Why I Walk for Autism Speaks
My name is Madison and I am walking for Autism Speaks with my team Madison’s Unique Puzzle Piece Supporters. The reason why I am walking is for me as well as in support of others’ with Autism. I was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder when I was 5 years old. I am also walking because I want to raise awareness to others about what Autism is and how it affects me. I want people to realize we are all different and special in our own ways, and me having Autism does not make me personally different than any other 7 year old girl. It is important for people to acknowledge and accept my differences, just as I would accept differences in others. Each of us being different makes us all unique, and teaches us new things we may not have realized.
Sometimes I get afraid of loud noises and cover my ears. Other times I get so overwhelmed by to many things going on or when something changes in my regular routine. I have started to use my words when something or someone is bothering me instead of getting angry and hurting someone or myself. This has made things much easier for me, especially in school when I am with my friends.
In the Fall I started 2nd grade, and am happy to be in class with some of my old friends as well as some new friends. I love school, math, reading, running around, playing, and learning all about new things. I take swimming lessons, am part of a Brownie Girl Scout Troop, and play soccer. I enjoy going to the library and reading and getting new books. I have been reading on my own since I was 4. Over the Summer I participated in the Library Summer Reading Club and read 250 books!
I hope you will consider making a donation to help raise awareness and acceptance of Autism. Autism Speaks makes sure me, as well as others diagnosed with ASD can get the services and assistance we need throughout our lives.
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|October 14, 2018||Jones Beach- Field 5||8:30am Registration Opens ~10:00 Sensory Friendly Welcoming Ceremony~NEW this year. No rolling start. We will have one single large start immediately following the Welcoming Ceremony.||Eddie Russo, Long Island Walk Manager 516-809-8211 firstname.lastname@example.org|
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