PASADENA, CA— 40,000 community autism supporters are expected to unite for a single cause at the 11th annual Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks at the Pasadena Rose Bowl on Saturday, April 20, 2013.
Members of the media are invited to attend the event, interview and photograph participants, volunteers and special guests. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and entertainment and stage programs begin at 9 a.m. Walk starts will begin at 9 a.m. and will continue on a rolling basis every ten minutes through 10:30 a.m.
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 in the US, and the need for increased research funding to combat this complex disorder.
Walk Now for Autism Speaks is North America’s largest grassroots autism walk. Last year’s LA Autism Walk hosted 35,000 people, raised $1.8M at the Pasadena Rose Bowl and was named the highest fundraising autism walk in the country for 2012.
For more information on the LA Autism Walk, go to http://www.
For a tenth year, ABC7 Eyewitness News Anchor Phillip Palmer will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.
Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks is presented by Vons.
ABOUT WALK NOW FOR AUTISM: Walk Now for Autism Speaks is North America’s largest grassroots autism walk. The 2012 LA Autism Walk hosted 35,000 people, raised $1.8M at the Pasadena Rose Bowl and was the highest fundraising autism walk in the country. http://www.facebook.com/
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 (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.