More than 8,000 community supporters are expected to turn out tomorrow for the 8th annual Orange County Walk Now for Autism Speaks. The event is taking place at Great Park and many Irvine home owners are expected to participate in the annual event that raises money and awareness for autism.
Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder in the U.S., and the OC Autism Walk brings together volunteers and families with loved ones who are affected by the disease. ABC7 Eyewitness News anchor Phillip Palmer will serve as the Master of Ceremonies, and two Major League Soccer (MLS) players from Chivas USA will sign autographs and offer photo opportunities in addition to participating in the walk. The opening ceremony kicks off at 9:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 10:00 a.m. 2012 sponsors include Toys R Us and Babies R Us.
This is the 8th annual Orange County Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Autism Speaks is the nation’s largest autism advocacy organization, dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism now affects about one in every 88 American children, including one in 54 boys, and according to the Autism Speak’s website, “Every 11 minutes, another family receives the devastating news that their child has an autism spectrum disorder.” It is a complex condition that affects a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships. Additionally, it is often accompanied by a variety of behavioral challenges.
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