Autism Awareness Game Slated for Tomorrow
April is Autism Awareness Month and Major League Baseball is teaming up with Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, in a league-wide effort to support Autism Awareness.
Autism and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development, characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. An estimated one in 88 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum – a ten-fold increase in prevalence over the last 40 years.
Founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism, Autism Speaks is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Since its inception, the organization has committed more than $195 million to research and developing innovative resources for families.
To show our support, tomorrow night’s Brewers vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates game has been dedicated as our Autism Awareness Game.
Autism Speaks Milwaukee will be at the game and will have an information table set-up on the Field Level concourse. Brewers Community Foundation has provided them with tickets for the game and will be hosting special activities for select families during batting practice.