The staff at The Perecman Firm is gearing up to participate in the upcoming Walk Now for Autism Speaks, taking place next Sunday July 19th in Brooklyn. Our staff and their loved ones will descend upon the 2.2 mile long course throughout Prospect Park, and in doing so, we hope to fundraise and bring awareness to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Autism is the most rapidly-growing developmental disorder in the United States, and at the current moment no cure or detection method exist. The disorder affects more and more families each day, there are currently more that 2 million Americans affected.
Team Perecman will walk in hopes of bringing more awareness and support for Avonte’s Law, a proposed federal legislation by U.S. Senator Charles Schumer for a funded program to track autistic children who have a tendency to run away from their caregivers. Avonte’s Law was introduced in January of 2015, after Avonte Oquendo, a non-verbal, autistic 14-year-old, went missing from his New York City school on October 4, 2013. After an exhausting, city-wide search, Avonte’s remains were tragically discovered three months later.
New York personal injury attorney David Perecman, the lawyer for Oquendo’s family, said that while the bill won’t bring Avonte back, the legislation is a fitting way to honor late the 14-year-old.
Please support our efforts and sign the petition to pass Avonte’s Law. Find out more about the upcoming Walk Now for Autism Speaks in Brooklyn, or come on out and join Team Perecman next Sunday and support a worthy cause!