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Autism Speaks...We Listen By: Justin H. Dove, Ed.S., NCSP

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex neuro-developmental condition with social-communication and behavioral implications. On November 21, 2015; members of APS, APS’ Department of Psychological Services, other private/public organizations, and the Atlanta community at large joined together in solidarity as they participated in Autism Speaks’ Georgia 5K. Autism Speaks is an organization that endeavors to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. They are dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. Donning shirts designed by a budding artist from Forrest Hill Academy; the Department of Psychological Services “PsychoAnalyzers” ran, jogged, and walked to the finish line in support of a sizable and growing portion of the children we serve. To date, the event has raised over $50,000 that will be directed toward the cause. This endeavor marked what will hopefully be a series of steps to increase the department’s community involvement and outreach in the coming weeks, months, and years.