June 19 Event Will Raise Awareness and Funds for
Autism Research, Family Services, Awareness Initiatives
MONTREAL, May 19 /CNW/ - Autism Speaks Canada, who together with Autism
Speaks forms North America's largest autism science and advocacy
organization, today announced that MEGA Brands will be the presenting
sponsor of the inaugural Montreal Walk Now for Autism Speaks Canada, to be held on June 19 at Stade Uniprix. Autism spectrum disorders is now diagnosed
in 1 in every 110 children, including 1 in 70 boys, making it the
fastest-growing serious developmental disability in North America.
Walk Now for Autism Speaks is the signature fundraising initiative of Autism Speaks Canada. In
2010, more than 150,000 people participated in over 3 Walk Now for Autism Speaks events across Canada, raising nearly $1.1 million to support Autism
Speaks' research and advocacy efforts.
"We are extremely grateful to MEGA Brands for their leadership in
sponsoring this year's Montreal Walk Now for Autism Speaks Canada, which will raise critical funding for autism research and family
services initiatives as we continue to fight for answers that will help
families here in Montreal and across the country," said Suzanne
Lanthier, Executive Director of Autism Speaks Canada. "Our Walk events not only raise money and awareness, they provide families with a
great opportunity to come together for an important cause. We thank
MEGA Brands for its commitment to our cause and for ensuring that the
Montreal Walk Now for Autism Speaks will be a tremendous success in its inaugural year."
"We're excited and proud to have this wonderful opportunity to partner
with Autism Speaks Canada, an organization that recognizes the need to
help Canadian families with autism by raising awareness and funds,"
said Vic Bertrand, Chief Innovation Officer at MEGA Brands. By walking
in the Inaugural Montreal Walk Now for Autism Speaks, we look forward to getting involved in our community by taking part in
a day filled with fun and laughter for families with autism to enjoy."
For more information about the Montreal Walk Now for Autism Speaks Canada, please visit www.walknowforautismspeaks.ca or contact Lisa Wedmann - 416-362-6227, ext 210; firstname.lastname@example.org
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Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that inhibits a person's
ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often
accompanied by behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are
diagnosed in one in 110 children, affecting four times as many boys as
girls. The prevalence of autism increased 57 percent from 2002 to 2006.
Autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain
About Autism Speaks & Autism Speaks Canada
Autism Speaks together with Autism Speaks Canada forms North America's
largest autism science and advocacy organization. Since its inception
in 2005, Autism Speaks has made enormous strides, committing over
$142.5 million to global research initiatives through 2014 and
developing innovative new resources for families. The organization is
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. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 80 cities across North America. To learn
more about Autism Speaks Canada, please visit www.autismspeaks.ca. Information on Autism Speaks US can be found at www.autismspeaks.org
SOURCE Autism Speaks Canada
For further information:
AUTISM SPEAKS CANADA/MEGA BRANDS
Lisa Wedmann, Manager Communications - Autism Speaks Canada
888.362.6227, ext 210; email@example.com
Amy Gregus, Communications Specialist - MEGA Brands
514.333.5555 ext. 2507, firstname.lastname@example.org