In a few short weeks I will be running the New York Half Marathon to raise much needed funds for Autism Speaks, a wonderful organisation which educates families, raises public awareness for early intervention, and funds research globally to further our understanding of the complexities of Autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
I will be running with this little guy in my heart – my nephew who has recently received the official diagnosis, which will hopefully open access to available resources and support in his formative years. Early intervention with proven behavioural therapies has been shown improve outcomes, and it is possible for my nephew thanks to the awareness and wisdom of my incredibly resilient sister and her partner.
Despite this, funding for research, support and education in ASD is limited and needs all the help we can muster, so as to allow more families out there to gain access to much needed knowledge and services.
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