This month I will be running to show my support for my brother Tyler in the Autism Jigsaw run and to raise funds for the Autism Foundation. Tyler holds a very special place in my heart, since we've been so close growing up together. He is the reason why I'm going to school to become a special education teacher. He is such a special person, he is always smiling and always knows how to make you laugh when your upset or feeling down. He is just one of a kind.
Autism affects 1 in every 68 births and is growing at a rate of 10-17% a year. It knows no social, racial, or ethnic boundaries. Children on the spectrum have significant developmental delays in the areas of social skills and communication. They have poor eye contact, lack functional and receptive language and prefer to play alone. Research dictates that the earlier a child is treated, the better the outcome. Treatment includes sensory integration, behavioral therapy and speech.
Proceeds and donations from this race will support Autism Awareness and benefit programs that work with children diagnosed with Autism here on Long Island.