Lt. Governor Stephen B.Pence's Communication Office
Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence Leads Motorcycle Tour to raise Awareness, Funding for Autism

Press Release Date:  Monday, October 16, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jeanne Lausche
(502) 564-2611 Ext. 432

Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence joined dozens of other avid motorcyclists today to raise awareness about a disease that strikes as many as one out of every 166 children: Autism.

“The need for more awareness, more research, and more treatment resources for autism will continue to grow as long as the number of cases being diagnosed increase,” said Lt. Governor Pence.  “I am honored to take part in an event that will encourage more Kentuckians to take notice of this disease.”

The motorcycle tour, titled “Ride On,” is the first of its kind in Kentucky.  Motorcyclists met this morning at the Bluegrass Harley Davidson motorcycle location in Louisville and rode to Sparta, where they completed a lap at the Kentucky Speedway. The riders then headed back to Louisville for a celebration at the Brown Forman Amphitheater at Waterfront Park.

 “Autism is a spectrum disorder that affects each individual differently and to varying degrees of severity.  The uniqueness of each individual with autism makes the experience of raising a child with autism different for each family,” said Rebecca Grau, Interim Director of the Kentucky Autism Training Center.  “The proceeds from the ‘Ride On’ event will enable the Kentucky Autism Training Center to create individualized services for families.  Given appropriate supports individuals with autism can make significant contributions to their communities.”

All proceeds from “Ride On” will benefit the Kentucky Autism Training Center, which is part of the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville.