On Sunday, June 5, 2011, Join the Alpha Chapter Brothers of Phi Sigma Chi Fraternity Inc. as we walk to change the future for all who struggle with autism.

What is Autism?

Autism is a severe developmental disorder that affects the way a child sees and interacts with the rest of the world. It limits their ability to interact with others socially, in fact many autism suffers avoid human contact. Autism is part of a larger group of disorders called pervasive developmental disorders (PDD).

How common is Autism?

Today, it is estimated that one in every 110 children is diagnosed with autism, making it more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. An estimated 1.5 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide are affected by autism. Government statistics suggest the prevalence rate of autism is increasing 10-17 percent annually. There is not established explanation for this increase, although improved diagnosis and environmental influences are two reasons often considered. Studies suggest boys are more likely than girls to develop autism and receive the diagnosis three to four times more frequently. Current estimates are that in the United States alone, one out of 70 boys is diagnosed with autism.

Treating Autism

Treatment for autism is a very intensive, comprehensive undertaking that involves the child’s entire family and a team of professionals. Some programs may take place in the child’s home with professionals and trained therapists and may include Parent Training for the child under supervision of a professional. Some programs are delivered in a specialized center, classroom or preschool.

Walk Now for Autism Speaks is a fun-filled, family friendly event and is our single most powerful force to fund vital research that will lead us to the answers we need. Experience the power of thousands united by a single cause by joining Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder in the U.S. ? we need more volunteers to join our fight. Whether this is your first walk or the 10th, take the first step and register today. You will not only raise funds, but you will become a part of a fun and supportive family-focused community.


Walk Now for Autism Speaks is our chance to make a difference in the fight against autism by raising money for autism research and heightening public awareness.

Event Information

South Street Seaport
Fulton & South Streets, Pier 17
New York, NY 10038
Need directions? Click here for a map

Event Schedule

Registration begins at 9:00 am 6/5/2011
Stage Program begins at 10:00 am 6/5/2011
Distance: approximately 1.5 miles through the streets of lower Manhattan. The Walk starts and ends at the South Street Seaport. 6/5/2011
NYC Walk Date: 6/5/2011
Walk begins at 10:30 am 6/5/2011

For your convenience, a Phi Sigma Chi Team has been created. Click here to join. For more information about Autism, and ways you can help feel free to visit www.autismspeaks.org. We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Information provided by Autism Speaks.


***Update (June 6, 2011): Added Photos

The Autism walk was a huge success. People of every creed, and color showed up to support, whether it was with their time, or with their pockets. Shout-outs go to Autism Speaks for organizing the walk. Special shout-outs goes to those who suffer from Autism, You are not alone!