Thursday, June 25, 2015

Support a Local Charity with #Ultrahug


What is autism? To put it simply, it's a developmental disability that affects how a person communicates and relates to others and affects how they make sense of the world around them. It's a condition with a wide spectrum and no two people with autism are the same. Although, they may share some difficulties, their condition affects them in different ways.

Autism and its awareness has been growing, 1 in 50 children are diagnosed with Autism, but the knowledge and support is still a step behind. Therapies, medications, special aides, tools, and programs are often not covered by insurance or available in all areas. Early intervention is key to giving a child and their family a head start in understanding and overcoming obstacles. This can include; speech delays, sensory issues (such as sensitivity to noise), a need for routines to manage expectations, ADD/ADHD, and others conditions.

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My nephew, one of the cutest ball players ever, has autism. With an early intervention and his amazing parents, he has grown so much and overcome so many obstacles. Since he was 2, he's been on special diets and in therapy, and with the love and support of his parents and family  has grown into quite an extraordinary little man. He's going to be 9 this year and loves Legos, Skylanders, and swimming. Our Nicholas Foundation has helped him and his family and others like ours in so many ways. They offer products for home and school, Peer Buddy programs, play dates, support groups for families, and sports leagues. Watching my nephew play baseball this spring was awesome! He loved being a part of a team and being cheered on by everyone. Plus, he is just adorable in his uniform!

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I knew right away I'd want to support and raise awareness for Autism when I was contacted by Huggies. They say the best things in life are free and so is love! I love someone with autism and I'm nominating Our Nicholas Foundation for a $2000 grant from Huggies.

From April 20th until June 25th, Huggies will be accepting all selfies of you and your baby with the hashtag #UltraHug, and featuring them in a collage on the campaign landing page. On July 6th, voting will begin to narrow down the 20 finalists to 10 winners who will win a $2,000 grant from Huggies for their nominated community initiative.

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How to Enter the #UltraHug Selfie Contest:

• First, take a selfie of you and your baby and upload that selfie to Twitter or Instagram. Make sure to use the hashtag #UltraHug 

• In your same post, make sure to include a text nomination (approximately 100 – 120 characters) including a name and/or identifying description of a community project in the US, which you would like to nominate. Make sure the community project is something near and dear to your heart.

• Have more questions? Visit here for more information!
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