Posted by: Autism Speaks | June 9, 2010

2010 Bay Area Walk Now for Autism Speaks

Team David starts the Walk

On Saturday, June 5th, 5,000 walkers came together in honor of their loved ones, friends, classmates, and community members with autism for the 8th Annual Bay Area Walk Now for Autism Speaks at History San Jose at Kelley Park in San Jose, California.  Together, our community raised $315,000 and that total continues to climb daily! 

Special thanks to Lesley Lafferty, who served as our event emcee, to Native Elements for sharing their fabulous tunes, to the talented Nick Guzman, who kicked off the opening ceremony with a special song and entertained us after the Walk, and to members of “501st Legion: Vader’s Fist” for entertaining us all.  A huge thank you to Walk Chair Pamela Kerman and the Bay Area Walk committee members for making this Walk so successful.

The Community Resource Fair featured over 40 local providers and many of our wonderful sponsors were on site, including Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us, Rothstein Kass, and Landscape Structures.

We’re so grateful to all of our participants who worked so hard for months leading up to the Walk and to those who will continue to work through year’s end to raise much-needed awareness and funds in support of our mission.

For more photos, please visit our Bay Area Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/AutismSpeaks.BayArea.

Autism All Stars pose next to their Tribute Trail Sign!

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Responses

  1. Are there different levels of autism?

    Can adults have autism & not realize it?

    • Hi Anthony,
      Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders known as Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD). Many people refer to this group as Autism Spectrum Disorders meaning that there are wide range of ‘levels’ of autism. A mildly affected person might seem merely quirky and lead a typical life. A severely affected person might be unable to speak or care for himself.
      There are definitely cases of adults on the autism spectrum and being unaware of it. Presently, there is not a medical test for autism; a diagnosis is based on observed behavior and educational and psychological testing. If you are concerned, we urge you to talk to your doctor.


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