Founder of Autism MX
Matthew Dalton is a father of a young child with autism and is the founder of Autism MX. The Autism MX project is an organization that promotes autism awareness throughout the motocross community. Importantly, while many projects focus on raising community awareness of autism, Matthew's project provides unique experiences for children on the autism spectrum: the AMX day camps. In these camps, Matthew provides children with the opportunity to ride recreational in a safe, supporting environment. These camps have been a tremendous success, with a number of children getting an experience that was not previously available. Each camp has seen a growing number of campers come experience the thrill of riding and the satisfaction of accomplishment. While the camps have been in California (four in 2011), there are plans to expand this program across the country.
Though Autism MX began with Matthew and his sons, his efforts have linked families across the country, united by love of their children with autism and of motocross. Autism MX now supports over a dozen riders across the country, including professional racers. Matthew's contributions to children and families have been increasingly recognized and he has been interviewed by several local and national publications. On April 15th, Autism MX will host the Ride for Awareness Day. This event is expected to be a tremendous fundraiser and means to increase autism awareness.
Matthew is an inspiration to many and is truly an Autism Champion.