Media advisory - Prince Edward kicks off 4th Annual Ontario Walk Now For Autism event at Nathan Phillips Square on Sunday, June 8

    - Increasing Awareness about Autism and Raising Funds for Research -

    TORONTO, June 6 /CNW/ -

    WHAT:  His Royal Highness Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex will be
           addressing the walkers as part of the opening ceremonies for the
           4th annual Autism Speaks Canada's Ontario Walk Now for Autism
           event. He will be joined by more than 5,000 walkers - including
           children with autism and their families - at Nathan Phillips
           Square. He will also be leading the ribbon cutting ceremony to
           officially kick off the walk. The event aims to increase awareness
           about autism and to help raise funds for scientific research.

           Autism affects 1 in every 150 children. One in 94 boys will be
           affected. More children will be diagnosed with autism this year
           than diabetes, cancer, and AIDS combined.

    WHO:   His Royal Highness The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex
           (9:30 AM - 10:00 AM)
           The Honourable Deb Matthews, Minister of Children & Youth Services
           The Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Education
           Dr. Wendy Roberts, Co-Director Autism Research Unit, Hospital for
           Sick Children
           Mark Roithmayr, President Autism Speaks
           Juno-Award winning entertainer, Jack Grunsky to perform
           (9 AM & 11 AM)

    WHEN:  Sunday, June 8, 2008
           Press Check In: from 09:00 a.m.
           (VIP/Media Canopy at north end of stage)
           08:30 event/registration opens
           09:45 a.m. opening ceremonies
           10:00 a.m. walk begins


    WHERE: Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall
           (Pre & Post Walk activities and Opening ceremonies)
           Walk route - North from Nathan Phillips Square on University
           Avenue to College and back south to Square

    About Autism

    Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically lasts
throughout a person's lifetime. There is no known cause for autism, no one
proven effective treatment and symptoms can range from mild to very severe.
Since 1998 over $5 million has been granted to the Canadian autism research
community by Autism Speaks. In 2007, Toronto was named the first international
site of Autism Speaks' Autism Treatment Network - a network of hospitals and
physicians aiming to bridge gaps in knowledge and understanding and to improve
treatment for individuals with autism. For information on Autism Speaks please

For further information:

For further information: Contact: Suzanne Lanthier, Executive Director -
Autism Speaks Canada, Cell: (416) 388-3139, email:;
On-site press contact: Melisa Richter, Cell: (416) 737-0960

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