The 12th Annual Ride for Autism benefiting Autism New Jersey Announces 2012 Event to Kick Off Autism Awareness Month

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Hundreds of cyclists to get in gear for the Ride for Autism charity bicycling tour taking place Saturday, June 9th in central New Jersey.

April is Autism Awareness Month and Autism New Jersey, the largest statewide network of parents and professionals dedicated to improving the lives of people with autism and their families, has announced plans for the 2012 Ride for Autism charity bicycling tour taking place Saturday, June 9th in central New Jersey.

In its 12th year, the Ride for Autism is a scenic recreational tour with six route options for cyclists of all experience levels. Starting and finishing at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ, participants can choose from the 10, 25, 50, 62 (metric century), 100 mile or a one-mile fun ride loop to raise funds and awareness for Autism New Jersey. The ride is professionally supported with rest stops and SAG vehicles on all routes. The annual post-ride festival features a vendor expo, catered lunch, kids’ activities and more. Registered participants are automatically entered to win one of two bikes donated by Fuji Bikes (http://www.fujibikes.com). To register for the Ride or make a donation directly to support Autism New Jersey, please visit http://www.ride4autism.org.

“The mission of the Ride for Autism is to raise significant awareness and funds for Autism New Jersey which serves as an invaluable resource for individuals with autism, their families, and the professionals who support them,” said Andy Abere, founder and director of the Ride for Autism. “With six different route options, the Ride has a distance for any cyclist who wants to ride and help solve the puzzle of autism.”

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are usually diagnosed during the first three years of life and are four to five times more prevalent in boys than in girls. ASDs affect approximately 1 in 88 individuals nationally, and 1 in 49 in New Jersey according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Autism Awareness Month provides the perfect opportunity for individuals and organizations across the nation to educate their communities about autism. Autism New Jersey's "Autism Awareness Ambassador Program" provides tips and tools to enable individuals concerned about autism to raise awareness in their local communities. The theme of the 2012 Ambassador program is "Create Change: Educate, Inspire, Lead the Way." Autism Awareness Ambassadors who register at http://www.autismnjambassador.org will receive a free kit of information, a guide to setting up activities and other great ideas.

The Ride for Autism is produced by g4 Productions (http://www.g4events.com) -- an event planning and production firm specializing in participatory sports and charitable fundraising events.

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