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Eagles Autism Challenge

On May 18, 2019, participants in the Eagles Autism Challenge will head off along the route by bike and on foot. For our community at Drexel, there is good reason to cheer on the cyclists, runners and walkers, both now and at the starting signal — because the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute will be one of three autism research centers in the region to share in the proceeds from the Eagles’ generous efforts.

Finding ways for people on the autism spectrum to pursue fulfilling lives is vitally important work to this community, and we are deeply grateful that the Eagles Autism Challenge will help us continue our efforts. The Eagles’ support will move us one step closer to realizing the goal of this life-enhancing research by Drexel and our Autism Challenge partner institutions, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health.

The work of Drexel’s Autism Institute is groundbreaking and far-reaching. For instance, Diana Robins, professor and research program leader, is conducting research with an $11.4 million Autism Center for Excellence grant from the National Institutes of Health. Her work in exploring whether screening and treating autism spectrum disorder improves developmental outcomes at school age has the potential to affect the lives of countless of children by promoting early detection. And four alumni of the first class from the Institute’s Project SEARCH program — which provides skills training needed to succeed in the workplace to young adults with autism — have found career-track positions at Philadelphia International Airport. Just imagine the enormous potential if we can find ways to expand such initiatives.

Register for the Event and Earn $25 in Wellness Points

All Drexel faculty and professional staff are invited to join Team Drexel University for the second annual Eagles Autism Challenge (EAC)! The EAC is dedicated to raising funds for innovative research and programs to help unlock the mystery of autism. You have the opportunity to participate with your Drexel colleagues through a 5k run/walk, various bike rides (15, 30, and 50 miles), a sensory walk, or as a virtual participant. See the Eagles Autism Challenge website for more details.

Register Using the Promo Code

To register for Team Drexel University, register for the event in Career Pathway accessible via DrexelOne, and then visit the Team Drexel University page to register with the Eagles Autism Challenge. Drexel is offering a special $50 off promo code to our faculty and professional staff to reduce the cost of registration ($50 for 5K and $150 for bike rides). Please use code DRAGONS19 on the EAC website check out to receive the discounted registration.

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For questions, please contact Meredith Bloom, Project Manager, AJ Drexel Autism Institute, at mhb54@drexel.edu.