Autism Society Ontario — Simcoe County Chapter

Autism Society Ontario Simcoe County

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Please support Autism Ontario Simcoe County Chapter in this year's Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Charity Challenge. This is our fourth year participating in this event, and we need your help to meet our goal of raising $15,000!!

About autism

Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life: it is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain.

Autism impacts the typical development of the brain in the areas of social interaction and communication skills. Children and adults with autism typically have difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities. They find it hard to communicate with others and relate to the outside world. In some cases, aggressive and/or self-injurious behaviour may be present. Persons with autism may exhibit repeated body movements (hand flapping, rocking), unusual responses to people or attachments to objects and resistance to changes in routines. Individuals may also experience sensitivities in sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste.

Autism Spectrum Disorder is one of the most common developmental disabilities. Based on recent studies by Canadian researchers, the prevalence rate of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is 1 in 165. In Ontario, there is an estimated 70,000 individuals with ASD. Yet most of the public, including many professionals in the medical, educational, and vocational fields, are still unaware of how autism affects people and how they can effectively work with individuals with autism..

About Autism Ontario Simcoe County Chapter:

Autism Ontario Simcoe County Chapter provides support to the estimated 2500 individuals who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in Simcoe County. We are a volunteer driven organization that provides a number of activities and programs to individuals and their families to help achieve their full potential in the community. Every penny raised in this charity challenge is used for:

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WHAT CAN YOU DO? Simply DONATE, RUN or WALK with us!

A. SPONSOR SOMEONE ON OUR TEAM "Autism Ontario Simcoe County Chapter"

  1. Visit www.torontowaterfrontmarathon.com/en/charity.htm#official to make a secure credit card donation (you will receive an electronic tax receipt for a donation of $20 or more); or,
  2. Mail your cheque to Autism Ontario Simcoe County Chapter (11 Ferris Lane, Studio 2, Barrie, Ontario, L4M 5N6) indicating "Charity Challenge Donation" and the team member's name (if applicable). Electronic tax receipts will be issued for donations of $20 or greater.

B. JOIN OUR TEAM "Autism Ontario Simcoe County Chapter" in the 5K (run/walk), Half-Marathon or Marathon, and collect pledges on-line.

All participants must raise a minimum $10.

Follow this 2-step process - Register to participate/Register to fundraise.
(print the instructions below to help guide you through the process)

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Step I. Register to participate in the event

Step II. Once you have successfully registered for the event, you will receive a confirmation email of your entry from Eventsonline and be directed to the online fundraising program.

If you require assistance registering or would like to obtain more information, please contact our Team Captain, Amanda McNulty, amanda.mcnulty@hotmail.com, 705-252-7429.

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