Why I Walk for Autism Speaks
I'm walking to raise funds for the mission of Autism Speaks - to fuel innovative research and make connections to critical lifelong supports and services for the autism community.
I will walk for my son, Gavin, and others with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Gavin was diagnosed initially with Pervasive Development Disorder-Not Otherwise Stated (PDD-NOS) at age 2. This disorder was reclassified in 2013 as ASD, which refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. My son also has other health conditions that often accompanies ASD such as, ADHD, Tourette’s Syndrome, anxiety, disrupted sleep, sensory sensitivities, and poor coordination. Research has shown that early detection and intervention is key in helping a child with autism live a more normal life in society. I am thrilled to say that my son who did not say his first words until the age of 3 is now a 9th grade student at Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy. I owe much of his success to federal and state funded programs and research that continue to support us during this journey.
Please support me by donating and help me meet my fundraising goal - and you, too, can join the team and make an impact for people living with autism!
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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