Why I Walk for Autism Speaks
When my brother, Tyler, was diagnosed with Autism in 2000, the rate of Autism was 1 in every 166 individuals. Today, according to the CDC, that rate is 1 in every 59 individuals, 1 in every 42 boys. While we are fortunate to have the resources to provide for Tyler, many families do not have the ability to provide the supports and interventions necessary to allow their loved one to reach his or her potential in life. Autism Speaks is leveraging your donations to improve lives today and accelerate a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.
Autism Speaks has raised awareness, understanding and acceptance of Autism, in the hopes of creating a more welcoming world for those on the Spectrum; helped pass Autism insurance reform in 48 states; engaged an Autism Response Team that provides personalized responses to phone calls and emails from over 80,000 individuals a year; created 42 toolkits to guide families through some of the challenges of raising a child with Autism (which have been downloaded over 1 million times!); funded over $200 million in research grants, including the development of the world’s largest database of whole genomes of individuals affected by Autism; and for adults, Autism Speaks has funded a challenge to develop innovative housing models, has worked with large corporations to open doors for employment opportunities and created a jobs portal to advertise these positions, and is hosting Town Halls and tele-learning opportunities to better inform and help individuals with Autism and their families.
I formed Team Tyler 12 years ago to participate in the Chicago Autism Walk, and later founded the North Shore Autism Walk. In that time, Team Tyler has raised over $2 million, supporting the mission of Autism Speaks and, hopefully, touching the lives of the 70 million individuals worldwide who are impacted by Autism.
I am hoping that you will support our cause by making a donation to Autism Speaks. Thank you so much!
I earned my Walk Tee Shirt!
Striving to become Grand Club member
I raised $1,000 and became a Grand Club Member!
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