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Archive for May 8th, 2006

NAAR-Autism Speaks Seattle Walk - June 11, 2006

Monday, May 8th, 2006

2005 NAAR WalkThe Autism Allstars team was created by TeachTown and we will be walking along with many other members of the autism community in the Puget Sound area. TeachTown has participated in this walk for the past 3 years and we are expecting a much bigger team this year! Bring your friends and kids too - this walk is for everyone.

Please sign up for the team today and help us reach our goal of $50,000 to help fund autism research for Autism Speaks. Also, TeachTown will have a large booth there with information about our company, product, general autism information, and research - as well as hands-on demo’s for you and your child.

CLICK HERE to sponsor me!

CLICK HERE to join the Autism Allstars Team - you do not have to walk with us - you can join as a “virtual walker” and just help us in the fundraising efforts.

New Location! More Energy! More Success! Magnuson Park

2004 NAAR Walk

Walk-Day Details:

  • Sunday, June 11, 2006
  • Magnuson Park -
    7400 Sand Point Way NE - Seattle 98115
  • Free Parking On Site
  • Beautiful 3K Walk
  • Fun Entertainment for the Entire Family
  • Check-In: 9:00am
  • Start Time: 10:00am
  • Treats for All to Enjoy

Why Walk for Autism Research?95105.jpgWalk for Autism Research is the signature fundraising event of Autism Speaks. It is the nation’s largest Walk program dedicated to autism research, with events spanning the United States and now, the globe - with new events scheduled in Canada and the U.K!

Walk for Autism Research is a volunteer-led and volunteer-driven event. Just as Autism Speaks’s origins are grassroots, so are the Walks! All it takes is one (or 2, 3 or 10) individuals coming together and saying “We want to bring Walk for Autism Research to our community.”

Planning for the 5th AnnualWalk F.A.R. for NAAR is in full swing! There will be quite an entertainment line up, so be sure to let people know they should bring the whole family and lots of friends!

Help spread the word about the Seattle/Puget SoundWalk F.A.R. for NAAR event.

Download this “Save the Date” (8.5 x 11) flyer. Share it with your family, friends and neighbors. Why not ask your child’s schools to send it home in student’s backpacks? Copy and circulate it within your compay. Are you attending an autism related conference, seminar, or group meeting? If so, please bring copies with you. If you need a large quantity of copies for a large conference or school, please don’t hesitate to contact us to arrange for adequate supplies to be sent to you.

Remember, Walk F.A.R. for NAAR is a grassroots campaing, and each of you can help us reach our goals step by step.

Walkers should bring their donations and Walker Sponsor Forms with them prior to the start of the Walk.

The Seattle/Puget Sound Walk will take place rain or shine! When has a little rain ever stopped us!?! Get ready to Walk F.A.R. for NAAR - even with umbrellas.

129447.jpgYou can also show your support by ordering an Autism Speaks car magnet (looks exactly like the blue puzzle piece shown here).

Autism Prevalence - New Findings!

Monday, May 8th, 2006

50249.jpgNew research supports an increase in autism prevalence over the past 10 years, but controversy still exists about why such a sharp increase. Many still feel that mercury in vaccinations is to blame while others point to new diagnostic criteria established in 1994.

Research supports genetic factors but environmental factors are the controversy - the truth is, we just don’t know yet why there has been such a dramatic increase in prevalance. The article below shows the new findings (which are similar to those published 5 years ago). .

While it is important for doctors and researchers to look for the cause and the cure, it is also important for us to talk about what we can do for these children today. The fact is, we have too many children who are in need of treatment and not enough resources to help them all. So, while we research the cause and wait for the cure, we must have solutions in place today (check out Autism Speaks, Autism Society of America, and TeachTown for information about treatment).

US Survey Shows Autism Is Very Common (copied from The Financial Express)

autistic_child_556.jpgWASHINGTON, MAY 5: The first national surveys of autism show the condition is very common among US children —with up to one in every 175 with the disorder, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday. This adds up to at least 300,000 US schoolchildren with autism, a condition that causes trouble with learning, socialising and behaviour, the CDC said.

The CDC analysed data on 24,673 children whose parents took part in two separate government surveys on in the United States to generate its first national estimate of the prevalence of autism.

“Together, these two national surveys of parents indicate that at least 300,000 children aged 4 to 17 years old had autism in 2003-04,” the CDC said in the report.

The surveys came up with similar results — that autism has been diagnosed in anywhere between 5.5 per 1,000 and 5.7 per 1,000 children aged 4 to 17. This translates to between one in every 175 to one in every 181 children.

“(The surveys) affirm that autism is a condition of major public health concern that affects many families,” Dr. Jose Cordero, director of CDC’s National Centre on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, said in a briefing.

He said the findings fit in with previous estimates of autism, which were based on local surveys done in Atlanta and New Jersey. A survey in 1996 had showed autism had been diagnosed in 3.4 per 1,000 of the 3- to 10-year-olds included, or one in every 296.