2019 Greater Albany Walk for Apraxia
What is the Walk for Apraxia?
The Walk for Apraxia is our annual family event held in 70+ cities across the country. While it raises critical funds and awareness for the programs at Apraxia Kids, the heart of the Walk is our apraxia community. Walk Day is all about celebrating the lives and hard work of our kids, our Apraxia stars, who work so hard every day to overcome CAS. Every Apraxia Star attending the walk is recognized individually.
The Walk for Apraxia is also a reminder to our apraxia families that they are not alone. At the walk, relatives, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and community members surround them, creating connection and a web of support. Finally, the Walk is a crucial tool for raising awareness about apraxia among community members who have never heard of the disorder, which can make the journey less confusing for families diagnosed in the future.
Why do we fundraise?
Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a motor speech disorder that makes it difficult for children to speak. Children with the diagnosis of apraxia of speech generally have a good understanding of language and know what they want to say. However, they have difficulty learning or carrying out the complex sequenced movements that are necessary for intelligible speech.
Individuals and teams fundraise as part of the Walk for Apraxia in order to support Apraxia Kids’s mission and our current and future efforts to help children with apraxia find their voice.
- Childhood apraxia of speech is among the rarest, most severe and complex of all speech disorders impacting children.
- Proper treatment is intensive and specialized speech therapy can be extremely difficult for families to find for their children.
- Specialized understanding and training of speech professionals is needed to optimize outcomes for children.
- Without proper help and services, a cascade of other challenges may occur to children with apraxia, including social, emotional, and learning difficulties related to limited speech and communication.
Apraxia Kids exists to address these issues and more. Without the funds raised from the Walk for Apraxia, we could not provide information, support, and training to families and professionals.