April is Autism Awareness Month.
Autism is a neurological disorder characterized by a difficulty with communication and forming relationships with others. Autism affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys. These numbers are expected to increase in the near future.
The Autism Speaks U Club at the University of Missouri have been working diligently planning and executing Columbia, Missouri's first annual Autism Speaks Walk for Autism. Autism Speaks U has registered a team for the walk on their fundraising microsite. Their goal is $3,000.
The Club has split up into committees to delegate the workload: fundraising, events, and marketing. Each committee has a large role in the planning of this event.
The event will take place on Saturday, April 28 in Cosmo Park located in Columbia, MO. The walk begins promptly at 10 a.m. However, participants can check-in beginning at 9 a.m.
The walk will include entertainment before and after the walk including food trucks, a sensory-friendly table, a firetruck, music, and more.
All proceeds go to Autism Speaks.
To learn more about the event, donate or register to walk, visit the Autism Speaks U fundraising page.