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  • The subject of the last post was Autism Speaks New Jersey , which hosts an annual Shore Walk in The Great Lawn 100 Ocean Ave. North Long Branch. The event is a fundraiser for Autism Speaks, North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation.

    BluePath Service Dogs is a Hopewell Junction, New York-based nonprofit created two years ago in order to train, and place, service dogs for children on the autism spectrum...
    Most people, when you ask them how many dogs they have, can answer you pretty quickly. Jody Sandler and Caroline McCabe-Sandler might need a minute, though. They have…a lot of dogs.

    “Well, there’s our three personal dogs,” says Caroline. But it takes a careful count of the dogs listed on the whiteboard in their home office to bring that total number up to around 36. The other dogs aren’t all here in their Hopewell Junction home at the moment, however. The ones not here are at their foster families’ homes or off on training adventures, getting ready to fulfill a very special duty. Jody and Caroline are cofounders of BluePath Service Dogs...

    Both Jody and Caroline had been working with service dogs for decades before founding BluePath. Jody had worked as a veterinarian for service dogs for 26 years, and one of the dogs that Caroline had trained calmly led its handler out of the World Trade Center on 9/11, saving both of their lives. But Jody and Caroline saw an increasing need for service dogs trained specifically to assist children with autism and a limited amount of organizations that were providing the service in the Hudson Valley. BluePath was created to fill that void.

    It takes between six and 12 months for a dog to be trained and certified. During that time, the dogs, like all service dogs, must learn how to keep their prey drive in check. If Caroline takes them out on the Dutchess County Rail Trail, for example, the dogs must learn not to chase every squirrel and chipmunk that crosses their path. In malls and grocery stores, the dogs learn not to run into stores or get distracted by strollers and shopping carts and pizza. “When we go up to the counter, she knows to get behind me, to sit, to be quiet,” says Caroline, referring to Lakota, a golden retriever sitting patiently at her feet as we speak. “After a while I stop using verbal and hand commands, so she knows already what to do because we’ve done it a million times.”

    But dogs that work with children on the spectrum have to be prepared for special challenges. Many children with autism sometimes do what’s known as “bolting”: if something catches their attention, they’ll run after it to the exclusion of everything else. “They have no safety awareness,” explains Caroline. “If they see something they like across the street, like a balloon, they’ll get out of the car and take off. They don’t respond to their name; it’s very dangerous.” BluePath Service Dogs are trained to act as an anchor when this happens. The children will be attached to the dog by a tether, so when the child begins to bolt, the dog immediately sits or lays down, holding the child back. Eventually, the children learn that they won’t be able to get away with bolting and stop doing it.

    The dogs also help with social interaction by playing with children. The dogs even learn how to jump with children on trampolines and go down slides. This not only comforts the child they’re with, but helps make the child more approachable for other curious children who might want to play with the dog and their handler. This is one of the reasons BluePath prefers to work with golden and Labrador retrievers: they’re not only smart, loyal dogs, but with their floppy ears, they look friendly and nonthreatening.

    It’s hard work, but the dogs get to take a break. BluePath service dogs wear a blue vest to show that they’re “working,” but at the end of the day, the vest comes off and the dogs learn that’s when they can relax and act, well, like a dog.

    “She’d still be very well behaved if I took the vest off right now,” Caroline says of Lakota. “But if I then threw a ball? Bye-bye!”
    Here is a link to photos from this year's BluePath Walkathon from about four months ago:
    https://www.facebook.com/pg/BluePath...=page_internal

    [source: https://organichv.com/bluepath-service-dogs/]

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    • The subject of recent posts has mainly been on Autism-related events and organisations in the northeastern United States.

      The New England Center for Children is a Southborough, Massachusetts-based nonprofit that believes every child with autism deserves the best services available so they can live full, productive, and rewarding lives in their community. At the Center comprehensive services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders are provided...

      The Annual ...Walk/Run for Autism was held on Saturday, May 12th at the Neary School in Southborough. Despite the rainy conditions, the event was an overwhelming success and continues to be a core event in [the nonprofit]’s fundraising campaigns. [Many] participants came together to raise more than $211,000 for the [nonprofit's] Annual Fund. The Annual Fund supports autism education and research by providing financial support for adapted equipment and materials for students ...and disseminating effective autism education research. By supporting these goals, together we can have a true impact ...in both our local communities and abroad, and increase understanding of autism and its many facets.

      ...Thank you to our participants, volunteers, students, ...staff, event sponsors and in-kind partners for supporting this community-wide event. You are leading the way in autism education and research!
      Here is a link to a video from the beginning of the latest New England Center for Children Autism Walk from earlier this year:
      https://www.facebook.com/NECCforAuti...9342814333029/

      [source: https://www.necc.org/necc-5k-walk-ru...unity-success/]

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      • The subject of a recent post was the Arc of North Carolina, a Wake County, North Carolina-based nonprofit that attempts to improve the quality of life for individuals with various challenges, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

        The annual Triangle Run/Walk for Autism is held each year in Wake County. Proceeds from the Run/Walk for Autism help fund local programs of the nonprofit Autism Society of North Carolina...

        Join ASNC for the 21st annual Triangle Run/Walk for Autism at 9 a.m. Saturday, ...[at Wake County's] Halifax Mall...

        ...You can make a difference in the lives of children with autism ...by registering for the Triangle Run/Walk for Autism. Registration is $25 until Oct. 7 or $30 onsite, but you can make an even bigger impact by recruiting family members, friends, and co-workers to form a team and raise donations — now is the time to start!

        Proceeds from the Triangle Run/Walk for Autism will fund local programs of the Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC)... Everyone knows someone affected by autism — maybe your brother, cousin, friend at school, neighbor, or co-worker. Join others ...to make a difference in the life of someone you care about with [an Autism Spectrum Disorder.] In the past 20 years, we have raised over $1,000,000 through this event. You can help!

        The Triangle Run/Walk for Autism will have something for everyone! Join us for the ...competitive race, the ...noncompetitive run, or the recreational 1-mile run/walk. Prizes of $250 will be awarded for the top male and female runners!

        The ... event will also offer activities for children, music, refreshments, and vendor space where local support resources are showcased. Come be a part of our community for this fun day!
        Here is a link to a video on the Autism Society of North Carolina's Triangle Run/Walk for Autism from last year:
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Va_ROotB8I

        [source: https://autismcenter.duke.edu/events...runwalk-autism]

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        • The subject of recent posts has mainly been on Autism-related events and organisations in the northeastern United States.

          To the north, the Annapolis Valley Chapter of Autism Nova Scotia is a Kingston, Nova Scotia, Canada-based nonprofit that provides help to those affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The nonprofit's purpose includes to increase public awareness and understanding of Autism...
          Organizers are preparing for the tenth annual Walk for Autism in the Annapolis Valley. The event is scheduled to take place June 22, at the Credit Union Center, located at 1490 Westwood St. in Kingston.

          Sandy Wing is the chapter navigator for Autism Nova Scotia and the walk coordinator.,,

          The goal is to raise $25,000 in the Valley through sponsors...

          “It is our major fundraiser. So, the money we raise that day helps us continue doing programming and operate our autism centre in Kingston. We really can’t function without it,” [the chapter navigator] said...

          Wing said the chapter also hopes to achieve a long-term goal of opening a second location in the eastern end of the Valley.

          “We serve families quite well in this area. But our territory is from Windsor to Annapolis Royal, and we find especially to the east, there are lots of families that can’t make it down here to our centre for our programmes and information sessions,” she said.

          The Valley chapter offers a range of programs and facilities including a gym, sensory room and a kitchen. As well there are social programs for children, teens and adults, preschool groups, and info sessions for families and professionals. It also provides adapted swimming and horseback riding programs and summer day camps throughout the Valley for all ages.

          Danielle Hall-Sawler and her family are looking forward to the Walk for Autism. It will be the third fundraiser they have participated in. In an interview, she said she hopes the public will support the work of the Autism Centre. Her 10-year-old son, MacKenzie, attends a weekly social gathering for children with autism and their families.

          “They make everything accessible and affordable. They do a lot for my son. They make sure he has everything he needs when he goes there on Wednesday night. A bunch of kids who all have autism hang out and do crafts, play computer games or go on outings,” she said.

          “We hope people will support the Autism Centre so more kids can go.”

          [The navigator] said the upcoming event will be a fun day for everyone as well as a major fundraiser.

          “It’s actually our tenth anniversary. We want to turn it into a celebration and a chance for families to get together. Sometimes it’s the only chance for families to see each other in the course of a year,” she said.

          There will be free refreshments and a barbecue, as well as an inflatable obstacle course, raffles, arts and crafts and the opportunity to ride a mechanical horse provided by Free Spirit Therapeutic Riding...
          Here is a link to photos from the nonprofit's latest Autism Awareness Walk from about three months ago: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Annapoli...=page_internal

          [source: https://www.kingscountynews.ca/news/...-group-323562/]

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          • The subject of a post from over a month ago was The Autism Society of Texas' El Paso chapter, an El Paso, Texas-based nonprofit that attempts to improve the lives of all affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

            Fort Worth in Texas is also home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks, North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation...
            The autism-awareness nonprofit Autism Speaks has been around for 14 years, and this is its third year doing a charitable [Walk] in Fort Worth, said their logistics chair for the Fort Worth committee, Tiana Sims.

            ...Sims said the ...walk raises funds to give to individuals on the spectrum and hopes to offer a range of solutions throughout their lives. “It’s an event to bring multiple families togetherness, in efforts to build a community of understanding and acceptance,” she said.

            The walk itself is not themed, other than being a charitable walk centered on raising money for autism, Sims said. “We like to invite different characters because our walkers always look forward to having them there,” she said.

            Sims said she became involved with Autism Speaks Walks when her cousin’s son was diagnosed with autism. “I searched online and came across the upcoming Autism Speaks Walk happening in Fort Worth, so I got a few friends and family members to participate,” she said.

            A year later she returned as a volunteer.

            “I just have a passion for the autism committee” she said. “I love to watch the way my cousin’s son’s mind works. People with autism are unique, and if people would just take the time out to spend some time with someone who has autism, they could see the beauty in the way they think and see the world.”
            Here is a link to a video from the recent Autism Speaks Walk in Fort Worth, Texas: https://www.facebook.com/Certrec/vid...6649017353210/

            [source: https://www.fwweekly.com/2019/09/18/the-kessel-run/]

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            • The subject of a post from about three weeks ago was Chicago, Illinois being home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks, North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation.

              To the east, Autism Resources of Marshall County is a Plymouth, Indiana-based nonprofit that attempts to help individuals in its community impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorders who are seeking and able to share Autism resources.
              Autism Resources of Marshall County will be hosting a "Walk For Autism" on Saturday, September 21.

              The event will be held at the Hoosier Old Wheels Shelter at Centennial Park in Plymouth, IN.

              Registration begins at 10 a.m., The ...walk begins at 11a.m.

              There is no regisration fee. Any and all walkers are welcome. All walkers are encouraged to get pledges to help reach goal of $15,000. Anyone that gets $60 in pledges will receive a free t-shirt on the day of the walk. Early registration will be available and encouraged...
              Here is a link to a video taken just before the above-mentioned ARMC Walk for Autism: https://www.facebook.com/cornerstone...6569787787610/

              [source: https://www.unorth.k12.in.us/news/16...arshall-county]

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              • The subject yesterday's post was Autism Resources of Marshall County, a Plymouth, Indiana-based nonprofit that attempts to help individuals in its community impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorders who are seeking and able to share Autism resources.

                Hopebridge, an Indiana-based company vice
                Hopebridge provided services and a sensory area to the Indianapolis, Indiana Autism Speaks Walk at the Mario County Fairgrounds on Saturday, September 28...


                Here is a link to a video from the very recent Autism Speaks Indianapolis Walk: https://www.facebook.com/hopebridge3...7628026473038/

                [source: ]

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                • The subject of the last couple of posts has been on Autism-related events and organisations in the American state of Indiana.

                  To the east, Lucas County in Ohio is home to an annual Autism Speaks Northwest Ohio Walk. Autism Speaks is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation...
                  Brittany Mason said she had no negative reaction this past May when she found out her 2-year-old son has autism.

                  Rather, Mrs. Mason and her family continued living life with their happy and loving 2-year-old, Isaac Mason — all with a little extra care, the mother said during the Toledo Autism Speaks Walk at the Huntington Center on Sunday.

                  Children got their face painted; took photos with a prince, princesses, and Starwars characters; or built wooden airplanes prior to the third annual walk’s kickoff, where [many] walkers participated, said Leslie Bloom, manager of field development for Autism Speaks Northwest Ohio.

                  “The walk is a really great place for people to have a safe space ...they understand that they’re in a safe space and they’re not going to be judged. They can feel comfortable here,” Ms. Bloom said, adding families are able to learn about community resources and connect with other families, too.

                  Mrs. Mason, who lives outside of Detroit, said she knew Toledo had a large gathering for an autism walk and decided to join.

                  Gathering in matching shirts, the Mason family wore ...T-shirts ...with colorful puzzle pieces — which has become an iconic marker for autism.

                  Mrs. Mason said she noticed several red flags prior to her son’s diagnosis, but she “very in support of it and jumped on the bandwagon” of getting him into the proper behavior and speech therapies.

                  “You think that autistic kids have no feelings, no emotions — he’s one of the most loving, caring, little boys. So emotional. He will just hug me and love me,” Mrs. Mason said as he picked her son up.

                  Alia Lopez watched her daughter, Kalie Maran, 2, paint a picture prior to the walk. Family came to support and walk for Mason Porchia, 4.

                  “It’s something that’s not talked about a lot and you see all the struggles that they have, being accepted. He’s really important to us and brightens our life — he’s probably one of the happiest kids I’ve met,” Ms. Lopez said


                  Ms. Bloom said individuals on the autism spectrum are no different from anyone else — they just want to be treated the same.

                  ...The organization’s goal was to raise more than $63,000 and as of Sunday morning, they were nearly halfway to that number — not including donations that came in on Sunday. That money may be used through grants for those who need it in the community, Ms. Bloom said...
                  Here is a link to photos from the Autism Speaks Northwest Ohio Walk from about three weeks ago: https://www.facebook.com/pg/AutismSp...=page_internal

                  [source: https://www.toledoblade.com/local/ci...es/20190908140]

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                  • The subject of yesterday's post was the annual Autism Speaks Northwest Ohio Walk. Autism Speaks is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation.

                    The Columbus Commons hosts Ohio's state capital Autism Speaks Walk, held each year in early October...
                    [Many] showed up ... at Columbus Commons on Sunday and walked through the streets of downtown Columbus to raise awareness and money for research on Autism Spectrum Disorder.

                    For families here at the event it was a sense of community...

                    “I’ve been here for every walk and it is like a family reunion the fact that all these people show up year after year and they’re here not only to enjoy themselves and enjoy the day but they’re here looking for support,” said NBC4 Sports Director and Autism Speaks committee member Jerod Smalley.

                    Both his sons have autism and if it’s one message Smalley has for those affected by autism, it’s that we’re all in this together.

                    “They’re not alone in this that they have great people around them [including those] who work specifically to help people with autism. Their incredible patience and understanding and trust in these kids...” Smalley said.

                    ...they’re often like Sasha Tutstone, a 4th-grade teacher who works with a 9-year-old boy ...who has autism.

                    “He’s grown so much socially,” Tutstone said. “He likes the street signs and the roads and he’s been into movement and dancing in the classroom.”

                    [His] mom Martha says her son was diagnosed with autism when he was 3-years-old.

                    “It was shocking at first. I didn’t want to get him tested because I was in denial, but I had a coworker to tell me just hey get it done and if he’s autistic you can get him the therapy he needed so I did,” [his mom] said. “I’m very happy that I went ahead and got him tested because then he got the therapy and he’s doing a lot better.”

                    The annual Columbus Autism Speaks walk is one of the largest walks in the country. Each dollar raised goes toward research and promoting awareness of the disorder. And for those for whom autism is a personal issue, the number of people who come out to support the walk is a great comfort.

                    ...“From where we were 11 years ago to now, it’s mind blowing, it’s truly inspirational,” Smalley said. “Every kid with autism is unique. No two are the exact same and my two boys are a perfect example at that. They have vastly different abilities and needs so my goals are different for them, but the biggest goal, not only for them but every kid with autism, is to become an adult that has a fulfilling life.”...
                    Here is a link to photos from the Autism Speaks Columbus Walk from about a year ago: https://www.facebook.com/pg/AutismSp...=page_internal

                    [source: https://www.nbc4i.com/news/local-new...t-annual-walk/]

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                    • The subject of the last couple of posts has been on Autism-related events and organisations in the state of Ohio.

                      The Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Cincinnati Children's Hospital is a Cincinnati, Ohio-based nonprofit that serves a region of 27 counties. It is a comprehensive Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnostic center...
                      [Many] bikers rode ... on Sunday to raise money for Autism Speaks.

                      The 7th Annual Ridin' and Rockin' for Autism [was held].

                      David Kahle started the ride after his son, Parker, was diagnosed with autism.

                      Money raised will help local children and families on the spectrum.

                      "85 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to the mission, which is fantastic," said Autism Speaks Field Coordinator Amy Schinner. "And here in Cincinnati we're lucky enough to have Cincinnati Children's Hospital and the Kelly O’Leary Center, which is part of the Autism Speaks network. So the grants and the research and everything that happens through Cincinnati Children's... a great deal of it is funded through days like this."
                      Here is a link to photos from the Cincinnati Walk Now for Autism Speaks from five years ago: https://www.facebook.com/pg/The-Kell...=page_internal

                      [source: https://local12.com/news/local/motor...aks-07-29-2019]

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                      • The subject of a post from almost a month ago was the Spectrum Autism Friendly Festival, annual event held in Lea, Derbyshire, United Kingdom in June each year.

                        In Ireland, My Canine Companion is a County Cork-based nonprofit which places service and companion dogs with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The nonprofit provides a highly individualised and personal service...
                        These are blue collar workers, just not the kind you're thinking of! In fact their collars can be any colour.

                        They are the dogs from ...My Canine Companion ...who received a welcome boost recently when they received a cheque for €100,000 from Dublin Airport Authority (daa) staff’s charity of the year fund.

                        [The nonprofit] was one of the three charities of the year for 2017 which shared in the €300,000 raised by staff of DAA through charity events throughout the year as well as collection areas in the airport.

                        [The nonprofit] had a record year in 2017 having provided 47 qualified service dogs to children and young adults with autism throughout the country.

                        [The nonprofit] was founded by [local] woman Cliona O'Rourke...

                        Last year daa staff rowed, cycled, ran marathons, baked cakes, lost weight through Operation Transformation, wore their county jersey or Christmas jumper to work, took part in quiz nights, race nights and a host of other events. The funds left in cash collection points throughout Dublin Airport also support the chosen charities for the year. My Canine Companion Chief Executive Niall Ruddy said €100,000 will make a huge difference to the charity.

                        He said: “On behalf of all the staff and clients of the My Canine Companion family I would like to thank all daa staff. We are totally blown away by the amount raised from all your efforts. In a record year for the charity My Canine Companion had 47 qualified dogs in 2017. This fantastic donation will ensure that many more children ...will receive the life changing gift of a service dog... We would like to wish all the staff and your current and future charity partners continued success.”...
                        Here is a link to a video from Dublin Airport on the program from about a week ago: https://www.facebook.com/dublinairpo...7884631706716/

                        [source: https://www.corkindependent.com/news...ng-afurmative/]

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                        • The subject of posts in the past week has mainly been on Autism-related events and organisations in the American state of Ohio.

                          The Autism Society of Greater Akron is an Akron, Ohio-based nonprofit that serves Summit, Medina, Portage, Wayne, and Stark counties...
                          A one-mile walk and family event to benefit the Autism Society of Greater Akron will take place on June 15 in the Firestone Park neighborhood.

                          Step Into Autism is the former Autism 5k Run and Walk. ...The honorary chair is Akron General President Dr. Brian Harte.

                          For the past two years, Akron General has been participating in the society’s Autism Friendly Program, which educates professionals on how to accommodate individuals [including children] with autism. At the completion of the program later this summer, about 400 employees will have received training on autism and policies and procedures will have been updated.

                          Akron General is expected to be the first known major national hospital to be designated as Autism Friendly, said Laurie Cramer, executive director of the society.

                          The event features a one-mile walk on Firestone Boulevard toward Firestone Park. Back at Firestone Stadium, there will be ...activities such as carnival games ...vendor fair, sensory zone, and more...

                          It begins at 8:30 am on June 15 at Firestone Park. Registration is free, however official event t-shirts are only provided to individuals who raise $50 or more for their fundraising team by May 31. Donations are also accepted and encouraged...
                          Here is a link to a video from last year's Autism Society of Greater Akron Walk from just over a year ago:
                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=xJZZ58VvBJ4

                          [source: https://www.ohio.com/news/20190520/s...utism-friendly]

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                          • The subject of recent posts has been on Autism-related events and organisations in the American state of Ohio.

                            To the north, Autism Unplugged is a Keswick, Ontario, Canada-based nonprofit that works with children with various challenges, including Autism Spectrum Disorders. Experts work to design evidence based individualized solutions that maximize a child's ability to reach their potential...

                            Here is a link to a video on the nonprofit's Applied Behavior Analysis program from about three months ago: https://www.facebook.com/AutismUnplu...1137468324661/

                            [source: ]

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                            • The subject of a post from a couple of weeks ago was the New England Center for Children, a Southborough, Massachusetts-based nonprofit that believes every child with autism deserves the best services available so they can live full, productive, and rewarding lives in their community. At the Center comprehensive services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders are provided.

                              Various teams also walk in the annual Boston, Massachusetts Walk for Autism Speaks, North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation. For example the local chapter of Teamsters, a union that represents a diverse membership of blue-collar and professional workers in both the public and private sectors...
                              [Many] guests from across [the state] and New England attended the 12th annual Teamsters Local 25 Autism Gala on March 23 at the Boch Center in Boston. This is the marquee fundraiser for the Teamsters Local 25 Autism Fund which has raised millions of dollars for nonprofits that support people with autism and [various other challenges.]

                              “We’re proud of the contributions Teamsters Local 25 has been able to make within the autism community these last 12 years,” said Teamsters Local 25 President Sean M. O’Brien. “We’ve helped to pass insurance legislation, raise crucial funds for research and awareness, and hopefully give families with autism hope and reassurance that they aren’t alone.”

                              “Teamsters Local 25 has been an important advocate on autism issues through their support for organizations that provide crucial services for individuals with autism,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “I applaud their efforts and look forward to continuing to work with them on this issue.”

                              ...Larry Cancro, Senior Vice President/Fenway Concerts and Entertainment for the Boston Red Sox and Chairman of Autism Speaks New England [was] honored with [a] 2019 Essential Puzzle Piece [Award]...

                              ...“The autism community in Boston and New England has a great supporter in Teamsters Local 25,” said Larry Cancro, Senior Vice President/Fenway Concerts and Entertainment for the Boston Red Sox and Chairman of Autism Speaks New England. “This organization truly understands the full scope of this spectrum disorder...”
                              Here is a link to photos of Teamsters Local 25 Autism Fund members at last year's Boston Autism Speaks Walk:
                              https://www.facebook.com/pg/teamster...=page_internal

                              [source: http://www.teamsterslocal25autism.com/]

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                              • The subject of a post from a few weeks ago was the Howard County Autism Society (HCAS), a Baltimore metropolitan area, Maryland-based nonprofit that serves those affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The nonprofit attempts to do this by providing information, support, and advocacy; and by promoting awareness of autism that values the dignity and uniqueness of each child.

                                Baltimore, Maryland is also home to an annual Autism Speaks Walk. Autism Speaks being North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation...
                                A sea of blue filled the Johnny Unitas Stadium at Towson University Sunday morning.

                                [Many] showed up for the Autism Speaks Walk to celebrate their fundraising achievements to further autism research, awareness, and resources.

                                Everyone who participated raised nearly $220,000, that went to Autism Speaks.

                                “I want everyone to feel like they belong. I also want people to have fun at this walk that's reasonable, but my main reason is to spread the word about autism and to make everyone feel like they belong,” said Conner of Team Conner's Crew

                                The top fundraising teams were [included] Hank Rocks, and Team Azeem...
                                Here is a link to a video from the very recent Autism Speaks Baltimore Walk: https://www.facebook.com/RhoEtaZeta/...7670818433096/

                                [source: https://www.wmar2news.com/lifestyle/...sm-speaks-walk]

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                                • The subject of a post from about a month ago was Miami, Florida being home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks, North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation.

                                  Just last weekend, Autism Speaks Southwest Florida hosted their annual Walk at Estero Community Park, Estero, Florida...
                                  Come out to Estero Community Park to support [those affected with Autism Spectrum Disorders, including children] during the third Autism Speaks Walk in Southwest Florida!

                                  ...The Autism Speaks Walk is a community event ...Registration for this enjoyable and relaxing walk will begin at 9 a.m. The quarter- mile walk kicks off at 10 a.m...

                                  ...Throughout the morning, attendees will enjoy festive music from a live DJ. ...activities include dancing, arts and crafts, ...and more.

                                  ...Date: Saturday, Oct. 5 Autism Speaks has set a fundraising goal of $78,100.

                                  The organization is relying on the support of the community to help enhance the lives of those with autism.

                                  ...There are many ways to support this great cause.

                                  ...The Autism Speaks Walk is the world’s largest autism fundraising event dedicated to improving the lives of people with autism, a widespread spectrum disorder affecting social skills, behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication.

                                  ...The funds raised help finance innovative research to ensure that people of all abilities have access to lifelong support Autism Speaks Autism Speaks Walk and services.
                                  Here is a link to photos from this year's Autism Speaks Southwest Florida Walk from about a year ago: https://www.facebook.com/pg/AutismSp...=page_internal

                                  [source: https://en.calameo.com/read/0054851019b2c0d689040]
                                  Last edited by Visionary7903; 10-07-2019, 11:24 PM.

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                                  • The subject of a post from about four weeks ago was the 'Spectrum Autism Friendly Festival', an annual event held in Lea, Derbyshire in the United Kingdom in June each year.

                                    Autism Support Allerdale and Copeland is a Workington, Cumbria, United Kingdom-based nonprofit that acts as a support group for the West Cumbria region...
                                    Identical twins and “mini carers” Isabella and Olivia Robson raised more than £1,000 when they took part in the Junior Great North Run.

                                    The nine-year-olds, from Egremont, ran to raise money for the [nonprofit] in honour of their little brother Isaac, six, who was diagnosed with autism three years ago.

                                    The girls, who say they love their little brother and help care for him, completed the 4km race in 26 minutes.

                                    They hoped to raise £100 but ended up with £1,120.

                                    After completing the run, Isabella and Olivia “felt very tired”, according to their dad, Joe, who added: “It seems like it hasn’t dawned on them how great their achievement is.”

                                    The caring big sisters came up with the idea of doing the run by themselves and also typed up their plea for sponsorship on a crowd funding website.

                                    They said: “Our little brother was diagnosed with autism three years ago [and] we all live with the challenges autism brings to our family on a daily basis.”

                                    Joe added: “We are so proud of the girls.”

                                    They continue on to say, “we love our little brother and help and support him in all he does”.

                                    The Allerdale and Copeland Autism Support Group have greatly helped the Egremont family, organising soft-play for children with autism, and helping families and children feel comfortable during their time playing together in an understanding environment.

                                    Wendy Askew, organiser of the support group, explained what is done for families with autistic children: “our aim is to support parents/carers of children and adults with autism and associated conditions. We offer guidance and support in a non-judgemental setting”.

                                    As well as their ‘try before you buy scheme’, allowing families to test the effectiveness of expensive items, such as weighted blankets, before spending money on them, the group, “also provide autism and family-friendly activities in the holidays for children and their siblings”.

                                    Regularly seeing the positive impact these autism-friendly activities have had on their brother, and the whole family, is what made the St. Bridget’s Primary School students want to raise money for the Autism Support Group.
                                    Here is a link to a video from the nonprofit's Open Day from about a month ago: https://www.facebook.com/AutismSuppo...1646277521390/

                                    [source: https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/1...support-group/]

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                                    • The subject of a post from a couple of days ago was Autism Speaks Southwest Florida, which hosted their annual Walk at Estero Community Park, Estero, Florida.

                                      In the Miami, Florida metropolitan area...

                                      CardioFlex Therapy outpatient clinic is happy to support Autism Speaks and their walk on September 29th at the BB&T Center in [Broward County]. The Autism Speaks Walk is the world’s largest autism fundraising event dedicated to improving the lives of people with autism. ...the funds raised help ensure people of all abilities have access to the tools needed to lead ‘their best lives’.

                                      ...Physical therapists work with adults with [Autism Spectrum Disorders] to promote success in daily life. They recommend community resources to increase movement opportunities, develop individualized exercise routines to promote body coordination and walking skills, work with each individual to help improve movement, function, and fitness so the individual can hold a job, function at home, and enjoy leisure activities.
                                      Our strength as a community is powered by love and built on the commitment of individuals like you. Start a team, join a team or come on your own. Walk and fundraise together to enhance the lives of people living with autism.

                                      Here is a link to a video of the Therapies 4 Kids team at this year's Autism Speaks Broward County, Florida Walk from about a week ago: https://www.facebook.com/T4KUSA/vide...4614767679516/

                                      [source: https://patch.com/florida/miami/cale...lex-therapists]

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                                      • The subject of a recent post was Autism Unplugged, a Keswick, Ontario, Canada-based nonprofit that works with children with various challenges, including Autism Spectrum Disorders. Experts work to design evidence based individualized solutions that maximize a child's ability to reach their potential...

                                        Jake's House Charity is a Toronto, Ontario, Canada-based not-for-profit organization that takes a holistic approach to supporting families, children and adults affected by autism...

                                        Here is a link to photos of a 'Dreams Take Flight' event to Walt Disney World in Florida from about five months ago:
                                        https://www.facebook.com/pg/JakesHou...=page_internal

                                        [source: ]

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                                        • The subject of recent posts has mainly been on Autism-related events and organisations in the eastern United States.

                                          On the other side of the country, the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) is a Phoenix, Arizona-based nonprofit that attempts to advance research and provide help for those affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The nonprofit's annual Walk will be held in two weeks time...
                                          ...The Arizona walk event ...attracts one of the largest crowds and accounts for one of Autism Speaks’ most popular events. Half of all proceeds raised, fund direct services and resources through SARRC while the other half aids Autism Speaks mission to enhance lives today while accelerating a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.

                                          ...Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center and Autism Speaks are pleased to announce Lesley BriceOpens a New Window., president and partner of MC Residential LLC, as the chair of 2019 Autism Speaks Walk in partnership with SARRC. ...we are extremely grateful for Lesley's leadership to our 14th annual event...

                                          ...Registration is free. Instead, participants are encouraged to set a goal and fundraise by building a walk team...

                                          ...Thank you to our incredible network of resource providers who will be on-site on Oct. 27 to share an array of services available to families and caregivers in Arizona from 8-11:30 a.m.

                                          ACES
                                          Emily Taylor Law Firm
                                          Aurora Behavioral Health
                                          Arion Care Solutions
                                          Arizona Autism Pediatrics
                                          S.E.E.K Arizona
                                          Autism Learning Partners
                                          Lexington
                                          Trumpet Behavioral Health
                                          Therapy Builders
                                          Ally Pediatric Therapy
                                          Arizona Mentor
                                          Hopebridge
                                          SARRC
                                          Abrazo Health...
                                          Here is a link to photos from last year's Autism Speaks Walk in partnership with SARRC:
                                          https://www.facebook.com/pg/Southwes...=page_internal

                                          [source: https://autismcenter.org/2019-autism...n-espa%C3%B1ol]

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