Boston, MA – The National Autism Association (NAA) announced today that it will host a walk for the one in 88 children affected with autism at Castle Island Park in South Boston on Saturday, June 23rd. 

Walkers will raise money to support NAA’s family care programs focused on financial assistance and safety initiatives.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness of the hope that exists for those impacted by autism, and to support the children who are often overlooked.  With one in 88 children in our country diagnosed with autism, the need is overwhelming,” said Jean Whelan, local organizer of the walk and President of the NAA Massachusetts chapter.

Registration is free and walkers are encouraged to create their own teams on Firstgiving to raise money for this important cause.  Walk teams can be created for those attending or those who can only participate virtually.

“Castle Island is a great location for family-oriented events.  We’re looking forward to the opportunity to spend the day with local advocates, parents and children to spread the message that autism is treatable and there is hope for children on the autism spectrum,” says NAA President Wendy Fournier.  “With growing interest from the scientific community to find answers for the hundreds of thousands of children diagnosed with autism, there is indeed more hope than ever before for the affected families.”

Registration opens at 8:30am with the 2.5 mile walk beginning at 9am. For more information, click here.


About National Autism Association (NAA):

NAA is the leading voice on issues related to autism safety and crisis prevention. The organization’s mission is to respond to the most urgent needs of the autism community, providing real help and hope so that all affected can reach their full potential.