2010 National Walk Now for Autism Speaks Will be Held November 6th on the National Mall

Washington, DC, September 11, 2010 --(PR.com)-- Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, will host the 10th annual National Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Saturday, November 6, 2010 at The National Mall. All event proceeds support Autism Speaks’ work to increase awareness about the growing autism epidemic, fund innovative autism research and family services, and advocate for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

“This event brings families from DC, Maryland, Virginia and beyond together for a day of fun to support vital autism research,” said Marjorie Robinson, Autism Speaks, National Capital Area event director. “We continue to build on the success of last year’s walk and this year are expanding our outreach to the Hispanic and military communities in the DC area.”

Last year’s National Walk Now for Autism Speaks event attracted thousands of walkers and raised more than $825,000 for autism research. For more information about the 2010 Walk Now for Autism Speaks to be held on November 6th on the National Mall, visit www.WalkNowForAutismSpeaks.org/National.

About Walk Now For Autism Speaks
Toys “R” Us, Inc. and the Toys “R” Us Children’s Fund proudly serve as national sponsors of the Walk Now for Autism Speaks program. Additional local sponsors include: Garchik Family Foundation, Lindsay Automotive Group, Saks Jandel, Landscape Structures, Abramson Family Foundation, The Bernstein Companies, Collaborative Solutions, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Shoe City. This year’s media sponsor is 99.1 FM WLZL CBS Radio “El Zol.”

Walk Now for Autism Speaks is a unique fundraising event that creates a safe and fun day for families who are impacted by autism. The 2-to 3-mile walk takes place on The National Mall within view of the Washington Monument and the Capitol. The day includes a Community Resource fair with educational sources, therapists, schools, recreational organizations, and Alpha Xi Delta will hold a carnival with games and face painting —a true “one-stop-shop” for families affected by autism.

As our national partners, Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us have confirmed that Geoffrey the Giraffe will attend the walk and attendees are welcome to stop by and sign their children up for Geoffrey’s Birthday Club. They can also pick-up the “Ten Toys That Speak To Autism” handout and see this selection of everyday toys that help build skills of children with autism, created in collaboration with Autism Speaks.

The Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are the signature fundraising events for Autism Speaks, raising more than $24 million last year, alone, to support autism research. This year, over 80 Walk Now events will take place across the United States, as well as Canada and the United Kingdom. Visit www.walknowforautismspeaks.org for more information about the walk.

About Autism
Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by extreme behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 110 children in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The prevalence of autism has increased 57 percent from 2002 to 2006. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.

About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Bob Wright is Senior Advisor at Lee Equity Partners and served as vice chairman, General Electric, and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal for more than twenty years. Wright also serves on the board of directors of the Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation, RAND Corporation and the New York Presbyterian Hospital. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit www.autismspeaks.org.

Autism Speaks National Capital Area
Christina Markish
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