5th annual Strike Out Autism event set for June 15

* June 16, 2014 – A ‘wild night’ in dealing strikes to autism
* Oct. 16, 2014 – Autism Society debuts anti-bullying tool kit
* April 2, 2015 – Richmond County lights up blue for autism

The Richmond County chapter of Autism Society of North Carolina will be hosting its fifth annual Strike Out Autism event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, June 15 at Striker’s Bowling Center in Rockingham.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Jasey Braddock, 3, of Rockingham, let’s the bowling ball fly – er, crawl – down the lane last June at Striker’s Bowling Center.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Jasey Braddock, 3, of Rockingham, let’s the bowling ball fly – er, crawl – down the lane last June at Striker’s Bowling Center.

Local residents can join the bowling event by pre-registering or coming to the event on Monday night. The cost is $10 per person, $50 for a team of five and $50 for lane sponsorships. The Richmond Service League members are assisting the chapter with this event.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Richmond County chapter, which assists children and families living with Autism to enjoy a normal life and send funds from this event will be used to send Richmond County children on the Autism Spectrum to Camp Royall.

Camp Royall, located near Pittsboro, houses the nation’s oldest and largest summer camp program for people on the autism spectrum, year-round programs, and a wide variety of other functions and services throughout the year. In 2013 over 1,100 people participated in programming through Camp Royall.

Last year’s event raised nearly $1,200. It costs $1,700 to send a child to Camp Royall.

Statistics
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is the second most common developmental disability following intellectual disability. ASD is more common than childhood cancer, cystic fibrosis, and multiple sclerosis combined. It is estimated that up to 1 out of every 68 children born today has some form of ASD. Evidence suggests that the prevalence rate in North Carolina is even higher than the national average, at 1 in 58.

It is estimated that approximately 1.5 million Americans (children and adults) have ASD today, and that more than 15 million Americans (loved ones, caregivers, educators, and health-care professionals) are directly impacted by the disorder. In the state of North Carolina alone, there are over 60,000 individuals living with ASD.

Individuals with ASD typically have difficulty understanding verbal and nonverbal communication and learning appropriate ways of relating to other people, objects, and events. No two people with ASD are the same. As its name implies, ASD is a spectrum disorder that affects individuals differently and with varying degrees of severity. Additionally, ASD is often found in combination with other disabilities.

Chapter Co-Leader Emily Tucker said, “With the generous support of our community we will be able to help many of these families and individuals not only to meet essential daily needs, but to work toward a brighter future with programs, educational assistance, and other needs.”

For more information on how your donation is helping to make a difference in the lives of so many in our community, we invite you to visit the society’s website at www.autismsociety-nc.org or contact your local chapter. Come join us at 6:00 pm to be part of the Autism Awareness Fun and help us Strike Out Autism. For more information, call the Emily Tucker 910-334-1363.

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  • Dianne

    A fun event for a very good cause.

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