New York Governor David Paterson is scheduled to join thousands of individuals with autism, their families and autism advocates at the Autism Speaks' New York City Walk Now for Autism awareness and fundraising event on Sunday, June 14 at South Street Seaport, Fulton and South Streets, Piers 16/17 in Manhattan. Governor Paterson will take part in a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at 9:45am and make brief remarks during the pre-walk ceremony beginning at 10:00am.
Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 150 children in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The prevalence of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.
Walk Now for Autism, the nation's largest grassroots autism walk program, is Autism Speaks' signature fundraising and awareness event, taking place in communities across the United States, as well as in Canada and the United Kingdom. Powered by volunteers and families with loved ones on the autism spectrum, this successful grassroots fundraising effort not only generates vital funds for autism research but also raises awareness about the increasing prevalence of autism and the need for increased research funding to combat this complex disorder.
Autism Speaks New York City Walk Now For Autism
Sunday, June 14
9:45 AM – Ceremonial ribbon-cutting with Governor Paterson
10:00-10:30 – Pre-walk ceremony, including remarks by Governor Paterson
10:30 -- Walk begins
South Street Seaport
Fulton & South Streets, Piers 16/17