6th Annual Richmond Walk Now for Autism Speaks Will Raise Awareness and Funds for Autism Advocacy, Research, and Services on Sept. 27th at Richmond International Raceway

The Richmond Walk Now for Autism Speaks will be September 27, 2014 at the Richmond International Raceway. More information on this year's Walk is available at: www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/richmond.

Richmond, VA, August 16, 2014 --(PR.com)-- The National Capital Area chapter of Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, announced that the 6th annual Richmond Walk Now for Autism Speaks fundraising and awareness event will take place on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at the Richmond International Raceway. All event proceeds will support Autism Speaks’ work, both locally and nationally, to increase awareness about autism, fund innovative autism research and family services, and advocate for the needs of individuals with autism and their families in Richmond and beyond.

Autism spectrum disorder is now diagnosed in 1 in every 68 children, including 1 in 42 boys, making it the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.

Walk Now for Autism Speaks, the nation's largest grassroots autism walk program, is Autism Speaks' signature fundraising and awareness event, taking place in communities across the United States, as well as in Canada. Each Walk Now for Autism Speaks event is unique, offering a safe and fun day for families impacted by autism. The Richmond Walk day includes a three-mile Walk along the racetrack and a community Resource Fair with educational sources, therapists, schools, and recreational organizations – a true “one-stop-shop” for families affected by autism. This year’s Richmond Walk will also feature a special performance by the Diggity Dudes, as well as children’s activities and more.

In addition to its national science and advocacy work, Autism Speaks has made a significant impact in the Richmond area. The organization has provided funding to innovative local service providers, including the Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center and Stage Door Stars in 2014 through the Baker Summer Camp Grant program, as well as providing AutismCares grants, iPads, and local chapter grants to families and service providers throughout the state over the years. Autism Speaks science grants have supported research at local research institutions, including the University of Virginia of Virginia Commonwealth University.

For the eighth consecutive year, Toys“R”Us® and Babies“R”Us® proudly serve as the national sponsors of Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Toys“R”Us is also the largest corporate partner of Autism Speaks. Since the partnership began in 2007, Toys“R”Us® has helped Autism Speaks receive more than $18 million through in-store and online fundraising campaigns, donations from both the Toys“R”Us® Children’s Fund and Toys“R”Us®, Inc. and the efforts of employees who volunteer to raise additional funds at Walk Now for Autism Speaks events across the country.

Additional sponsors include The Hughes Center, Grafton Integrated Health Network, Zac Cobb Photography, and others.

For more information about the 2014 Richmond Walk Now for Autism Speaks, please visit www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/richmond or contact Christina at (202) 955-3111 or virginia@autismspeaks.org.

About Autism
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 1 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 500 million dollars to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 40 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.
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Christina Markish