April 2, 2010
Written by Megan Robare
Jackson Poteet, Athos Colon, Jim Burkhart, Collin Burkhart, Abby Voland and Lane Barnett pose with Tommy Tuberville.
Texas Tech’s Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research will host its annual Walk for Autism Awareness 2 to 4 p.m. April 25 at Jones AT&T Stadium.
Head Football Coach Tommy Tuberville and Jim Burkhart will serve as honorary co-chairmen. Program coordinator for the Burkhart Center, Susan Voland, said they are excited to have Tuberville and Burkhart to help in the goal of raising awareness for autism.
“Most people do not realize that autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the U.S.,” Voland said. “Autism is estimated to affect as many as 1 in 110 U.S. children.”
Voland said she hopes everyone will come out and show their support for the families in the community who have been touched by autism.
Proceeds raised at this year’s walk will fund programming at the Burkhart Center, including teacher training, a monthly Parents’ Night Out and summer activities for children on the autism spectrum and their families.
The Burkhart Center, named for Jim and Jere Lynn Burkhart who have made significant contributions to the establishment and its mission, opened in October 2005. The center provides services for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, their families and the professionals who work with them to improve their quality of life.
Walk-up registration begins at 1:30 p.m. April 25 or can be completed in advance online at www.burkhartcenter.org. The first 500 individuals to enter the stadium will receive a free T-shirt.
The Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research is a comprehensive, life span center with a three-fold mission:
Providing services and support to individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families across West Texas and the surrounding area
Offering cutting-edge training to teachers, families and other professionals to provide effective and evidence-based services and support to individuals with ASD
Conducting significant, sponsored interdisciplinary research to better understand and overcome the lifelong causes and effects of ASD in ways that improve functionality and quality of life for people with ASD and their families
The Burkhart Center is part of the Texas Tech University College of Education.Facebook - Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research
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