TORONTO, May 31, 2017 /CNW/ - Autism Speaks Canada, part of North America's largest autism science organization, announced that Ottawa's Autism Speaks Canada Walk will take place at Bell Sensplex on Sunday, June 4. Registration opens at 9:00 with the Walk taking place at 10:30 am.
The Autism Speaks Canada Walk events are the signature fundraising events for Autism Speaks Canada. Since they began, they have raised over $11.7 million in support of autism research, services, awareness and collaboration. Powered by Love, the Walk brings individuals and families, friends, coworkers and communities together to support and connect with one another. Walkers are encouraged to raise funds and enjoy the day, complete with family-fun activities, quiet zone, resource fair and walk. All participants who raise $150 or more qualify for a commemorative 2017 T-shirt.
"Thanks to the tremendous community support and the work of our volunteers, our Autism Speaks Canada Walks continue to provide funding to impact the lives of individuals and families living with autism," said Jill Farber, Executive Director.
"We are also grateful for the dedication of Toys"R"Us and Babies"R"Us Canada. Their exemplary support of our Autism Speaks Canada Walk program, in-store fundraising and awareness campaigns such as the Sensory Friendly Shopping event have played a pivotal role in helping us enhance the lives of people with autism. We couldn't ask for a better partner," said Jill.
Thank you to Cineplex and our local sponsors District Realty and Westrow Group.
Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, and repetitive behaviors. An estimated 1 in 68 children is on the autism spectrum.
About Autism Speaks Canada
Autism Speaks Canada is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We do this by supporting and working alongside the autism community; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. We empower people with autism and their families with resources, online tools and information covering the life span. To find resources, join a fundraising walk or make a donation, go to www.autismspeaks.ca
About Toys"R"Us and Babies"R"us
Toys"R"Us (Canada) Ltd. and Babies"R"Us are part of Toys"R"Us, Inc., the world's leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer. Toys"R"Us, Canada operates 82 full-sized stores across the country. For store locations and convenient online shopping visit www.toysrus.ca and www.babiesrus.ca.
SOURCE Autism Speaks Canada
For further information: Carrie Habert, Autism Speaks Canada, 416 362 6227, [email protected]