We ask participants to register using our fundraising platform, EDH. Please follow this link: https://autism-awareness-walk-may-2-2020.everydayhero.do/ (please note that we have not yet updated this platform to reflect that we are going virtual). Please set a fundraising goal. Team captains raising $1000 or more will receive a THANK YOU lawn sign. Your team photo will also be posted to the Walk page.
1. Team Captains should create a fun hashtag for their team.
2. Be creative. Help us raise awareness in your own unique, but safe, way!
3. Members of teams/sub-teams can choose to do their one-mile walk anytime during the week leading up to September 12th.
4. Each individual or team should post photos of themselves (walking, making/holding signs to raise awareness, wearing a unique team shirt, etc) to the Autism Awareness Walk FB page, your own FB page, Twitter, or Instagram. Useyour team hashtag AND the AANENY hashtag #RaisingAwarenessTogetherWhileApart.
5. PLEASE. Be SAFE. Follow CDC, NYS-DOH and local guidelines related to coronavirus precautions. Wear masks. Practice social distancing.
Our raffle is also going virtual! We will host a silent auction for our raffle baskets, which we will advertise via pictures on our Autism Awareness Walk Facebook page September 1st through September 11th. On Saturday,September 12th we will do a 12-hour silent auction from 8 am through 8 pm. Bids will be in $1 increments. The highest bidder by 8 pm will win the basket.
History of the Autism Awareness Walk and Autism Alliance of Northeastern NY:
The first Autism Awareness Walk was held in 2005 at the Oval in Plattsburgh. The community welcomed this annual event with open arms. The event continued to be held annually. In 2011, the founders of the Walk chose to organize into a non-profit organization, and Autism Alliance of Northeastern NY (AANENY) was born. The charitable purpose of AANENY 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 AANENY. All funds raised stay within our tri-county community.
Funds raised last year were used in the following ways:
* 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.