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  • #61
    The subject of a post from almost 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 southwest, Atlanta, Georgia is also home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks...
    Join Autism Speaks for the ...annual Autism Speaks Atlanta Walk in partnership with the Marcus Autism Center on Sunday, April 28th at Atlantic Station Pinnacle Lot. ...With every step you take and every dollar you raise, you help enhance lives today and accelerate a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow. Event beings at 8:00am. Children’s activities, service providers, mission moment, sensory friendly program. Pre-registration is highly encouraged.
    Here is a link to a video from the recently-held Atlanta Walk for Autism Speaks Walk from just last month: https://www.facebook.com/autismspeak...31774791701057

    [Source: https://smyrnavinings.macaronikid.co...lantic-station ]

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    • #62
      The subject of a post from almost 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 southwest, Houston, Texas is also home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks...
      The Houston market of Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, will hold its 2019 Houston Autism Speaks Walk event on Saturday, October 19th at Lynn Eusan Park at The University of Houston with an expected [large number of participants]. Proceeds from Houston’s ...annual Walk will [go to] Autism Speaks...

      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 Houston Walk will include a ...walk around The University’s campus and a Community Resource Fair to connect [individuals affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders] with local educational resources, therapists, recreational programs and child-friendly activities.

      In recent years, Autism Speaks has made a significant impact in the Houston area. Through its Local Grants Program, Autism Speaks has provided funding to innovative local service providers. They include:...The HUB Houston, Inc., ...and more. Autism Speaks science grants have supported research at local research institutions, including [the] University of Texas Health Science Center- Houston.

      “The Houston Autism Speaks Walk is helping fund vital services and innovative solutions that improve quality of life for people with autism in our community,” said Kaitlin Bracken, Autism Speaks Houston Director, Field Development. “We are eager to [contribute to the] crucial work by researchers, service providers, and medical experts, both close to home and all across the country.”...

      ...Local sponsors of the walk [include] RiverKids Pediatric Home Health...

      About Autism Speaks Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals [affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders]...
      Here is a link to a video Houston Walk for Autism Speaks Walk from just over two years ago: https://www.facebook.com/riverkidste...25849867829226

      [source: https://www.woodlandsonline.com/npps...m?nppage=64374 ]

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      • #63
        The subject of a post from about 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 southwest, the Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center is a San Luis Obispo, California-based nonprofit that attempts to improve the quality-of-life for individuals with autism, and the lives they touch. The nonprofit attempts to do this in various ways including through compassion and committment...
        Sometimes the smallest accommodation can make the biggest difference.

        Tyler Skinner, mother to an autistic child and an event planner in San Luis Obispo, knows this to be true. After working to represent local artist Sydney Hall and brainstorming for an event to promote the annual Walk for Autism, it clicked: What if kids like hers could experience an art class in an environment that catered to their needs? So Art on the Spectrum, a five-week workshop series culminating in an art show at the [San Luis Obispo] Museum of Art, was born.

        “Art gave me the inspiration to create a truly unique experience that would benefit many in a variety of ways,” [Tyler] said.

        From February through March, a group of ...kids took weekly classes with Hall at [the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art], learning about [famous] artists... Their work will be on display at the Autism on the Spectrum Gala and Sensory Experience on April 29, ahead of the annual May 17 Walk for Autism. The event is a collaboration between [Tyler], [Sydney H.], [the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art], and the Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center.

        “They have a lot of creativity,” [Sydney H.] said of her students. “The classes are about bringing the children an outlet and a sense of accomplishment through that experience.”

        Debra Balke, president for the center, said that small changes [Sydney H.] made, like allowing students who got upset to go outside and calm down, allowed art to be accessible to a group of kids who might be punished or scolded in another setting for behaviors that fall outside the norm.

        “People on the spectrum often can’t experience the typical things the rest of us take for granted,” Balke said.

        Hall said that when she walked around and asked if the students needed help, the kids would often cover up their papers. One girl shouted, “No judgment!” as she hid her art from view.

        ...[Sydney H.] told her students, “There’s [no] judgment here. That’s not what this class is about.”

        After that, [Sydney H.] said the kids noticeably relaxed and focused on the art. [Tyler] said the students are now excited to have their own art exhibit.

        “They’re just over the moon that they get to show their art in an art museum,” [Tyler] said.

        At the gala, [many] pieces of the kids’ art will be on display as well as about a dozen of [Sydney H.]’s own contemporary impressionist oil paintings (a portion of the proceeds from her paintings will go to the center and [the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art]’s capital campaign for a new building). In keeping with the theme of a spectrum, Skinner said there will be a range of sensory experiences including ...music, ...selfie photo stations, as well as art for attendees to enjoy.

        Aside from raising awareness for the Walk for Autism, Balke said she hopes the gala will help others realize that people on the autism spectrum are just like everyone else.

        “They want full citizenship,” Balke said. “They want work, they want relationships, and they want to make decisions for their lives. Just because someone has different abilities doesn’t mean they don’t have the same basic desires that we all do.”
        Here is a link to a photos from the Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center's annual Walk from about four-and-a-half years ago: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...7748139&type=3

        [source: https://www.newtimesslo.com/sanluiso...nt?oid=2979020 ]

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        • #64
          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 southwest, the Dayton Autism Society is a Dayton, Ohio-based nonprofit that provides services for individuals affected with Autism in Ohio's Miami Valley region. This includes children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the greater Dayton area...
          ...The Dayton Autism Society, a nonprofit organization entirely run by volunteers, serves families in Montgomery, Preble, Darke, Miami, Clark, Greene and Warren Counties.

          “We provide financial assistance to individuals — [including children] — with Autism Spectrum Disorder who need help paying for therapy, adaptive equipment or services related to their diagnosis,” explains the group’s Schelly Walls. “We also provide free monthly outings and activities [for them] in a sensory- friendly environment. “

          Every year the Society also host several large events including a special-needs flag football game[, a] Walk/Run/Resource fair in April, and a Holiday Party.

          Walls says the Autism Society also offers resources to the community and provides education through attendance at resource fairs and community events. “We have provided direct education [including] to local ... elementary school classrooms on how to be welcoming and how to be a friend to someone with autism,” she says. “We recently distributed ‘Sesame Street’ books introducing a new character with autism ...to help educate kids on autism and acceptance.”

          The organization can use donations from our readers that can be used at various events, gifts for holiday parties and more...

          ...“We are always looking for volunteers to help us with all aspects of running the organization as well as helping us at events,” says Walls. ” Our monthly board meetings are open to the public and held the second Tuesday of every month from 6-8 pm in Room 2-210 at the Miami Valley Regional Center [in] Dayton...”
          Here is a link to photos from the nonprofit's annual Autism Walk from about eight-and-a-half years ago: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...6047205&type=3

          [source: https://www.daytondailynews.com/life...1pHoaMP77jtfK/ ]

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          • #65
            The subject of a post from 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 southwest, the Cumberland Tri-State Autism Walk is a Allegany County, Maryland-based annual Walk for individuals affected by Autism. This includes children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the tri-state area...
            The 15th annual Cumberland Tri-State Autism Walk at Allegany College of Maryland [had many] participants and raised almost $8,000 as of Saturday afternoon.

            Marcy Hardinger, director and founder of the walk, started the event for her 20-year-old daughther Hannah Hardinger, who was diagnosed with severe autism.

            “She is the joy of my life,” said Hardinger...

            ...Hardinger’s goal was for Hannah to be able to participate in the walk and last year she was able to do so...

            “...that’s what I can tell [others in similar situations] — don’t give up, don’t listen when doctors say there is nothing we can do,” said Hardinger...

            Proceeds from the walk go toward the autism program of The Jefferson School at Finan Center — Sheppard Pratt Health System and for autism training.

            The Jefferson School is a 12-month general and special education program that provides “compassionate, nurturing learning environments for children with special needs to achieve their academic, social and emotional goals.”

            The walk not only raises awareness of autism, but also unites residents and offers [assistance] to those dealing with autism.

            “It’s just so special to me to watch this community come together,” said Hardinger. “It brings everyone together...” said Hardinger. “We know we can come here and we are accepted.”

            Last year, the walk raised close to $30,000.

            ...The kids who benefit from the walk are also appreciative and understand that the walk is for them, said Hardinger.

            “These kids that have autism run up and ...and say thank you, Mrs. Marcy, for having our walk. They get so excited to be here,” said Hardinger. “They know they are welcome, they know they are wanted...”

            Hardinger is strictly a volunteer.

            “I don’t want to be paid. I’m paid by rewards — I’m paid because my Hannah knows I’m doing all I can to help her,” she said.

            A committee comprised of 19 people make the walk possible.

            “They are absolutely amazing,” said Hardinger of the group.

            Bethany Troutman, a member, participates in the walk for her sister...

            “[Participating in the walk is a good way to] come out and find [others] in the community that have autism,” said Troutman of Bedford, Pennsylvania. “There are a lot of good resources on walk day; you can find out about different programs in the area.”

            The Jefferson School will hold a community day May 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m... There will be horses available. The event is free and open to the public and any money raised will go toward the school and autism training...
            Here is a link to photos from the Cumberland Tri-State Autism Walk from about three-and-a-half years ago: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...0184734&type=3

            [source: https://www.times-news.com/news/loca...36158bc12.html ]

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            • #66
              The subject of a post from almost 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, Cincinnati, Ohio is also home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks...
              Autism Speaks Walk is the world’s largest autism fundraiser event dedicated to improving the lives of people with autism. The Cincinnati walk, originally scheduled for May 9 has been moved to Saturday, August 29.

              ...the funds raised through Autism Speaks walks ensure that [individuals affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders] will have access to the tools they need to lead their “best lives.”

              Start a team, join a team or register as an individual to raise money for the autism community with a walk goal. Or, if you prefer not to walk, make a donation. The Cincinnati goal is to raise $220,000 of which $34,587 is now raised...
              Here is a link to a video from the Cincinnati Walk for Autism Speaks from about three-and-a-half years ago: https://www.facebook.com/AutismSpeak...54762931193078

              [source: https://cincinnatifamilymagazine.com...sm-speaks-walk ]

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              • #67
                The subject of a post from almost 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, the Alaska Autism Resource Center is an Anchorage, Alaska-based nonprofit that serves the needs of service providers, caregivers, as well as individuals affected by Autism. Individuals affected by Autism includes children with Autism Spectrum Disorders throughout the state of Alaska...
                ...Anchorage Walks for Autism will be held on April 22nd, 2017! The goal of the Walk is to help establish a sense of community spirit among [those individuals affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders]. This untimed walk does not have a specified length: you can walk 1 lap, or sprint 20! The event is meant to be fun for all ages and abilities...

                The [Alaska Autism Resource Center provides] information, referral, training, and consultation via on-site and distance delivery. The Alaska Autism Resource Center... is a project of the Special Education Service Agency (SESA) located in Anchorage, Alaska.
                Here is a link to a video from the Alaska Autism Resource Centre's annual Walk from about three-and-a-half years ago: https://www.facebook.com/AlaskaAutis...56325006553781

                [source: https://www.customink.com/fundraising/akwalksforautism ]

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                • #68
                  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, Heartspring is a Sedgwick County, Kansas-based nonprofit that provides a range of services and therapies for individuals with various challenges. This includes children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Wichita area...
                  During the month of April, Patterson Legal Group [attempted to raise] money for Heartspring’s Austism Care Walk through the Puzzle Pal program. Individuals could purchase a Puzzle Pal for $1 [to show for their efforts to show them as being] an autism awareness advocate.

                  The 2019 Care Walk event raised over $100,000 for Heartspring Autism Services to provide much needed services to local children impacted by autism...
                  Here is a link to a video from Heartspring's Autism CARE Walk from about five-and-a-half years ago: https://www.facebook.com/Heartspring...55218259289572

                  [source: https://pattersongivesback.org/heart...e-pal-program/ ]

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                  • #69
                    The subject of a post from just 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 northwest, St. Amant is a Manitoba, Canada-based nonprofit that offers a wide range of programs and services to individuals with various challenges. This includes children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Manitoba...
                    When mother, Feven Araya got the news that both of her children had autism, she went straight to Google to get a preview of what life had in store for her children and their family.

                    “I spent the first year crying, wondering how we were going to manage and feeling worried my kids would be lonely,” said Feven.

                    But after participating in St.Amant Autism Programs, Feven can’t imagine her twin girls Eliana and Tiana ever being lonely... “The girls didn’t used to like to be away from us or to play with other kids,” said Feven. “Now they are so confident and love to play with kids and they make friends easily.”

                    Being with other kids in a classroom gives pre-school children the opportunity to benefit from the one-to-one tutoring as well as the chance to learn these important social skills. Thanks to the Manitoba Moose and the Autism Awareness campaign they have held for the past four seasons, Eliana and Tiana are benefitting from all of the educational materials, toys and technology purchased for the classroom from the proceeds of the initiative.

                    As the girls get ready to attend first grade next year, they’re excited to ride the school bus, to get out on the playground for recess and to make lots of new friends – things Feven knows would have been a challenge if they hadn’t participated in the St.Amant Autism Programs.

                    “Most people wouldn’t even know the girls have autism anymore – I just feel so excited for their future,” said Feven.

                    Manitoba Moose fans can help to bring even more resources to families like the Fevens. The 2020 Autism Awareness campaign kicks off Sunday, March 1 when the Moose face the Chicago [American Hockey League team] at 2 p.m...

                    The March 1 game will ...feature a ‘quiet room’ for those attending who many need a break from the sights and sounds in the arena.

                    The campaign will run throughout the month of March with plush moose toys ...adding to the fundraising efforts at all six March Moose home games, as well as at participating Co-op locations. Proceeds from the [campaign] will go toward the St.Amant Foundation.

                    In four seasons, Moose fundraising efforts have generated more than $54,000 for the St.Amant Foundation through the Autism Awareness campaign...
                    Here is a link to a video from a Manitoba Moose autism awareness ice hockey game from about four-and-a-half years ago: https://www.facebook.com/watch?ref=s...moose%20autism

                    [source: https://moosehockey.com/blog/twins-a...wareness-2020/ ]

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