Autism to Feel Blue in a Great Way


PDQ (People Dedicated to Quality) restaurants and Autism Speaks are partnering to help raise funds this April as part of Autism Awareness Month. A portion of proceeds from the sale of every Spicy Buffalo Bleu Tenders Sandwich combo meal will be donated to Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. The goal is to raise $25,000.

The fundraising drive is among many activities during Autism Awareness Month, designed to promote understanding of the disorder that affects one in 68 children. Donations to Autism Speaks fund cutting-edge research, advocacy initiatives and free resources. They include Autism Speaks Tool Kits, which were downloaded more than 75,000 times in 2015, and the Autism Response Team, which last year answered more than 51,000 inquiries from families.

”We are thrilled to partner with PDQ in our Dine Out for Autism program,” said Peter Morton, Autism Speaks vice president of corporate development. “We’re grateful to the employees and leadership of PDQ and share the company’s commitment to innovative solutions that meet the needs of families and communities.”

“Autism impacts so many lives, and our goal is to not only raise significant dollars but bring awareness to this disorder,” said Nick Reader, PDQ CEO and co-founder. “Several of our families at PDQ have loved ones on the autism spectrum, and we want to spread awareness with the help of our caring team members and PDQ guests.”

PDQ’s Spicy Buffalo Tenders sandwich combo meal includes two crispy chicken tenders on a brioche bun with lettuce and buffalo bleu sauce, choice of hand-cut fries or blueberry cole slaw and a beverage. For a list of PDQ locations, visit

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