Autism Speaks

October 11, 2009 5:28:19 AM PDT
More than 1.5-million people in the United States are diagnosed with autism and there is no test to prevent it and no cure. But, there are ways you can help. Mark Roithmayr, President of Autism Speaks, joined us along with Chef Franklin Becker, Co-Chair of the Third Annual "Autism Speaks to Wall Street" event. Ten years ago, autism was diagnosed in 1 in 10,000 children. According to the most recent Centers for Disease Control statistics, this number is now 1 in 150 children. There are currently more than 1.5 million people in the United States living with autism and there is no test to prevent it and no cure. In just more than four years, Autism Speaks has emerged as the leading autism advocacy organization in the country and has enlisted help at every level - from grassroots to major national awareness, research and fundraising outreach.

Autism Speaks is spearheading an effort to pass autism insurance legislation in states across the U.S. and at the federal level. In most states, insurance companies are not required to cover medically-necessary, evidence-based autism therapies.

On Wednesday, October 14th, Franklin Becker, Executive Chef Abe & Arthur's and the parent of a child with autism, will co-chair the third annual Autism Speaks to Wall Street: A Celebrity Chef Gala, at Cipriani Wall Street. He has enlisted an amazing group of his peers, some of whom are personally connected with autism, to help prepare tableside dinners, including Top Chef's Tom Colicchio, Eric Ripert (Le Bernardin); Masaharu Morimoto (MORIMOTO); Terrance Brennan (Artisanal & Picholine), James McDevitt (Four Food Studio), and Chris Lee (Aureole) among more than 80 of the nation's finest chefs expected to participate.

The Gala will kick-off with a cocktail reception, followed by a sit-down dinner where Franklin and his friends will personally prepare and serve a four-course tasting menu tableside, for nearly 500 guests.

**THE EVENT IS SOLD OUT**

For more information on Autism Speaks, visit www.autismspeaks.org


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