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Another successful chapter for Autism Speaks. One of the world’s leading organizations campaigning for better resources and a cure for autism spectrum disorder, held its annual Tampa Bay Autism Speaks Walk event on Saturday April 22nd at Raymond James Stadium. The proceeds raised from this special event will fund scientific research and services for families affected by autism.

The Autism Speaks Walk, showed the many different faces affected by autism spectrum disorder as a community of culturally diverse people were united by a strong sense of purpose, love, and care for each other with a common mission; To support the drive against autism. We were inspired to see individuals of every age and physical ability walking in solidarity under the sun as we know all too well the challenges that families face every day loving an individual with autism. Tampa Pro League will be an active participant in this effort and we hope to see you there in the years to come.


Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. There is often nothing about how people with ASD look that sets them apart from other people, but people with ASD may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from most other people. The learning, thinking, and problem-solving abilities of people with ASD can range from gifted to severely challenged. Some people with ASD need a lot of help in their daily lives; others need less.

A diagnosis of ASD now includes several conditions that used to be diagnosed separately: autistic disorder, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), and Asperger syndrome. These conditions are now all called autism spectrum disorder.

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are characterized by social-interaction difficulties, communication challenges and a tendency to engage in repetitive behaviors. However, symptoms and their severity vary widely across these three core areas. Taken together, they may result in relatively mild challenges for someone on the high functioning end of the autism spectrum. For others, symptoms may be more severe, as when repetitive behaviors and lack of spoken language interfere with everyday life. Basic symptoms of autism are often accompanied by other medical conditions and challenges. These, too, can vary widely in severity. While autism is usually a life-long condition, all children and adults benefit from interventions, or therapies, that can reduce symptoms and increase skills and abilities. Although it is best to begin intervention as soon as possible, the benefits of therapy can continue throughout life.


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