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July 2009 

 2009 Central Valley Walk Now for Autism

Modesto Junior College – West Campus

Saturday, October 17, 2009   


Join us for our 2nd annual Central Valley Walk Now for Autism – a family friendly, non-competitive walk and a morning of fun for the entire family. Our new and improved 2009 Central Valley Walk website is open and ready. 

Register now and start your fundraising to support the mission of Autism Speaks.

At press time, here are our current totals:

Total amount raised to date – $20,089

Number of Teams Registered – 60

Number of Walkers Registered – 211 Providers Wanted

If you are or have a provider that you think would like to join our resource fair on walk day please let us know. Part of the event is to provide families with great information about local community resources. From therapists to programs to adaptive music and sports; we want to know about it and share it with our families. Providers can contact us at

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

There are many ways companies can partner with Autism Speaks including corporate sponsorship, corporate teams, in-kind donations, matching gifts, donated media and more.

For information on how to become an Official Sponsor and the benefits from the marketing power of Autism Speaks in the fight against autism, please contact  

Wrap-Around Events
Do you have a great idea for a local fundraising event, but need some help? Or do you have a Wrap-Around event already scheduled? Please let us know so we can help out – we can even promote the event in these eBlasts and on our website!

Summer Fundraising Ideas
Summer is a great time to hold fundraisers – you can have a lemonade stand, finally clean out your garage and have a garage sale, or host a BBQ or swim party and charge a fee to participants.

Do you have a great fundraising idea? Please send them to us at

If we publish yours in the August Newsletter, we will send you an Autism Speaks baseball cap!


We have a fun filled afternoon planned for Team Captains & participants on August 8th from 12pm – 2pm at the Memorial Health and Education Center in McHenry Village (1700 McHenry Ave. Modesto, CA 95350). Lots of fundraising ideas will be provided and questions regarding the walk and the walk website will be covered. Please click here to RSVP.

WALK FAQ’SCan I reuse my 2008 username and password? What if I forgot?

Yes, you can reuse your 2008 username and password. If you forgot, we’ve got you covered! Click here to have your information emailed to you.

How much do I need to raise and how big should my team be?

There is no minimum amount that you must fundraise to participate in the Walk, and one or more people constitutes a team! If you are able to raise $150 or more as an individual, you will receive a t-shirt on Walk day. Raise a $1,000 and join the Grand Club!

What if I can’t attend the Walk on October 17th?

No worries! You can still sign up now and participate virtually by fundraising through our awesome website! Create and customize your own personal page, and send emails to friends and family! Choose a day that works for your schedule and commit to walking a route in your neighborhood to honor those affected by autism. It’s just that simple.

How long is the Walk route?
The Walk route will be approximately 2 miles and circles the MJC-West campus.

For additional information, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions section of the Walk website here


Individuals who raise $1,000 automatically become members of this exclusive club. Encourage all your team members to reach a personal/individual fundraising goal of $1,000 and on Walk day each individual can enjoy:• Public recognition
• Commemorative pin
• Special perks on Walk day
• Other surprises throughout Walk season!

Congratulations to our current members of the Grand Club:

Brandon Rodrigues
 with $3,935 raised so far and Marianne Russo with $1,320 raised to date! Congratulations Brandon and Marianne!

OFFICIAL WALK NOW FOR AUTISM T-SHIRTOfficial Walk Now for Autism t-shirts will be distributed on Walk-Day to each registered individual walker who raises $150 OR MORE.

(Team Captains – This is a great incentive to get your team members to register on line and fundraise for you!)

To reduce costs, ensuring that more dollars are directed to the mission of Autism Speaks, t-shirts will be available on walk day only and not mailed to participants who are unable to attend the event. 

Autism Speaks will do its best to ensure that those participants who are receiving shirts will receive a shirt in the size of their choice. However, when this is not possible, another size may be substituted. Please visit for more details.


July 18: Team Applied Behavior Consultants Yard Sale – Team Applied Behavior Consultants will be having a huge team fundraising yard sale at their Stockton office from 7am – 12pm. 7109 Danny Dr., it’s the Hammer Lane exit off the 99 freeway. Come out and show your support!

July 18: WNFAS Booth at the Stockton 99 Speedway – from 3pm – 10pm. The Central Valley Walk Now for Autism Speaks will have a booth at the Stockton 99 Speedway. One of our sponsors, Carlos Vieira Racing, Inc. will be racing that evening as well. Here is their website for ticket pricing and directions Click on “track info”. By the way kids 10 and under are free!

August 29: Race and Ride for Autism – at Madera Speedway presented by Carlos Vieira Racing Inc. & Team 51FIFTY. A 100 lap western late model main event and motorcycle show. Proceeds will benefit Central Valley Walk Now for Autism. Click here for a flyer or visit for more information. 

September 18: Crosby, Stills and Nash Concert at the San Jose Civic Auditorium

September 19: Crosby, Stills and Nash Concert at the Ironstone Amphitheatre in Murphys

General and Benefit Ticket purchases benefit Autism Speaks. Please visit and for more information.

Become a Fan of the Central Valley Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Facebook!

Receive the latest updates on Autism Speaks and the Central Valley Walk Now for Autism Speaks activities and chat with other fans by joining today! Facebook is a valuable social networking tool – let’s use it to spread the word about autism awareness and the Central Valley Walk Now for Autism Speaks.


Last week Autism Speaks launched its first national television advocacy campaign.

Our ad, entitled “Neighbors,” depicts the consequences of insurance company discrimination against individuals with autism and calls on the American public to urge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to end autism insurance discrimination in the upcoming health care reform legislation. View the ad 

 We need YOUR help to make this a reality!

“Neighbors” will be broadcast on CNN, MSNBC and CNBC, reaching millions of informed and politically active Americans. Watch our TV Ad. Then, ensure your voice is heard by calling Majority Leader Reid and Speaker Pelosi today!  


Autism Speaks recently launched The Autism Safety Project to provide First Responders with information and guidelines for communicating with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder in emergency situations. It includes information for Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters, Emergency Medical Services Personnel, Hospital Emergency Staff, Judicial System Workers, and Search and Rescue Teams. The project also supports family participation in order to ensure the safest and most effective responses to these situations.  

We welcome any information you might have that relates to the safety of individuals with autism spectrum disorders. If you know of any local resources or trainings in your area, please let us know! E-mail


Autism Speaks’ Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE) continues to play an integral role in elucidating new findings in the complex autism inheritance puzzle. Utilizing genetic samples from the AGRE cohort, a research team identified 27 genetic regions where rare gene variations – missing or extra copies of certain genes – were found in children with autism.

These multiple genetic duplications and deletions are thought to interfere with gene function, which can disrupt the production of proteins necessary for normal neurological development. The study is published in the June 26 edition of the journal PLoS Genetics.


At Autism Speaks, our goal is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders.

We are dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. We are committed to raising the funds necessary to support these goals.

Autism Speaks aims to bring the autism community together as one strong voice to urge the government and private sector to listen to our concerns and take action to address this urgent global health crisis. It is our firm belief that, working together, we will find the missing pieces of the puzzle.

Autism Speaks. It’s time to listen. 778-3840

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