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Autism on the rise to 1 in 88 children, adults with autism and other developmental disabilities need education and vocational training through high school and especially the day after their 22nd birthday, and Illinois is between 47th-51st in the nation in funding for people with developmental disabilities.

New and very different ways to fund important needs for this growing population are being attempted at Kirk School in Palatine.

Join us for an incredible event called "Cupcakes and Cookies for College," and give your support by buying and eating cupcakes and cookies!

Stop by for some tasty treats and a lot of fun during Kirk's Walk and Wheel-a-thon, from 12:30-4 p.m. on Sunday, May 18th at Kirk School, 520 S. Plum Grove Road, Palatine.

Entry is free, and cupcakes and cookies are priced at $2 each or a dozen for $20. We are looking for volunteers to bake, as well as help out at the event to raise money for scholarships benefiting adult students with developmental disabilities in the Career Skills Institute and other programs at Harper College, Autism Speaks and Kirk School's Special Olympics program.

If you're interested in helping out, go to www.cupcakes2014.weebly.com to register.

If you cannot make it to the event and want to donate money to scholarships that benefit adults with autism or other developmental disabilities or have any other questions, email me at mbaker721@comcast.net.

Mike Baker

Schaumburg

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