Although Autism Speaks’s 11th annual Orange County Walk is not scheduled until December 7th in Anaheim CA, the organization will kick off it fall fundraising season with a special event at the Historic Fullerton Ballroom at 114 E. Commonwealth Ave.,2nd floor, in Fullerton where participants will be allowed to share their “autism stories, messages of hope and photos for the “Autism Family Tree,” which will be displayed at the actual walk itself. This year’s theme is “Branching Out.” According to organizers, more than 9,000 people are expected to participate in the walk this year at Angels Stadium, 2000 E Gene Autry Way, Anaheim.
According to the CDC, approximately “1 in every 68 American children, (including 1 in every 42 boys) is diagnosed with some form of autism affecting their ability to communicate with others (including their own families) and develop social relationships.” As a result, many families find that they must cope with numerous “behavioral challenges,” that can take their toll.
Founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright (the grandparents of an autistic child) Autism Speaks is now the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research to learn more the causes, what can be done to prevent it, and both treatments and cures. To date it has raised more than $500 million with the majority of the money going to science and medical research.
Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across the United States and Canada. Autism Speaks has also established partnerships in more than 40 countries on 5 continents to foster international research, services and awareness.
Upcoming walks also include ones scheduled for this coming Saturday (August 16th) in Nantucket, MA, and Sunday (August. 17th) Portland, OR, as well as September 6th in both Nashville, TN and Springfield, MO.
For more information please visit www.AutismSpeaks.org.