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Tustin Resident, dedicated mom and advocate will walk for son with autism Nov. 16

Julie Diep (center) with Jennifer Jones (left) and Pam Eisenberg.

Julie Diep (center) with Jennifer Jones (left) and Pam Eisenberg.

TUSTIN, CA –Surfer girl and mom to a child with autism, Jennifer Jones knows about the obstacles and challenges of being a family member to a person with autism, and will walk during Orange County Walk Now for Autism Speaks for her son Dylan, 13, on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at the Orange County Great Park, El Toro Field at 6990 Marine Way in Irvine, CA.

Newly hired to Autism Speaks as the Manager of Field Development for Autism Speaks Southern California, Jones’s passion is to raise public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society, and she 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:

Jennifer Jones, Manager of Field Development for Southern California Autism Speaks, 323-297-4757 or Jennifer.jones@autismspeaks.org,

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,

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 SPEAKSAutism 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.

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