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MEDIA CONTACT: Teresa Crane
561-297-2328, tcrane@fau.edu

FAU’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities to Hold 5K Run/Walk

SEWALL’S POINT, Fla. (April 25, 2013) – Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) will sponsor an Autism Awareness 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 27 at 8 a.m. at Sewall’s Point, with a one-mile Fun Run/Walk for kids beginning at 9:15 a.m. The run/walk coincides with the United States’ recognition of April as a special opportunity to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community.

The race/walk will wind through a scenic neighborhood within south Sewall’s Point accompanied by vendors, snacks and music. A USA Track & Field certified course and timed finish will be provided by MCM Timing. The cost is $10 for participants ages 18 years and younger; $20 for ages 19 and older by pre-registration through Wednesday, April 24 at noon; and $25 after Wednesday, April 24. Pre-registration includes a T-shirt and snacks. To register, visit fauf.fau.edu/CARD5k.

On-site registration and check in will be located at South Sewall's Point Park on the corner of South Sewall's Point Boulevard and South East Ocean Boulevard across from the Sewall's Point Police Station. Participants may park nearby Harbour Bay Plaza parking lot.

Housed in the College of Education, FAU’s CARD serves as a multidisciplinary learning laboratory for members of the community including FAU undergraduate and graduate students. The focus of FAU’s CARD is to optimize the potential of people with autism and related disabilities by enabling them to learn, work, communicate and socialize in the community. One of seven such centers in the state, CARD currently serves more than 3,000 registered clients, most diagnosed with autism or autism spectrum disorders such as Asperger syndrome, pervasive development disorder not otherwise specified, Rett syndrome and childhood disintegrative disorder. FAU’s CARD acts as a clearinghouse of information, and its services and programs reflect a strong belief in early intervention.

In addition to locations in Boca Raton and the Treasure Coast, CARD’s specially equipped van serves as a mobile assessment clinic by bringing FAU’s CARD professionals to various locations to provide free screenings to children, ages 18 months to 5 years old, who present signs of autism and other developmental disabilities. Service areas include Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee and Indian River counties.

For more information, contact Maryellen Quinn-Lunny at 561-221-3436 or mqlunny@fau.edu . For more information, visit autism.fau.edu .

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Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

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