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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

Sep 17, 2017 Gail Nishijima
Sep 14, 2017 Brandi Mann
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Sep 5, 2017 Denise Griffin
Sep 3, 2017 Donna Jay
Aug 30, 2017 JoAnn Evans
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Aug 10, 2017 Linda Haines
Aug 7, 2017 Laura Kahn
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Aug 7, 2017 Gil Hackel
Jul 23, 2017 Rachel Howe
Jul 23, 2017 Alanna Reuben
Jul 22, 2017 Erica Mcclain
Jul 16, 2017 Marcus Payne
Jul 14, 2017 Fern Swecker
Jul 7, 2017 Tena Frank
Jul 1, 2017 Norm Wolfe
Jun 27, 2017 Stefano Fuschetto
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Jun 19, 2017 Tenise Reynolds
Jun 13, 2017 Joan Hunnicutt
Jun 12, 2017 Mary Caputi
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Jun 11, 2017 Casey Valentine
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Jun 10, 2017 Christine Wintour
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 9, 2017 Nathalie De Cock
Jun 9, 2017 Kat Griffing
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Jun 8, 2017 Dyan Gibson
Jun 7, 2017 James Deschene
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Jun 6, 2017 silvana de pasquale
Jun 6, 2017 Helga Preinesberger
Jun 6, 2017 Rui Cruz
Jun 5, 2017 Teresa Sutton Please don't allow companies to benefit instead of money going directly to the cause of autism awareness. Thank You!
Jun 5, 2017 k kern
Jun 5, 2017 Nena Sinclair
Jun 4, 2017 marianne flanagan
Jun 4, 2017 deb chase
Jun 4, 2017 Ana Krznarić
Jun 3, 2017 Cynthia Brooks-Fetty
Jun 3, 2017 Angela Laurito
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Jun 3, 2017 Andre Walter
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Jun 3, 2017 Barbara Garris
Jun 3, 2017 Judith Kelley

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