Autism Speaks Virtual 5K

Failure is NOT an Option

"Failure is NOT an option"

I have been participating in the Autism Speaks 5K since my days at UMASS Amherst. My sorority sisters in SDT and friends of AEPI started the UMASS Chapter of Autism Speaks and they continue the tradition of putting on the walk to this day. I am so honored to have been apart of that. Little did I know then that working with children with autism would become my passion and career path.

In 2012 I began working at a school in Long Island, NY that specifically runs an autism program. Working at Brookville Center for Children's Services, BCCS- within the AHRC Foundation, has truly changed my life and has guided me to become the Educator that I am today <3

Now, I am wrapping up my 3rd year teaching in Long Island City, NY with The New York City Department of Education. Never did I think that I would be teaching virtually, but like I said before, "Failure is NOT an option", so we all (as educators) took on the challenge and have been making it work the best that we can day in and day out. 

This team is comprised of educators, related service providers, students, respite staff, as well as, families and friends of teachers and our students. If I have learned anything in my 8 years in this field, it is that it is so important to work as a team and we continue to do that day in and day out from our virtual classrooms :)

How can you help children with autism during this challenging time? By simply participating in this 5K Autism Speaks Walk/Run!!

When: Saturday, July 4, 2020

Location: Anywhere!

Join us by running or walking a 5K on July 4, wherever you are, to show your support for people with autism. Your fundraising efforts will empower our work to promote solutions for the needs of people with autism and their families – including those in urgent need of resources right now – and fuel our continued commitment to create a kinder, more inclusive world for people with autism.

This year, we’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Autism Speaks 5K, which started with an amazing group of volunteers in Potomac, MD. To commemorate this milestone, we are taking the event from neighborhood to nationwide by inviting everyone across the country to join together (virtually) to increase understanding and acceptance for people with autism and their families while raising funds for Autism Speaks.

Every registered participant will be sent a commemorative event shirt and finisher medal to show off your accomplishment and support for a kinder world.

Whether around your neighborhood, on a treadmill or in your local park (maintaining safe social distancing recommendations in your region), we look forward to seeing our community come together to support the autism community.

So please, Join me in my efforts to support Autism Speaks!

Thank you for supporting Autism Speaks. Any contribution is greatly appreciated.

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