Walk Now For Autism Speaks takes place Sunday, October 11th 2009 at the Jerome Schottenstein Center in Columbus, OH. The event includes a short walk, activities for children, educational information, with beverages and refreshments. Registration begins at 8:30 AM with the walk starting at 10:00 AM.
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About Walk Now for Autism Speaks
The Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are the signature fundraising events for Autism Speaks, raising more than 29 million last year alone to support autism research, awareness, advocacy and family services. Last year, more than 70 Walk Now events took place across the United States, as well as Canada and the United Kingdom. Toys”R”Us, Inc. and the Toys”R”Us Children’s Fund proudly serve as national sponsors of the Walk Now for Autism Speaks program. Additional sponsors include White Castle, Limited Brands, Raisin Rack, AAA, NBC 4 and WCOL. Visit www.walknowforautism.org for more information.
Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 150 children in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The diagnosis of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.
About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Bob Wright is Senior Advisor at Lee Equity Partners and served as vice chairman, General Electric, and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal for more than twenty years. Wright also serves on the board of directors of the Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation, RAND Corporation and Mission Product, LLC. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit www.AutismSpeaks.org.