Posted by: Autism Speaks | November 3, 2009

Arizona Walk Now for Autism Speaks

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Dr. Daniel Kessler with two of his associates from St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. Their walk team, Arizona Child Study Center, raised over $5,000, earning them the resource fair’s Traveling Trophy!

On Sunday, November 1, 12,000 people joined the Arizona Walk Now for Autism Speaks at Tempe Beach Park, hosted by Autism Speaks and the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC). The fifth annual event raised over $424,000.

Walkers were treated to more than 40 resource fair exhibitors, a fun kid’s zone and wonderful local entertainment. For the second year, Daron Sutton, the voice of the Arizona Diamondbacks, emceed the event.

Special thanks go to returning Walk Chair Evan Danziger and Honorary Walk Chair Derrick Hall, president and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks, for their leadership. Read more about the Walk here and become a fan of the Arizona Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Facebook.



  1. […] Now for Autism Speaks events took place this past week – Arizona and National Capital Area (Washington, […]

  2. My son Josh is 14 years old. He was diagnosed with Autism when he was 3 years old. It has been an up hill battle for him every day of his life. Just when my husband and I think we can breathe a sigh of relief. One nore hurdle gets in our way. We were so happy when his Middle School seemed to all work out fopr Josh. 7th grade went very smooth. He had many friends, some knew him since Elementary and were very supportive of his quirks. We had SARRC (Southwest Autism and Resource Center) present the “Friends” Program to his 6th grade class. It was wonderful. They had the whole class learn about what life was for Josh and many other children like him. How they could be friends and help him when he had a stressed out moment. All our prayers were answered. Now back again in 8th grade. We all go to his open house and learn there is free tutoring for all students. Again we were happy. Until the Director of Curriculum sat down with and told us that the reason for the free tutoring is because the Special Needs studends were bringing down the ranking of the school. I sat there floored and stunned. How could she sit there and blame all my “kids” on the performance ranking of the school. Later I found out that its because of the No Chiild Left Behind. Our kids have to pass all the same tests of “regular” children. They have no leway, no exeptions Nothing…. I urge all of you reading this with amazing children like ours to get ahold of your Represenatives and Senators to stop this issue. My son does not need any more pressure in his life. Nor does any ones child. He already feels pressure to be like every one else. and he tries so hard. Algebra has been a challenge for him. but he wants to pass the test just every one else…….. So we walk for him and we walk for all the kids tthat want to be like every one else.

  3. love Dr. Kessler!

  4. I walk for my nephew Thomas who was diagnosed with Autism when he was 2 1/2 years old. Although its a struggle for my sister she has learned to accept and embrace it. We love him so much and do anything we can to help him learn as many thing we can.

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