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Mayor Emanuel and Congressman Quigley to Visit Soldier Field Supporting the Chicago Walk Now for Autism Speaks This Saturday

CHICAGO, IL -- (Marketwired) -- 05/16/14 -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Congressman Mike Quigley (IL-05) will attend Chicagoland's Walk Now for Autism Speaks at Soldier Field this Saturday, May 17th. Mayor Emanuel will address the expected crowd of 20,000 attendees who are gathering at the 11th annual fundraiser for autism fundraising and awareness.

Funds raised through the Walk allow Autism Speaks to make a significant impact in the Chicagoland area. Autism Speaks science grants have supported research at the University of Chicago, UIC and Northwestern. Local agencies have received Autism Speaks' community grants to expand their work and build capacity. The chapter has also worked with Chicago Public Schools, introducing and training teachers and school personnel on the use of the Autism Speaks School Community Tool Kit.

Walk Now for Autism Speaks is a unique fundraising event that offers a safe and fun day for families impacted by autism. The day includes a three-mile Walk and Resource Fair with educational sources, therapists, schools, recreational organizations, and creative child-friendly activities -- a true "one-stop-shop" for families affected by autism. Our family-friendly event features our sponsor expo and one of a kind after party, complete with music, petting zoo and bounce houses.

Autism Speaks is the world's largest autism science and advocacy organization. Since its inception in 2005, Autism Speaks has made enormous strides, committing over $200 million to research and developing innovative resources for families. The organization 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.

For more information about the 2014 Chicago Walk Now for Autism Speaks, please visit http://www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/chicago or contact Dana Morris at 224.567.8573 or [email protected]

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