Indianapolis, IN – Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity announced Friday they are a proud national presenting sponsor of the Walk Now for Autism Speaks program, the nation's largest grassroots autism walk program and the signature fundraising event for Autism Speaks.
Powered by volunteers and families with loved ones on the autism spectrum and local businesses that employ those on the spectrum, Walk Now for Autism Speaks 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.
“With so many people affected by autism, our partnership with Autism Speaks is especially meaningful at this time for our Sisters, families and friends," said Elysia Gallivan, Alpha Xi Delta’s National Executive Director.
“The women of Alpha Xi Delta will continue to do our part to support the mission of Autism Speaks, and we are grateful for this opportunity to help improve the lives of children and families affected by autism spectrum disorders.”
About Alpha Xi Delta
Founded in 1893 at Lombard College, now Knox College, in Galesburg Illinois, Alpha Xi Delta inspires women to realize their potential by providing opportunities for Sisterhood, leadership knowledge and service. The national women’s fraternity has more than 150,000 initiated members and chapters on 125 college campuses. For more information on Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity, visit alphaxidelta.org.
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 68 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum.
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 $560 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 60 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.