Autism Speaks to Host Inclusion Events to Support Local Orange County Autism Community

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ANAHEIM, Calif., June 10, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- To raise awareness for autism, Autism Speaks will host disability-friendly events, including the 11th anniversary Orange County Walk Now for Autism Speaks on December 7 in Anaheim. Upcoming events include:

  • Orange County Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-Off
    September 20, 2014, 11am to 1:30pm
    Historic Fullerton Ballroom, 2nd Floor, 114 E. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton
    Celebrating the walk theme of "Branching Out," participants will share their autism stories of hope by sharing messages, stories and photos to a "Autism family tree," which will later be displayed at the Walk.

  • 11th Anniversary Orange County Walk Now for Autism Speaks
    December 7, 2014, 6am through 12pm
    Angels Stadium of Anaheim, 2000 E Gene Autry Way, Anaheim
    An anticipated 9,000 autism supporters and families affected by autism will unite for the 11th anniversary Orange County Autism Walk.

ABOUT ORANGE COUNTY WALK NOW FOR AUTISM SPEAKS: The 11th annual Orange County Walk Now for Autism Speaks will be held December 7, 2014 at Angels Stadium of Anaheim, located at 2000 E Gene Autry Way in Anaheim, CA. The 2013 Orange County Autism Walk hosted 9,000 people and raised $258,386.

ABOUT AUTISM SPEAKS: Autism Speaks is the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization. It 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. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $500 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 40 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit

ABOUT AUTISM: According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), autism now affects about 1 in every 68 American children, including 1 in 42 boys. Autism is a complex condition that affects a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges.

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CONTACT: Media information contact: Annie Rivera, Autism Speaks Southern California Publicist, 714-365-4170, Jess Block Nerren, Autism Speaks Southern California Publicist, 909-706-8525, Jennifer Jones, Manager of Field Development for Southern California Autism Speaks, 714-587-0514,

Source: Autism Speaks Orange County