|For over 25 years, the Autism Society Central Virginia, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has served as the region’s premier source of education, advocacy, and support for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), their families and friends, and interested professionals. ASDs are a group of developmental disabilities that occur in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups and that cause significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges. More people than ever before are being diagnosed with autism, and currently, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) estimates that an average of 1 in 88 children (1 in 54 boys) in the United States has an ASD. There is no known cure for autism.
Over the past eleven years, the Autism Society Central Virginia 5k Run/Walk has grown from a small venture to an annual event that attracted over 1500 participants in 2012. Held at the Innsbrook Pavilion, this family-friendly race includes entertainment, food, exhibitors and a Kid’s Fun Zone. The 5K Run/Walk is our chapter’s primary source of income, raising nearly $65,000 in May 2012.
All funds raised from this event will stay within the greater Richmond area, providing much needed support to families and individuals living with autism..