WORCESTER-- On Sunday, April 27th, the Autism Resource Center will hold its 14thannual 5k Community Walk and Run to support programs that service over 2,700 individuals who have Autism and their families with educational, recreational, and awareness programs. The 5K Run and Walk, presented by Autism Intervention Specialists, will include a fund raising pledge-a-thon for runners and walkers, entertainment, food, and a variety of educational and recreational experiences. Described as a “Party Dressed up as a Run and Walk,” this is a family event for all.
The Run and Walk will be held at DCR Quinsigamond Park in Worcester with the run starting at 10 am and the walk at 1 pm. Registration begins for the run at 8:30 and 12 for the walk. In addition to Autism Intervention Specialist being the Presenting Sponsor, other key sponsors include The DCU Foundation for Kids, Behavioral Concepts Inc. Staples, Utz Quality Foods, Devens Grill, The Moody Group, media partner The Worcester Telegram and Gazette, and MJA Martial Arts.
Center Director Sue Loring said, “This is the largest autism event of its kind in Central Massachusetts, bringing people together from all over to celebrate the abilities of those who have Autism and their families. The theme of the day is acceptance, awareness, and respect for everyone. It is truly a unique and rewarding experience, and provides a USTAF certified race and fun walk course for recreational and high level participants. It is just a wonderful day and we thank our supporters, families, volunteers, and sponsors for making it happen.”
”The month of April has been declared Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month to honor the 2,700 individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders served by the Autism Resource Center in West Boylston and highlights a month long series of events to celebrate the achievements of people who have Autism and their families.”
Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears in the first three years of life. Autism is the third most common developmental disability in the U.S. affecting an estimated 400,000 people. It occurs in approximately 1 of every 64 individuals and is four times more prevalent in boys than girls.
Autism is a spectrum disorder. For people with autism, communications and social interactions are severely impaired. Unable to learn from the natural environment as most children do, the child with autism generally shows little interest in the world or people around him. Some children with autism acquire advanced skills, but can exhibit a wide range of behavioral problems. In reality, autism affects the way a person comprehends, communicates and relates to others, throughout their life span. Once a low incidence disability, now 1 in 64 children in the United States has an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
To Contact the Autism Resource Center, call 508-298-1607 or email [email protected]