ASD_WalkDid you know April is Autism Awareness Month? You might be wondering how you can help. If you like walking in the spring sunshine, free food, fun and prizes we have an exciting event (click here!) for you to partner in.

Each April the ICISD ASD Team plans and hosts an Autism Awareness walk at the Ionia High School Track. Families, students, and the community partner together in an effort to raise awareness and funds for those affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The funds assist the ISD and families in raising awareness, and providing for programming and materials to meet the needs of students with ASD.

The best part of the event is seeing the community come together for an amazing cause. This year the walk will be held on April 30th. Registration will start at 11:00 at the walk starts at 11:30 a.m. We will be serving a hot dog lunch as well as providing music and fun activities throughout the event.

We would love to have you participate and help raise awareness for this very important cause. Please see the attached flyer for more information regarding t-shirt orders, event details, and a free goodie bag.

Here are some helpful facts about autism from Autism Speaks. For more information check out their website at www.autismspeaks.org.

  • Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys
  • Autism prevalence figures are growing
  • Autism is one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the U.S.
  • Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average
  • Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism