2009Apr 21

Virtual Walk for Autism!

by Justin · 0 comments

April is Autism Awareness Month! Please consider joining in our Bearville Insider Virtual Walk for Autism on Saturday, April 25 at 4:00 pm est. Coffee House, Sweet Sierra Den!

Our April Virtual Walk for Autism will be hosted by Loveablegirl (BABV name Angelaloveable7). The members of Bearville Insider have been organizing and participating in Virtual Care Walks throughout Buildabearville.com for some time. Powered by Bearville Insider volunteer staff and members, the goal of these walks is to come together and participate in a virtual care event for an express purpose. I hope you join us and continue to volunteer as organizers or participants in these special events.

The objectives for our Virtual Walk for Autism is threefold, as follows:

  • Raise awareness about autism and its challenges.
  • Show support for individuals diagnosed with a form of autism and families with loved ones on the autism spectrum.
  • Allow BearvilleInsider.com community members the experience of organizing a Virtual Care event and inspire them to see how they can get involved and make a difference.
The dress code for April Virtual Walk for Autism is purple signifying the purple satin heart available for purchase at Build-A-Bear Workshop! Your entire $1 donation for the purchase of a purple satin heart will be distributed through the Build-A-Bear Workshop Foundation to Autism Speaks through April 30!

Below is the date, time, den and course for the April BI Virtual Walk for Autism throughout Buildabearville.com. To determine the time in other zones, click the time chart link here.
Saturday, April 25, at 4:00 pm eastern time.
Meet and Begin at Sweet Sierra Den, Coffee House
4:00 to 4:15 pm EST

1. Meet and Begin at Coffee Shop 4:00 – 4:15 pm EST
2. 4:15 Start
3. Fashion District,
4. (take arrow right to) Pawforming Art Center,
5. (take top arrow up to) Bear University,
6. (take right arrow to) Sportsplex,
7. Neighborhood,
8. (take bottom arrow to) Paw Park,
9. Friendship Forest Park,
10. (take right arrow to) Entrance,
11. Path,
12. Farm,
13. Cave,
14. Sunshines Shores Cave,
15. Sunshine Shores,
16. Pawsitively Green Center.

The following is an excerpt from http://www.autismspeaks.org/

Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically lasts throughout a person’s lifetime. It is part of a group of disorders known as autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Today, 1 in 150 individuals is diagnosed with autism, making it more common than pediatric cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined. It occurs in all racial, ethnic, and social groups and is four times more likely to strike boys than girls. Autism impairs a person’s ability to communicate and relate to others. It is also associated with rigid routines and repetitive behaviors, such as obsessively arranging objects or following very specific routines. Symptoms can range from very mild to quite severe.

Autism was first identified in 1943 by Dr. Leo Kanner of Johns Hopkins Hospital. At the same time, a German scientist, Dr. Hans Asperger, described a milder form of the disorder that is now known as Asperger Syndrome.  For more discussion on autism visit autismspeaks.org

BearvilleInsider.com Virtual Walks started with a walk for cancer in June when our YellowRoseofTexas (BABV: MiriamStar) asked, Why can’t we have a cancer walk? It would be wonderful to show our support for all cancers. We could wear different color t-shirts, like purple for ovarian cancer, blue for prostrate cancer, pink and gold and so forth. Since then, our walks for cancer, kennel pals and now autism have been organized by members of Bearville Insider, with staff assistance, to offer our members the experience of organizing such events.

To be a virtual walker you’ll need to sign up for an account at www.buildabearville.com. Membership is free. Citizens create their own characters – called avatars – by choosing skin color, hair style and fashion style as well as bring your furry friend to life online. Build-A-Bearville was created by Build-A-Bear Workshop, which sells customizable bears and other stuffed animals online and in stores.

Related posts:

  1. BI Official Virtual Cancer Walk Today at 4pm!
  2. Virtual Walk for Cancer a Huge Success
  3. Cancer Walk in Build-A-Bearville July 26th
  4. Virtual Care Walk for Kennel Pals, Dec 26 at noon EST
  5. Bearville Insider Cancer Walk Biggest Yet — With Maxine!

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