Thursday, March 18, 2010

Walk Now for Autism

For the past few years my family and I have participated in the Autism Speaks, Walk Now for Autism. It is a great way to help raise funds for research for Autism as well as promote awareness. As most of you know I have two boys with Autism and my husband has Autism. Which means our home is a little more different than some. (See previous posts to see some examples of that!)

Every year we put together a team from the boy's Autism Preschool that they attended. I am still on a board and help with the school. Here is some facts about Autism.

- Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.

- 1 in 150 children are diagnosed with Autism Nation wide

- 67 children are diagnosed per day

- A new case is diagnosed almost every 20 minutes

- More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes & cancer combined

- Autism costs the nation over $90 billion per year, a figure expected to double in the next decade

- There is currently no medical detection or cure for autism

- There are 24,000 new cases diagnosed in the U.S. per year

Isn't that interesting? For that reason if anyone would like to donate to Brandon or Nathan's Walk page please feel free to do so. Our goal each year is to raise $100 so that they both can earn a new shirt. Hopefully one day we can find more information about this disability and have more facilities for those with Autism, so that they can become better imersed into the real world.

Brandon

Nathan

I don't know EVERYTHING about autism but I will try to help those that need advice or those that need someone to vent to about their child with autism. So feel free to contact me.

1 comment:

Amy and Cody said...

You are amazing, thanks for the post!