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Join me in my efforts to support Autism Speaks!
I'm raising funds to support a cause that's important to me while accomplishing a personal goal in JAN 2020. I'll be participating in the Walt Disney World marathon series: The 5-K (3-miles on THUR), & the half marathon (13.1 miles on SAT).
I first learned about this population of incredible individuals during one of my Internships at a Therapeutic Nursery while in College. I can honestly say that I was just as intrigued with the children as they seemed to be with me. I can specifically remember a little boy who walked up to me and gazed at the stockings that I was wearing, before touching them and then rubbing them between his fingers. It was as if he became mesmerized with the feel of the fabric.
Since that time, I've developed great friendships with Adults who have Asperger’s, (which is a Neurological, developmental disorder related to Autism). People with Asperger's syndrome tend to be higher functioning than other individuals on the Autism spectrum. The subtypes of Autism are now folded into one diagnosis known as Autism Spectrum disorder.
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder.
Thank you SO much for your contribution in helping me reach my goal for this worthy cause. Your support is greatly appreciated! ~Rolanda
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