The First Virginia Beach Autism Speaks Walk Will Raise Funds for the Autism Community

The National Capital Area chapter of Autism Speaks will hold its 2018 Virginia Beach Autism Speaks Walk event on Sunday, November 4th at 24th Street Park. For more information, visit

Virginia Beach, VA, October 20, 2018 --( The National Capital Area chapter of Autism Speaks will hold its 2018 Virginia Beach Autism Speaks Walk event on Sunday, November 4th at 24th Street Park. Proceeds from the Virginia Beach Autism Speaks Walk will support Autism Speaks’ mission to promote solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of people with autism and their families.

Autism Speaks Walk is the world’s largest fundraising event to enhance the lives of people with autism today and accelerate a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow. The events are powered by the love of parents, grandparents, children, siblings, friends, relatives, and support providers for the special people in their lives living with autism. Funds raised help fuel innovative research and make connections to critical lifelong supports and services.

The Virginia Beach Walk will feature a 3 mile walk from 24th Street Park along the boardwalk, local service provider sponsors sharing educational resources, a sensory-friendly program, Quiet Tent, and child-friendly activities.

Local sponsors of this year’s Virginia Beach Autism Speaks Walk include: Frontier Technology Inc, GEICO, Butterfly Effects ABA Therapy, Aveanna Healthcare, Hook Law Center, and Serenity C&C, Inc.

In recent years, Autism Speaks has made a significant impact in the Hampton Roads community. Through its Local Grants Program, Autism Speaks has provided funding to innovative local service providers, including: The Hitching Post Educational Center, the Latin Ballet of Virginia, and Grafton Integrated Health Network. Autism Speaks also recently awarded a Research Grant to a student at Virginia Commonwealth University for $64,000 to fund her research on “Individual, Family, and Peer Factors and the Mental Health of Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder.”

Alpha Xi Delta proudly serves as the North American sponsor of Autism Speaks Walk. Since 2009, Alpha Xi Delta has raised more than $8 million dollars for Autism Speaks, and they currently participate at Autism Speaks Walk events nationwide. Alpha Xi Delta’s work not only generates vital funds for autism research, but also raises awareness for autism. With over 175,000 initiated members and 130 chapters across the country, the visibility, planning, and energy that Alpha Xi Delta brings to the walks are an enormous part of their overall success. The Alpha Xi Delta chapter at Old Dominion University will be volunteering at this year’s Walk, with more than 70 women in attendance.

Join the movement today: Register for your local Autism Speaks Walk at or contact Christina O’Neill at

About Autism
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. We now know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, and each person with autism can have unique strengths and challenges. Most forms of autism are caused by a combination of genetic and environmental influences, and many are accompanied by medical issues such as GI disorders, seizures and sleep disturbances. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 1 in 59 children is on the autism spectrum.

About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. We empower people with autism and their families with resources, online tools and information covering the life span. Go to to learn more, donate or join a fundraising walk.
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Christina O'Neill