Walk Information

Join us at the 15th Annual Autism Awareness Walk

on Saturday May 2, 2020.

The Autism Awareness Walk is a family-friendly, inclusive event which focuses on increasing awareness, acceptance, and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), while also raising funds to support our mission to empower individuals and families touched by ASD through support and education. The route is wheelchair and stroller accessible and takes place rain or shine.

The first Autism Awareness Walk was held in 2005 at the Oval in Plattsburgh. The community welcomed this annual event with open arms. In 2011, the founders of the Walk chose to organize into a non-profit organization, and Autism Alliance of Northeastern NY was born.

The charitable purpose of Autism Alliance of Northeastern NY is to empower individuals and families touched by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties through support and education. The Autism Awareness Walk is the sole fundraising event for Autism Alliance of NENY.  All funds raised stay within our tri-county community.

Funds raised last year were used in the following ways: 

•  Provided technology grants to individuals with ASD, which included iPads and software to support communication, socialization, organization, time management, etc. Also provided grants to individuals for sensory equipment, including swings, trampolines and weighted blankets, to assist with self-regulation, emotional control, attention, etc. Both of these grants also help to improve the individuals' interactions and relationships in the home and community.

• Launched a new community grant to address social and recreational opportunities for adults on the spectrum. 

• Provided grants to many local schools and organizations; grant monies were used to expend inventory of sensory equipment, educational materials, and class offerings to benefit individuals with ASD. 

• Offered scholarships to local students with ASD to attend college or secondary education. 

• Donated many ASD-related titles to schools in the tri-county area and to the CEF Library System. 

• Partnered with other local agencies at family-friendly events to promote autism awareness as well as awareness of other community resources. 

• Distributed annual publication of Regional Autism Resources to assist the community with locating local resources that support individuals with ASD.

* Hosted Puppets in Education at Momot Elementary School in Plattsburgh. This troupe provides education through an inclusive model, which promotes empathy for autistic individuals by modeling, labeling, explaining, and normalizing the characteristics of autism, while never singling out any individual who may be participating in the program.

The 15th annual Autism Awareness Walk will be held at the Clinton County Fairgrounds. Registration begins at 9:30 am. Come early to enjoy family-friendly activities, food, raffles, and entertainment. At 11:00 am, we will come together as a community and walk the 1 mile accessible route in support of autism awareness, acceptance, and inclusion. The Walk will be led by the top fundraising team. Last year's Walk was led by Team Ohmcentric, pictured below, who raised over $3,100! Thanks to Team Ohmcentric, and to all of the 35 teams, along with countless individuals, businesses, and organizations who supported us in 2019. We look forward to seeing you again in 2020!

Team Ohmcentric (above) - top fundraising team in 2019

We are currently seeking sponsors for the

15th annual Autism Awareness Walk.

Please contact us if you are interested

in sponsoring this wonderful event.

Gold Level Sponsors from 2019

Silver Level Sponsors from 2019

Bronze Level Sponsors from 2019

Adirondack Bank
Audrey Crucetti M.S. BCBA
Casella Waste Management
Eye Care for the Adirondacks
Jeffords Steel and Engineering Company
Kavanaugh Realty
Loreman's Screenprinting & Embroidery
Medisca
North Country Kids
Rainbow Banquet Hall
Schluter Systems
The Jug Store
Woodmen of the World, Chapter 1016
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