The 12th annual Rochester Walk Now for Autism Speaks was held Saturday morning to help raise awareness and funds for autism advocacy, research and services.
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. The annual walk is the organization's signature fundraising opportunity. Proceeds will support Autism Speaks locally and nationally and so far this year, Rochester Walk Now has raised more than $100,000.
On Saturday, the community gathered for a three-mile walk and "one-stop-shop" resource fair for families affected by autism.
"Every year it gets better as far as more service providers being here to share what they do with the families. The number of teams, the number of people, just everything has gotten better and better every year," said Patti Fields, Rochester Walk Now Co-Chair.
Autism spectrum disorder is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the US affecting 1 in every 88 children.