2013’s Walk Now For Autism Speaks
Every year Partners In Excellence is proud to participate in Autism Speaks of Minnesota’s annual fundraising event “Walk Now for Autism Speaks”. Last year we had the largest team at the walk, with 204 walkers and was the team that raised the most money, donating over $17,000 to Autism Speaks. We have participated in this walk for the past several years because we believe strongly in the mission of Autism Speaks- to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. We know that by participating, our time, effort, and dollars are making a difference in the autism community.
Autism Speaks is a national autism science and advocacy organization that was founded 8 years ago by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. They specialize in a number of areas with the common goal of bringing hope to all who are touched by autism spectrum disorder.
- Advocacy: Autism Speaks advocates for individuals, families, and communities that are affected by autism. Their initiative Autism Votes is dedicated to working toward autism insurance reform on a state and federal level to ensure health insurance policies cover the diagnosis and treatment of autism.
- Research: As a world leader in autism research, Autism Speaks funds many important research initiatives each year to learn more about causes, prevention, and treatment of autism. They fund initiatives about early access to care, genetics and genomics, environmental factors, and much more.
- Family Services: Autism Speaks is an organization families can turn to when they are in need of resources for their child with autism. They provide lists of useful autism apps, tips on going out to eat, research and grant information, a video glossary, an extensive resource library and more to equip parents and empower individuals with autism.
- Awareness Building: A strong facet of the Autism Speaks organization is building autism awareness and acceptance. Their “Walk Now for Autism Speaks” and “Light it up Blue for Autism Awareness Month” are nationally recognized as events that educate the public about what autism is, what resources are out there, and what parents, loved ones, and communities can do to support individuals with autism.
We are proud to support Autism Speaks and the important work they do which is why we hope that you will join us on Saturday, October 12th for “Walk Now for Autism Speaks”. Join our team by registering today at www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/minnesota/partnersinexcellence and click “Join Our Team”. Donations can be made directly on this website in the team’s general donation account or by selecting a registered walker.