2019 Toronto

Team Alex

Dear Family and Friends,

Welcome to Team Alex's page!

As some of you may know, my younger brother Alex has autism. Alex is now 21 years old and was diagnosed at the age of 2. As we are only 16 months apart in age, I have grown up with Alex for practically my whole life, and in more ways than one, he is one of my best friends. Alex has very limited speech and it is difficult for him to communicate what he wants and how he feels. He loves watching his TV shows and Youtube videos, swimming, jumping on trampolines, eating his favorite foods, and vacations by the ocean. Incredibly attentive to detail, you will be hard-pressed to find a more gentle, inquisitive, and loving human being than my brother, Alex.

We are walking to celebrate Alex’s great strides this past year:
     – Alex graduated from the Planning for Independence Program in High School in June of 2018. We are very proud of his hard work and dedication!
     – He now attends an adult program three times per week, where he learns social skills and does fun activities. He also works on a regular basis with Erik, a great support worker and friend that has helped Alex in many ways. Some of the activities that Alex enjoys the most include biking, swimming, baking, doing puzzles, going to Sky Zone, and walking over to the coffee shop where he usually has an apple juice and a muffin.
     – Alex continues his work delivering newspapers. Every Thursday afternoon he carefully prepares the papers and flyers, and delivers them to about 50 houses on our street. He enjoys it a lot, and does a terrific job – he still has not missed a single delivery since he started! Many of the house owners know him well by now, and say hello to him when they see him come by.
     – He has continued progressing in his skiing, skating, and swimming programs.
     – Alex would be an amazing asset for anyone needing someone to do methodical/systematic tasks (such as sorting out and stocking items on shelves, replacing books to their correct place in a library or bookstore, etc.), or to identify faults/differences, for example, for quality-control purposes.

It would be amazing and it would mean a lot if you could join us and walk together with Alex on this day. The goal is to hopefully raise both money and awareness so that we can help build a better future for all the families that live with the challenges of autism every day. All money raised will go directly towards the scientific research, advocacy, services and awareness for autism.
Please come out and walk with us by joining Team Alex (click 'Join Team' to register). This will also allow you to set up your own personal goal for fundraising, and for your friends to support you.
If you are unable to participate in the walk or would rather help by making a donation, please donate to one of the members of our team by visiting their personal page (click their name under 'Team Roster').

Thank you for making a difference in the autism community!

Ian Noriega

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Walk Details:

When: Sunday, June 2, 2019
Where: Nathan Phillips Square
Address: 100 Queen St. West, Toronto
Walk Distance: 1-3 km
Registration Starts: 9:30 AM
Walk Begins: 10:45 AM
Team Meetup Information for Walk: TBD

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Here are some of the things that we’ve learnt about autism in the last 10 years…
1. Autism can be reliably diagnosed by age 2.
2. High-quality early intervention does more than develop skills.
3. One third of children and adults with autism are nonverbal.
4. Most adults with autism (84%) remain living with their parents.
5. Over 80% of adults with autism are unemployed.

There’s still so much more to learn…and you can help, as Autism Speaks is investing millions of dollars to fund research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure.

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