San Jose will take up its fight against Autism through two upcoming events. This Saturday, June 5, there will be a “Walk Now For Autism Speaks” event at History Park. In addition to the fundraising walk there will be activities for kids, resources for families, light refreshments, and entertainment. Registration for the event starts at 9am, and the walk begins at 10am. History San Jose is at Kelley Park, 1650 Senter Road.
For more info, go to the Walk Now For Autism Speaks website.
The second upcoming event is a “Kick Autism” World Cup viewing party that will be hosted by San Jose Earthquakes goalie Joe Cannon and a few other coaches and players. The party will be on June 20, from 10am to 2pm. The party will benefit the Independent Peer Socialization Training Program.
Brunch and drinks are included as you watch a World Cup match from South Africa. There will also be a silent auction for soccer items such as Joe Cannon and Landon Donovan game-worn kits. Tickets are $75 for adults and $25 for kids. For more info, go to the Soccer Silicon Valley Community Foundation website.
Autism is an epidemic. The disease affects around 1 in 110 children. No one knows the cause(s) of the disease, but too many know its terrible effects.
Dealing with autism demands a lot of time, energy, and resources. It’s a 24 hour job, seven days a week. The burden placed on families living with autism is only going to get worse as cuts in social spending have become the norm. One could argue that autism is this generation’s polio. It is a devastating condition/disease that will require the building and maintenance of new support systems. It will cost a fortune…but it must be done.