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Bay Area Walk Now For Autism Speaks

The San Jose office for the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD, Inc.) was proud to participate again this year in the Bay Area Walk Now event sponsored by Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization supporting families affected with Autism. This marked the 11th year that this walk has taken place in the city of San Jose, CA at History Park at Kelly Park.

Speaking Out for Autism

I am fairly new to the Autism Community. Before working for CARD, the only experience I had with autism was J-Mac, my high school classmate who was diagnosed with autism and was our high schools’ basketball manager. Our senior year he stepped in and single handily scored 20 points in four minutes during our senior game. Other than that, I was clueless. Cut to July 2012, and all of a sudden I was the new Operations Manager for the Center for Autism and Related Disorders. It took a while to wrap my head around what we really do and I didn’t really didn’t see the community aspect of autism until this past weekend. Our office contributed to the Autism Speaks: Rochester Walk for Autism.

Walk Now for Autism Speaks

When my son was diagnosed with autism 17 years ago we had nothing like this but thanks to Autism Speaks, there are events like this all over in which they not only unite families and communities to raise money for research and other needed services, they get all of the service providers together in one place so that parents can gather all the information on any of the types of services that might help their child reach their maximum potential. In one event you can talk to an ABA provider, speech therapist, occupational therapy provider, Regional Centers, advocacy groups, attorneys, recreational providers, you name it!!!

Dr. Oz and the “Autism Show”

However, the show did a fairly decent job of representing the problem. The vast majority of the scientists and pediatricians repeated the party line that “science has already proven that vaccinations do not cause autism” while a group of frustrated parents eloquently but emotionally expressed the fact that the studies have not been exhaustive and have not taken individual children into consideration.