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Join 103.7 for the 10th annual Dallas/Fort Worth Walk Now for Autism Speaks fundraising and awareness event will take place on October 12 at Texas Motor Speedway. All event proceeds will support Autism Speaks’ work, both locally and nationally, to increase awareness about the growing autism health crisis, fund innovative autism research and family services, and advocate for the needs of individuals with autism and their families in the DFW Metroplex and beyond.
Autism spectrum disorder is now diagnosed in 1 in every 88 children, including 1 in 54 boys, making it the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
The Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are the signature fundraising events for Autism Speaks, drawing hundreds of thousands of participants in 103 cities across the U.S. and Canada to support autism research, awareness and advocacy.
Each Walk Now for Autism Speaks event is unique, offering a safe and fun day for families impacted by autism. The day includes a one and a half-mile Walk and Community Resource fair with educational sources, therapists, schools, recreational organizations, and creative child-friendly activities – a true “one-stop-shop” for families affected by autism. Music, bounce houses, trampolines, animals, clowns and many more family activities,
In addition to its national science and advocacy work, Autism Speaks has made a significant impact in Texas. The organization has provided funding to innovative local service providers, including eight nonprofits and camps through its Family Services Community Grant program. It also provides funding to Baylor Medical Center in Houston which is part of Autism Speaks’ Autism Treatment Network (ATN), the nation’s first network of hospitals and physicians aiming to improve treatment for individuals with autism. Autism Speaks science grants have supported research at eight Texas research institutions, including UT Southwestern in Dallas.
For more information about the 2013 Dallas/Fort Worth Walk Now for Autism Speaks, please visit www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/dfw