Dear Family, Friends, and Strangers
I participate in Autism Speaks Canada Walk because Walk dollars make an impact on the autism community.
Autistic children become Autistic adults; and at this time there is an extreme lack of adult programming and support.
Your donation goes to grow and support the autism community in Niagara.
Autism, Asperger's, HFA, NOS, are very misunderstood conditions; there is a lack of understanding of the neurological disorder, which leads to ignorance, violence, and mistreatment.
The average life expectancy of a neurotypical person is 72 years.
The average life expectancy of someone on the Autism spectrum is 36 years.
The top 3 causes of death (in no particular order) in people with Autism are:
1) Death from Injury/Accidental
Autism has high comorbid conditions such as epilepsy, which causes seizures. It's also common for autistic people to wander, especially towards water, leading to drowning. A common symptom in autism is being unaware of dangers. Such as fast cars when crossing the road, or other common safety concerns.
In the past 5 years, 550 autistic individuals were murdered by their caregivers (be that parents, relatives, or at a facility). Due to lack of awareness, there have been a number of deaths from the hands of police officers, unaware that the individual is autistic, not a threat.
Autistic individuals without a learning disability are 9 times more likely to commit suicide than neurotypical individuals.
Comorbid conditions such as depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues are common.
Due to the lack of awareness, the exhaustion of trying to fit in, and the ignorance and being bullied by others; it can become too much to handle.
If these facts shocked you, good. The truth of the matter is that all of these can be prevented.
By raising money for autism charities, by spreading the message of awareness and acceptance, by getting parents the help and training they need, by getting autistic individuals the help and training they need, we can raise the average life expectancy.
We can make it so every child, youth, and adult with autism can live their most fulfilling life.
By making a donation and supporting my efforts, you are making a difference to the autism community.