The A. Skate Foundation and Autism Speaks will hold a skate clinic April 2, 2011 at Etnies Lake Forest, California skatepark in honor of World Autism Day and the launch of the Etnies x Autism Speaks collaboration shoe. The A.Skate foundation will also host a silent auction later that evening from 6-9 p.m. in Venice, California. For more information, visit


March 28, 2011 (Lake Forest, CA) – etnies, Autism Speaks and the A.skate Foundation are uniting on World Autism Awareness Day (Saturday, April 2nd) to host fun-filled skate clinics for kids on the autism spectrum at the etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest. Four one-hour clinics will be offered at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Kids of all ages are welcome to attend!

"By providing a day of skate clinics, kids on the autism spectrum will be given the opportunity to learn how to skateboard, an activity that requires no team or competitive coaching," said Don Brown, senior vice president of marketing for etnies. "Skateboarding is an individual activity and ideal for kids on the spectrum because they often struggle with social interaction. As a brand started and still run by a world-championship skateboarder Pierre-André Senizergues, etnies is so happy to be teaching what we know to kids that deserve a window into the world of skateboarding where we are all the same, whether you are on the spectrum or not."

etnies, together with Autism Speaks, North America's largest autism science and advocacy organization, and the A.skate Foundation, an organization that allows children with autism to be a part of our social world through skateboarding, aim to provide children on the spectrum with a new outlet to express themselves while also raising awareness about this very important disorder affecting one in 110 children.

To register a child for a clinic, please visit Directions to the etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest, more information on the event and a clinic FAQ can be founder here:

etnies and Autism Speaks, who currently share a partnership on co-branded shoes which will provide proceeds from sales to Autism Speaks, feel honored to also unite with A.skate to achieve the mutual goal of raising awareness of autism prevalence.