The Theta Pi Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta is excited to support Autism Speaks at the Christian Brother's campus community. The world's largest autism advocacy organization, Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention, and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
Our Sisters work towards increasing autism awareness on our campus and partnering with Autism Speaks. With one in 68 children diagnosed with autism and no known cure, Alpha Xi Delta is committed to improving the lives of children and families affected by autism. We hope our fundraising and awareness efforts can help put one more piece of the autism puzzle in place.
The Theta Pi chapter of Alpha Xi Delta at Christian Brothers University (CBU) raised an outstanding amount of $8,265 for Autism Speaks through their Blue Out Basketball Games and Autism Awareness Week in spring of 2016 which held their first annual "Puzzlepalooza" fundraiser. Organizations made various teams and competed in a "March Madness" themed puzzle contest. Whichever team completed their puzzle the quickest advanced onto the next level. As the teams got further into the tournament, the puzzles gradually increased in difficulty and number of puzzle pieces. The first year was a huge success!
Autism Speaks, the beneficiary of this event, is the world’s largest autism advocacy organization. Begun in 2005, Autism speaks has worked to raise funds to uncover causes, prevention, treatment and cures for autism. The organization has worked to get autism insurance legislation passed in five states. They have created a social networking site for those interested in their cause and who are personally affected by autism. In 2008, CNN partnered with Autism Speaks to designate April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day to provide information about the cause the public at large. Alpha Xi Deltas across the country have raised over 1.5 million dollars to date for Autism Speaks. We are honored to be a part of that ongoing effort.