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    Rutledge to Serve as Honorary Chair of 2016 Arkansas Walk Now for Autism Speaks

    September 15, 2016

    LITTLE ROCK – Autism Speaks Arkansas today announced that Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge will serve as the honorary chair of the 2016 Arkansas Walk Now for Autism Speaks, an inspirational and impactful opportunity to raise money and awareness to help change the future of all those touched by autism.

    Rutledge’s nephew, Riley, was diagnosed with autism when he was 2 years old.

    “My sweet nephew, Riley, has been an enormous inspiration to not only me but to so many he comes into contact with,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “His loving and sweet demeanor definitely brings a smile to my face. Like so many, my family celebrates Riley and the future he has. It is an honor to chair this event and play a small part in helping the Autism Speaks organization, which does such great work, advocating for those with autism and giving a voice to those who may not have one.”

    "This is such a special day for our family and so many others," said Dawn Itzkowitz, Walk Leadership Chair. "It's a reminder to those touched by autism that they are not alone. We are honored to have Attorney General Leslie Rutledge serve as this year's honorary chair, and we appreciate her support of Autism Speaks and the autism community."

    Now for Autism Speaks:

    WHAT: 2016 Arkansas Walk Now for Autism Speaks

    WHEN: Saturday, October 1, 2016 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    8:00 a.m. - 5K Race

    8:00 a.m. - Walk Registration and Activities

    9:15 a.m. - 5K Awards

    10:30 a.m. - Walk Ceremonies and Walk

    WHERE: Clinton Presidential Center

    1200 President Clinton Ave.

    Little Rock, AR 72201

    About Autism Speaks

    Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $525 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 60 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit

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