Im proud to say The walk 4 autism 2014 is now on its 5th year,this walk is a annual 10 mile walk which my self and members of the general public participate in to raise much needed autism awareness to try quash the taboo that most ppl believe represents individuals with autism,
autism is a life long neurological disability and varies in severity but all the common traits of this disability present themselfs in each individual with autism,although two ppl with autism are never the same despite the perception of ppl presuming all present like the fictional character in rain man ,or that they are just naughty or spoilt.
1 in 150 children are diagnosed with this silent disability in the u.k each year,
i decided to create this annual walk 5 year ago which is growing and growing each year to raise autism awareness and help charity's whom care for ppl with not just autism but various disabilities after my son Ashton was diagnosed with severe autism at 2 years old in 2008, I realised very quickly how cruel ppl can be intentionally and unintentionally towards ppl with this disability simply becouse there isn't enough awareness of autism, instead of crying and getting upset i decided i wanted to try create some way of spreading autism awareness for not only my son but others to be better understood.
life with autism is not easy it is very hard becouse ur child looks perfectly fine yet they have soooo many difficulties beyond things you ever could imagine which as a parent is heart breaking as there's nothing you can do to stop it smells,sounds,lights ,colours ,textures etc all this can be so over whelming to a child with autism
things we take for granted day to day are so much harder for a person with autism,my son is 8 this year he can't talk a single word along side the autism like many others he also has severe learning difficulties,picca disorder and many other obstacles to over come but hes so loving and amazing and inspires me every day he trys his best n smiles away despite all his difficulties and I wouldn't change him for the world,
But I will try my best along with others who support this cause to change the way ppl view this silent disability that's not transparent to the naked eye to help my son be better understood and stamp out prejudice over the past 4 years we've raised a fantastic £17,554 pound for ravenscliffe secondary special needs school ,woodbank special needs school,Highbury special needs school,the a.s.d class at central street school, the a.s.d team, linden brook respite centre,the mayfield trust and the Hebden bridge gardening club for children with autism.
the walk 4 autism 2014 is on Saturday the 5th July @ 10am meeting at hx central library doing a lap of town with our buckets then catch the train to Hebden bridge then proceed road side the 10 mile back to Halifax where we finish off in the Halifax catholic club where il lay on a buffet and we can all have a well earned drink,
the walk is fancy dress but this is optional i am asking that fancy dress or clothes worn this year are green red blue or yellow to represent the four colours of the autism ribbon,
all proceeds will be split between ravenscliffe special needs schools new college thats due to be built at spring hall in Halifax ,Highbury special needs school,woodbank special needs school and the ASD class at central street school,
if you'd like to take part plz get in touch,any donations are truly gratefully received and I can never thank each person enough who supported this cause not just this year but since I started it it means so much : ) xxxx thank u xxxxx