Quick Facts About Autism
- Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development.Â These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. (Source: http://www.autismspeaks.org)
- 1 in 88 people in the United States will be diagnosed with autism (Source: CDC, 2012)
Quick Facts About the Dan River Autism Awareness 5k
- The Dan River Autism Awareness 5k was established in 2012 by a planning team comprised of parents, educators and other advocates of individuals with autism.
- The primary goal of the event is raise awareness about autism in the Dan River Region of Virginia and North Carolina.
- The secondary goal of the event is to raise funds that will benefit individuals with autism and their families.
- The first Dan River Autism Awareness 5k was held on April 21, 2012. It had over 500 participants and raised over $22,000. A portion was donated to Autism Speaks, a national autism advocacy and research organization. The majority was used to establish the Autism Education Fund through the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region.
- The fourth annual Dan River Autism Awareness 5k is scheduled for April 25, 2015 in Danville, Virginia.
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