What is Race for Autism?
Race for Autism is a fundraising campaign that Carlos Vieira Racing, Inc. started in 2009. It originated from a fundraising dinner that they held in 2008 in which $22,700.00 was raised and donated to Challenged Family Resource Center of Merced, California. From there Team 51FIFTY decided to dedicate their whole 2009 racing season to raising money for Autism Awareness. Throughout the season they donated all of their race winnings and held multiple events to help reach their goal of $51,500.00. The first season they hosted a Take-Out BBQ, a Casino Night, 1st Annual Race and Ride for Autism and a Steak Dinner and Dance. At the end of the season they had surpassed their goal and raised a total of $53,468.00 which was all donated to three different organizations that help families living with Autism; Autism Speaks "Central Valley Walk Now for Autism", Challenged Family Resource Center of Merced, California and Families for Effective Autism Treatment (F.E.A.T.) of Madera County, California.
Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder of development that lasts throughout a person's lifetime. Because persons with autism exhibit different symptoms or behaviors, ranging from mild to serious, autism is considered a "spectrum" disorder, or a group of disorders with a range of similar features. Autism is characterized by varying degrees of impairment in communication skills, social interactions, and restricted repetitive and stereotypical patterns of behavior. At worst, a person with more profound autism may never learn to speak or care for themselves.
- Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys
- A new case of autism is diagnosed nearly every 20 minutes
- There are 24,000 new cases in the U.S. per year
- Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent diseases
- Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the U.S. toda
- There is currently no medical detection or cure for autism
- More than two new cases each day - 7 days a week in California alone
- From 1987-1998 there was a 633% increase in Autism in the State
- From 1998-2002 there was an additional 96% increase
- There were 35,626 reported cases of Autism in California as of September 2007