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Soccer Day 5K Helps Raise Autism Awareness

On May 15, the Kansas City Wizards hosted their first 5K to benefit Autism Speaks. Among the many runners were a class of students , who have autism, from Gardner Edgerton High School (GEHS) in Gardner, Kan., who trained for a month and a half. The students, featured in this video, wore the number “304,” which is their classroom number. Following the race, the same lucky students did the coin toss and presented medals to the race winners at the Wizards’ autism awareness game.

Thank you to all the runners, volunteers, Ponch from Mix 93.3, Jimmy Conrad with the KC Wizards, Missouri Rep. Jason Grill and especially the Kansas City Wizards organization for hosting this event to support the Kansas City autism community.

  1. Laura Galipeau
    May 26, 2010 at 5:30 pm | #1

    I am a mother of a 17 year old with autism. It has been an exceptionally difficult experience for me. I had a husband(now an ex) who could not and would not get involved. I call him father of the year. He shows up to make himself look good, but does very little to help our son. I have had to live on a small bit of income, doesn’t seem like I am eligible for any benefits, and life has been really tough. I love my son more than life itself and have done everything humanly possible. I home schooled him when the alternatives were so bad, and when I finally found an exceptional program, my school district refused it. Please tell me what I can do locally. I need to do something, I am so fustrated. It seems without legal backing, children like my son are doomed.

  2. Josh Galler
    May 27, 2010 at 2:35 pm | #2

    If you are in the KC area, I know a good OT (Autism Consultant) that my wife work with (she works with kids with Autism in the local area) and she is our consultant for our 3 year old Autism boy. She is located at the back side facing towards 435 at Town Center in Leawood near the Kansas Sampler. She is great. I understand with the whole cost thing about schoolings and nothing is covered if you live in Kansas but Missouri just pass the law up to $40000 a year covered. We are lucky enough that our school district has some kind of school with Autism and special education needs before Preshoool age.

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