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  • 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 southwest, Chicago, Illinois is also home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks...
    Walk Now for Autism Speaks was held Saturday morning May 16th 2015 in Chicago.
    ...Registration began at 8:00 am, Opening Ceremonies [were held] at 9:30 and the 3 mile walk along the lakefront began at 10:30.

    [Many individuals affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders] attended to help raise funds [that will go to] vital research and top-quality programs that are changing the future for those who struggle with autism.

    A goal for this event was set at $1,350,000, $885,906 was raised. – Note that Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average...
    Here is a link to a video on Chicago's Autism Speaks Walk from just over five years ago:
    https://www.facebook.com/AutismSpeak...54918240496998

    [source: https://www.chicagonow.com/another-l...hotos/#image/1 ]

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    • 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 southeast, North/Central New Jersey is also home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks...
      [Many individuals affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders,] joined together on Sunday, Oct. 16, for the North/Central NJ Walk Now for Autism Speaks at Nomahegan Park.

      The Walk has raised $318,000...

      ...The Walk Now for Autism Speaks events ...are the signature fundraising events for Autism Speaks... Last year’s North/Central NJ Walk Now for Autism Speaks event attracted [many] walkers and raised over $445,000.

      Autism Speaks has made a significant impact in the New Jersey. In addition to its national efforts, the organization has provided funding to local services providers, including Autism NJ, Garden Academy in Maplewood, SNAP Athletic Programs, Burlington County Sheriff’s Department, Bergenfield Public School District, Pathways for Exceptional Children in Montville, Youth Developmental Clinic in Newark and Garden State Discovery Museum ...through [a grant] program. ...Autism Speaks science grants have supported research at [a number of local universities.]

      For the fifth straight year, Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us proudly serve as the North American sponsors of Walk Now for Autism Speaks. They hosted a tented area at the walk... Attendees stopped by to meet and take pictures with Geoffrey. They also learned about ...a selection of everyday toys that can help build skills of children with autism, created in collaboration with Autism Speaks...
      Here is a link to a video from the North/Central New Jersey Autism Speaks Walk from over eight-and-a-half years ago:
      https://www.facebook.com/watch?ref=s...9-db572b85fd4d

      [source: https://www.nj.com/cranford/2011/10/...art_in_wa.html ]
      Last edited by Visionary7903; 06-04-2022, 11:35 PM.

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      • The subject of a 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.

        To the southwest, Des Moines, Iowa is also home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks...
        Sunday’s weather was perfect for the Autism Speaks Walk...

        The walk in Iowa is part of the events that take place across the nation to bring awareness and raise money for autism research. April is Autism Awareness Month.

        This, year, [many] people were registered to take part in the walk, and organizers were hoping to raise $77,000. That number was exceeded last year, and organizers say they wouldn’t be surprised if it happened again.

        “It’s continued to grow from the very start. Des Moines is a great community with a lot of involvement. As word spreads around, people really start to [respond],” said Autism Speaks Iowa co-chair Molly Clasing...
        Here is a link to a video on the Iowa Autism Speaks Walk from nearly two months ago:
        https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=...6-caa77352ba72

        [source: https://who13.com/news/iowans-walk-to-fight-autism/ ]

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        • The subject of a post from about 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, Anaheim, California is also home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks...
          This Sunday, December 4th, Behavioral Health Works (BHW) will be participating in the 2016 [Anaheim] Autism Speaks Walk! This year’s event will take place at Angel’s Stadium in Anaheim, CA. Registration starts at 9:00am and the event ends at 1:00pm. BHW will not only be walking to increase awareness and funding for autism research but we will also be sponsoring UCLA’s Autism Speaks chapter as they continue their annual holiday grams fundraiser. And for our entertainment, we will have Tobi the Balloon Artist at our BHW booth to create her masterful balloon art for all who stop by! Above all else, we will be there [for individuals affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.]...
          Here is a link to a video from the Walk for Autism Speaks Walk, held in Anaheim, California, from over four-and-a-half years ago:
          https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=...b-cf4bde913aff

          [source: https://www.bhwcares.com/autism-walk-oc-2016/ ]

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          • The subject of a post from just over 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 northwest, Calgary, Alberta, Canada is also home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada...
            Join us for a non-competitive, 2.5 km community walk through Fish Creek Park to raise funds for autism. Register as an individual or create [as a small team.] No entry fee. See website for team and participant guide, pledge form, directions and fundraising info! Registration begins at 10:00, walk begins at 11:00. Beverages and light snacks provided after the walk.

            ...Registration is free for individual participants and ... teams ...Please see website for fundraising information, pledge forms, directions and participant guide. Our goal is for each individual to raise $150 and for each team ...to raise $500...

            ...Beverages and light snacks provided after the walk...
            Here is a link to a recent video on Calgary's Autism Speaks Canada Walk:
            https://www.facebook.com/watch?ref=s...e-d6ba3ad78a6e

            [source: Autism Speaks Canada Community Walk Calgary 2019 | Hull's Wood, Bow Bottom Trail SE, Calgary | To Do Canada ]
            Last edited by Visionary7903; 06-10-2022, 01:27 AM.

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            • The subject of a post from over 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 south, the Eagles Autism Foundation is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based nonprofit that attempts to raise funds to leading institutions conducting cutting-edge autism research and care...
              There were [many] bikers, runners, and walkers in the inaugural Eagles Autism Challenge in 2018. But many other potential participants did not register over sensory overload concerns.

              That's why there will be a new Sensory Walk included in this year's Eagles Autism Challenge that provides a quieter, sensory-friendly environment with frequent breaks and a shorter distance to better address the needs of the autism community. Participants will receive the same Eagles Autism Challenge performance T-shirts as the [5 kilometre Walk] participants but enjoy the event at their own pace.

              The Sensory Walk uses the same starting line[,] but there will be no cowbells or walking past the Eagles Drumline. Prior to the finish, the Sensory Walk course will include a rest stop just outside the West Club lobby complete with water and sensory bags containing items like ...earplugs, and sunglasses. Noise-canceling headphones will also be available if needed...
              Here is a link to a video on the nonprofit's 'Eagles Autism Challenge' event from over two months ago:
              https://www.facebook.com/EaglesAutis...28688207303379

              [source: https://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/news/eagles-autism-challenges-unveils-new-sensory-walk-for-2019 ]

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              • 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, the Regional Municipality of Waterloo (RMOW) in Ontario is also home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada...
                Equitable Life of Canada is once again partnering with Autism Speaks® Canada to bring its annual Walk to [RMOW] for its fifth year.

                ...The three-kilometre walk will be held ...this Sunday, June 12.

                “We are extremely excited to have Equitable Life return for a fifth year as the local presenting sponsor of our event in [RMOW],” said Jill Farber, Executive Director, Autism Speaks Canada. “The tremendous success of our annual [RMOW] Walk would not be possible without [them and] their employees. Our Walks bring [many] participants together for a day of celebration, connecting with the community and raising vital funds for local and national services, world-leading research while also spreading autism awareness.”

                “Autism spectrum disorder affects [many individuals] around the world, across Canada and right here in our community," said Ron Beettam, President and CEO of Equitable Life. "We are proud to partner with Autism Speaks Canada to bring this important fundraising event to [RMOW] again this year."

                To help raise awareness for autism and [get staff behind the] Walk, Equitable Life held a number of employee driven events throughout April. As well, the company supported the Light It Up Blue campaign throughout that month, lighting the building blue to raise awareness about autism.

                In addition, the employee-led committee at Equitable Life hosted several initiatives to raise funds and awareness, including ...fundraising lunches and raffles ...to increase employees’ knowledge about autism. Beyond the corporate sponsorship, employees donated an additional $10,000 [for] Autism Speaks Canada...
                Here is a link to photos from RMOW's Autism Speaks Canada Walk from about five years ago:
                https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...3955559&type=3

                [source: https://www.equitable.ca/en/who-we-a...s-canada-walk/ ]

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                • 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, Miami, Florida is also home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada...
                  The Miami-Dade division of Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, announced that the 14th annual Miami Walk Now for Autism Speaks fundraising and awareness event will take place on April 6 at JC Bermudez Park in Doral.

                  All event proceeds will [go towards] Autism Speaks’ work, both locally and nationally, to increase awareness about the growing autism health crisis, fund innovative autism research and family services, and advocate for the needs of individuals with autism and their families in Miami-Dade County and beyond.

                  Each Walk Now for Autism Speaks event is unique, offering a safe and fun day for [individuals impacted by autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.] The day includes a two-mile Walk and Community Resource fair with educational sources, therapists, schools, recreational organizations, and creative child-friendly activities – a true “one-stop-shop” for families affected by autism.

                  “We are thrilled to be launching the 14th annual Walk Now for Autism Speaks with the [backing of individuals affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders] who want to make a difference,” said Manny Gaunaurd, president of IMUSA.

                  Local sponsors include South Florida Ford, Sedano’s Supermarkets, BDO, Cindy and Mike Moran, Baptist Health South Florida, IMUSA USA, TD Bank, City of Doral, FPL, Johnny Rockets, Greenberg Traurig, MasTec, FirstBank Florida, FedEx, SunTrust Bank, DHL, Mercantil Commercebank, Robert and Patricia Cambo, Michelle and Ralph Cruz, Coca-Cola Company, and Publix Super Markets...
                  Here is a link to a video from Miami's Autism Speaks Walk from over five years ago:
                  https://www.facebook.com/AutismSpeak...58491887705085

                  [source: https://miamilaker.com/autism-speaks...-park-in-doral ]

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                  • 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 Autism Society of Alabama is a Jefferson County, Alabama-based nonprofit that attempts to improve services for individuals affected by Autism through education and advocacy. This includes children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Alabama...
                    People in Huntsville came together today to raise money and awareness for autism at the first annual ... event.

                    The Autism Society of Alabama hosted the fundraiser to help fund programs they offer in the Tennessee Valley.

                    Preferred Computer Services was the valedictorian sponsor for the event.

                    Here is a link to a video from the Autism Society of Alabama's Huntsville Walk from over nine years ago:
                    https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=...d-2e559637b31d

                    [source: ]

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                    • 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, Toronto, Ontario, Canada is also home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada...
                      Autism Speaks Canada, part of North America's largest autism science and advocacy organization is proud to announce that the Toronto Walk Now for Autism Speaks Canada fundraising and awareness event will take place this Sunday, June 21, 2015... All event proceeds will [go to] Autism Speaks' work, both locally and nationally, to increase awareness about autism spectrum disorder, fund autism research and family services, and advocate for the needs of individuals [affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders] in Toronto and across all of Canada.

                      The Walk Now for Autism Speaks Canada events are the signature fundraising events for Autism Speaks Canada ...In addition to its national efforts, the organization has provided funding to local services providers including ...Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Hopital...

                      Walk Now for Autism Speaks Canada 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 3 km Walk and Community Resource Fair ...with 12 nonprofit organizations and small business owners ranging from educational sources, therapists, schools, recreational organizations, and creative child-friendly activities – a true "one-stop-shop" for [those] impacted by autism...

                      "...our Walk Now for Autism Speaks Canada event has made an enormous [fundraising] impact ...each and every year" said Jill Farber, Executive Director. "In addition to raising funds and awareness, the Walk is a chance for [individuals affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders] to [get] together... Working together, we are making great strides toward improving the lives of [individuals affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.]"

                      ..."Thanks to the help of sponsors, walkers and generous donors, 2015 is gearing up to be a success," said Melanie Haydon, National Director Walks and Community Events, Autism Speaks Canada.

                      Toys"R"Us® and Babies"R"Us® proudly serve as National Presenting Sponsors of Walk Now for Autism Speaks Canada. Toys"R"Us and Babies"R"Us will host a tented area at The Walk...
                      Here is a link to a video on Toronto's Walk for Autism Speaks Canada from over six months ago:
                      https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=...a-51cd10322c9c

                      [source: https://www.globenewswire.com/news-r...ales-Park.html ]

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                      • 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, Autism Ontario's Windsor Essex Chapter has its own annual Walk/Run for Autism Awareness...
                        Julie said Hunter has a type of autism known as PDDNOS — pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified.

                        Like many 11 year olds, Julie said Hunter enjoys playing sports, video games and has a passion for anything to do with Legos. Julie said Hunter is a soccer superstar on the Windsor Special Stars soccer team – which is a team for local children with [various challenges] that Hunter’s father, Joe, coaches.

                        As Hunter took a break from his video game to get a snack Friday, he showed off his new kitten and a few Lego creations.

                        “It’s pretty cool,” Hunter said about being chosen as Walk Now’s chair as he munched on some Goldfish crackers. “I still can’t believe it.”

                        Julie said Hunter’s sister, Lauren – who is three years younger than him – said the words ‘I love you, mom’ before Hunter was able to. At first, she wasn’t sure if she’d ever hear those words from her son, which is a fear many parents have when their child is first diagnosed with autism, she said.

                        “He was six years old when he first told me he loved me,” Julie added. “I remember it as clear as a bell.”

                        Hunter began communicating verbally around five years of age, said Julie. She said when Hunter was younger, he was really interested in dinosaurs, so they used to talk about them all the time as a tactic to encourage him to talk.

                        “It’s really hard, but you learn to appreciate all the small victories along the way,” said Julie as she choked up and tears welled in her eyes.

                        Julie, who is vice-president of Autism Ontario’s Windsor-Essex Chapter – a separate organization from Autism Speaks Canada – said a lot of parents experience a fear for the future of their child and often times feel a sense of helplessness when their child is first diagnosed with autism.

                        “It’s very scary, and you feel a little lost when they’re first diagnosed,” she said. “...the scariest part of all – the unknown future.”

                        This is the first year Walk Now chose to have an honorary chair for their nationwide campaign. Julie said the organization plans to choose a new chair each year.

                        “They feel that putting a face to the cause is going to help bring more awareness,” Julie said. “We’re thrilled beyond belief for Hunter that he was chosen.”

                        Autism Speaks Canada is an advocacy organization dedicated to funding research looking into the cause of autism, prevention, treatments, and cure, as well as increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders. The organization’s Walk Now event takes place in nine cities across Canada and is Autism Speak Canada’s leading fundraising event.

                        Hunter will start two of the walks [including the one in Toronto on June 8] and will participate in a number of public appearances. As part of his new role, Hunter will throw the first pitch at the Toronto Blue Jays game Thursday.

                        Julie said having a chair like Hunter for Autism Speaks Canada’s Walk Now is good because he has come so far, so “for parents to see what he’s accomplished, it gives them hope.

                        “Hunter is an awesome story of what’s possible and what can happen,” Julie said.

                        ...Julie said donations can be made in Hunter’s name at www.autismspeaks.ca
                        Here is a link to a video from the nonprofit from over eight years ago:
                        https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=...5-74bb2e8afcf6

                        [source: https://windsorstar.com/uncategorize...ign-with-video ]

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                        • 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.

                          Autism Speaks Canada organised a national national Virtual Walk Day that took place a week ago...
                          Join Canada’s #1 autism walk to increase understanding and acceptance of autistic Canadians. Autism Speaks Canada is so excited to bring back in-person Walks in select communities. There are two easy ways to participation:
                          1. Register for an In-Person Walk or a Walk on Wheel Car Parades.
                          1. Join the national Virtual Walk Day on June 12, 2022, by registering in one of these three virtual clubs: Workplace, Family and Dog Clubs.

                          “Our Walk events are a celebration of [individuals affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.]” said Melanie Haydon, Autism Speaks Canada’s National Director of Walk and Community Events. “...This year we are so excited to announce our iconic in-person walk events are back in select communities and they are better than ever! We cannot wait to start walking across Canada.”

                          Special thanks to 2022 Walk partners; Equitable Life of Canada, Cineplex, Ellis Don, Oracle RMS, and Toyota Canada for their continued [efforts] in making these walk events a huge success. Together, lets build an inclusive Canada where autistic people can reach their full potential...
                          Here is a link to a recent video on Autism Speaks Canada's national Virtual Walk Day:
                          https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=...7-30fe3b9eab48

                          [source: https://www.autismspeaks.ca/canadas-...ter-than-ever/ ]

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                          • The subject of a post from nearly 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, Brampton, Ontario is also home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada...
                            Join us in a 100% social distancing event in the safety of your own vehicles! [Individuals affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders,] members of the community and local businesses are all welcome. Help us raise funds and spread awareness.

                            See the website for the parade route. Free ...pizza at the end of the parade.

                            10:15-10:45am: registration and check in
                            11am: parade begins

                            Tune into 101.5 myFM during registration, opening ceremonies and during the parade.
                            Here is a link to a video on Brampton, Ontario's Autism Speaks Canada Walk from nearly a year ago: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=...c-efc6383686e9

                            [source: https://www.inthehills.ca/event/2021...ls-car-parade/ ]

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                            • 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 southeast, 'Arts for Autism' is a one night annual Broadway benefit concert where the biggest names on Broadway join performing arts students from around the country onstage at New York City's Gershwin Theater. The event has in the past benefited Autism Speaks...
                              Arts for Autism: A Concert to Benefit Autism Speaks took place at the historic Gershwin Theatre where Broadway performers and student performers alike came together to raise awareness and funds for autism. As a staffer of Autism Speaks and someone who has been positively impacted by theatre growing up on the autism spectrum I was asked to speak and have my “Broadway Debut” sharing more about Autism Speaks and my personal story.

                              As they announced my name and I walked up on stage I was in shock that this was about to happen. Being on the same stage that legendary performers like Idina Manziel and Kristin Chenowerth from the Broadway hit Wicked made famous made this moment very surreal.

                              As I took a minute to compose myself (and remind myself to breathe) I began to speak to the audience…

                              “My name is Kerry Magro and I’m currently the producer of social media and digital content at Autism Speaks. I was asked to speak to you tonight to share with you more about our organization and why I decided to get behind the cause of autism and theatre.
                              ...
                              On the science end Autism Speaks is funding research into the causes of autism, which affects each person differently. We are also funding research that will pave the way for personalized medicines and treatments.

                              In terms of advocacy, thanks to the efforts of Autism Speaks, and our initiative in Autism Votes, we have successfully advocated in Washington to get mandatory insurance coverage for autism care in 44 states, and counting.

                              Family Services has given us the opportunity to connect with countless of our families. Our Autism Response Team last year answered more than 51,000 emails and phone calls– in English and Spanish – connecting families with local resources.

                              In addition we offer more than 40 free, downloadable Tool Kits covering the lifespan – from early diagnosis to safety, education, housing and employment.

                              And finally from the awareness, we have raised awareness and acceptance of autism around the world. Every April 2nd on World Autism Awareness Day we celebrate our “Light It Up Blue” campaign where landmarks, homes, houses of worship, and communities in 157 countries go blue to start a conversation on autism. Our 60 Autism Speaks Walks, raise vital funds for research and connect people with autism and their families to lifelong resources and supports.

                              All of these resources and more can be found anytime at Autismspeaks.org

                              Now I wanted to share with you why I got involved with this cause. But before I do that I want you to imagine a scenario very quickly…

                              Imagine not being able to tell the people you care about the most in this world that you love them. Imagine a scenario where you wouldn’t be able to even share with your family your basic needs as an adolescent. Imagine not being able to tell your dad that you were hungry or your mom that you were thirsty. When you needed to go to the bathroom. Being so delayed in communication that you rarely even responded when your parents were talking to you. For all intense and purposes you were just there – with no way of reaching those around you.

                              This used to be my reality.

                              When I was 2.5 I was completely non-verbal. Than, when I was 4 I was finally diagnosed with autism. For most of my adolescence I was considered on the severe end of the spectrum. My parents, who became my biggest advocates during this time, were told by countless people in our community that because of my challenges with sensory integration and communication that I would one day have to be instutionalized.

                              Thankfully my parents never listened to that advice and took action to help me succeed. For 15 years they integrated me with some of the best physical, occupational, and speech therapy to help me overcome obstacles. Today I can say I’m living many of my dreams and being a part of groups such as Autism Speaks has lit a fire in me to help our kids with autism progress to live the best lives possible.

                              Looking back at my development one therapy along with the ones I mentioned already that helped tremendously were theatre therapy. Playing different characters on stage helped me to understand other people’s perspectives at a time when tunnel vision and mind blindness made it impossible for me to make friends. Being on stage made me begin to build on my communication difficulties. It also gave me the confidence to not only play different roles but to figure out what role I wanted to play in my life. I would contribute to over 10 plays before the age of 19.

                              Fast-forward 9-years-later today at 28 and I can call myself a disability advocate in our community. Today along with being the producer of social media and digital content at Autism Speaks, I’m a national speaker that’s spoken at over 600 events in the past 6 years and a film consultant for 4 motion pictures. I’ve taken my love for being on stage to helping bring a realistic portrayal of those with autism and other special needs to the entertainment industry.

                              I could have never imagined this future thinking about my earliest memories at 3-years-old. Being scared of the world around me due to my sensory issues and not being able to communicate with my loved ones.

                              Today regardless of where we go though I always share a quote that “Autism can’t define me. I define autism.” As we look towards tonight and the future of our community we must continue changing the conversation that people with autism may be different but they are certainly not less.

                              Because love is love. Love has no disability and our families love our kids both with and without special needs. Autism is not a tragedy in our community. Ignorance is the tragedy. And while autism isn’t a choice for our loved ones, spreading acceptance of who they are always will be. Thank you.”

                              Thank you to Believe NYC, Educational Travel Adventures and everyone involved at Arts for Autism for letting us be a part of this magical night!
                              Here is a link to a video on 'Arts for Autism - Concert to Benefit Autism Speaks' from nearly three years ago:
                              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wrb37EMFhVs


                              [source: https://kerrymagro.com/the-day-i-got...-with-autism/]

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                              • 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.

                                In Australia, Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) is a Frenchs Forest-based nonprofit that attempts to understand, engage and celebrate the strengths, interests and aspirations of individuals affected by Autism. This includes children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Australia...
                                This year, Aspect Riverina School students and staff challenged themselves to complete an extreme version of the Walk for autism and conquer Mt Bogong, Victoria’s highest peak. The walk was designed to empower students by building self-confidence and resilience.

                                In preparation, 8 students from Year 8 to 12 took part in a 3-month training regime completing walks of increasing duration and intensity around the Albury area, promoting the school and the walk through their bright orange Walk for Autism Extreme shirts and even making it onto the local news!

                                Early Monday morning on the 9th of May, the students arrived eager for the day and confidently piled into the school vehicles. As we drove, the snow-capped Mt Bogong loomed in the distance, towering over the Kiewa Valley. Arriving at the foot of the mountain, there was a mix of trepidation and excitement amongst the students. Starting from the Eskdale Spur trailhead, the walk commenced with an extremely steep section that quickly demonstrated the extent of the extreme challenge that they had taken on...

                                After 3 hours of walking the students, climbed up out of the tree line and into the alpine terrain. All students demonstrated great perseverance, resilience and comradery as they walked as one group through snow and ice, encouraging and supporting each other to push through difficult tracks and personal pain. For some students this was their first encounter with snow, demonstrating just how far out of their comfort zones they truly were.

                                ...Due to the conditions, the students unfortunately did not make it to the very top, however they showed great determination to get as far as they did through quite treacherous conditions. Arriving back at school after a massive 12-hour day, their sense of pride and achievement was shared with [those closest to them] making this a truly extreme and memorable Walk for Autism for [everyone.]
                                Here is a link to a video Aspect's Autism Walk from over a year ago:
                                https://www.facebook.com/AutismSpect...43294823487821

                                [source: https://www.autismspectrum.org.au/news/extreme-walk ]

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                                • 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, the Autism Society of Maine is a Winthrop, Maine-based nonprofit that provides education and resources to individuals affected by Autism. This includes children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Maine...
                                  A step in the right direction- that was the feeling Sunday in downtown Bangor as folks participated in the 20th annual Walk for Autism.

                                  What made this even more special is that for the first time in three years, it was an in person event.

                                  [Many] people participated in the one mile loop.

                                  In addition to the walk, there were vendors, games and prizes.

                                  ... [Cathy Dionne, Executive Director, Autism Society of Maine, say that] while in person instruction is returning, staffing shortages are preventing some [individuals affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders] in Maine from receiving the services they need.
                                  Here is a link to a video on the Autism Society of Maine's annual Walk, with six different Walk locations, from about three-and-a-half years ago:
                                  https://www.facebook.com/10006489504...21932177920310

                                  [source: https://www.wabi.tv/2022/05/02/20th-...wntown-bangor/ ]

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                                  • 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 Laurel Highlands region of Pennsylvania is also home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks. The Laurel Highlands is a region in southwestern Pennsylvania made up of Fayette County, Somerset County and Westmoreland County...
                                    Tuesday, April 2, is World Autism Day. It's a day ...for those whose loved ones lack the ability to communicate, or process thoughts, in a normal manner - [individuals with Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.]

                                    Excela Health in Norwin is sponsoring the "Laurel Highlands Walk for Autism Speaks" ...on May 19.

                                    Walk co-chair Dr. Rebecca Quel understands a condition that hits very close to home. She and husband Dave Quel play patiently with five-year-old Steven, one of three sons with autism.

                                    "We're usually all up at six," says Dr. Quel. "Our children don't really believe in sleeping in very much. Our two oldest go to school, so it's the morning routine get them to school. They get the bus about eight o'clock, and then I come to the office."

                                    Her husband is a therapist who visits homes of children with mental health issues, relying heavily on his own home experience.

                                    "With their own individual personalities, we can see us in them," Dave Quel says. "So at times, she relates better to one of the boys than I do, and vice versa."

                                    Dr. Quel says she can't help wondering what's going on inside each of her sons.

                                    "It's just they understand everything, but can't really communicate," she says. "So you want to know what they're thinking, and what they're feeling, but you can't get that. And that can be very frustrating at times." Nevertheless, she says, "It doesn't matter if they have autism or not. They're my boys."
                                    Here is a link to a video on the Laurel Highlands Autism Speaks Walk from nearly a year ago:
                                    https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=...6-a2fd53241936

                                    [source: https://www.cbsnews.com/pittsburgh/n...s-with-autism/ ]

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                                    • 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.

                                      Autism Speaks Canada attempts to build inclusive communities where Autistic Canadians can reach their full potential...
                                      Sign up now for our 2021 Walk on Wheels Car Parade and celebrate autism! Come and show your support at one of our sixteen parades: Etobicoke, Calgary, Newmarket, Kamloops, Hamilton/Dundas, Waterloo, Barrie, Winnipeg, Niagara Region, Mississauga, Halton/Burlington, Brantford, Orangeville, Brampton, Durham, and Windsor...
                                      Here is a link to a video from Autism Speaks Canada from over seven months ago:
                                      https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=...3-0efda741886d

                                      [source: https://www.facebook.com/autismspeak...183585/?type=3 ]

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                                      • The subject of a post from nearly four 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, Substance Cares is a Toronto, Ontario, Canada-based nonprofit that attempts to create a fair and equitable country for all Canadians by curating meaningful and educational programming...
                                        We are so proud of our [partnership] with Substance Cares in hosting Spectrum Works job fairs. We match individuals with autism with potential employers in Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto at these job fairs. Continuing to break the stigmas associated with people living with autism, these job fairs reinforce that they are able to be contributing members in the workforce.

                                        “The whole world is changing and it’s time that strategies change along with it. Workplaces need to help people focus on their abilities rather than their disabilities. The benefit of hiring workers on the autism spectrum comes down to their fine sense of detail, which many businesses can take advantage of.”
                                        Xavier Pinto, organizer of the job fair

                                        Pinto’s eight-year-old son inspired him to start the job fair. His son is on the autism spectrum, and as a father he’s doing everything he can to make sure his son gets the same opportunities as everyone else.

                                        [You can contribute to our] objective of improving the transition to adulthood.
                                        Here is a link to a video on the 'Spectrum Works' job fair from about three months ago:
                                        https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=...7-742da75b7df4

                                        [source: https://www.autismspeaks.ca/communit...pectrum-works/ ]

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                                        • The subject of a post from nearly four 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.

                                          In the United Kingdom, the National Autistic Society Scotland is Glasgow-based nonprofit that attempts to transform lives, change attitudes and create a society that works for individuals affected by Autism. This includes children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Scotland...
                                          he charity’s annual Spectrum Night Walks take place simultaneously in three locations across the country on Saturday, April 4, during World Autism Awareness Week (March 30 to April 5). The events bring people together to increase public understanding of autism and fundraise for the National Autistic Society, so the charity can continue their work to create a society that works for autistic people.

                                          Suitable for [children as well as adults], the walks provide a unique opportunity to see the city in a different light and get people talking about autism, alongside many other passionate walkers.

                                          Walkers will set off at 8pm [that] will take walkers around the city...
                                          Here is a link to a video on the the National Autistic Society's Spectrum Night Walks from about two-and-a-half years ago:
                                          https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=...-3bd12a113ea5&

                                          [source: https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/specia...s-up-17517357]

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