April 11, 2012
Autism affects 1 in 88 Americans and every year out of 4 million children in the U.S., approximately 36,500 children eventually will be diagnosed with autism.
Texas Tech’s Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research has several activities planned throughout the month of April for Autism Awareness Month.
As cases of autism continue to increase, David Richman, professor and chairman of the Burkhart Center, said it is important to raise awareness of the issues pertaining to autism.
“By raising awareness, we hope people gain a better understanding of the people who are affected by autism,” Richman said, “and see them for what they are - people, just like everyone else.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, autism affects 1 in 88 Americans and every year out of 4 million children in the U.S., approximately 36,500 children eventually will be diagnosed with autism.
“We want to keep autism on the forefront, because of the increasing number of autism cases in the community,” Richman said.
The center provides a variety of resources in the areas of adult transition, technical assistance in implementing evidence-based interventions for children and community outreach services.
During Autism Awareness Month, the center is providing several community activities, including Autism Awareness Day at Rip Griffin Park on April 15, Walk for Autism Awareness on April 22 and Parent’s Night Out on April 29.
Autism Awareness Day at Rip Griffin Park will include remarks by Coach Dan Spencer and first-pitch guest Texas Tech alumnus Sam Scheef, philanthropist and supporter of the Burkhart Center.
The seventh-annual Burkhart Walk for Autism Awareness will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at Jones AT &T Stadium. This year’s honorary walk chairwoman will be Nikki-Dee Ray, KLBK’s chief meteorologist.
There is no registration fee, but donations are welcome. All proceeds will benefit the Burkhart Building Fund.
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