A couple of weeks ago I ran a 10K race in Knoxville with Terry Higgins. Terry is the founder of ASD Athletes. ASD Athletes is an organization that helps promote wellness and life skills opportunities through athletics to young people with autism.
Autism can manifest itself in different ways. According to the ASDa website there are 5 different disorders that are on the autism scale. These disorders mainly affect the individual in areas of communication, social interaction and behavior. ASD stands for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Someone who is autistic is said to be “on the spectrum” based on which of the 5 disorders they have.
While people affected with autism are limited in different ways concerning communication and behavior, they often have unbridled athletic ability. Athletics are an area where an autistic person can excell.
I did not run this race with Terry as a fund raiser for ASDa, but I did try to help promote the cause by wearing an ASDa shirt. They do have an event coming up in the next couple of weeks that is a fund raiser for them. They are the beneficiaries for the Tellico Sprint Triathlon on June 21. ASDa is looking for volunteers to help them with promotion of the event and sponsors to help raise money for their efforts.
Please take some time to visit the ASDa website and see how you can help Terry and his efforts to bring a physical outlet to people who may be limited in one area, but can excell in another.