Are you ready for this year’s Northern California Walk for Apraxia? This event is orchestrated in support of children who are diagnosed with childhood apraxia of speech and their families. Funds raised go toward awareness, aid programs, and education in our community!
Childhood apraxia is a neurological disorder that affects speech. It is considered rare, and very difficult to overcome. Thanks to organizations like CASANA, more children are getting the services and therapies needed to find their voices.
Apraxia keeps kids from effectively articulating their thoughts into understandable speech. This makes communication hard, if not impossible. Kids like my six-year-old nephew Zane are often overlooked due to an assumption that being quiet means they’re shy, or that not being able to speak clearly means they’re unintelligent. Although Zane has made huge strides in his journey, the struggle doesn’t end with his success. Zane (and my amazing sister, his perpetual advocate) is my reason for participating in this cause. I’ve been privileged to witness his accomplishments these past few years. I can’t wait to see where he’ll go next! For more about Zane’s journey, check out last year’s post on the 2016 walk.
CASANA, and its appointed coordinators, have created this unique opportunity to spotlight the kids who fight to speak. It gives them a chance to be acknowledged for overcoming the challenges of apraxia of speech, and mark their progress!
Thanks to generous contributions from our local community, and the commitment of walkers and organizers alike, the 2016 Walk was a rousing success! Over 130 walkers registered, including over a dozen children who were individually recognized and awarded medals.
This year’s event is on track to be the largest Amador County has seen. Sponsors thus far include Elk Grove’s Jane Johnson Speech Therapy and local Angels Camp speech therapy center, Communication Rising. You can help by joining the Walk here, or consider donating a raffle prize! CASANA also offers social media images you can download to show your support.
Join us at the Walk for Children With Apraxia!
Can’t make it to our local Walk? Check out CASANA’s calendar for Walk events across the country!