Georgia Race for Autism and Family Fun Day to Raise Awareness and Show Support of Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

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Autism Society of America-Greater Georgia Chapter and SPECTRUM will host the 4th annual Georgia Race for Autism and Family Fun Day on Oct. 2 in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Across the entire state, teachers, students, businesses and residents are working together to raise awareness and show support of individuals who are affected by an autism spectrum diagnosis.

The Autism Society of America-Greater Georgia Chapter, http://www.asaga.com, and SPECTRUM, http://www.atl-spectrum.com, will host the "Georgia Race for Autism and Family Fun Day", October 2, 2010 in Lawrenceville, Georgia at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds.

Autism Society -Greater Georgia Chapter and SPECTRUM are pleased to present Gold and Silver Sponsors for Georgia Race for Autism and Family Fun Day. "The overwhelming show of support for this statewide event demonstrates the commitment of businesses and residents throughout Georgia to stand with individuals who are affected by an autism spectrum diagnosis," says Cindy Pike, Executive Director of Autism Society-Greater Georgia Chapter. "We are truly thankful for their generosity to Georgia Race for Autism and Family Fun Day."

Gold Sponsors include Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Autism Society of America-Georgia Chapter, Average Joe's Racing, Blimpie, Brain Balance, DigitalChalk, Kidstuff, Social Skills Programming Consultants, and SPECTRUM.

Silver Sponsors include Ander's Cabinets, Carnetts Carwash of Duluth, Imaginations at Play, in His image productions,inc., Jump-n-Play, Psychological Sciences Institute, and Sensations Therafun.

The Georgia Race for Autism and Family Fun Day, http://www.georgiaraceforautism.com, will begin with USATF certified 10k, 5k chip timed races at 8:00am and will conclude at 2:00pm. The day will include a fun run and tot trot, vendors, entertainment, music, sensory friendly activities, games, inflatables, pony rides and a petting zoo and hayrides. Gwinnett County Public School teachers and students will be out in full force to run, walk, cheer and participate in many of the activities taking place and are currently receiving online donations at http://www.georgiaraceforautism in honor of students, friends and family members on the autism spectrum.

About Autism Spectrum Disorders
Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a "spectrum disorder" that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause for autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today.

In December 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued their ADDM autism prevalence report. The report concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 110 births in the United States and almost 1 in 70 boys.

About Autism Society of America-Greater Georgia Chapter
The Greater Georgia Chapter of the Autism Society of America is a unit of the Autism Society of America. It is a dedicated well-informed group of parents and professionals working together to increase public awareness about autism and the day-to-day issues faced by individuals with autism, their families and the professionals with whom they interact. We advocate to improve services statewide for individuals with autism. ASA-GGC, http://www.asaga.com, provides current, accurate information on diagnosis, treatment, research, legislative updates, resources, and programs to assist families and professionals as they design intervention strategies for individuals with autism.

About SPECTRUM Autism Support Group
SPECTRUM Autism Support Group (SPECTRUM) was established in the fall of 1998 for families, friends and teachers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) within Gwinnett County, Georgia and the surrounding areas. It is a parent operated group whose mission is to provide support, education and resources encompassing the entire spectrum of ASD for children and adults. SPECTRUM hosts free monthly meetings the first Thursday of each month featuring guest speakers who share their knowledge and expertise regarding Autism Spectrum Disorders. Free childcare is offered with RSVP and is staffed by Autism professionals from the Gwinnett County Public School system (among other counties) and community volunteers. More information about SPECTRUM and support groups may be found at http://www.atl-spectrum.com.

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