Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Michele M. Johnson announced that the Town will host its Sixth Annual “Walk for Autism” to benefit the Fay J. Lindner Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities. The event will be held rain or shine on Sunday, September 22, at John J. Burns Town Park, Merrick Road in Massapequa. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the walk will begin at 11 a.m., followed by a tailgate party.
“Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically lasts throughout a person’s lifetime. Today, one in 88 individuals is diagnosed with autism. Only a few short years ago, the rate of diagnosis was one in 150, and this staggering statistic makes it the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the United States,” Councilwoman Johnson said. “There is no known cause or cure for autism. Many treatments and therapies have surfaced since the disorder has grown more visible in the mainstream press, but reputable doctors have yet to agree on any that will reverse the diagnosis. The answer lies in additional research.”
Now in its sixth year, the Town’s walk has help to spread the word about autism and help those inflicted with the condition. The event benefits the Fay J. Lindner Center for Autism, a dedicated facility located on AHRC Nassau’s Brookville Campus and affiliated with the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System. “Ultimately, the center helps families obtain comprehensive assessments, family support and information on the latest research,” Councilwoman Johnson said. “It also focusses on building awareness to the issue of Autism.”
Registration is $10 for individual walkers or $25 for a family (up to five walkers). Each registered walker will receive a t-shirt and admission to the tailgate party.
To sign up for the walk, register online at www.centerforautism.kintera.org, or call the Town of Oyster Bay’s Parks Department Recreation Office at 516-797-4125 ext. 2.
“I hope our residents will join us to take part in this charitable cause,” Councilwoman Johnson stated. “This event promises to be a day filled with fun for participants, but more importantly a day to help spread awareness and assist in the fight against autism.”