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Test drives to help fund autism group

March 29, 2013
Thirty-nine area dealerships are marking Autism Awareness Month in April by participating in a program to donate $20 for each test drive their shoppers take during the month.
The fundraising goal of the 3rd annual “Test Drives for Autism” is $100,000, twice the goal of the inaugural event in 2011. 
The proceeds will be donated to Turning Pointe Autism Foundation, a Naperville-based organization that provides education, recreation, career development and residential services to people with autism.
The test-drive initiative was started by the Dan Wolf Automotive Group as a way of supporting the foundation. Ten years ago, an estimated 1 in 10,000 children were diagnosed with autism. That estimate today is 1 in 88 children, including 1 in 54 boys in the U.S. who will be diagnosed with some form of autism.