Autism Speaks Uses Ecommerce to Support Efforts

April is Autism Awareness Month, and Volusion is excited to spotlight one of our nonprofit stores that’s making a difference in the lives of millions. Check out this success story to learn about how they’re using ecommerce to enhance their work.


Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism. They increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders and advocate for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Their longtime friend Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization.

Every purchase made from the Autism Speaks online store allows it to continue its search for the causes and most effective treatments for autism and provide information, tools and resources to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by autism.

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Autism Speaks chose Volusion in August 2012 to help them with their Sound Off for Autism Speaks campaign. The site worked so well for them that they chose to move their entire ecommerce store over to Volusion in February 2013 and get away from an outdated host that couldn’t keep up with traffic spikes. The easy interface and store management as well as the ability to scale up with their increased traffic load were huge selling points for the organization.

Hosting with Volusion has allowed Autism Speaks to promote their ecommerce store more than ever before and increase sales revenue. Their old hosting platform limited them because of the lack of scalability. The increased stability and streamlined shopper experience has allowed them to increase sales substantially over the past few months.

In conjunction with World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, the Autism Speaks ecommerce store broke their sales record. Doubling their sales from any prior single sales day!

Congratulations to Autism Speaks for their huge success thus far using the Volusion ecommerce platform.

Thank you for all you do to bring awareness to autism. We hope your store will continue to support and grow your efforts.

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