Walk Now to raise money for autism research

Autism is the most common neurological disorder. One in 165 children suffer from it and epidemiological studies show a progressive trend of autism in Canada---60 per 10,000 people suffer from it.  This means that 190,000 Canadians are managing their lives with Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD).

Autism results in impaired communication, social interaction, and restricted patterns of behavior, interests, and activities. 

Executive Director Suzanne Lanthier of Autism Speaks Canada says, "autism is often a very isolating condition," so she hopes to bring the community together in the 3rd annual walk for autism.

To increase awareness for autism and to bring as many people to this event as possible is something Lanthier hopes to achieve this year. Autism Speaks Canada and partnership with Toys "R" Us has played a major role in spreading the word.

Scotiabank, Home Restaurants and Global BC have also contributed. However, according to Lanthier, still, the main important goal is "lots of people...to come out to the walk and be part of the national voice."

Volunteers are also needed to:

  • get posters up and brochures circulated; 
  • help secure donations of food, entertainment;
  • participate on walk day at registration; 
  • assist in kids activity areas;
  • assist with the resource fair;
  • cheer the walkers on along the route; 
  • be part of an army of 150 people to make the walk the best that it can be

* Please contact: [email protected]

What can be done to help fund future research? 

Walk Now for Autism Speaks raises money  to “find the missing pieces to the autism puzzle.” Walk Now hopes to raise $350,000 this year to fund new research. 

Here are the deets for Vancouver:

Date: Sunday, September 26, 2010

Location: Nat Bailey Stadium, Vancouver
Registration/Event opens: 8:30 AM
Opening Ceremonies: 9:45 AM
Walk Start: 10:00 AM
Closing Ceremonies: 11:30 AM

"Autism Speaks Canada instituted this year a community grants program that will provide close to $500,000 in grant money to local service providers across Canada to assist with building capacity in local programs. Announcements of 2010 grants will be coming in early October. We are always overwhelmed by the support we get from families who want to support Autism Speaks’ mission that, ultimately will have an impact on their family but also on families across Canada who all share the same struggles and difficulties when raising a loved one with an autism spectrum disorder."

As well, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday September 30th: Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites, Vancouver, there is a free public session open to those interested in developmental disabilities/autism. The topics covered will include allowing professionals and caregivers to respond to the real needs of this child/adult and their family. Joan B. Beasley(Ph.D) is the director for Center for START services.

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