- from Autism Speaks Press Release -
About 300 autism supporters and families affected by autism attended the Kick Off to this year’s 10th Anniversary Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Saturday, February 11, 2012 from 2 – 4 p.m. in the UCLA locker room of the Pasadena Rose Bowl located at 1001 Rose Bowl Drive in Pasadena.
Featured Kick Off speakers included: Nancy Jones, Ph.D. - Program Director of the Autism Treatment Network, Andrea Lee - parent of a child with autism; Team Greenbean, the #1 Autism Speaks walk team in the nation, which has raised over $1M for autism.
The Kick Off offered information on the walk including how to start a walk team, ideas to help people gain support for the cause and fundraising tips. This year’s walk will take place on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the Pasadena Rose Bowl.
Walk Now for Autism Speaks is North America’s largest grassroots autism walk. For more information on the LA Autism Walk, go to http://www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=993444.
ABOUT WALK NOW FOR AUTISM: The 2011 walk hosted 25,000 people and raised $1.68M at the Pasadena Rose Bowl.
ABOUT 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. www.autismspeaks.org
ABOUT AUTISM: According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), autism now affects 1% or 1 in every 110 American children, including 1 in 70 boys. Autism is a complex condition that affects a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges.
For more information contact:
Kait Mack, Autism Speaks LA Walk Publicity Chair at (413) 204-3439 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Pam Eisenberg, Autism Speaks Walk & Event Director, (323) 297-4786 or email@example.com, or Matt Asner, Autism Speaks Executive Director for Southern California, at 323-297-4720 or firstname.lastname@example.org.