April is World Autism Month, and Beatriz Ball is donating a portion of all sales for the month to Autism Speaks.
Autism Speaks is an accredited charity dedicated to promoting solutions for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.
Officially adopting Autism Awareness as her company’s cause, Beatriz Ball is designing both a metal ornament and a keychain featuring a puzzle piece, the symbol for Autism Awareness, and all profits from those will go to the Autism Society of Greater New Orleans. The company is also accepting online donations on its website.
Autism Awareness is a cause very close to Ball’s heart. Bo, Beatriz’s grandson, was diagnosed with autism just before his third birthday. Now four and a half, Bo lives in New Orleans with his parents.
“That diagnosis brought both sadness and fear, fear of the unknown. What would his life be like? What would his future hold?” said Kristine Maruri. “Turns out that Bo answers those questions for us daily. His life will be great and the sky is the limit for his future!”
A longtime supporter of charitable giving, Beatriz Ball was honored with the Bert Tonkin Gift of Giving Award from Gift For Life, which is joined with DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids) in 2015.