(Springfield, N.J.) --
"Everyone is affected by autism or will be affected by autism, and that’s why we do this,” Bob Wright said at the 6th annual Autism Speaks Fall Classic
at Baltusrol Monday. “These families need our help,” he added.
Nearly 200 golfers took to the famed upper and lower courses on a day that started out cloudy and ended with brilliant sunshine.
As the evening unfolded, the golfers gathered to watch a video about the work of Autism Speaks over the last ten years, and listened as Bob Wright, Autism Speaks co-founder, outlined the present work of the organization - including the MSSNG genome project with Google, and two major initiatives for housing and adult employment.
The housing initiative
is a contest with Hero-X for the most innovative ideas into housing and community living. And in the area of adult employment, the family services team just launched a website called thespectrumcareers.com he said. It will help adults with autism build resumes and be connected with potential employers. Before the night wrapped up, Autism Speaks President Liz Feld accepted a $1.2 million dollar check from Nico and John Sumas of Shop-Rite for their autism awareness efforts. Shop-Rite was also one of the sponsors of Baltusrol.