The Autism Society of Minnesota announced today its 11th annual Steps of Hope fundraising walk to be held Sunday, March 6th at Ridgedale Center in Minnesonta. The walk will feature a special performance from viral video rap sensation 50 Tyson, a 17 year old autistic rapper who took the internet by storm by posting a video of himself rapping. Registration for the walk will begin at 9:00a.m. with the walk scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. The Autism Society of Minnesota is expecting more than 1,500 participants for the walk and will benefit individuals, families, educators and employers impacted by autism.
The mission of the Autistic Society of Minnesota, or AuSM, is to serve Minnesota's autism community, which is more important than ever, as national rates of diagnosed autism spectrum disorders have soared to 1 in 110. With adult support groups and therapy,family advocacy programs, social skills groups, camps and an extensive resource directory, AuSM strives to fulfill the needs of those living with autism throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
And 50 (Tyson that is) is just as thrilled to be apart of the event. "I am excited to be able to do my part to raise money for autism research," said 50 Tyson in an interview. He went on to say, "As an autistic rapper, it's important that I demonstrate to other autistic individuals that you too can live out your dreams and not let autism slow you down."
Through workshops and an annual conference, AuSM keeps families and professionals at the forefront of cutting-edge research, information and therapies. AuSM is an integral part of the vibrant Minnesota autism community - a community unparalleled elsewhere in the nation. AuSM is the local presence celebrating 40 years of existence in serving the 12,000 families impacted by autism.
To participate or become a sponsor of the 2011 Steps of Hope, you can check out www.ausm.org