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Garden Grove Resident and Autism Speech and Behavior Expert Walks in Support of Nephews and Cousins with Autism

Jennifer Jones with Matt Asner left and Pam Eisenberg center

Jennifer Jones with Matt Asner left and Pam Eisenberg center

GARDEN GROVE, CA– Garden Grove resident Julie Chau Diep, 37, speech-language pathologist and Founder of OC Autism, knows about the obstacles and challenges of being a family member and therapist to those affected by autism, and will walk in support of the autism community during Orange County Walk Now for Autism Speaks, Saturday, November 16, 2013, at the Orange County Great Park El Toro Field at 6990 Marine Way in Irvine, CA.

Diep, who has a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and is a BCBA candidate, faced struggles with ADHD and Dyslexia while in school, overcame all obstacles to achieve her success and credits her disability for opening new doors and opportunities. Diep says of her pursuit of the dual credential that is held by only about 12 people, “I hope to be part of this elite group.”

Diep is motivated to walk for her family and for the Vietnamese community to promote acceptance and to dispel myths about autism for those who may otherwise be uncertain about getting help for their children.

Diep will be one of an expected 8,000 autism supporters to attend the 10th Anniversary OC Walk Now for Autism Speaks, to be held at The Orange County Great Park, El Toro Field. Walk Now for Autism Speaks is North America’s largest grassroots autism walk.

For more information contact:

Julie Diep, Founder, OC Autism, 714-608-2724, Julie.diep@ocautism.com,
Jess Block, Autism Speaks Publicist, 909-706-8525 or JessBlockPR@gmail.com,
Pam Eisenberg, Senior Director of Field Development for Southern California Autism Speaks, 310-948-4426 or pam.eisenberg@autismspeaks.org,
Jennifer Jones, Manager of Field Development for Southern California Autism Speaks, 323-297-4757 or Jennifer.jones@autismspeaks.org,
Public Information, orangecounty@autismspeaks.org, 323-549-0500 x74765.

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. www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/orangecounty https://www.facebook.com/AutismSpeaks.OC

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. www.autismspeaks.org

ABOUT AUTISM: According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, 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.

Co-Directors Dr. Rachel Fenning, Dr. Erica Howell, and Dr. Jason Baker

Co-Directors Dr. Rachel Fenning, Dr. Erica Howell, and Dr. Jason Baker

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Julie Diep center with Jennifer Jones left and Pam Eisenberg right

Julie Diep center with Jennifer Jones left and Pam Eisenberg right

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