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Union-Earthquakes to be Autism Awareness Day

Saturday’s 4:00 p.m. home match vs. the San Jose Earthquakes will be Autism Awareness Day at PPL Park.

The Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Autism Society of America will be in attendance and will have a presence on Toyota Plaza. Union players will wear blue shoe laces in support of the cause, which will be auctioned off by the Autism Society, and Union staff members will wear Autism lapel stickers. Additionally, Autism facts and statistics will be on display throughout the match and in 6abc's game broadcast. 

Autism Spectrum Disorder affects a member of Philadelphia Union's immediate family, coach John Hackworth's son Keaton.

“Autism awareness is very near and dear to my heart," said Hackworth. "It so important because the Autism Spectrum is so complex and misunderstood. Autism affects people in a lot of different ways and showing compassion and encouragement is key. The courage shown by the people of this community, who struggle every day to not only survive but thrive in a world that doesn't always make sense to them, is amazing. I'm humbled by my son's ability to persevere despite his daily hardships.”

CLICK HERE for tickets to Autism Awareness Day, which is also Dietz & Watson Dollar Dog Day.

Autism Facts and Statistics

  • Today 60 families in America will learn their child has Autism.
  • 1 in 110 children have Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • 1 in 70 boys are on the Autism Spectrum.
  • 1 to 1.5 million Americans live with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Autism can affect any family, regardless of ethnicity, income, lifestyle or education.
  • Autism costs the United States at least $35 billion annually.
  • In 10 years, the annual cost will be $200-400 billion.
  • 1 percent of the adult population of the United Kingdom have an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • The cost of Autism over the lifespan is 3.2 million dollars per person.
  • Autism is treatable. Children do not outgrow autism, but studies show that early diagnosis and intervention lead to significantly improved outcomes.
  • Autism is a complex neurodevelopmental disability that typically appears during the first two years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum disorder” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause for autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today.

For more information on Autism, please visit http://www.asaphilly.org/.

Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Autism Society of America

The mission of the the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Autism Society of America is to promote lifelong access and opportunities for persons within the autism spectrum and their families, to be fully included, participating members of their communities through advocacy, public awareness, education and research related to autism.

To learn more about the Autism Society of American, visit http://www.asaphilly.org/.

Puzzle Ribbon

Put on the Puzzle! The Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon is the most recognized symbol of the Autism community in the world. The Autism Society encourages all friends and advocates to wear their puzzle ribbons in a display of support.

About the Puzzle Ribbon: The puzzle pattern reflects the mystery and complexity of the autism spectrum. The different colors and shapes represent the diversity of the people and families living with the condition. The brightness of the ribbon signals hope - hope that through increased awareness of autism, early intervention and appropriate treatments, people with autism will lead fuller, more complete lives.