Restaurant Chili's cancels fundraiser for families affected by autism

Posted Apr 7, 2014 by Jeannie Stokowski-Bisanti
Chili’s, a popular U.S. restaurant chain, has cancelled their fundraiser for a national autism group. Chili’s had previously announced that they would be donating 10 percent of customers’ checks to the National Autism Association.
One in 68 children has autism  a 30 percent rise over the last estimate released in 2012  US health ...
One in 68 children has autism, a 30 percent rise over the last estimate released in 2012, US health authorities said
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Media concern arose when it was pointed out that the NAA claimed on their website that vaccinations can expedite autism in “some, if not many, children.”
Chili’s had previously addressed the sensationalized controversy on Facebook writing:
“The intent of our 4/7 National Give Back Event is not to express a view on this matter, but rather to support the families affected by autism,” Chili’s writes in the post. “Our choice to partner with the National Autism Association was based on the percentage of donations that would go directly to providing financial assistance to families and supporting programs that aid the development and safety of children with autism.”
Besides this controversy, Autism month in the United States began with the announcement of the formation of Team TMR, a not-for-profit 501c3 organization created by the founders of the Thinking Moms’ Revolution.