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Huge turnout for Washington, DC Walk Kickoff

Sunday’s Washington, DC Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kickoff brunch at the Hard Rock Café was an incredible success!  More than 130 friends joined together to kick off Walk Now for Autism Speaks season in the National Capital Area chapter.

The morning started with an introduction from Glen Finland, board member of the Autism Speaks National Capital Area chapter.  Glen, mother of David, her adult son on the autism spectrum, spoke to the sense of community felt on Walk morning surrounded by thousands of families just like her own.  Glen also announced some exciting developments for this year’s 15th annual Washington, DC Walk: the event will be emceed by Barbara Harrison, NBC News4 anchor! Also featured on stage on Walk morning will be DC Councilman Charles Allen, a long-time supporter of the special needs community. 

Next up was a special presentation by one of our Autism Speaks Chapter Grant recipients to show the local impact of our fundraising dollars right here at home in our community. Jazmone Taylor, Director of Parent Services at Advocates for Justice and Education, spoke about “The Road Towards Independence: Travel Training Skills for Transition-Age Youth with Autism,” a program funded by Autism Speaks last year in 2014.  

The Kickoff then turned the mic over to our top teams to shine a light on some of our amazing volunteers. Stacy Brogsdale, team captain of Team Hope4Hal, shared her experience rallying her school together to support Autism Speaks with a fundraising competition in April, which is Autism Awareness Month. Other veteran teams in the room included Continuum Autism Spectrum Alliance, Team KPMG, Walk for Adam, and Alpha Xi Delta GMU. More than 20 new teams were represented at the DC Kickoff!  Shout out to Damon Jrs Destiny and Team British Swim School, two of our new teams who are already top fundrasiers!

Missed the DC Kickoff, but want to get involved with Walk Now for Autism Speaks in Washington, DC? Email to learn more!  Be sure to register your team to join us on Walk Day on Saturday, October 3rd on the National Mall. Register here:

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