|By Marketwired .||
|June 4, 2014 06:00 AM EDT||
SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwired - June 04, 2014) - MyJobChart.com Founder and CEO Gregg Murset announced this morning that Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, will become the newest featured charity for members of the fastest growing online jobs and rewards website for kids. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects over 2 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide. Studies also show that ASD is four to five times more common among boys than girls. An estimated 1 out of 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls are diagnosed with autism in the United States.
Starting immediately, kids will be able to complete their assigned jobs on MyJobChart.com and make the decision to donate to Autism Speaks. Additionally, parents or grandparents can choose to match the donation by using the MJC donation portal. MyJobChart.com will make an additional donation to Autism Speaks for each new member that enrolls through the link www.myjobchart.com/AS as a way to give back and support such a worthy cause.
"I have personally heard from many parents of autistic children who have been using our free service to provide much needed structure for their son or daughter," noted Murset. "As a Father of six, I want to do all I can to help other families who are dealing with this disease. Autism Speaks is doing tremendous work leading the fight against autism and I hope the MJC kids and parents will join in and support them regularly."
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms 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. Autism appears to have its roots in very early brain development. However, the most obvious signs of autism and symptoms of autism tend to emerge between 2 and 3 years of age.
"Autism Speaks is excited to partner with MyJobChart.com and proud to be one of the company's featured charities," said Lisa Goring, Autism Speaks executive vice president of programs and services. "We are confident that the site will serve as a great tool in helping to motivate individuals with autism of all ages, while increasing their independence and teaching them the important life skills of hard work and money management."
MyJobChart.com, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a free, easy to use, online and mobile job chart and reward system designed to teach, organize and motivate kids to earn, save, share and spend responsibly. In a little more than three years, MyJobChart.com has accumulated more than 687,000 members, who have completed more than 22 million jobs, earned roughly $3 million and donated to numerous charities including The United Way, MANNA Worldwide, Forever Young Foundation, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation. MyJobChart.com can also be used through its Apple and Android mobile apps, allowing parents and kids the opportunity to save, share and spend from anywhere.
About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed nearly $470 million dollars to its mission, the majority in science and medical services. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships and related activities in more than 40 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.
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