As many of you know, I teach exceptional students. These students have Autism, and they make me laugh harder than I’ve ever laughed EVERY day. More importantly, they have taught me SO much in the years that I have been working with them. They constantly have me seeing my world just a little bit differently, and my life will never be the same because of this.
I put in countless extra hours at my job, because these students require and deserve SO much. They truly are “my kids” while I don’t have kids of my own. As another teacher I work with says, “we’re obsessed with them.” (Click on the tab at the top of my blog for more information about Teaching & Autism)
I am so excited to be a part of a walk for Autism Speaks this year! I will be walking with thousands of others on April 21st. Although I have been working with children on the Autism Spectrum for over 10 years now, this is my FIRST walk for Autism Awareness!
DID YOU KNOW (facts from Autism Speaks):
- Autism now affects 1 in 110 children and 1 in 70 boys
- More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes & cancer combined
- Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
- Autism costs the nation over $35 billion per year, a figure expected to significantly increase in the next decade
- Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases
- Boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism
- There is no medical detection or cure for autism
It’s hard to find someone who is not affected by Autism in SOME way in our present day and age.
In order to raise awareness of Autism and the amazing children who are affected by it, I am raising funds for Autism Awareness and Research. All proceeds go directly to Autism Speaks, which is an outstanding organization who is the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
If you feel compelled to donate to my campaign, please click on this link (it will bring you directly to my “race page”), or on the little “thermometer” on my sidebar which looks like this:
If you’re local, come join our race team! Please e-mail me for more details – we’d love to have you walk with us and I’d LOVE to meet you!