Show support for Autism Speaks-U by participating in Walk Now for Autism Speaks Sept. 14

autism-speaks-uEvery day, researchers make strides in understanding the roots of autism and ways to support those living with the disease. On Sept. 14, members of the Case Western Reserve community will demonstrate their support for scientists and families by taking part in Cleveland’s Walk Now for Autism Speaks event.

The 1- or 3-mile walk is Sunday, Sept. 14, at 10:30 a.m. at Progressive Field, with festivities before and after the walk.  The participants will walk to raise funds to increase awareness about the growing prevalence of autism and for autism research.

This walk is one of dozens that take place around the country each year as the signature fundraising event of Autism Speaks, a national autism science and advocacy organization. Case Western Reserve’s participation is being organized through the International Center for Autism Research and Education and the campus chapter of Autism Speaks–U. Those who want to participate are encouraged to join the Autism Speaks-U team.

“Autism spectrum disorder is really the No. 1 childhood disability at this point, and we have little understanding yet of why it occurs and why it’s increasing,” said Lynn Singer, deputy provost and vice president for academic affairs. “By bringing together the resources we have as a major research university, we hope to tackle autism spectrum disorders to learn how to prevent them and how to identify children when they’re infants so we can begin treatment sooner.”

Those who would like to make a donation can also do so online at the Walk Now for Autism Speaks website. Contact Helen Day at 216.368.1610 or with questions.