the steamed-on-bed-of-onions Original Sliders®, White Castle has also created the limited-edition Original Slider-scented candle®, designed by Laura Slatkin. Since 2010, over 10,000 candles have sold to raise more than $100,000. This year, White Castle also launched a special-edition Crave Case design that paid tribute to Autism Speaks. For each Crave Case ordered during the month of April, White Castle donated $3 to Autism Speaks.

“White Castle has continued its leadership in supporting Autism Speaks and all the families we serve,” said Liz Feld, president of Autism Speaks. “ The money they have raised makes a meaningful difference in the lives of the millions of people who are affected by autism.”

Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show the prevalence of autism in the U.S. has risen to an estimated 1 in 68 children. This new estimate is roughly 30 percent higher than the estimate for 2008 (1 in 88). The number for boys diagnosed with autism also has increased to 1 in 42. It was previously 1 in 54 boys. Scientists have yet to determine a definitive cause for autism.


 About White Castle®

White Castle is a family-owned business based in Columbus, Ohio, that owns and operates over 390 restaurants in 12 states. The company was founded in Wichita, Kansas, in 1921 and is America’s first fast-food hamburger chain. Famous for its loyal fans, known as “Cravers” White Castle is celebrated for its ability to create distinctive hot and tasty menu items, which inspire legendary loyalty from customers. For more information on White Castle, visit WhiteCastle.com.

About Castle Shares

By feeding hunger, hope and dreams, the White Castle family helps build strong, thriving, Craver communities through the Castle Shares program. Founder Billy Ingram believed in taking care of people and giving back to the community. His philosophy still remains a focus of the family-owned business today. White Castle donates $2.1 million every year to a variety of charities across the nation, including $650,000 to Autism Speaks in 2014. The White Castle family supports more than 50 charities each year with volunteers, money and food donations.

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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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