Nationally, Alpha Xi Delta has proudly raised more than 5 million dollars for Autism Speaks since our official partership in 2009. Our chapter promotes the understanding and acceptance of autism and raises funds for this amaXing organization by holding our annual Step it Up 5K and Baked Xiti events at our college, as well as participating in 'Light it Up Blue' for World Autism Awareness Day in the Williamsport community. Just in the past year, the Iota Mu chapter raised over $4000 for Autism Speaks, for which we were named an 'Up-and-Coming Philanthrophy chapter by Alpha Xi Delta National. We hope to continue raising awareness and expanding our philanthropy on Lycoming's campus and beyond!
Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by grandparents of a child with autisum. This autism science and advocacy organization is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.