On the 21st of April 2018, hundreds saw hundreds of supporters come out to participate in the Autism Awareness Run Walk hosted at the South African Army Natal Mounted Rifles regiment in Durban.
Caz Collins, the Director of Breakthrough Interventions SA was quoted saying, “We were delighted to have Musgrave Shopping Centre on board as a main sponsor, and through their support, we actually doubled our entries, and had to, in fact, close entries well ahead of the registration cut-off date”.
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, which affects one in 68 people, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is not one type of autism but many, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences.
Autism’s most-obvious signs tend to appear between 2 and 3 years of age. In some cases, it can be diagnosed as early as 18 months. Some developmental delays associated with autism can be identified and addressed even earlier.
The objective of this fun run / walk is to promote awareness of those with ASD who are part of our families and communities and drive the message to promote inclusion in schools as well as access to services for those with ASD.
Currently, treatment for those with ASD is not covered by any South African medical aids, resulting in those without the financial resources not receiving assistance for the intervention and treatment for their children.
The overall vision is to develop a community therapy centre that is self-sufficient and will go on to providing therapy for those in the low income sector.
Funds raised at the fun walk run will go towards creating this therapy centre so this is your opportunity to get up off your couch and support a worthy cause. The race is open to everyone, those who know and love someone with Autism, people with autism as well as those who support ASD.