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Autism Speaks Partners with Starbucks to Promote Early Intervention

July 24, 2007

Starbucks is now featuring special autism awareness cups as part of its “The Way I See It” program. The cups feature a message from Autism Speaks founder Bob Wright urging parents to learn the signs of autism and act early if they suspect their child is experiencing a developmental delay. The message appears on “venti” hot cups. The first one was spotted at a Starbucks on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, just two blocks from the Autism Speaks Los Angeles office. Look for it to appear in your local Starbucks soon.

The cup says:
Every 20 minutes – less time than it will take you to drink your coffee – another child is diagnosed with autism. It's much more common than people think, with 1 out of every 150 children diagnosed. Learn the early warning signs of autism and if you're concerned about your child's development, talk to your doctor. Early intervention could make a big difference in your child's future.

Bob Wright
Co-founder, Autism Speaks

Stop in your local Starbucks, order your favorite venti-sized hot drink and thank a Starbucks employee for all they are doing to raise awareness! Click here for a press release about the cup.