In keeping with their traditional mission of supporting charitable causes throughout their communities, DeCicco & Sons has been collecting funds for Autism Speaks Research in their Larchmont and Harrison stores, and raising awareness throughout the region.
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, most caused by a combination of genetic and environmental influences. An estimated 1 in 68 children is on the autism spectrum.
Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. They do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. They empower people with autism and their families with resources, online tools and information covering the life span. To find resources, join a fundraising walk or make a donation, go to www.AutismSpeaks.org. This year the volunteer Fundraiser Walk will be June 4th.
According to Luisa DeCicco, “Our family and our business firmly believe that a life is only important when it has an impact on other lives. So we ask our neighbors to please consider supporting Autism Speaks, through contributions, participation and in awareness.”