The back to school shopping season is well underway, and Hollywood East Connection wants you to remember that while its important to stretch your dollar in these tough economic times, its also important to maximize the effectiveness of the money you spend by making informed purchases. Check out our Amazon store for all of your important classroom and dorm room needs, and 2% of all your purchases will go to The May Institute, an organization that provides services to individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.
Make sure your son or daughter has all the equipment they need for their college campus, by stocking up on all the basic dorm room essentials; small appliances, bedding, laundry, and cleaning supplies.
For the tech-savvy college student, get them a Kindle and Kindle accessories. Bringing studying to the next century, this wireless hand-held reader allows students to download textbooks, readers, and other materials anywhere at the push of a button, eliminating the need for hauling heavy books all over campus.
For the art student, budding graphic designer, or expert website photo-pranker, get them the Adobe Photoshop Elements 8. The latest in the Adobe Creative Suite version extensions, this update comes with more features for simply and efficiently turning photos into works of art, or the next great email gag shot.
One in 150 children have autism. It was this staggering statistic that drove us to chose to support the May Institute with your help. The May Institute marked its 55th anniversary this past April by launching an autism-awareness campaign with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). Over 1,000 pieces of information will be shared on subway posters and busses reaching the 1.3 million riders that use the MBTA every day.
Since 1955, the May Institute has transformed from a single school in Massachusetts to a national non-profit organization benefiting thousands of children and adults with autism and special needs. It has expanded to five education schools and has opened new autism centers for military and civilian families in Georgia and North Carolina.
Currently, the Faces and Voices of Autism exhibition is on display at the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse in Boston. The collaboration with Andrew Child Photography invites people the experience life from the perspective of children with autism. The May Institute hopes viewers will gain a deeper and more meaningful understanding of ASD though more than just facts and statistics. The exhibit will run until June 30th.
Want to do more for the fight against autism? Hollywood East Connection has partnered with the May Institute and for every purchase you make at the HEC Amazon store, 2% will go to helping children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities.
Starting this month, AMC Entertainment, in association with the Autism Society of America, will be hosting “sensory friendly” screenings of family movies across the country. These “sensory friendly” screenings feature theaters that lower the volume of the film, raise the lighting in the auditorium, and welcome (or even encourage) patrons to talk, shout, yell, sing, or dance. The program began in Columbia, Maryland, where the parent of an autistic child put in a special request at their local AMC theater. That initial screening was attended by close to 300 parents and children.
This year’s national AMC program, which kicks off on Saturday, April 10th with a showing of How To Train Your Dragon, will feature 93 movie screenings in 47 cities across 30 states. A different film will be shown once a month throughout the summer and fall. The final film to be shown in October is the made-in-Boston flick, The Zookeeper, starring Kevin James. Theaters in the New England area that are participating in the program include Framingham (MA), Danbury and Plainville (CT). For a complete list of participating theaters, click here.
If you are interested in learning about ways you can help fight autism, one simple thing you can do is to shop at our Amazon store by clicking on the tab above called “Shop”and we’ll donate 2% of your purchase made through this link to the May Institute, which provides services to children and adults suffering with the disorder.
‘Tis the season to shop and Hollywood East Connection is giving you a chance to shop for a cause– at no additional cost to you. Shop at our Amazon affiliate store and we’ll donate 2% of your purchase to The May Institute, an organization that provides services to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities.
Black Friday deals on Amazon starts now, so get out your Christmas list an start shopping! With free shipping on many items and new limited-time deals on digital cameras, camcorders, digital frames, and more being added every day, you’ll find just about everything you need in the electronics category of our affiliate store.
For the ladies on your list, shop more than 2,000 exclusive beauty brands in make-up, skin care, and fragrance. Or, shop silver jewelry, fashion jewelry, engagement rings, necklaces, bracelets and save over department stores.
If you know a bookworm, give the gift of reading with the Kindle, a wireless connection to hundreds of books. And don’t forget the all important task of exercise this winter with treadmills and other select fitness equipment.
Instead of spending Black Friday jostling for parking spots and standing in lines, relax and find everything you need right from your computer–and you’ll be giving to a good cause. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in 150 children in the United States has an Autism spectrum disorder.
So shop here, and you’ll be supporting one of the largest and most well-respected providers of services for individuals with autism and other special needs in Massachusetts and in the country.
With the staggering number of children and adults with autism, it seems that we all know someone who has been affected by this disorder. We donate to this cause through our Amazon affiliate store and we also like to share ways our readers can get involved.
This Thursday the National Autism Center is hosting a public discussion about autism that will address the critical questions involved with the disorder. The event is part of the 2009 Ford Hall Forum, the nation’s oldest free public lecture series hosted at Suffolk University.
The discussion will be moderated by James T. Brett, the president and CEO of the New England Council and the chair of the Governor’s Commission on Developmental Disabilities. Panelists will include Dr. Susan Wilczynski, the Executive Director of the National Autism Center, Dr. Brenda Smith Myles, a nationally recognized author and Ziggurat Group consultant, as well as Rebecca Woodcock, M.Ed., a special needs teacher and parent of a child diagnosed with autism, who will be sharing her personal perspective and experiences.
The discussion will be held this Thursday from 6:30 to 8 pm at the C. Walsh Theatre on 55 Temple Street at Suffolk University. For information or tickets, visit either the Ford Hall Forum or the National Autism Center website.
And don’t forget, if you purchase anything from Amazon through the Hollywood East Connection website, 2% of all the proceeds will go to the May Institute, an organization that supports individuals with autism spectrum disorder as well as other learning or developmental disabilities.
Last week we announced the Hollywood East Connection Costume Contest, an opportunity for you all to participate in the one of the highest forms of flattery by dressing up as your favorite movie or T.V. character. Just send a photo of yourself to [email protected] and you could win a $100 AmEx gift card.
If you need help finding a costume and you want to support a good cause, keep reading. Get animated with a full Buzz Lightyear costume or impersonate your favorite pirate of the Caribbean with this Captain Jack Sparrow costume. For those daring to go bare, take a stab at working that infamous golden bikini worn by Princess Leia in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. For more costume ideas, go to Amazon by clicking on the Shop tab on our website. Select the Apparel and Accessories category in the drop down menu and type “adult halloween costume” in the search field for a huge selection of movie-themed costumes. If you’re more apt to creating your costume, shop Amazon’s apparel section to find those perfect pieces to add to your costume. Click here for the official contest rules.
Even if you’re not aiming to be your favorite celebrity this year, help support The May Institute by shopping at Amazon through our website. When you buy through Hollywood East Connection, 2% of all your purchases go toward supporting the May Institute, an organization committed to providing support for children and adults with autism or other developmental disorders. It’s that easy to give to a great cause.
Fall is in full swing and as we bid our natural tans goodbye, fashionistas can take solace from the disappearance of summer heat with the heralding of a new seasonal era: fall fashion.
This season, it’s been all about hardcore, androgynous blacks, the iridescent, delicate metallics and the theatrical, antiquated vintage. Whether worn alone or paired together, hardcore meets antique with this season’s bold designs, ensuring a confident look for every woman.
Do shiny things intrigue you? Work glittery metallics this fall with this sequined top or this sparkly solace pencil skirt, both from Guess by Marciano. Pair each piece with non-shiny items to avoid looking like a disco ball but, if you’re particularly daring, try mixing and matching colored sequins like Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester for a bedazzling look.
If your taste is a little more classic, work the vintage look with bold antique patterns in anything from teeny mini skirts to over-stated outer wear. Follow the fashion lead of Jessica Szohr (another Gossip Girl star) with this lace baby doll dress from Necessary Objects and use a little vintage to update your wardrobe.
If frills and shine are not your deal and you’d rather sport a pair of Doc Marten’s than stilettos, this fall is the season for you. Leather, spikes and studs have been making an updated comeback with innovative cuts and detailing that make even those with the hardest core go soft. Whether you play it up by working masculine cuts or soften the look by pairing it with dainty details, rock star chic can fit into anyone’s wardrobe. Mimic the look of Taylor Momsen, you guessed it: Gossip Girl, who softens her cropped leather motorcycle jacket with a sweet and petite cream-colored bubble dress by investing in a leather jacket like this BGSD cropped lambskin jacket.
As always, if you purchase your fall pieces (or anything else from Amazon) through Hollywood East Connection, we’ll donate 2% of all of your purchases to the May Institute, an organization that provides services to children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities. And don’t forget our fall fashion picks for the guys!
The late summer heat is setting in as schools everywhere are back in session. Make an impact on both your social life and the fight against autism by investing in these late-summer staples.
When you purchase an Amazon product through Hollywood East Connection, we’ll donate 2% of your purchase to the May Institute, an organization that provides services to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. If your style is classic elegant, try this high-neck black halter paired with this white mini skirt a la former Hills queen, Lauren Conrad.
For those who like to walk on the wild side, try these N.Y.L.A. studded ankle booties and this G by Guess leather bomber with a pair of skinny jeans to channel Ashley Olsen’s rocker chic. For the ultimate in boho wear, these Sam Edelmen boots worn over a belted shirt dress resemble the outfit worn by flower child Mischa Barton. Pin some flowers in your tresses or accessorize with a pair of aviators and you’ll be a style icon.
Though late summer fashion is at the forefront of many girls’ minds, you can purchase virtually anything through Hollywood East Connection to benefit the May Institute. Whether it be school textbooks, electronics, clothes or just about anything else imaginable, click here to begin shopping online and support those with autism spectrum disorders – at no additional cost to you.
Buying anything soon? Chances are you do need something and it’s most likely available on Amazon.com. When you purchase an Amazon product through Hollywood East Connection, we’ll donate 2% of your purchase to the May Institute. It’s easy, just click here or click on the menu tab that says Shop, and you can buy just about anything Amazon offers, from shampoo to music.
The May Institute provides an award-winning array of comprehensive, research-validated services to children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities, as well as with brain injury, mental illness, and other behavioral healthcare needs. One in 150 children have autism. Start shopping at our store and know that you’ll be donating to a critical service affecting so many people.
We hope you can take advantage of this opportunity to give back!
Hollywood East Connection
Did you know that 1 of every 95 boys has autism? This staggering statistic led us to find a way to help, and we did. When you purchase an Amazon product through Hollywood East Connection, we’ll donate 2% of your purchase to the May Institute.
The May Institute provides an award-winning array of comprehensive, research-validated services to children and adults with autism spectrum disorders, brain injury, and other developmental disabilities.
It’s easy, just click here or click on the menu tab that says Shop, and you can buy just about anything Amazon offers, from shoes to car parts. Start shopping and know that you’ll be donating to a critical service affecting so many people.
We hope you can take advantage of this opportunity to support autism services!
Hollywood East Connection
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