At an early age it was easy to see Austin's destiny would contain two things, cars and driving. When he was a toddler he could name every car on the road by make and model. Watching a race on TV, he could name every driver and race team, no matter the series. Two weeks before his 8th birthday, Austin got to drive for the first time. He had the biggest smile on his face, visible even through his helmet, as he lowered himself into a go kart for the first time. Since that first lap, he has progressed up the karting ladder, gone on to win three championships and amass countless victories, regionally, nationally and internationally. He is now one of the top kart racers North America has to offer. I am sure you will agree these are pretty amazing accomplishments for any teenager.
Now what if I told you Austin is Autistic?
What is Autism???
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Some persons with ASD excel in visual skills, music, math and art.
Growing Up with Autism
Graduating through a school system, your main goal socially is just try and fit in. Autism makes that pretty much impossible. This was the case for Austin. He tried hard to become one of the many but no matter how hard he tried he just couldn't do all the things other kids do - and social life was even harder for him.
Picked on and bullied through most of his school life, he has never let the bullies take away his smile, his love for life or his desire to follow his dream to race.
Austin, Autism and Racing: How does that work???
So how does a kid with Autism, ADHD and fine motor skill problems become one of the best racers in North America? How is he able to race a kart capable of more than 160 km/h that requires precision and consistency, while not being able to tie his shoes?
The best way I can explain it is the same disabilities that make everyday life tough for Austin actually help him on the racetrack. Austin's brain craves information at an incredible rate in order for him to feel comfortable - during everyday life this is rarely possible.
But when he is on the track the faster the kart goes the more comfortable he is. While others are reaching the limits of their abilities the faster they drive, Austin is the reverse. The faster he goes the closer things are moving at what he considers at a "normal" rate.
Racing With Autism: What do we do???
We created Racing with Autism in 2013 to help raise awareness about Autism and inspire others by sharing a presentation based on Austin's life story. Since it's incep-tion, we have presented Austin's story at schools all over North America, Australia and Bermuda. Everywhere we have presented we have been told our presentation has been the most inspirational, educational and emotional presentation they have ever had.
Your financial support is needed for Austin to continue his mission to raise awareness for Autism on and off the track.
For sponsorship information, please contact:
- By Phone > Jason Riley l 416-986-3241
- By Email > email@example.com
We would like to extend our sincere appreciation for any contribution you make that will help Austin in his pursuit to raise awareness - one lap at a time, and one school at a time.
September 9, 2014
Gluckstein Personal Injury Lawyers are continually supporting charitable causes, individuals and events in their quest to triumph over adversity.
We are excited to introduce to you Austin Riley, an autistic 15 year old, who is a rising star in Canadian motorsports. Austin's remarkable story has not only influenced the racing world it has also inspired the nation.
It is said, if you do what you love, success will follow.
It all started with his love for cars. Go Kart racing sensation, Austin Riley began his racing journey at the young age of 8 years old. He is now a 3 time karting champion! Austin demonstrates his triumph over adversity by inspiring others with his brave story and teaching so many that autism is not a disability. His foundation, the Austin Riley Foundation provides opportunities to other young racers with disabilities, so that they can turn their dreams into reality just like Austin has!
Austin and his father Jason Riley continue their initiative of bringing more awareness to autism with their goal of going coast to coast speaking in schools, sharing Austin's story while educating and providing autism awareness.
Gluckstein Personal Injury Lawyers are a proud supporter of Austin and his foundation in their pursuit to conquer autism and spread awareness.
This past June, Austin visited the Gluckstein Office to present Bernard a racing picture as thanks to Gluckstein Lawyers for their support.
Bernard with Shane Riley and Austin Riley
July 2, 2014
Gluckstein Driving Gift Experiences - On July 2, 2014, Austin Riley joined other gift recipients for a turn behind the wheel of a performance race car at the legendary Mosport racetrack! Read Kathy Renwald's review posted in the Toronto Star, Wheels Section, July 19, 2014
Support Racing with Autism
If you would like more information on Austin and his initiatives please visit his website www.racingwithautism.com