Train 4 Autism is a foundation dedicated to bringing together a community of athletes, physically active, and socially conscious people who are committed to raising awareness and funds for research and treatment for those living with Autism and their families. Fund raising and volunteer opportunities for individual athletes, teams and entire families include marathons, half marathons, 10Ks, 5Ks, walks, triathlons, swimming, and cycling events.
Today, there are many treatment centers and research programs all doing vital work, and all carrying different yet important messages and missions. Train 4 Autism provides the infrastructure, technology, and support for participants to raise funds and contribute to the programs about which they are most passionate.
Train 4 Autism is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization founded by parents and families of children touched by Autism and Train 4 Autism is 100% volunteer.
It is a unique fund raising program in that they allow you to;
- You choose the sport
- You choose the event
- You choose where your funds go
Each participant directs the bulk of his/her funds to the autism organization of his/her choice. You can select any non-profit autism-related organization, nationally or locally.
- Choose any event – a local walk, 5K, 10K, half or full marathon, or an Ironman triathlon
- Create a fund raising page with Train 4 Autism
- Find an event
- Email friends, family, and coworkers telling them about your fund raising efforts
- Network with other Train 4 Autism participants and celebrate your accomplishments together
To make a donation, click here for a general donation or sponsor a Train 4 Autism participant. Volunteers are an important part of Train 4 Autism. They have opportunities to at expo booths, event registration, water stations, and more. Click here to volunteer.
The best part is that 94.5%* of all funds raised go directly to helping the autism program of your choice. Here’s the breakdown of where every dollar goes:
- Your Charity of Choice 94.5%
- Train 4 Autism Operating Expenses 0%
- Website Expenses 5.5%
1 in 88 children in the US will be diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (Centers for Disease Control, 2012). Autism, Asperger Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Delay – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) are the three most common disorders in this group, and are characterized by delays in language development and social skills, and by repetitive and/or restrictive behaviors. Autism is diagnosed five times more often in boys than in girls.
Autism is a bio-neurological developmental disability that becomes evident in early childhood. Individuals diagnosed with Autism often have difficulty with verbal and non-verbal communication and social interactions, and may exhibit physical disorders including epilepsy, sleep disorders, anxiety disorders, digestive disorders, and allergies.
There is no cure for Autism. However, numerous educational, behavioral, biomedical, and related interventions have been proven effective in improving symptomology in individuals with this diagnosis. Autism does not affect life expectancy.
Autism affects more individuals in the US than Leukemia, Muscular Dystrophy, Cystic Fibrosis, and Juvenile Diabetes, but receives the least national funding.
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- ALABAMA – Greater Alabama
- CALIFORNIA – Inland Empire, Kings County, Orange County, Northeast Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, San Diego, South Bay (LA County), Ventura County
- ILLINOIS – Central Illinois
- KANSAS – Kansas City
- MAINE – Greater Maine
- MISSOURI – Kansas City
- NEVADA – Las Vegas
- NEW YORK – Upstate Autism Warriors
- OHIO – Cleveland, Columbus
- TEXAS – Austin