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  • #61
    The subject of a post from just over two weeks ago was Ottawa, Ontario, Canada being home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada. Autism Speaks is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation.

    To the east, Autism Nova Scotia is a Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada-based nonprofit that attempts to create understanding acceptance, and inclusion for those individuals affected by Autism. This includes children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Nova Scotia...
    Welcome to [the] Autism Nova Scotia [Walk] in Halifax!


    With Walk events taking place across Nova Scotia, all funds raised stay in the community in which they are raised. This means your involvement with [the event] makes a meaningful difference to your community.

    Each year in Halifax, [many] walkers and ...teams gather [to fundraise for and raise awareness of Autism.]

    ...In light of the current and ongoing public health restrictions, Autism Nova Scotia has made the decision to postpone our 2021 Walk for Autism to Saturday, September 25.

    ...Thank you for being a part of the movement to help us make our community a more accepting and inclusive place for everyone.

    Funds raised between now and September 25 [raise funds for the] necessary programs and services for [individuals affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.]

    ...Our new deadline to get a limited edition t-shirt has been extended. Register by September 3rd to get your 2021 [event] t-shirt...
    Here is a link to photos from Autism Nova Scotia's recently-held 'Walk Your Way for Autism' event: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...58057750891951

    [source: http://walkyourwayforautism.ca/halifax ]

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    • #62
      The subject of a post from about three weeks ago was Ottawa, Ontario, Canada being home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada. Autism Speaks is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation.

      To the southwest, the Autism Society of the Quad Cities is a Bettendorf, Iowa-based nonprofit that provides services including information and advocacy in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas. The nonprofit attempts to do this in order to maximise the potential of individuals affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders...
      [Individuals in the area] joined together Saturday to draw awareness to autism.

      The Autism Society of the Quad Cities hosted their annual walk.

      “I feel super great because it feels like people really love me and care about me,” said Ben Andrews.

      Ben’s mom says he has high-functioning autism.

      He was diagnosed with the disorder before he even reached his 5th birthday.

      “I couldn’t talk for about two years, so I used sign language until I could talk,” said Ben.

      About 40 people came out in ‘Team Ben’ shirts...


      ...Jessica Johnson’s four year old, Jack, has autism too.

      Johnson says a lot of people don’t understand what it’s like to [be affected by] autism.

      “It all comes at you at once, so all the sounds are at the same level, so that guy talking over there and the music are at the same level. All the smells are at the same level, the lighting, everything and your mind can’t filter that out,” said Johnson.

      [Those closest to children with Autism] say the walk is a reminder that they’re not alone, and that there is hope for their children.

      “It’s really comforting and it makes you feel a part of something bigger, and it makes you feel like you are okay, and you’re doing what you need to be doing,” said Johnson.

      ...[They] say it’s just about taking it one step at a time, and celebrating the accomplishments along the way.
      Here is a link to photos from Autism Society of the Quad Cities Walk from about three-and-a-half years ago:
      https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...46939285419035

      [source: https://www.ourquadcities.com/news/w...ion-to-autism/ ]

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      • #63
        The subject of a post from about three weeks ago was Ottawa, Ontario, Canada being home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada. Autism Speaks is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation.

        To the northwest, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada is also home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada...
        utism Speaks Canada, part of North America's largest autism science and advocacy organization, announced that Saskatoon's Autism Speaks Canada Walk will take place this Sunday, June 12, 2016 at Wanuskewin Heritage Park. The festivities begin at 9:30 with the Walk taking place at 11:00 am...

        Autism Speaks Canada Walk is a unique fundraising event that offers a safe and fun day for [individuals affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.] The day includes a Walk, fun acitivities, quiet zone as well as a Community Resource Fair that includes local service providers and nonprofit organziations. A true "one-stop-shop" for [individuals affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.]

        ...Jill Farber, Executive Director [says:] "...Working together, we are making great strides towards impacting the lives of everyone living with autism."

        "Thanks to the help of Walkers, sponsors and volunteers, 2016 is poised to be a great success," said Melanie Haydon, National Director Walks and Community Events, Autism Speaks Canada.
        Here is a link to a video from the Saskatoon Autism Speaks Canada Walk, held at Wanuskewin Heritage Park, from over four years ago: https://www.facebook.com/ASCcommunit...58182167552346

        [source: https://www.globenewswire.com/fr/new...y-June-12.html ]

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        • #64
          The subject of a post from over three weeks ago was Ottawa, Ontario, Canada being home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada. Autism Speaks is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation.

          To the southwest, the Autism Society of Hawaii is a Honolulu, Hawaii-based nonprofit that attempts to improve the lives of all affected by Autism. The nonprofit works to develop opportunities for those individual affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, so that they can reach their highest potential...
          The 2nd annual Hele for Autism is coming up this weekend. It’s a fundraiser and resource fair by the Autism Society of Hawaii. Sarah Beppu is Vice President of the society. Sarah explained that their mission is to improve the lives of those affected by autism.

          The ...annual walk [attempts to] raise money for the programs that they provide for [for those individuals affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders]. ...Registration begins at 7am with the walk at 8am and the resource fair after the walk. they will have live entertainment, Games, ...and a wealth of information about Autism, what services are available, etc… The registration fee is $35 for adults and $25 for children.

          April is autism awareness month.

          ...100% of the proceed from the walk remain here in Hawaii...
          Here is a link to a video from the Autism Society of Hawaii's Walk and Resource Fair from nearly three-and-a-half years ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UENrgXOdpvM

          [source: https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2019/0...-this-weekend/ ]

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          • #65
            The subject of a post from over three weeks ago was Ottawa, Ontario, Canada being home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada. Autism Speaks is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation.

            To the east, Montreal, Quebec, Canada is also home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada...
            Montreal Walk Now for Autism Speaks Canada will raise awareness and funds for autism advocacy, research and services on May 25 at McGill University Tomlinson Fieldhouse.

            Autism Speaks along with Autism Speaks Canada is the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, today announced that the annual Montreal Walk Now for Autism Speaks Canada fundraising and awareness event will take place on May 25 at McGill University, Tomlinson Fieldhouse. All event proceeds will [go to] Autism Speaks' work ...in Montreal and beyond.

            ...The Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are the signature fundraising events for Autism Speaks and Autism Speaks Canada...

            Each Walk Now for Autism Speaks event is unique, offering a safe and fun day for [those individuals affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders]. The day includes a three km Walk and Community Resource fair with educational sources, therapists, schools, recreational organizations, and creative child-friendly activities – a true "one-stop-shop" for [individuals affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders]. The event will also include: ...John Grant H.S. student to perform the national anthem, ...Lakeshore Soccer Goal Kicking, Photo Station courtesy of LINKS H.S., Interactive Zone with hands-on activities, ...ASISTA dog zootherapy, Montreal food specialty courtesy of Groupe Plaza Management Group.

            "Our Walk Now for Autism Speaks continues to grow thanks to ...so many people in our community," said Krista Leitham, Regional Walk Manager, Montreal. "We are helping to advance science and awareness nationally... Once again, we are coming together to celebrate each other and share information."...
            Here is a link to photos from Montreal's Autism Speaks Canada Dog Walk from almost three years ago: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...64553250257338

            [source: https://www.globenewswire.com/en/new...-Montreal.html ]

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            • #66
              The subject of a post from almost a month ago was Ottawa, Ontario, Canada being home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada. Autism Speaks is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation.

              In Australia, Autism Walk Geelong is a Geelong-based nonprofit that attempts to bring and create awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders in the local community. The nonprofit's annual walk event is held on the Australian town's waterfront...
              A [large number of individuals affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, were at] Eastern Beach for yesterday’s fourth Geelong autism walk, banding together to raise awareness [for Autism Spectrum Disorders.]

              ...[Organiser Sue Anic] said the walk ...was a way of raising awareness and understanding of autism while bringing together families affected by the disorder, who she said often felt alone in their challenges.

              “Autistic kids look like you or me but when they have a meltdown or show different behaviours people often just think they’re naughty and there can be a lot of judgment,” she said.

              “It would be great if people would take a step back and understand that there is more to it and that for [those closest to] autistic kids things often aren’t easy.”

              She said fundraising from the walk and other donations, including a cheque for more than $9000 presented by Lara Rotary, would go towards a fund for the establishment of a life skills house in Geelong.

              “A lot of autistic [individuals] don’t have life skills. ...We want to set up a place, run by volunteers, where they can learn those things,” she said.

              “These kids need ...step by step instruction to achieve some things you or I would take for granted and this would be an [great] way to help them gain the skills they need for independent living.”...
              Here is a link to photos from the Geelong's Autism Walk from about eight-and-a-half years ago: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...18273264902879

              [source: https://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au...58913e511b7295 ]

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              • #67
                The subject of a post from almost a month ago was Ottawa, Ontario, Canada being home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada. Autism Speaks is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation.

                To the southwest, the Appalachian Valley Autism (AVA) Center is a Pikesville, Kentucky-based nonprofit that provides therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. AVA is the first comprehensive center of its kind in Eastern Kentucky to offer therapies such as Applied Behavior Analysis for children on the autism spectrum...
                On April 2, 2021, Pikeville Medical Center’s (PMC) Appalachian Valley Autism (AVA) Center has joined [many other organisations] worldwide in recognizing World Autism Awareness Day.

                The AVA Center joined the “Light it Up Blue” movement in recognition of [those individuals affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.]

                [Many] landmarks, buildings and homes across the world will do the same in a unified effort to kick off April as Autism Awareness Month.

                “PMC’s AVA Center is proud to shine a light on Autism awareness...,” said PMC CEO and Board of Directors Vice President, Donovan Blackburn. “The demand for the specialized services provided at the AVA Center has far exceeded our expectations, which has intensified our commitment to expand to fill the ... need in our region.”

                Every night in April, the AVA Center will be illuminated in blue lights. In addition, a 40-foot banner has been placed in front of PMC’s main campus, where community members are encouraged to write kind words or encouraging messages [for those individuals affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.]

                “Recognizing this special day and month is important to the AVA Center and Pikeville Medical Center,” explained Blackburn. “We are lighting up our Center for autism awareness, our learners and the facility that continues to change the lives of children on the autism spectrum and their families.”

                Since opening in May of 2020, the AVA Center has quickly expanded ... to a four-story, 27,000 square foot facility...
                Here is a link to a video from the Pike County Autism Awareness Walk from about seven-and-a-half years ago: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=...0county%20walk

                [source: https://www.wtvq.com/pikeville-medic...tism-reminder/ ]

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                • #68
                  The subject of a post from about a month ago was Ottawa, Ontario, Canada being home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada. Autism Speaks is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation.

                  To the southwest, the Hope Network Center for Autism is a Grand Rapids, Michigan-based nonprofit that is West Michigan's leading provider of early autism diagnosis, early behavioral intervention, and Applied Behavior Analysis therapy for learners from the age of eighteen months. Using evidence-based interventions, the nonprofit customise's comprehensive treatment plans to meet each learner’s specific needs that are designed to create improvements in learning, reasoning, communication, and socialisation...
                  In recognition of World Autism Awareness Day, the Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) and Hope Network invite visitors affected by autism and other sensory processing needs to visit for a Sensory Friendly Museum Night on Thursday, April 22, from 5:30 until 8 p.m. held at the GRPM.

                  The Museum will adapt sounds, lighting and activities within the current exhibits to create a low-sensory experience for the evening...

                  ...Hope Network has been at the forefront of autism treatment since opening its first Center For Autism in Kentwood in 2011, which was Michigan’s first all-inclusive treatment center. Hope Network now has five Centers For Autism across the state, all of which use Applied Behavior Analysis ...therapy and comprehensive clinical services to empower those with autism to overcome challenges to achieve their highest level of independence.

                  “Hope Network has long been committed to positively impacting the lives of [individuals affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders],” said Phil Weaver, Hope Network President and CEO. “We are honored to sponsor this event which allows [those individuals affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders] the opportunity to enjoy a fun night out to enjoy all that the Grand Rapids Public Museum has to offer.”

                  “The Museum strives to create inclusive experiences for all visitors, including being both physically and cognitively accessible,” said Dale Robertson, President & CEO of the GRPM. “We are pleased to partner with Hope Network again to allow [those individuals affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders] to explore the Museum in a low sensory environment...”

                  The GRPM partners with KultureCity to improve the Museum’s experience for guests with a variety of sensory processing needs. A limited amount of sensory bags containing [items such as] noise canceling headphones and other resources are available for checkout at the Museum’s front desk.

                  Pre-registration for the Sensory Friendly Museum Night is required...
                  Here is a link to photos from the Hope Network's Bridge Walk for Autism from nearly two-and-a-half years ago: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...56501662307362

                  [source: https://www.wktvjournal.org/tag/hope-network/ ]

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                  • #69
                    The subject of a post from about a month ago was Ottawa, Ontario, Canada being home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada. Autism Speaks is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation.

                    To the southeast, the New Haven County in Connecticut is home to an annual Western Connecticut Walk for Autism Speaks...
                    For Al and Helen Taylor ...Saturday’s Autism Speaks fundraiser walk represents a chance for the community to celebrate inclusivity [of] individuals with autism.

                    “As a parent with a child on the spectrum, this is really a day for our community to be themselves,” Helen Taylor said.

                    The couple is celebrating the event’s 10-year anniversary and will be walking together as part of Chase and Friends, a team named in honor of their 19-year-old son, Chase, who has autism. ...Donations will [go to] autism-based research grants and [societies.]

                    The Taylors’ connection to the walk goes beyond the 10 years it has been [Western Connecticut]. Originally members of the Chase and Friends in Hartford’s Autism Speaks walk, the Taylors and some of their friends were looking to bring the walk to [this part of the state]. After contacting the New England chapter of Autism Speaks, members from the national organization came to the city. After [being impressed with] the local [efforts for] the organization, the New England chapter approved establishment of [Western Connecticut's] own walk.

                    The [Western Connecticut event] started with [a limited number of] participants in the first year, raising $25,000. [Many more individuals affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders] have participated over the ensuring years, with more than $1 million raised.

                    ...Beyond the walk itself, ...activities such as ...balloon characters, games and live music will be available...
                    Here is a link to photos from the Western Connecticut Walk for Autism Speaks from nearly three-and-a-half years ago: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...81180608598430

                    [source: https://archives.rep-am.com/2019/05/...f-inclusivity/ ]

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                    • #70
                      The subject of a post from about a month ago was Ottawa, Ontario, Canada being home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada. Autism Speaks is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation.

                      To the southwest, the Cumberland Tri-State Autism Walk is an annual fundraiser held in Cumberland, Maryland. The event helps to raise awareness for Autism in the Tri-State area...
                      On April 13, a group of staff and students attended the “Walk Now for Autism Speaks” 5K walk in Cumberland, Maryland at Alleghany College of Maryland. The students that attended the walk are a part of the “LEAD Program” and have been raising money for the event throughout the semester with a variety of events for students. LEAD stands for leadership, education, and development, and the students are required to attend eight workshops, become actively engaged with a student organization, and organize themselves to raise money and/or awareness for a service learning project.

                      Autism Speaks was their service learning project for the spring 2013 semester. The group was able to raise $1,122 during the event and all the participants of Walk Now raised $17,416 for Autism Speaks...
                      Here is a link to photos from the Cumberland Tri-State Autism Walk from about two-and-a-half years ago: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...41469175891330

                      [source: https://blogs.nvcc.edu/intercom/2013...autism-speaks/ ]

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                      • #71
                        The subject of a post from just over two weeks ago was Autism Nova Scotia, a Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada-based nonprofit that attempts to create understanding acceptance, and inclusion for those individuals affected by Autism. This includes children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Nova Scotia.

                        To the west, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada is home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada. Autism Speaks is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation...
                        [Our Applied Behaviour Analysis business] once again participated in the Resource Fair for the [2019] Autism Speaks Walk in Ottawa this past Sunday... Despite the weather the walk was a huge success and our Clinical Director ...and Director of Client Services ...had a great time meeting everyone!

                        If you didn't get a chance to check out our booth and see all the exciting things happen at [our Applied Behaviour Analysis company] over the summer make sure to head over to our services page or give us a call ...for more information!
                        Here is a link to a video from Ottawa's Autism Speaks Canada Walk from over three years ago: https://www.facebook.com/watch?ref=s...0autism%20walk

                        [source: https://www.abaconnections.ca/autism...s-canada-walk/ ]

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                        • #72
                          The subject of the post from yesterday was Ottawa, Ontario, Canada being home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada. Autism Speaks is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation.

                          To the west, the Autism Society of Washington Spokane Chapter is Spokane, Washington-based nonprofit that attempts to provide various services for individuals affected by Autism like advocacy and public awareness. Individuals affected by Autism includes children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Spokane area...
                          ...Organized by the Northwest Autism Center, the [The Inland Northwest’s first Steps for Autism Walk] will start and finish at Mirabeau Meadows Park South shelter and will follow the Centennial Trail through Spokane Valley. All ages and ability levels are welcome to participate in the event.

                          “Increased awareness leads to [things like] improved health care, education, ...and perhaps more significantly, expanded relationships and a sense of belonging for the individual living with autism and [those closest to them],” said Dawn Sidell, Northwest Autism Center’s Executive Director.

                          ...The Northwest Autism Center’s current goal is to increase the availability of newly covered treatments, and to extend access to children who have become adult community members.

                          “Understanding and appreciating the challenges and differences of the people around us is what defines our humanity,” Sidell said. “When we extend ourselves to understand even one individual who is ‘different’ than we are, we extend ourselves to understand people we have never met, and parts of ourselves we have perhaps never owned.”...
                          Here is a link to a video from Spokane's Autism Walk from about three-and-a-half years ago: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=...0autism%20walk

                          [source: https://www.kxly.com/steps-for-autis...-the-disorder/ ]

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                          • #73
                            The subject of a post from a couple of days ago was Ottawa, Ontario, Canada being home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada. Autism Speaks is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation.

                            To the northeast, ACF is a Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada-based nonprofit that attempts to provide services like public education, advocacy, material resources, and programs, for those individuals affected by Autism. This includes children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Fredericton area...
                            The current staff consists of executive director Rick Hutchins and summer students DeLucry, Claire Logan and Chantelle Masterson.
                            The [Autism walk and run] event is put on by the [organisation] as a fundraiser.
                            “Ideally, we would love to raise $10,000,” said DeLucry. “We are under new directorship though, so as a team this is our first time planning the event.”
                            ...The walk will be across relatively easy terrain, accessible by wheelchair and stroller.
                            “It is our first time implementing the run portion of the event,” she said...
                            Here is a link to photos from Fredericton's Autism Walk from almost two-and-a-half years ago: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...34405886658294

                            [source: https://maritimerunner.ca/super-hero...to-fredericton ]

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                            • #74
                              The subject of a post from a couple of days ago was Ottawa, Ontario, Canada being home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada. Autism Speaks is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation.

                              To the west, Seattle, Washington is also home to an annual Autism Speaks Walk...
                              The 2016 Autism Speaks Puget Sound Walk will be held on Saturday, September 24th. This year's event will be in [an] area of the Seattle Center. [The area] is home to the amazing Artists at Play playground and adjacent to the EMP museum.

                              The Walk is the signature fundraising and awareness event of Autism Speaks...

                              The event includes a Resource Fair with local autism service providers ...and a symbolic, at-your-own-pace, ...walk around the grounds of the Seattle Center. We hope you'll join us!...
                              Here is a link to photos from the Seattle Autism Speaks Walk from just over two years ago: https://www.facebook.com/AutismSpeak...47678545680950

                              [source: https://patch.com/washington/shoreli...t-sound-walk-0 ]

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                              • #75
                                The subject of the post from about four days ago was Ottawa, Ontario, Canada being home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada. Autism Speaks is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation.

                                In the United Kingdom, the North East Autism Society is a Tyne and Wear-based nonprofit that attempts to provide services to individuals affected by Autism in the region. This includes children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the North-East...
                                With entry costing £5 per adult and free for children, organisers are hoping [many] will complete the ...course.

                                NEAS fundraiser Kevin Meikle said: "The people of Sunderland were so generous 40 years ago with money coming from a wide variety of groups and events.

                                "There were talent shows, pie-eating contests and even birdmen flying contests across the River Wear.

                                "It would be lovely if the city [got behind us] again in 2020 to [for the] pupils at our new Thornhill Park School.

                                "We've got our own annual Walk for Autism Acceptance that people can join at Herrington Country Park

                                ..."Then people could raise sponsorship money by taking part in the Sunderland City Runs in May or even the Great North Run in September.

                                "But it doesn't have to be that strenuous and traditional coffee mornings, raffles or auctions would be just as welcome."...
                                Here is a link to a video from the North East Autism Society's annual Walk from about two-and-a-half years ago: https://www.facebook.com/watch?ref=s...0walk%20photos

                                [source: https://www.sunderlandecho.com/educa...ildren-2012945 ]

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                                • #76
                                  The subject of the post from just under a week ago was Ottawa, Ontario, Canada being home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada. Autism Speaks is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation.

                                  To the southeast, the Bronx in New York City is also home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks...
                                  [Many individuals affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders] participated in today’s walk at Orchard Beach for Autism Speaks... People from across the borough gathered into various teams, designated [to those close to someone with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.]

                                  “This year’s event is so much more organized,” stated Arlene Rios, supporting ‘Team Jacob’. “Last year, when all five boroughs walked together at Citi Field, it was a mess. There was not enough room for people to walk. I wasn’t sure [about the turnout] there was going to be, now that each borough holds their own event, but I’m glad it went well. This year is so much smoother than last year.” Carmen Acosta, the leader for Team Jacob and Jacob’s mother, agreed. “This is fun to see people participating and supporting a good cause,” she commented, as she and [many others] walked around Orchard Beach and the surrounding parkland. This was also evident by the various signs, banners, t-shirts and costumes worn by many of the participants, who advocated for their child, for a cure, and for autism awareness. This year’s Bronx walk raised over $136,000, with the top team ...raising $7,680. Deanna D’Ariano, of [the leading team] was the top individual fundraiser, raising $4,000 for the event....

                                  On a personal note, my son Joshua is also autistic. In the beginning, I didn’t know how to deal with his condition. I remember telling myself back in 2002-03 that maybe it was a temporary condition, or that a cure could be found soon. I also went through the gambit of finding something to blame for his condition, some external factor to soothe my own mind. As he got older (he’s 17 now), I have found acceptance for his condition, but that doesn’t mean I don’t continue to [advocated for him]. One thing I learned from this walk and from other events that I have participated in, I [am not alone].

                                  While today I marched with Team Jacob, ...I also marched for Team Joshua today.To all the parents of autistic children who haven’t received or don’t know about the [services that are] out there, please know that you are not alone. And more importantly, you autistic child may be different, but is not ‘less than’ other children. [Find others in a similar situation as yourself]. ...Know that whatever some people may think, there are many more that love you and child. Take a chance and get to know them. And maybe, I’ll see you at next year’s walk.
                                  Here is a link to photos from the annual Bronx Autism Speaks Walk from about seven-and-a-half years ago: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...=3&uploaded=31

                                  [source: https://thebronxchronicle.com/2014/04/07/bronx-walk-now-for-autism-speaks-draws-thousands-of-families-to-orchard-beach/ ]

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                                  • #77
                                    The subject of the post from just under a week ago was Ottawa, Ontario, Canada being home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada. Autism Speaks is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation.

                                    To the southwest, St. Louis, Missouri is also home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks...
                                    ...[Many will participate in] the annual St. Louis Chapter of Autism Speaks Walk at 10 a.m. on Saturday October 13 in Forest Park.

                                    The 16th annual St. Louis walk is expected to draw [these] participants to raise awareness of autism and fund research and programs. Over the years, the walk has raised more than $10 million.

                                    Autism Speaks Walk is the world’s largest fundraising event to enhance the lives of people with autism today and accelerate a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.

                                    ...The walk will feature ...a free resource fair with more than 20 service providers from the autism community...

                                    5 On Your Side is a proud sponsor of the St. Louis Autism Speaks Walk...
                                    Here is a link to a video from Autism Speaks St. Louis from almost four years ago: https://www.facebook.com/AutismSpeak...56764773044115

                                    [source: https://www.ksdk.com/article/news/lo...k/63-603198189 ]

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