It is good to have 'anonymous' commentors (UPDATE: I have since stopped these comments being allowed, see comment section) here so that those with hate or disdain that needs to get out, can feel better about themselves while hiding.
We are not hiding, we have put ourselves 'out there' for the public to thank or criticize. We knew the risks and have gained new friends and have also lost 'friends' and 'family' over our media exposure.
The AutismBites Foundation, we are attempting to get off the ground, is NOT just about us. It will be a real 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation. The Autism research money, as quoted here below, is needed. But, whether some believe it our not, family's ARE DEVASTATED FINANCIALLY BY AUTISM!
We get email everyday from families struggling with how to afford treatments, education and just basic needs. Why can't families have donated money put directly into THEIR hands. Do they not know their own needs best? President Bush and the Congress have agreed that Americans need money to be put directly into THEIR hands. Are parents of Autistic children less deserving?
We are not making any money from the AutismBites Foundation. If that changes we'll let you know. We do make some profits from the sale of the AutismBites t-shirts however. Does GM make profits on cars? Does McDonald's make profits from selling hamburgers? Does Apple ipods make money for them? Does Microsoft make a profit on sales? Sure they do. Do those companies also make donations to worthy causes? Yes.
We are no different, so far our scale is much smaller though.
So if you don't like what you see here and that it's some sort of injustice to society, pandering or lazy parents looking for a hand out... go away. We are not going to listen to whining about "it's all about the money" or "where do you get those figures" (from Autism Speaks facts of Autism sheet) or "Stop begging people for money"... anymore. It's just not true.
Take your hate and obvious ignorant comments and tell them to someone who cares. Parents of Autistic children have enough stress in their lives then having to deal with the likes of you.
I shall now return to my "life of sunshine and lollipops".