Thanks for supporting Autumn Ride for Autism
To the Editor:
Oxford County United Bikers of Maine want to take this opportunity to thank the people of L-A Harley Davidson Dealership in Lewiston for being our biggest sponsor and to the people of Poland Springs for donating bottled water, Pepsi Beverage Company for donating soda, and Frank’s BBQ n' Deep Fry for providing an awesome meal.
Also to Autism Speaks, Naples Meat Packing Co, Norseman Cycles, Hair by Tim, Central Maine Power Sports, Main-ly Action Sports, Judy’s Variety, Canton Variety, Roy’s All Steak Hamburgers, Riding Steel Productions, Brettun’s Variety store, Otis Federal Credit Union, Paris Farmer Union in Jay, The Chuck Wagon restaurant, Hannaford in Jay, Yianni’s Pizza, Aura Salon & Spa, Gould Hardware, Longreen Variety Store, Riverside Variety, Scott’s Recreations, Bear Pond Variety, Rhonda LaVoie Scentsy Independent Consultant for all your donations in make our second annual Autumn Ride for Autism a great success this year.
Autism is a developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. It is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain, and occurs in approximately one out of every 100 births. Autism is four times more prevalent in boys than girls and knows no racial, ethnic or social boundaries. Family income, lifestyle and educational levels do not affect the chance of autism’s occurrence.
Autism is a brain disorder that affects a person’s ability to communicate, to reason, and to interact with others. It is a spectrum disorder that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees of severity, and it is often found in combination with other disabilities. The three “autism spectrum disorders” are autistic disorder, Asperger’s disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder- not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS). The other pervasive developmental disorders which are less common are childhood disintegrative disorder and Rett’s disorder.
Children and adults with autism typically have difficulties with verbal and nonverbal communication, social interactions and relationships and leisure or play activities. The disorder interferes with the ability to communicate with others or become independent members of the community. Some individuals with autism may exhibit repeated body movements (hand flapping, rocking), unusual responses to people or attachments to objects, and resist any changes in routines. In some cases, aggressive and/or self-injurious behavior may be present.
It is conservatively estimated that nearly 1.5 million people in the United States today have some form of autism. It is the third most common developmental disability - even more common than Down’s Syndrome. Yet the majority of the public, including many professionals in the medical, educational and vocational fields, are still unaware of how autism affects people, and how to work effectively with individuals with autism.
On Sept 25, the second annual Autumn Ride for Autism was held at L-A Harley Davidson Dealership in Lewiston. Oxford County United Bikers of Maine & L-A Harley were the co-sponsors for this event. It was a great success. There were over 200 motorcyclists that attended the ride and the meal. We were able to raise over $3900. The monies raised will stay in Maine to help Maine Families who have Autistic loved ones.
The day was gorgeous; the motorcycle ride was about a 170-mile round trip through the western mountains of Maine, ending back at L-A Harley dealership. The meal and the band were awesome. Thank you again to all who participated with us, we could not have done it without you.
Oxford County United Bikers of Maine,
Pete Cocca - County Director,