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Autism Speaks to Host Resource Fair and Family Fun Day May 17, 2014 at Kimball Farm in Westford, MA

Boston, MA (May 13, 2014)– The Greater Boston Community of Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, is partnering with Kimball Farm to host their 2nd Annual Resource Fair and Family Fun Day on Saturday, May 17th from 10am-1pm

“With one in 68 children being diagnosed and thousands entering adulthood, we at Kimball Farm recognize the need for people to receive support and have access to Resources.  We are proud to partner with Autism Speaks in hosting this event,” said Ed Dumont, General Manager, Kimball Farm.

The Resource Fair, combined with Autism Speaks Resources, will provide families with valuable resources, information to support individuals on the autism spectrum throughout their lifespan.  Nearly 20 local service providers, schools, and autism organizations will be joining Autism Speaks.

The Autism Speaks Resource Fair and Family Fun Day at Kimball Farm is a great family day with the Autism Speaks Community.  “This is one of our favorite events to host every year.  It provides an excellent opportunity to connect autistic individuals and their families with local providers, in addition to a fun day out enjoying all that Kimball Farm has to offer,” remarked Kelley Borer-Miller, Senior Director, Field Development- Boston.

The Kids Korner will provide fun activities such as a bounce house, bubbles, tattoos, face painting, sand toys, sensory activites, Lego building, and more.  Plus, Kimball Farm’s entertainment complex has Animal Adventures, Arcades, Mini Golf, Bumper Boats, Driving Range, Grand Slam Batting Cages and their famous Ice Cream for the whole family to enjoy! Kimball Farm will be offering a discount on all of their activities to participants in the event.

For more information about the Resource Fair and Family Day at Kimball Farm, or to get involved with Autism Speaks, please contact Kelley Borer-Miller at 617-726-1515 or greaterboston@autismspeaks.org.  

About Kimball Farm
The Farmhouse in Westford still sits in the same place as it did in 1939. In addition to serving over 50 delicious, rich and creamy homemade ice cream flavors, Kimball Farm in Westford also offers a variety of exciting activities for families to enjoy such as Adventure Style Mini-Golf, swirl the waters in our Bumper Boat Pond, take a swing in the Grand Slam Batting Cages or play state-of-the-art games in our Olde Sawmill Arcade. Westford also offers Animal Adventures where families can experience exotic animals and reptiles from around the world in an interactive exhibit. There’s also an 77 station Driving Range and 9 hole Pitch & Putt golf. The Country Store is filled with unique gifts, gourmet foods and souvenirs. The corporate and private event area hosts parties from 40-4000 guests, and the Outdoor Grill & Seafood Shack is famous for its lobster rolls, grilled burgers and sumptuous seafood. The ice cream stand in Westford was voted “Best Ice Cream Stand in Massachusetts” by USA TODAY in 2010. You can get more information about any of these exciting features, or their other locations, at www.kimballfarm.com!

About Autism
Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, as well as repetitive behaviors. An estimated one in 88 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum – a 78 percent increase in six years that is only partly explained by improved diagnosis.

About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed nearly $200 million to research and developing innovative resources for families. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 40 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.