The story of “I Speak Autism” is the story of one of Land of the Nerds’ biggest fans… Joshua Dillie.
Joshua Dillie is a 15 year old autistic boy that has been diagnosed with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, and a Seizure disorder. He loves Comic Books, Conventions, Costumes, Cartoons, superhero movies… essentially all the same things our other Fans love.
Joshua lives to give and proudly tells people that he is part of the “Land of the Nerds.” We want to give more with him. Joshua’s smile and laugh are contagious, and he warm the hearts of everyone around him.
A couple of years ago, while checking out at a store, Joshua recognized the logo for the organization “Autism Speaks” behind the counter. In a very serious tone, he proudly informed the clerk “I Speak Autism.”
Thus was born the name of Joshua’s Zoo Walk team: I Speak Autism.
This year, we are partnering with Joshua Dillie’s team, “I Speak Autism” to participate in the Phoenix Zoo Walk for Autism. Proceeds from the Zoo Walk go to help support the mission of the Autism Research Institute and the Arizona State University Autism/Asperger’s Research program. Every dollar raised will move us closer to finding effective treatment for Autism/Asperger’s.
COSPLAY FOR A CAUSE!
The “I Speak Autism” team plans to do the Zoo Walk this year dressed in costume as Super Hero characters from some of Joshua’s favorite comic series.
The Zoo Walk is October 4, 2014 at the Phoenix Zoo. Registration begins at 6:30, and you can start the walk as soon as you finish registering.
How can you help?
Join us in Cosplay for Team “I Speak Autism” at the Zoo Walk!
Be a Superhero!
Any time you get a chance to cosplay is awesome, right? And when you get to cosplay for kids, that’s awesome to infinity!
HOW COSPLAY FOR THIS AWESOME CAUSE?
Registration costs are as follows:
Adult members: Cost is $25. You will get a free ‘Zoo Walk for Autism” shirt and as an added bonus, you will get a FREE Blue “I Speak Autism” Team Shirt.
Teen Members: Cost is $15. This cost does not include either the Zoo Walk shirt or the Team shirt.
Children and people on the Autism spectrum get in for free.
When registering, be sure to select the team “I Speak Autism.”
If you want one of our Team T-Shirts for your child or teen, you will have to Buy a Shirt from the I Speak Autism website.
The cost of the Zoo Walk includes a full day’s entrance into the Zoo.
I want to Help, but I don’t live in Phoenix!
We’re aware that many of our fans live outside of Phoenix and can not join us in the Zoo Walk. (I’m looking at you, Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida).
That is okay, because if you still want to help support our good friend Joshua, you can help in a number of other ways.
Make a Tax-Deductible Donation directly to the Zoo Walk in the name of “I Speak Autism.”
Buy Epic “I Speak Autism Swag”
The “I Speak Autism” Team logo was directly inspired (and approved) by Joshua Dillie with the biggest of smiles and the highest of “thumbs up!”
Blue Team Shirt: $25 This shirt is FREE to adults who register to walk with the I Speak Autism Team. (contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org after ordering and we’ll send you a coupon code for this shirt).
If you purchase this shirt, you will get the “I Speak Autism” Bumper Sticker for Free!
Full Color White shirt: $25. This white shirt has the beautiful “I Speak Autism” logo in full color!
PLUS, If you purchase this shirt, you will get the “I Speak Autism” Bumper Sticker for Free!
Now, are you ready to Don your best Super Hero Cosplay for a good cause and Show support for a good cause?
Because we are ready and excited to meet you at the Phoenix Zoo Walk for Autism Research!