El Centro Business to Walk in Support of Autism



EL CENTRO, CA – David Huerta knows about the obstacles and challenges associated with autism through his work in the Imperial Valley and San Diego with children with autism, and Huerta will walk October 19, 2014 during the 11th annual San Diego Walk Now for Autism Speaks at Liberty Station of Point Loma Ingram Plaza at 2640 Historic Decatur Road in San Diego at 8 a.m.

Where Huerta works, Motiva Associates, a satellite office in El Centro, serves children with autism in behavioral counseling services, and Huerta has participated in Walk Now for Autism Speaks for eight years. In 2013 Motiva Associates continued its support in raising autism awareness by renting two commuter vans so that 20 employees at the El Centro office could attend the walk.

Powered by volunteers and families with loved ones on the autism spectrum, this fundraising effort generates vital funds for autism research and raises awareness about the increasing prevalence of autism, the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder, and the need for increased research funding to combat this complex disorder.

ABOUT SAN DIEGO WALK NOW FOR AUTISM SPEAKS: The 11th annual San Diego Walk Now for Autism Speaks will be held October 19, 2014 at Liberty Station of Point Loma Ingram Plaza at 2640 Historic Decatur Road in San Diego, CA. The 2013 San Diego Autism Walk hosted 4,000 people and raised $130,109. http://www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/sandiego

ABOUT AUTISM SPEAKS: Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $500 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 40 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit www.AutismSpeaks.org.

ABOUT AUTISM: According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), autism now affects about 1 in every 68 American children, including 1 in 42 boys. Autism is a complex condition that affects a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges.

Public Information: SanDiego@autismspeaks.org

Media information contact:
Annie Rivera, Autism Speaks Southern California Publicist, 714-365-4170, annierivera@feltenmedia.com

Jess Block Nerren, Autism Speaks Southern California Publicist, 909-706-8525, Jess@feltenmedia.com