Autism Speaks’ Walk Now for Autism is the nation’s largest grassroots autism walk program, and is the non-profit’s signature fundraising and awareness event. Walks take place throughout the Spring in communities across the United States, as well as in Canada and the United Kingdom. Georgia’s Walk will take place on May 3rd at Atlantic Station, and over 18,000 people are expected to attend. The Georgia Walk Now for Autism raises funds for both Autism Speaks and Atlanta’s Marcus Autism Center.
Powered by volunteers and families with loved ones on the autism spectrum, this 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.
In just three years, the Georgia Walk Now for Autism has raised more than $2 million for autism awareness, advocacy, research and family services. Teams of families and volunteers get together and raise money, to add to donations from corporate sponsors.
WHAT: The 2009 Georgia Walk Now for Autism, scheduled for May 3rd at Atlantic Station, will be a family-friendly event that will include a 2.2 mile walk, activities for children, a resource fair for parents, refreshments and entertainment.
WHEN: Sunday May 3, 2009
8 a.m. – Registration opens
10 a.m. – Walk starts
WHERE: The event will take place at Atlantic Station.
WHY: While autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States – affecting one in 150 children nationally and one in 136 in Georgia – organizations like the Marcus Autism Center and Autism Speaks rely on community support to provide high-quality care to children affected by autism spectrum disorders.
Registration is free and available at www.walknowforautism.org/georgia