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Sponsored by: The Autism Site

Ribbons are an iconic symbol of raising awareness for a certain cause, and the brightly colored autism awareness ribbon is no exception.

It's no surprise, then, that people affected by or passionate about autism would want to show it off on their car, keychain, clothing, or just about anywhere else you can think of. And there is no shortage of supply for these individuals; a simple Google search will pull up a multitude of companies selling the autism awareness ribbon in many forms of products.

But where does the money from these sales go?

A large portion goes into the pockets of sellers, but that doesn't make sense. If companies are going to advocate a cause by selling related products, they should also donate a portion of the proceeds to relevant, charitable organizations. That way, consumers would not just be taking pride in their cause; they would be helping their cause, as well.

Tell Jessica Rich, the Director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection: the awareness ribbon isn't just a piece of merchandise that companies can profit from!

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Dear Director Rich:

Autism awareness ribbons are a good way for parents, teachers, and advocates to show pride in their cause. However, a number of companies are taking advantage of this to make a profit. They sell products emblazoned with the autism awareness ribbon but pocket all the proceeds.

This is unacceptable. If a company is indirectly supporting a cause by selling autism awareness merchandise, they should also make an effort to donate at least a portion of their sales proceeds to autism charities.

For this reason, I ask that those who sell merchandise with autism awareness ribbons should be required to give a portion of their merchandise sales to charitable autism organizations. The autism awareness ribbon should not be used to line companies’ pockets.


Petition Signatures

Jun 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 15, 2018 Amy Gorton
Jun 4, 2018 Carl O Connor
Jun 4, 2018 Madeleine Norris
Jun 3, 2018 Jaimie Dockins
May 29, 2018 Jane Garrett
May 29, 2018 Pilar Pérez
May 28, 2018 Shirley Eichelberger
May 27, 2018 Sharman von Dallwitz
May 23, 2018 Kathy Bolton
May 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 21, 2018 Michela Tognoni
May 20, 2018 Oscar Carlos Cortelezzi
May 20, 2018 Rhonda Spaulding
May 13, 2018 Persephone Luna RebelKatt Integrity=Thoughts/Words/Actions intentionally aligned. I support this petition because of the indirect emotional manipulation involved. Even 5% of profit- while still corrupt intention- would signify attempting to steer away from exploitation.
May 12, 2018 Theresa DeLuca
May 11, 2018 Lisa Whitaker
May 10, 2018 Julie Hall
May 9, 2018 ioannis tsorvas
May 7, 2018 Bonnie Steiger
May 5, 2018 Heather Kessler
May 5, 2018 shirley irwin
May 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 3, 2018 Robin Shepard
Apr 30, 2018 kristel kallas
Apr 29, 2018 AMANDA YAPI They should not gain profit for kids like mine for profit solely. Its morally wrong
Apr 29, 2018 eve pro
Apr 28, 2018 K.G. Johnson Companies that sell such products and pocket all proceeds are guilty of implicit fraud.
Apr 26, 2018 Timothy Lippert
Apr 26, 2018 Arci Jimenez
Apr 24, 2018 Barbara Gutierrez
Apr 24, 2018 Sophie Benger
Apr 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 23, 2018 Inessa Shakhnazarian
Apr 23, 2018 Puits Valerie
Apr 21, 2018 Shawn Kovacich
Apr 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 21, 2018 Irene Murphy
Apr 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2018 Gail BIDDLE
Apr 20, 2018 Emma Spurgin Hussey
Apr 20, 2018 Lourdes Acevedo
Apr 20, 2018 Heather Vargas
Apr 20, 2018 Patricia Lewis
Apr 20, 2018 Charmaine McCarroll
Apr 19, 2018 Richard Bennett

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