Burkhart Center Hosts Ninth Annual Autism Walk

Registration is open to all members of the community; participants can sign up individually or as teams.

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Texas Tech head football coach, Kliff Kingsbury serves as this year’s honorary walk chairman.

Texas Tech University’s Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research hosts its ninth annual Walk for Autism Awareness from 2-4 p.m. April 28 at the Jones AT&T Stadium. Texas Tech head football coach, Kliff Kingsbury serves as this year’s honorary walk chair.

The walk is open to all members of the community and participants can sign up individually or as teams. Many Texas Tech students participate in the walk including students in physical fitness class which focuses on learning how to teach physical education to students with autism.

Registration for the walk is free but donations are welcome to raise funds for the Burkhart Center and its programming.

The number of people and families affected by autism around the country is growing and TheBurkhart Center for Autism Education and Research provides resources for young adults with autism and raises awareness of autism in the community.

Upcoming events from the Burkhart Center include the Annual Autism Conference on June 5-6 and Camp Burkhart on June 10-14 and July 15-19.

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The Burkhart Center

The Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research

The Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research is part of the College of Education and is the premier center in Lubbock for research, education and assistance for families affected by autism.

Research at the center covers three major aspects: developing strategies for the preparation of teachers to meet the needs of students, examining ways to develop parent support networks and preparing individuals with autism as they transition from school to adult services.

The Transition Academy, the center’s flagship program, is home to about 15 teenagers and young adults who have an autism spectrum disorder. They come to campus Monday through Friday to learn job and life skills, including how to live independently, and many have jobs through partnerships with campus and community organization.

The Burkhart Center is named for Jim and Jere Lynn Burkhart in honor of their grandson Collin.

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