New York, N.Y. (April 18, 2013) – Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization and Ustream, the leader in live online video streaming, are partnering to live video stream the Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks fundraising and awareness event on Saturday, April 20 from the Rose Bowl. As part of the partnership, Autism Speaks will have its own Pro channel on Ustream, which will showcase the broadcast on its homepage.
Viewers will have an opportunity to enjoy the festivities, hear from celebrities and walk participants and make donations. The live video stream will be hosted by veteran broadcasters Nick Geber (Autism America Radio on Sirius/XM, Fox Sports) and Christian Miles (MLS, Pac-12 Network), joined by WrongPlanet’s Alex Plank. The live video stream will start at 8:00 AM PT and continue throughout the duration of the event, concluding at 12:15.
“We’re excited to partner with Ustream and bring the Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks to people across the country who want to participate, but are unable to join us in person,” said Matthew Asner, Autism Speaks Executive Director for Southern California. “This is an ideal opportunity to expand the audience for this incredibly popular event and bring autism awareness to every corner of the country.”
“Ustream has been lucky enough to partner with Autism Speaks to provide the live video streaming technology for this important event,” said Ustream CEO Brad Hunstable. “Ustream’s robust network allows anyone who cannot attend the event in person with the ability to watch the walk in real time as well as cheer the participants on via Ustream’s social stream.”
Visit http://www.ustream.tv/channel/autism-speaks to watch the event.
Ustream is the pioneer in live social video streaming, boasting the largest global community with more than 60 million viewers and broadcasters. The company’s innovative cloud technology enables anyone -- from entertainers to consumers, to companies to non-profit organizations -- to easily connect and broadcast in real-time. Founded in 2007, Ustream is a San Francisco-based company that has grown to more than 160 employees within their San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Budapest offices. Company partners include Panasonic, Samsung, Logitech, CBS News, PBS NewsHour, Viacom, and IMG Media.
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 more than $195 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 and related activities 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.