Will You Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech?
Apraxia of speech is a motor speech disorder which affects each child with the condition differently. It impacts the ability to produce sounds, syllables, and words. It’s not a result of muscle weakness or paralysis, but rather an issue with the brain as it has trouble planning to move the parts of the body necessary for speech.
The Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech began in 2008, with more than 300 participants in an effort to raise awareness about childhood apraxia of speech. The walk also raised funds for apraxia programs and research sponsored by Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA), the only national non-profit organization dedicated solely to serving children with apraxia, and their families.
Sean Freiburger started the walk, after having undergone more than 650 hours of speech therapy for his own diagnosis of severe speech apraxia. The event continues to grow, with 2014’s walk having more than 13,000 registered walkers and many more donors.
2015 Walk Locations
Approximately 75 walks have been confirmed across the United States so far for this year, running through October. While walks are available in many major cities, if you don’t live in an area where a walk is scheduled, or cannot coordinate a community level walk, you can still do your part by organizing your own walk.
The Neighborhood Walk
With a Neighborhood walk, you can register as an individual, and you’ll receive your own walk webpage to help you raise funds and share information about the cause. If you have a small group of people you’d like to walk with, register as a neighborhood team so you can invite friends and family to walk with you. You will receive an individual page, as well as a neighborhood team page so that others can join you.
Regardless of how you sign up, you’ll get online tools to help you raise money and awareness for apraxia. You’ll even receive t-shirts in the mail to wear on the big day. Neighborhood walks are recommended for teams of up to 25 people. With the neighborhood walk option, you’re free to choose the location of your walk.
If you believe your community can gather more than 25 people, reach out to CASANA to support a small walk, of anywhere between 50 and 100 people. Individual registration only costs $20, and children who are interested in participating can register for only $10.
Those who are not interested in joining a walk, either through a Neighborhood Walk or a Community event, can still make contributions to the cause.
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