The Islanders Community Patrol took part in the Autism Speaks: Walk for Autism research on Sunday, October 22. Kids and adults traveled to Jones Beach on a glorious Sunday afternoon to take part in one of the fastest growing organizations for Autism.
In only its second year of existence, the 20,000-person event raised over $1.5 million a record high for autism research and awareness. The Islanders staff participated in the Long Island Autism Walk for Research, just one of dozens around the country and five in the state of New York.
Autism is a disorder that develops into delays of social interaction, language as used in social communication, or symbolic or imaginative play with onset prior to the age of three. There have been large increases in the reported incidence of autism. Some estimate that autism currently occurs in as many as one in 166 children in the United States.
To find out more about Autism Speaks you can visit their website at http://www.autism.org