Community Partner of the Month: Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, will hold its 2017 Autism Speaks San Diego Walk event on September 30, 2017, at Liberty Station. Proceeds from San Diego’s 14th annual walk will support Autism Speaks’ mission to promote solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of over 10,000 San Diego individuals with autism and their families. Registration for the event is free.

This September 30th, over 4,000 people are expected to participate event will include a 5k walk, Kids Zone, live entertainment, sponsor and partner booths with local autism resources and Team Village for teams that raise $2,500 or more.  Autism Speaks will also host a free Kickoff Party on September 4th at the Del Mar Racetrack for registered walkers.

Autism Speaks San Diego Walk is helping fund vital services and innovative solutions that improve quality of life for people with autism in our community,” said Scott Salter, 2017 San Diego Walk Committee Chair. “We are eager to support crucial work by researchers, service providers, and medical experts, close to home and across the country.”

The walk program is Autism Speaks largest fundraising vehicle which has enabled local funding for over $1.5 million in Science and Research grants in San Diego and over $268,000 in Community Service grants, awarded to local service providers to enhance programs for people with autism.

Local sponsors of the San Diego walk include: Mission Federal Credit Union, Professional Maintenance Systems, Prava Construction Services, Inc., Butterfly Effects, ACES, Home Depot and New York Life.

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, 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; advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. We empower people with autism and their families with resources, online tools and information covering the life span.

Contact: Larissa Kerstetter

Phone: (619) 318-7424

Email: larissa.kerstetter@autismspeaks.org

To register for the walk: http://act.autismspeaks.org/sandiego