Funny Bunny 5K & Autism Egg Hunts
Paws 4 Autism kicks off Kansas City's AUTISM AWARENESS & ACCEPTANCE MONTH with a fun event for both families and dog lovers alike. This annual event is held on the first Saturday in April at Unity Village in Lee's Summit, MO.
2016 brings our runners a NEW CERTIFIED COURSE. The course and chip timing will be managed by THE RUNNING WELL STORE
There are TWO egg hunting fields: One for Special Needs Kiddos and their "buddy" and a separate field for our four legged friends!
Did you know that autism is the fastest-growing developmental disorder but is also the most underfunded? This April marks Autism Awareness Month, an entire month devoted to raising awareness about this disease. Some feel this disease is growing at an epidemic rate as every 20 minutes someone is diagnosed with autism.
Autism is growing at a rate of 10 to 17 percent annually with children. Many adults with autism find it difficult or impossible to relate to other people in a meaningful way, many show restrictive and/or repetitive patterns of behavior or body movements and often have some degree of mental retardation. This is also one of the most expensive disorders, having a lifetime cost of approximately $3.2 million per person and $60,000 per year for a family with an autistic family member. To be sure, there are people who will say the numbers are too overwhelming and that little, if anything, can be done to help change the course of this rampant disorder. We would argue there is a lot that you, can do and know that will cause a change to occur.
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