The 2010 Santa Barbara autism walk hosted 1,000 people and raised $200,000. Walk Now for Autism Speaks is North America’s largest grassroots autism walk.

Members of the media are invited to attend the event, interview and photograph participants, volunteers and special guests. Registration begins at 8 a.m., opening ceremony is at 9:30 a.m. and the walk kicks off at 10 a.m.

The Master of Ceremonies will be Andrew Firestone, a contestant on the ABC series The Bachelor and great-grandson to the founders of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company.

Powered by volunteers and families with loved ones on the autism spectrum, this fundraising effort generates vital funds for autism research and raises awareness about the increasing prevalence of autism, the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder, and the need for increased research funding to combat this complex disorder.

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ABOUT WALK NOW FOR AUTISM SPEAKS: The 3rd annual Santa Barbara Walk Now for Autism Speaks 2011 event will take place Saturday, November 5, 2011 at East Beach in Santa Barbara. The 2010 walk hosted 1,000 people and raised $200,000.

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.

ABOUT AUTISM: According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), autism now affects 1% or 1 in every 110 American children, including 1 in 70 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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