2019 Orangeville

Team Yaz

Dear Family and Friends,

I participate in Autism Speaks Canada Walk because Walk dollars make an impact on the autism community.

As you all know Yazmine is a twin, so at a very early age it was clear that Yazmine was developing at a different level. She was diagnosed in 2006 with Developmental Disability and Global Delay. Yazmine continued to have challenges in many areas (fine/gross motor, sensory, speech, cognitive, etc) and was later diagnosed in June 2009, with High Functioning Autism.

Although Yazmine does understand she lives with Autism, she doesn't let it define her. She is a very energetic and athletic teenager. She is always smiling and laughing. She enjoys school and attending activities in the community. There isn't a day that goes by that either Yazmine or myself, are advocating for her. Many people still don't understand Autism and need to be educated, because those living with Autism are people just like us, who need our care and understanding and NOT ignorance.

As the prevalence of autism continues to rise, it’s more important than ever to fund research and services so that people with autism have the opportunity to meet their full potential. In fact, Walk dollars have gone towards training Early Childhood educators, helping newly diagnosed families navigate the health care system, and young adults learning skills to help them find jobs – and that is just to name a few.

Here are some of the things that we’ve learnt about autism in the last 10 years…

Autism can be reliably diagnosed by age 2.
High-quality early intervention does more than develop skills.
One third of children and adults with autism are nonverbal.
Most adults with autism (84%) remain living with their parents.
Over 80% of adults with autism are unemployed.
There’s still so much more to learn…and you can help.

By making a donation and supporting my efforts, you are making a difference to the autism community. Yaz is looking for some friends to join her walk team. She wishes to double her walk team from last year. She even wishes to have some of her four legged friends join the team!

Thanks so much for your support for Team Yaz and in supporting all persons living with ASD.

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