The Coachella Valley Autism Society of America (CVASA) will be hosting their second annual Autism Walk to raise funds and promote Autism awareness in the Coachella Valley. The second annual Autism Walk will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the athletics field at College of the Desert, 43-500 Monterey Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260.

This family friendly event will be held in April during National Autism Awareness month. About 1 percent of the world’s population has autism spectrum disorder. In fact, autism affects 1 out of 68 children and is the fastest-growing developmental disability.

The annual fundraising event will feature face painting, fun activities and games, community resources and exhibitions, silent auction and raffle, and much more! All proceeds will help the Coachella Valley Autism Society of America to continue to provide programs and services to children and individuals on the autism spectrum in the Coachella Valley and surrounding areas.

“At CVASA we rely on the funds raised at our annual Autism Walk, and the many walkers who come out and lend their support, so we can continue to provide valuable resources to hundreds of families throughout the Coachella Valley who have one or more children on the Autism Spectrum. We look forward to seeing everyone at the College of the Desert on April 9th for a morning of fun, exercise, and surprises!” Thomas Lister Looker, CVASA President.

Registration for the walk is free; however, we are suggesting a $10 donation per walker. Every walker that raises/donates more than $25 will receive a free T-shirt (while supplies last). Donations can be made by credit card or check. For more general information on the walk including how to register and donate, please visit the Coachella Valley Autism Society of America website at

The Coachella Valley Autism Society of America is a nonprofit organization that has been providing support for families of individuals with Autism throughout the Coachella Valley since 1994. The mission of CVASA is to promote lifelong access and opportunities for individuals on the Autism spectrum and for their families, to promote full inclusion, active participants within their communities through advocacy, public awareness, education and research related to Autism.

For more information about the Coachella Valley Autism Society’s programs and services please contact Juanita Hernandez, Affiliate Administrator, at 760-772-1000.