Samsung Teams Up For Autism

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Ridgefield Park, N.J. - Samsung's Hope for Children national philanthropic initiative launched Monday its Team Up for Autism program to help raise awareness and funding for medical research, services and treatment of children with autism.

Samsung, working in conjunction with the Dan Marino Foundation, will contribute up to $100,000 by providing a donation of $5 to the Dan Marino Foundation each time someone spreads the word on autism through Facebook or Twitter.

Samsung has made the process simple and is encouraging people to register their pledge of awareness by sharing a graphic icon created for the campaign with Facebook friends, or sending a tweet with the hash tag, #teamautism.

In the last five years, Samsung said it has donated more than $2 million to the Dan Marino Foundation to support the drive for improved awareness, more research, and services for children and families living with the disorder.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism is the fastest-growing developmental disorder in the United States.

One in 110 children lives with autism today. Through its Hope for Children initiative, Samsung supports health, education and social-welfare programs for children throughout the United States.

"We began our partnership with the Marino Foundation in 2006," said David Steel, Samsung Electronics America strategy executive VP. "Five years later we are beginning to see some real progress in the public's awareness of autism and how it impacts families. We still have a long way to go, and we realized that by leveraging digital technologies and social media we might be able to accelerate public education efforts."

The program kicked off on the heels of the Dan Marino Foundation's WalkAbout for Autism on Jan. 29 at the Miami Dolphins' Sun Life Stadium, which drew more than 6,000 participants. The social-action campaign will run through February.

"With more than 1 million children in the United States living with autism, including our son, Michael, my wife Claire and I recognize the struggles families face," said Marino. "With the support of companies like Samsung, we are able to provide funding, resources and, most importantly, support to people and families facing the challenges of life with autism."

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