Skateboarders, Blake Stassi and Daniel Houze have a lot in common. They attend the same high school in the Sacramento suburb of Elk Grove, they both ride long skateboards, or longboards and they each have a cousin living with autism. Midway through the 2010-2011 school year they came up with a plan to bring attention to Autism Spectrum Disorder. Here’s Blake Stassi describing their conversation:
Let’s do a long distance trip and do it for autism awareness. We decided it would be from Palo Alto to Los Angeles.
Their six day, 450 mile journey yielded great results, Multiple TV newscast interviews and articles in a couple of newspapers. So, in the summer of 2012, they did it again… But this time, Stassi said, they went even further.
We did Santa Barbara to San Diego and back to Santa Barbara, which is about 520 miles. Got on even more newscasts, shows and stuff, and we actually tried to make a little money for it. And we made about a thousand dollars for it, and spread autism awareness.
I asked the now high school senior about the upcoming summer and whether he and his friends are planning to ride again:
We have big hopes for Australia. That might be a sneak peek for a couple of years… I don’t know. But as of right now, we’re kinda just focused on school and stuff.
We’ll let you know if Blake and Daniel decide to cross Australia for autism awareness some day. In the meantime, find out more about the disorder and the KVCR Autism Initiative with a visit to our website at kvcr.org/autism