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Autism Speaks to Host Inclusion Events to Support Local Autism Community

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SAN DIEGO, July 30, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- To raise awareness for autism, Autism Speaks will host multiple disability-friendly events including the largest autism walk in San Diego, Walk Now for Autism Speaks, on October 5 at Liberty Station. Upcoming events include:

  • San Diego Walk Now for Autism Speaks Kick-Off
    August 8, 2013, 6 to 9pm
    Dave and Busters, 2931 Camino Del Rio, San Diego, CA
    Marianne Sullivan, RN, responsible for community outreach and education at Autism Speaks, will speak on the topic of family services and what is available for families and communities affected by autism.
  • Autism Awareness Day at Del Mar Racetrack
    August 24, 2013, 12 to 5pm
    Del Mar Racetrack, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014
    20 kids affected by autism will participate in a VIP stable tour and will be invited to the winner's circle following the first race, named the "Autism Speaks Race." Liz Feld, President of Autism Speaks, will be in attendance.
  • Autism Awareness Night at PETCO Park
    September 20, 2013, 7:10pm
    Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101
    One child with autism will be selected to announce "Play Ball!" on the field before the first pitch. Starting at $30, and with proceeds benefitting Autism Speaks, discounted tickets are available at: http://tinyurl.com/autismsd
  • 10th Anniversary San Diego Walk Now for Autism Speaks
    October 5, 2013, 8am
    Liberty Station of Point Loma, 2640 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego, CA
    An anticipated 4,000 autism supporters and families affected by autism will unite for the 10th anniversary San Diego Autism Walk. http://walknowforautismspeaks.org/sandiego

ABOUT SAN DIEGO WALK NOW FOR AUTISM SPEAKS: The 10th annual San Diego Walk Now for Autism Speaks will be held October 5, 2013 at Liberty Station of Point Loma Ingram Plaza at 2640 Historic Decatur Road in San Diego, CA. The 2012 San Diego Autism Walk hosted 4,000 people and raised $130,000. www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/sandiego

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ABOUT AUTISM SPEAKS: Autism Speaks is the nation's largest autism advocacy organization, dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. www.autismspeaks.org

ABOUT AUTISM: According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), autism now affects about 1 in every 88 American children, including 1 in 54 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.

For more information contact:

Jess Block, Autism Speaks Southern California Publicist, 909-706 8525 or JessBlockPR@gmail.com,

Pam Eisenberg, Senior Director of Field Development for Southern California Autism Speaks, 310-948-4426 or pam.eisenberg@autismspeaks.org,

Jennifer Jones, Manager of Field Development for Southern California Autism Speaks, 323-297-4757 or Jennifer.jones@autismspeaks.org,

Public Information, sandiego@autismspeaks.org, 323-549-0500 x74765.

CONTACT: Media Contact: Jess Block, 909-706-8525 or jessblockpr@gmail.com

Source: Autism Speaks San Diego