Autism Speaks LLC is the world’s largest autism science and advocacy organisation, founded by then-NBC chairman Bob Wright and his wife Suzanne. Founded in 2005,the organisation has raised more than $570 million to find treatment, cure, prevention, research and awareness programs.
The annual Autism Speaks Orange County Walk was organised on Sunday, 4th of December, aimed to raise funds for conducting researches, services to the society and awareness programs as well as assisting those who are impacted by autism.
The marathon was planned for a 3.1 mile walk and started at 10:15 a.m. As always, it had various fun activities for children. A Resource fair with different autism service providers as well as with vendors also took place.
Autism speaks, Southern California – the organizer of the event had expected to raise more than $275,000 in funds, as per Suzette Martinez – executive director.
However by Sunday, funds were collected up to $195,000.
The center has committed more than $70 million for research based activities, its prevention and the possible treatments for autism, increasing the awareness among the people about autism as well as advocacy for individual needs which help autism families and their people alike, for instance their families, according to the company.
Suzanne Wright and her husband are grandparents of the autistic child.
Autism speaks has a set of well-defined goals spread over a period of 10 years which involves :
- Autistic children being diagnosed before age 2.
- Appropriate intervention and proper assistance to children and providing them with necessary help and resources post diagnosis.
- Improved treatments for both the underlying pathology as well as earlier conditions, if any that pose a risk of decreasing the quality of life for autistic individuals.
- Planning effective and well researched treatments for people with ASD through a set of well-planned effective interventions and planning of life time support to them.
Autism spectrum disorder could be referred to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with repetitive behaviors, social skills, nonverbal communication and speech.
1 in 68 children is said to be on the spectrum and diagnosed with ASD.