“Why I Ride” by Paul Morris

170330_2728_barnettI have been so proud to work with the Autism Science Foundation since it was launched in 2009. As an adult with autism, I think it’s very important to support research, because research will give us important answers about what causes autism and how best to provide support to people with autism.

That’s why I am so excited to be involved with Wall Street Rides FARFor Autism Research.

On Saturday, October 7th the autism and Wall Street communities will come together for this annual bike ride that is truly for everyone. With four scenic options to choose from (4, 20, 30 or 62 miles), there is a route for you whether you are a seasoned cyclist or a recreational weekend rider like me. The family-friendly 4-mile route (with an 8-mile option) makes it possible for younger children to ride, including children with autism.

As many of you know, my family and I have been raising money for autism research for many years. We are proud to support ASF because we know the funds we raise will support the most cutting-edge, important research that will make real changes in people’s lives. For example, the Autism Science Foundation sponsors the Autism Sisters Project, which is trying to learn about why more males than females are diagnosed with autism. My sister Sabrina, my brothers and I are all participating in this study. If we can understand why girls seem to have protection against autism we can use that information to help both boys and girls.

I will help kick off the ride this year as a speaker at the Rooftop Kick-Off Party on Wednesday, June 21st at Rare View in Chelsea. I hope you can join me and my family there! In addition to a great time, you will get a chance to learn more about the research being funded by ASF and get details on the Ride! I hope to see you there!

To learn more about these events and to RSVP for the kickoff party, visit wallstreetridesfar.org. It’s full of information on the Ride and is the best place to register and get up to date on the latest events.

I hope to see you at the ride!