Norfolk, VA, March 20, 2019 --(PR.com
)-- To celebrate World Autism Month in April first responders from across Hampton Roads are partnering with Autism Speaks to hold a Safety Fair on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Parking Lot D of Harbor Park in Norfolk, Virginia.
Last year the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 1 in 59 children in the United States is diagnosed with autism. That is a 15-percent increase from the previous study released in 2012 and marks the highest rate of autism ever reported by the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. People with autism are also seven times more likely to encounter law enforcement and more likely to be victims of crime, often because communication difficulties and atypical behavior can result in serious misunderstandings.
Attendees of the Safety Fair will have an opportunity to meet first responders and service providers and receive important safety information. Event volunteers will also be distributing free safety kits, Project Lifesaver resources, and offering children with autism the opportunity to become familiar with firefighters and rescue personnel, law enforcement officers, and different units.
The Autism Speaks Safety Fair is presented by the Floyd E. Kellam, Jr. Family Fund and sponsored by the Virginia Autism Foundation. First Responders from Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, and Suffolk will be attending.
For more details and to register for this free event, please visit our website: Act.AutismSpeaks.org/HamptonRoadsSafetyFair.
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 AutismSpeaks.org to learn more, donate or join a fundraising walk.