SOURCE: CafePress


April 05, 2011 11:41 ET

A Voice for Autism -- CafePress Community Designs for Charity

CafePress Celebrates Autism Awareness Month With Products That Benefit Autism Speaks

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - April 5, 2011) - For the second year in a row, CafePress, the leading source for high-quality custom printed products, is supporting Autism Awareness Month through its continued partnership with Autism Speaks, North America's largest autism science and advocacy organization. During the month of April, CafePress will donate a portion of proceeds from sales of all user designed autism awareness t-shirts and other merchandise to Autism Speaks.* Additionally, CafePress has spotlighted stories of its talented shopkeepers dedicated to raising awareness and funds for this cause, which affects 1 in 110 children at

"CafePress shopkeepers are cause-minded, compassionate and devoted to furthering autism awareness," said Marc Cowlin, Director of Marketing at CafePress. "With more than 384,000 autism-themed products on the site, our users are true champions of this cause and we are honored to support their commitment by giving back to Autism Speaks."

The shopkeepers rallying behind autism awareness and taking a stand in the fight for a cure include the following four product designers who have shared their inspiring stories:

  • Alison Eitzman from upstate New York created her first design on CafePress as a way to have some extra income while staying home with her newborn son. She began creating autism designs in her shop when he was diagnosed with autism at 22 months old. Alison hopes to raise awareness of autism "one T-shirt at a time."
  • Crystal Cook from California runs her shop with her talented, 21-year-old autistic son, Wilson. Declaring that "labels go on soup cans -- autism is just a diagnosis," Wilson motivated Crystal to begin sharing his insights through T-shirt designs and helped actualize his desire to make a difference in the world.
  • Matt McKendrick from Maryland opened his CafePress shop after doctors raised concerns about his stepson being autistic. The design process has been cathartic for him: Matt says, "My greatest satisfaction comes from expressing how people with autism are no different than the rest of us and deserve our love, compassion and understanding."
  • Janine Vasquez from California opened her "Super Cool Autism" shop as a way to promote autism awareness in a fun way. Inspired by her son, whom she describes lovingly as "a quirky genius," Janine creates T-shirts bearing messages such as "Autism makes me rock" and "Future rocket scientist."

"We are incredibly grateful for the ongoing outpouring of support from CafePress and its community," said Marc Sirkin, Chief Community Officer of Autism Speaks. "The more awareness and education we provide about autism, the more we can collectively make a positive difference in the lives of people with autism."

To shop for products on CafePress benefitting Autism Speaks visit For more information about Autism Speaks visit

*An amount equal to 10% of the final purchase price for all products tagged with "autism" and sold through Marketplace during April 1, 2011 through April 30, 2011 will be donated to Autism Speaks.

About CafePress
CafePress is the world's leading source for high quality custom printed products. Each month over 11 million shoppers visit CafePress to buy or create custom t-shirts, mugs, posters and other unique gifts that reflect their interests, passions, beliefs and affiliations. Launched in 1999, CafePress has empowered individuals, non-profits and businesses to create, buy and sell customized merchandise online using the company's unique print-on-demand and e-commerce services. Today, CafePress is a growing network of over 6.5 million members who have unleashed their creativity to transform their artwork and ideas into an impressive catalog of over 250 million unique gifts.