Autism Speaks, Alpha Xi Delta listens.
The world's largest autism advocacy organization, Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing acceptance and understanding for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, to funding research into the causes and better interventions for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
Alpha Xi Delta college chapters and alumnae associations across the country are committed to expanding acceptance and understanding in their communities and fundraising in support of Autism Speaks. With one in 68 children diagnosed with autism, Alpha Xi Deltas are committed to improving the lives of children and families affected by autism.
Raising the Funds
As a chapter, we host our bi-annual philanthropy event, Taco Xi, where we sell late night breakfast tacos to other University of Texas students at our house with all proceeds going towards Autism Speaks. In the fall, we also host a flag football tournament called Football FrenXi with many different student organizations. Dedicated chapter members also raise funds individually for Autism Speaks by writing letters to friends and family and selling used items and volunteering their time in exchange for donations. This past school year, we were able to raise over $24,000 for Autism Speaks!
Alpha Xi Delta is committed to increasing acceptance and understanding of autism on campus, in our community, and across the globe. Every year our chapter reunites with other Alpha Xi Delta chapters across the state to volunteer at the Austin Autism Speaks Walk. The Walk is a fun-filled, family friendly event and is our city's single most powerful force to fund vital research for autism. Since 2015, Alpha Xi Delta has been the named sponsor of the Autism Speaks Walk.
During World Autism Month in April, we set up tables on campus to educate our peers about autism, and we Light It Up Blue to promote the acceptance and understanding of autism. We bring the entire greek community together by giving every house blue lights. All of our houses are a small group of over ten thousand buildings across the world that shine blue for the month.