WHAT: The South Florida Chapter of Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, will hold the 2014 Broward Walk Now for Autism Speaks fundraising and awareness event for families and individuals affected by autism, along with their families, friends and other supporters. 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 Broward County and beyond. The Walk Now for Autism Speaks will feature:
1. A two -mile Walk
2. Community Resource fair with educational sources, therapists, schools, recreational organizations, and creative child-friendly activities
3. Entertaining performances by children and teens on the autism spectrum
Register today at www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/broward WHO: 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. The 2014 Broward Walk is expecting over 6,000 attendees.
WHEN: Sunday, September 28, 2014 8:00 am Registration and Resource Fair; 10:00 am Walk starts
WHERE: Nova Southeastern University – Sherman Library Green, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd, Davie, FL 33314
BACKGROUND: Autism spectrum disorder is now diagnosed in 1 in every 68 children, including 1 in 42 boys, making it the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. For the eigth consecutive year, Toys“R”Us® and Babies“R”Us® proudly serve as the national sponsors of Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Toys“R”Us is also the largest corporate partner of Autism Speaks. Since the partnership began in 2007, Toys“R”Us has helped Autism Speaks receive more than $17 million through in-store and online fundraising campaigns, donations from both the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund and Toys“R”Us, Inc. and the efforts of employees who volunteer to raise additional funds at Walk Now for Autism Speaks events across the country. For more information about the 2014 Broward Walk Now for Autism Speaks, please visit www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/broward or contact 786-235-1165 ext 3 or Broward@autismspeaks.org.