April 23, 2014 – April is Autism Awareness Month. SMART Management’s Provider Relations Representative Candi Arevalo and her family are participating in The Autism Project Walk. This will be held at Goddard Park on Sunday, April 27th in honor of her wonderful son Tyler. If you would like to make a donation to help her team reach their goal please visit their fundraising page. No donation is too small … every dollar counts!!!
If you or someone you know are interested in participating, the check-in time is at 9:00 am and the walk starts at 10:00 am. However, you don’t have to participate in the walk to enjoy the Family Fun Day. This includes a reptile show, a visit from the URI Rams Football Team, cotton candy, and popcorn, obstacle course, face painting, arts and crafts, a marketplace and much more!
Autism affects a child’s ability to communicate, understand language, play and build relationships. Candi’s son, Tyler was diagnosed with Autism at the age of five. He has struggled over the years with sensory issues, communication, and overall socialization.
Fundraising organizations like The Autism Project and Autism Speaks are there to advocate, teach and support not only children but their families as well.
Candi explained that “Thanks to these organizations, Tyler has progressed enough to be a member of the Unified Special Olympics Basketball Team, a sport he absolutely loves. He has actually become renowned for his famous 3 point shot!! The support that Tyler receives from autism programs has helped him become more independent. It has also allowed him to overcome some of the many challenges of Autism.
Tyler has been on the honor roll every quarter since middle school! I’m grateful for the strides Tyler has made throughout his life. I attribute much of this to the wonderful programs that fundraising for Autism provides.”
Did you know that Autism:
- Now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys
- Prevalence figures are growing
- Is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
- Costs a family $60,000 a year on average
- Is nearly five times more likely in boys than girls
- Has no medical detection or cure for autism