Autism Speaks was invited to attend the "Celebrity Apprentice" 14th Season finale! "Celebrity Apprentice" is hosted by Donald Trump that follows business-savvy celebrity contestants as they try to raise money and awareness for their charity of choice. The last person standing will be chosen as this season's Celebrity Apprentice and have the honor of delivering a $250,000 bonus check to their designated charity. Comedian Gilbert Gottfried, a contestant on this season selected Autism Speaks as his benefitting charity.
Gilbert once read an article in the New York Times about a man who had trouble communicating with his autistic son, who loved the animated movie "Aladdin." The father put on a puppet show acting as Iago, the talking parrot voiced by Gilbert Gottfried in the film, and the father was able to communicate with his son for the first time through the voice of Iago.
This article touched Gottfried and led him to support Autism Speaks, which is dedicated to funding research into the causes and prevention; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
Although he was not chosen as “The Apprentice”, we want to sincerely thank Gilbert for choosing us as his benefitting charity and in the process helping raise awareness for autism.