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Wiese USA is Celebrating Autism Awareness 

Wiese USA is helping to help educate and promote the understanding of the unique gifts of autistic people. At Wiese USA, we believe it’s important to appreciate each other’s differences. It’s ok to be different!

In an effort to promote awareness and acceptance of people with Autism, Wiese USA, in partnership with Kalmar Ottawa, will be donating $250 per week, per rental of our specially wrapped Autism Awareness Kalmar Ottawa truck or ANY Kalmar Ottawa to the Autism Research Institute. If you rent ANY Kalmar Ottawa truck from April 2, 2021 through October 31, 2021, not only will you help promote Autism Awareness, but you’ll help Wiese USA make a difference by donating to the Autism Research Institute through the It’s Ok to Be Different campaign.

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Rent our Autism Awareness truck today and let everyone know, It's Ok to be Different.

What is Autism

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior. Although autism can be diagnosed at any age, it is said to be a “developmental disorder” because symptoms generally appear in the first two years of life. Autism affects all ethnic and socioeconomic groups. Autism is described as a spectrum disorder, which means that it manifests itself across a wide range of behaviors from mild to severe. No one is sure of what causes autism yet. Researchers are working to understand the origin of autism, but so far nothing has been consistent across all cases.

People with ASD have difficulty with social communication and interaction, restricted interests, and repetitive behaviors. Not all people with ASD will show all behaviors, but most will show several. Diagnosing ASD in adults is often more difficult than diagnosing ASD in children. In adults, some ASD symptoms can overlap with symptoms of other mental-health disorders, such as anxiety or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Autism is a lifelong condition, and a wide variety of treatments can help support people with ASD. In recent years, more children with autism have attended school in typical classrooms and gone on to live semi-independently. However, the majority remain affected to some degree throughout their lifetime. Click here to learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorder.


Autism and Intelligence

In 2015, Cambridge University conducted a study of almost half a million people and uncovered evidence that autistic traits are more common among people involved in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, careers historically requiring quite a lot of brainpower.


Prominent People with Autism Proving It's Ok to Be Different

  • Dan Aykroyd – Dan Aykroyd had already been expelled from two different schools by the time a doctor diagnosed him with mild Asperger’s Syndrome as a child. He then went on to become an accomplished comedic-actor and advocate for autism spectrum disorder.
  • Anthony Hopkins - Anthony Hopkins’ autistic diagnosis, more specifically Asperger’s, was diagnosed late in life. He told the Daily Mail he was a loner and said, “I don’t go to parties, I don’t have many friends, but I do like people. I do like to get inside their heads.”
  • Daryl Hannah — the star of films like Splash, Blade Runner, and Steel Magnolias — only came out about her experiences on the autism spectrum about five years ago. Since then, Hannah has been nothing but inspirational as she’s told the honest truth about her challenges with Asperger’s Syndrome. As a child, she rocked herself to self-soothe, and was so shy that once she began acting she refused to give interviews or even attend her own premieres. Though she has mostly learned to control and live with her diagnosis, Hannah has all but left the entertainment industry to focus on environmental issues and other passions.
  • Anthony Ianni - A proud Alum of Michigan State University, Anthony Ianni, is one of the most sought-after motivational speakers in the country. Anthony graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in sociology in 2012 and was a winner of various awards during his time as a basketball player. He was a two-time Big Ten Champion, a Big Ten Tournament Champion, and a member of the 2010 Final Four team.
  • Armani Williams - an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes part-time in the ARCA Menards Series, driving the No. 01 Ford and No. 12 Chevrolet for Fast Track Racing.
  • Temple Grandin - a professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University and author of several books, including Thinking In Pictures and The Way I See It, didn’t begin speaking until she was almost four years old. Grandin was diagnosed with autism as a child, institutionalization was the recommended treatment. Her parents disagreed. In addition to her writing, Grandin is a prominent speaker on both autism and animal behavior.

What makes Wiese different?

Wiese is among the oldest and largest material handling companies in the United States. Founded in 1944 by Harold Wiese, we serve a variety of companies across the United States with a full range of quality products to meet every material handling need.

Values are very important at Wiese USA and we lean on those to help to enhance our culture. These founding principles were established and lived by our company’s founder, Harold Wiese, more than 75 years ago. This prominent piece of “who we are” as a company our values is what makes us stand out from other organizations. People don't buy what you do; they buy why you do it. At Wiese, we ultimately try to live the golden rule, treat others as we want to be treated. These aren’t things that we say, it’s how we live.
It’s Ok to Be Different


About The Autism Research Institute (ARI):

The Autism Research Institute (ARI) is the hub of a worldwide network of parents and professionals concerned with autism. ARI was founded in 1967 to conduct and foster scientific research designed to improve the methods of diagnosing, treating, and preventing autism. ARI also disseminates research findings to parents and others worldwide seeking help. The ARI data bank, the world's largest, contains over 42,000 detailed case histories of autistic children from over 60 countries. ARI publishes the Autism Research Review International, a quarterly newsletter covering biomedical and educational advances in autism research.

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