IRVINE, CA—Experience the power of an anticipated 8,500 autism supporters united by the cause at the 10th anniversary Orange County Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at the Orange County Great Park, El Toro Field, located at 6990 Marine Way in Irvine.
Powered by volunteers and families with loved ones on the autism spectrum, this fundraising effort generates vital funds for autism research and raises awareness about the increasing prevalence of autism, the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder, and the need for increased research funding to combat this complex disorder.
Members of the media are invited to attend the event, interview and photograph participants, volunteers and special guests, including Brian Gutierrez, California State Councilmember for the State Council on Developmental Disabilities, and Phillip Palmer, ABC7 Eyewitness News anchor, who will once again serve as the Master of Ceremonies.
OC Autism Walk registration begins at 9 a.m., the opening ceremony is at 9:30 a.m., and the walk kicks off at 10:30 a.m.
In 2012, Orange County Walk Now for Autism Speaks hosted 8,500 people and raised $255,000 for autism. Walk Now for Autism Speaks is North America’s largest grassroots autism walk.
Post-event, captioned OC Autism Walk photos will be available upon request.
ABOUT ORANGE COUNTY WALK NOW FOR AUTISM SPEAKS: The 10th annual Orange County Walk Now for Autism Speaks will be held November 16, 2013 at the Orange County Great Park, El Toro Field at 6990 Marine Way in Irvine, CA. Service Champions Heating & Air Conditioning is the 10th anniversary presenting sponsor. The 2012 Orange County Autism Walk hosted 8,500 people and raised $255,000.
ABOUT AUTISM SPEAKS: Autism Speaks is the nation’s largest autism advocacy organization, dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
ABOUT AUTISM: According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), autism now affects about 1 in every 88 American children, including 1 in 54 boys. Autism is a complex condition that affects a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges.