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Autism Speaks and 'Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!' Team Up to Shine a Spotlight on World Autism Awareness Day
Date:2/20/2009

Autism Speaks, the world's largest autism science and advocacy organization, is teaming up with Wubbzy - star of Nick Jr.'s whimsical animated preschool television series "Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!" - to promote World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) on April 2, a global effort to increase awareness of autism as a worldwide health crisis.

New York, NY (PRWEB) February 21, 2009 -- Autism Speaks, the world's largest autism science and advocacy organization, is teaming up with Wubbzy - star of Nick Jr.'s whimsical animated preschool television series "Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!" - to promote World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) on April 2, a global effort to increase awareness of autism as a worldwide health crisis. Wubbzy will star in a series of public service announcements and on a special web site to encourage all to become involved with the virtual Walk on the Web.

To promote awareness of, and participation in, World Autism Awareness Day, Autism Speaks and the Ad Council produced television and web banner public service announcements (PSAs) featuring Wubbzy. The PSAs will also be available for outdoor placement.

A special web site, Walk with Wubbzy on the Web, has also been launched. This online "virtual walk" is an extension of Autism Speaks' Walk Now for Autism, which takes place in more than 75 communities across the United States, as well as in Canada and the United Kingdom. The Walk with Wubbzy on the Web site provides ideas about how people can celebrate World Autism Awareness Day in their local community, and also accepts donations to fund autism awareness and research efforts. Last year's Walk Now on the Web raised more than $40,000.

"We are very excited to have Wubbzy, who is so popular with young children and their parents around the world, as our unofficial 'good will ambassador' for World Autism Awareness Day," said Suzanne Wright, Co-found
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