Autistic Rapper 50 Tyson Partners With Autism Society of Minnesota For Annual Walk

By Jay Casteel   /   Published 03/03/11

50 TysonAutistic rapper 50 Tyson is set to be one of the main guests of the Autism Society of Minnesota's (AuSM) upcoming 11th annual Steps of Hope fundraising walk, which goes down on Sunday (March 6).

50 Tyson, who became a Internet sensation after posting a Youtube video of himself rapping, will be featured in a special performance.

And is excited about doing his part to benefit autism research.

"I am excited to be able to do my part to raise money for autism research," 50 said in a statement. "As an autistic rapper, it's important that I demonstrate to other autistic individuals that you too can live out your dreams and not let autism slow you down."

The 17-year-old has been heavily involved in the community to raise money and awareness, and recently donated money to Autism Speaks, said his rep.

The walk will take place at Ridgedale Center in Minneapolis, MN at 9 a.m., when registration begins, following by the walk, which takes place at 11 a.m.

The Autism Society of Minnesota expects more than 1,500 participants for the walk, which will benefit individuals, families, educators and employers impacted by autism.

The mission of AuSM is to serve Minnesota's autism community, which is more important than ever, as national rates of diagnosed autism spectrum disorders have soared to 1 in 110. With adult support groups and therapy, family advocacy programs, social skills groups, camps and an extensive resource directory, AuSM strives to fulfill the needs of those living with autism throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

Through workshops and an annual conference, AuSM keeps families and professionals at the forefront of cutting-edge research, information and therapies. The organization is celebrating 40 years of existence, in which they have served more than 12,000 families impacted by autism.

"Through our Steps of Hope Support Grant program, we invite Minnesota families, schools and service providers to request financial help to purchase goods and services they need as they work with individuals with autism," a rep for AuSM said.

For more info on AuSM, visit AuSM.org. Or hit 50 Tyson on Facebook here.

  • Sherry Sherrill

    Wonderful!

  • JD

    He is NOT autistic, and I wish he's stop pretending he was just for attention.

  • Daniel

    This is a late post, but...

    Quit talking out of your ass buddy, he IS autistic. Don't believe me? I went to school with this guy (was even in the same special ed homeroom as him, though my autism is more high-functional than his), and while he annoyed the hell out of me more than once by randomly singing/clapping in class, there isn't a doubt in my mind that he busted his ass to achieved his goals- in his condition, no less- and has made a name for himself in both the autism and hip-hop communities.

    Furthermore, even though I'm not wild about rap, he's also furthered influenced my desire to get a rock band together and pursue a career in music (I already play guitar, even though I'm not very good at it, and I also plan to learn how to sing well so I can be the frontman), and who knows, maybe one day, after I form said band, them and I could follow 50's example and team up with the AuSM- but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.

    I rest my case.