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Potomac Businesses Support Autism Speaks 5K - Source Connection news papers

Posted on Jun 27,2018
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The finish line at the 2017 Autism Speaks 5K.

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By Susan Belford

POTOMAC - The tsunami of autism is not disappearing — it is only getting worse. A new statistic has just been released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): In its biennial update on the prevalence of autism among the nation’s children, one in every 59 children has a diagnosis identifying him or her on the autism spectrum disorder by age 8. The numbers have increased by 15 percent in just two years and 150 percent since the first Potomac Autism Speaks Race was launched in 2000. Several years ago, the statistics cited 1 in 68 with an autism spectrum diagnosis and previously it was 1 in 88.

Potomac residents can support the battle against autism in many ways. Shop at the Market at River Falls on July 1 and 20 percent will go to Autism Speaks. Sign up to run or walk in the Autism Speaks 5K Run/Walk or run virtually from any location on July 4. Initiate or join a team and support it by participating or donating or make a donation to Autism Speaks.

Potomac will host the 18th annual Autism Speaks 5K Race and Fun Walk on the morning of Wednesday, July 4 at 8 a.m. The Race/Walk begins and ends at the Potomac Library and will draw more than 1,500 racers, walkers and families committed to the cause.

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