Posted by: Autism Speaks | October 28, 2009

Houston Walk Now for Autism Speaks



On Saturday, October 24, 6,500 people participated in the sixth annual Houston Walk Now for Autism Speaks at Reliant Park, raising over $305,000.

Before the Walk, Autism Speaks national director of field operations, Lisa Gallipoli, thanked the participants and recognized the first Grand Club members, each whom raised over $1,000. Scott Jackson, a former Texans offensive lineman, and Joe Marciano, the Texans’ special teams coach, shared their perspectives as dads with the walkers. The highlight of the stage show was Kyle Cousins’ inspirational performance. Kyle, a teenager who has autism, was non-verbal at age two and a half, and sang “Everybody Wants to be Heard,” a song he wrote about autism. Kids enjoyed the bounce houses, which were graciously provided by The Shape of Behavior. Walkers visited the biggest Autism Speaks resource fair yet in Houston, which offered 26 vendors.

Many thanks to Walk Chair Lynnette Sanders for making the Houston Walk such a wonderful success. Read more about the Walk here and become a fan of the Houston Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Facebook.



  1. […] Now for Autism Speaks event was held last weekend in Houston, Texas. Walks will take place on Oct. 31 in Washington, D.C. and Nov. 1 in Tempe, […]

  2. I really wished i could have been there with my 13 year old son Mario who has autism…i planned on going but unfortunately my mother has been in the icu in the hospital since september 14th…i know she wouldnt had wanted me to miss it but i just couldnt go..knowing that i need to be there by her side until she gets out of the hospital…next year im planning on going and taking my boy for sure…Kyle Cousins is an awesome person and i love his music!!! i hope one day to see him perform and take Mario with me so they can meet.

  3. My daughter has PDD-NOS

  4. When will be your next autism walk?

    • The Houston walk does not have a definite date yet. Please go to and register for the Walk so you will be the first to get that information once we have it! Thanks, Patty

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