NC Autism Society Registers For Triangle Run for Autism

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On Saturday, October 10, the Autism Society of North Carolina will hold its eleventh annual Triangle Run/Walk for Autism. Runners and walkers of all ages are invited to participate in this event, which is held in Moore Square in downtown Raleigh from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

The Triangle Run/Walk for Autism is part of the Second Empire Grand Prix Series and is USATF certified. It has become one of Raleigh’s premier 5K road races, boasting one of the flattest courses around and producing state record times.

The Triangle Run/Walk for Autism includes a 5K race, a 5K non-competitive run, a recreational 1-mile run/walk, and the Carolina Hurricane’s Kids’ Dash. There will also be live music, a children’s play area, vendors, snacks, and awards for both the competitive and non-competitive races.

Proceeds from this event go to the Autism Society of North Carolina, which provides support and promotes opportunities for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families statewide. Support services include advocacy, education, supported living services, vocational and day services, recreational opportunities, training, consultation, and legislative and policy advocacy.

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“Every day, two individuals in North Carolina receive a diagnosis of autism,” says Scott Badesch, CEO of the Autism Society of North Carolina. “The Triangle Run for Autism is integral to our mission of supporting them and their families. Just as importantly, it brings our entire community together in an atmosphere that is fun and inclusive.”

In 2008, the Triangle Run/Walk for Autism hosted 3,500 participants and 80 teams. Over $85,000 was raised to support the autism community in our state. This year, the Autism Society of North Carolina is hoping for an even greater turnout. Please visit the website today at www.trianglerunwalkforautism.org or call 828-236-1547 to register, join a team, form a team, volunteer, or donate.

Background:
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which includes Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder—Not Otherwise Specified, is a lifelong developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. Recent studies estimate that up to 1 of every 150 children born today will be affected by ASD. There are no prenatal indicators for ASD. Trained professionals make a diagnosis through observation and evaluation. Currently, there are an estimated 50,000 individuals with autism in North Carolina and more than 1.5 million people with ASD living in the United States.

The Autism Society of North Carolina was founded in 1970 by a group of parents who were concerned about the lack of diagnostic and treatment services for their children. Since then, the Autism Society of North Carolina has become the foremost source in the state for connecting people who live with ASD (and those who care about them) with resources, support, advocacy and information.

Additional information about Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Autism Society of North Carolina is available free of charge to North Carolina residents. To request a packet, please call 1-800-442-2762 or visit www.autismsociety-nc.org.

Written by Brook Tonking
NC Autism Society

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