Join iHeartMedia, B104 and 95.1 ZZO in supporting the 2018 Lehigh Valley Autism Speaks Walk!
When: Saturday, April 28th
Where: Steel Stacks Campus at ArtsQuest - Bethlehem, PA
Timing: Registration Opens at 8:30AM | Walk Starts at 10am | Walk Should Conclude by Noon
Meet Mike Kelly from B104 AND The Bearman & Samantha Layne from 95.1 ZZO at the Walk!
WHAT IS AUTISM? Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. We now know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, and each person with autism can have unique strengths and challenges. Most are caused by a combination of genetic and environmental influences, and many are accompanied by medical issues such as GI disorders, seizures and sleep disturbances. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 1 in 68 children is on the autism spectrum.
AUTISM SPEAKS was founded in 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, grandparents of a child with autism.Merging with three leading autism organizations and building upon their legacy, Autism Speaks has made extraordinary advancements: increasing global awareness of autism; advocating access to care and support; and funding research that has resulted in a better understanding of the breadth of the autism spectrum.With our supporters and partners, Autism Speaks addresses every stage of life, through:
SCIENCE: We support cutting-edge research with real-world benefits, including specialized care through our Autism Treatment Network.
FAMILY SERVICES: We empower people with autism and their families with resources and information, from time of diagnosis through adult life.
ADVOCACY: We champion legislation to promote the well-being, financial security and equal opportunity for children and adults on the autism spectrum.
AWARENESS: We promote understanding and acceptance of people with autism worldwide.
IMPACT: Autism Speaks is enhancing lives today and accelerating a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.
MISSION: Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. Through partnerships and collaboration, we are committed to:
- Increasing global understanding & acceptance of autism
- Being a catalyst for research breakthroughs
- Increasing early-childhood screening & timely interventions
- Improving the transition to adulthood
- Ensuring access to reliable information & services throughout the life span
WE ARE HERE TO HELP: Autism Response Team: 1-888-AUTISM2 or FamilyServices@AutismSpeaks.org
ANNUAL SIGNATURE EVENTS AND PROGRAMS FOR AUTISM SPEAKS:
What is World Autism Month? April is World Autism Month. It is a global movement to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism – across the spectrum and throughout the life span.Monday, April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day, sanctioned by the United Nations. It begins World Autism Month, with signature events – including Autism Speaks’ ninth annual Light It Up Blue campaign – and some new ways to get involved this year. The goal during the month of April is to amplify Autism Speaks’ message: to increase understanding and acceptance of children, adults and families worldwide who are affected by autism spectrum disorder.
There five things you can do this month to make a difference.
- Share You! Tell us what #AutismIs to you. Join our unique picture mosaic at AutismIs.org
- Go Blue! Starting April 2 and throughout the month, wear blue, light your home or office blue, and share your blue photos on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: #LightItUpBlue for understanding and acceptance; Get the full picture of what #AutismIs
- Test your Knowledge! Take our Quiz to test your knowledge about autism and ask others to do the same at AutismSpeaks.org/WAM/Quiz
- Donate or Fundraise! Help us enhance lives today and accelerate a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow. Start a Facebook fundraiser or a Walk team, make a donation at a corporate partner, or sign up to be a monthly supporter.
- Get Involved! Attend an autism friendly event, join us for our Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill or at another event in your community!
Light It Up Blue: At dusk on April 2, iconic landmarks, businesses, schools and homes in more than 150 countries will be lit in blue to show support for children, adults and families affected by autism spectrum disorder.o You can light blue, wear blue or share blue on social media. To learn how to Light It Up Blue, order merchandise, or view a slide show of buildings around the world, go to AutismSpeaks.org/WAM | Why blue? Blue is a calming color and Autism Speaks wants to Light It Up Blue to represent a more supportive world for people with autism.
World Autism Awareness Day at the U.N.: On April 5, an interactive program and exhibit, will highlight progress and perspectives on autism from around the world.
Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill: On April 25, Autism Speaks advocates from around the country will collectively visit all 535 congressional offices to highlight legislative priorities aimed at: Being a catalyst for life-enhancing research breakthroughs; Increasing timely developmental screening and decreasing the time from diagnosis to intervention; Improving outcomes for the transition to adulthood! There will also be a briefing on best practices for law enforcement officials to have positive interactions with people affected by autism. Autism Speaks will honor members of Congress who have demonstrated outstanding leadership on behalf of the autism community. To register, go to act.autismspeaks.org
For more: Follow Autism Speaks on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. OR Donate at Autism Speaks.org!