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Walk Now For Autism Speaks

Our 2014 Fall Walk events are quickly approaching! Even if you are not yet registered for this year’s event, we invite you to join us for "Office Hours – Jumpstart Your Walk Fundraising." Join Beth Whitehouse, National Walk Director, as she demonstrates the Walk Now for Autism Speaks "My HQ" email features and a demo of the Walk Now for Autism Speaks Mobile App.

This post is by Jessica McLaughlin, a mom, teacher, writer and autism advocate. 

I’m a teacher. A “neuronormal” teacher that works in a K8 school with three ASD units. My daughter happens to be in one of those units. When I first started teaching, I came in with the idealistic notion that I could change the world one kid at a time. When my daughter was diagnosed nine years ago, my focus changed from changing the world to helping my child. I realized that sometimes, without even knowing it, those things can happen hand in hand.

The post below is written by Lynn Balter, a parent, volunteer and board member of Kids Who Care. After Lynn presented to a large group of 7th graders at Cocopah Middle School in Scottsdale, Arizona, one student was brave enough to believe in herself and was able to tell her personal story to her peers. That day, those 7th grade students became a little wiser and definitely more accepting of kids with on the autism spectrum. 

Over 11,000 individuals came out on a beautiful, sunny day in the City of Pittsburgh, PA to participate in the 15th Annual Pittsburgh Walk Now for Autism Speaks at Heinz Field on Saturday, June 14th.

An estimated 2,000 walkers participated in the 13th annual Iowa Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Saturday, June 14th at the Iowa Cubs Stadium in Des Moines. The weather was warm, sunny and beautiful as nearly 100 walk teams gathered to enjoy entertainment courtesy of the Central Iowa Blues Society and food and refreshments donated by Panera Bread, Hy-Vee, Casey’s General Stores, Sodexo, and Blue Bunny.

The Northern New Jersey Walk Now for Autism Speaks at MetLife Stadium was amazing. More than 7,500 attended and many families enjoyed amazing entertainment from local dance troupe The Vibe, the Bergen County High School Jazz band, and a guest appearance from Steve Weatherford of the NY Giants. Pat Battle from NBC News and Jodi DiPiazza lead our countdown to the walk.

The event raise more than $363,106 in support of Autism Speaks mission to fund research, increase awareness and family services and advocate for individuals with autism and their families.