Why I Walk for Autism Speaks
When you find out you are pregnant everyone hopes and wishes for a healthy baby, ten fingers and ten toes. We have hopes and dreams for the future of our children. Sadly 1 in 68 American children are born on the autism spectrum. More specifically, it’s estimated that 1 in 42 boys, and 1 in 189 girls are diagnosed with autism in the US.
Let me tell you a story. About 13 years ago a beautiful baby boy was born. He laughed, smiled and brought joy to all those who came in contact with him. One day his mom notices something was not quite right. She took him to doctors; lots of doctors and her worst fears came true. Her beautiful baby boy was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. For this family it meant diet therapy, physiological therapy, changes to their routine. It meant he would need special services in schools. It meant the family would have to make long term plans for the child’s care. This beautiful boy would probably never live alone. He could be a productive member of society with training and therapy. This young man was one of the lucky ones his family had the means to get him the services he needs to be happy and a participating member of society. Other families are not so fortunate. For some a diagnosis of Autism will break a family financially and tear them apart.
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; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. Autism Speaks enhances lives today and is accelerating a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow. It is the goal of Autism speaks to make sure all children have access to diagnosis and treatment. They want to help those diagnosed to with ASD and their families have transition plans that will result in a more independent adult life that is meaningful to the individual.
Each individual with autism is unique. Each one needs a chance to succeed to the best of his or her capability. I am asking you to join me in helping fund research. Help those who are not able to help themselves. Be an advocate for those without a voice. Please donate today.
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