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10-29-2020 6:00 PM

The subject of a post from yesterday was Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania also being home to an annual Autism Speaks Walk.

To the northwest, the Autism Society of Oregon is a Multnomah County, Oregon-based nonprofit that provides resources, education, and advocacy for individuals affected by Autism. This includes children with Autism Spectrum Disorders...
Quote:The Autism Society of Oregon (ASO) is hosting its 14th Annual Autism Walk on Sunday, April 17th at Oaks Park during Autism Awareness Month. This is the largest autism event held in Oregon. The Portland Autism Walk draws [many individuals from the area]. The Walk raises autism awareness and appreciation, builds community ties, [and] features community resources...

The Autism Walk will be held at Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, in [Multnomah County]. The Walk is approximately one-half (1/2) mile in length and fully accessible. There are also many ...autism-friendly activities, including ...Sensory Area, Crafts Area, raffles, Star Wars characters in movie-quality costumes, over 40 community resource exhibitors ...and a Quiet Area. Discount ride bracelets for Oaks Park are available for purchase...

Registration and fun begins at 9:00 a.m., the Walk starts at 10:45 a.m. and Oaks Park rides open at 11:30 a.m. Registration fees are ...$12 for children [from the age of 3], and group discounts apply. Children ages 2 and under are free. Registration includes an event t-shirt, designed by a local member of the autism community.

...All services ...provided [by the Autism Society of Oregon are] without cost, and there are no membership fees.

All proceeds from the Autism Walk remain in Oregon to fund programs in Oregon ...Programs include “Take a Break on ASO” ...Workshops throughout the state of topics important to the autism community, a comprehensive and informative website at http://www.AutismSocietyOregon.org, Information and Referral Program ...and more.

Here is a link to a video of photos from the Autism Society of Oregon's Walk from two-and-a-half years ago: https://www.facebook.com/160750369283759...1902331774

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10-30-2020 8:01 PM

The subject of a post from yesterday was the Autism Society of Oregon, a Multnomah County, Oregon-based nonprofit that provides resources, education, and advocacy for individuals affected by Autism. This includes children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

To the north, Vancouver, Canada is also home to annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada. Autism Speaks is North America's leading Autism science and advocacy organisation...
Quote:David was diagnosed with autism at 2 ½ years old. He is 15 years old and is currently in Grade 10. He is a twin with his sister Annalisa and also has a younger brother, Raffaele. David has a very special bond with his siblings, and is very protective of them.

David has always had quite a busy schedule as he attends speech therapy, occupational therapy, has a home tutor and a behavioral interventionist he has seen since being diagnosed. In his spare time, David attends piano lessons, plays basketball and goes swimming with his therapist/friend Matteo, and loves playing video games.

David is a very loving, compassionate, quick-witted boy and has been called a “ray of sunshine” by his teachers as he always seems to brighten their day. Contrary to what doctors said he would never do, David says “I love you” at least 5 times a day – something every person deserves to hear. And when the words are not there, his actions are tenfold-something these amazing human beings remind us mean more than anything in this world.

Since being diagnosed and through therapy, David has progressed tremendously with his speech and social skills and his awareness and appreciation of his surroundings. Through his genuine simplicity, David has taught those around him to appreciate the little things in life and never to take anything or anyone for granted. He has filled our lives with more love and happiness than ever imagined and reminds us that it is not through words but through actions that we can make a difference in life.

We are so honoured that the Autism Society of Canada has chosen David to be the ambassador for the 2020 Vancouver Walk for Autism. David’s team “Go, David Go!” which is formed of many loving and supportive family and friends, is looking forward to attending this year’s walk in helping to raise money and awareness for Autism. – David’s mom, Lina Renzullo, Vancouver, British Columbia

Here is a link to photos from the Vancouver Autism Speaks Canada Walk from just over a year ago: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vani...6921400471

[source:https://www.autismspeaks.ca/get-involved/participate/autism-speaks-canada-walk/current-and-past-ambassadors/]
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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 science and advocacy organisation.

To the southwest, the North Shore of Chicago, Illinois is also home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks...
Quote:ChildFirst Behavior Therapy, a local provider of progressive ABA therapy for children affected by autism, announced today that it has sponsored the upcoming Autism Speaks Walk on Chicago’s North Shore on April 28, 2019.

[Said] Ashley Musial, Board Certified Behavior Analyst and founder of ChildFirst Behavior Therapy[:] “We’re proud to be a part of the Illinois autism community and we know that together, we can bring each other hope for what’s ahead.”

...[Those attending the Walk] will travel 2-3 miles around New Trier High School with the goal of raising $195,000 to increase awareness and [services] for children affected by autism. ChildFirst will [be there] during the event at a sponsored tent marked by green and white ChildFirst balloons.

For Musial, supporting Autism Speaks is a natural extension of ChildFirst’s community outreach...

“...we have a chance to make a difference in their lives,” Musial said. “Our entire practice is excited to help make an impact.”

Here is a link to photos from the Chicago's North Shore Autism Speaks Walk from about a year-and-a-half ago: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vani...0884600789

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11-01-2020 9:15 PM

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 science and advocacy organisation.

To the southwest, the Autism Society of Hawaii is a Honolulu, Hawaii-based nonprofit for those affected by Autism. This includes children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Hawaii...
Quote:1st Annual Autism Walk and Resource Fair
On Saturday, April 28, 2018 Autism Society of Hawaii (ASH) hosted their 1st Annual ...Walk and Resource Fair Fundraising Event. Along with promoting Autism Awareness, [the event provided an opportunity to connect with the various] agencies, available resources, and opportunities [for those] affected by autism here in Hawaii.
Mahalo nui loa (thank you very much) to our Sponsors!!

Here is a link to a video on the Autism Society of Hawaii's annual Walk from about a year-and-a-half ago: https://www.facebook.com/175746405791960...5719836121

[source: https://autismsocietyofhawaii.org/1st-an...rce-fair/]
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11-04-2020 10:16 PM

[The subject of a post from a few days ago was the North Shore of Chicago, Illinois also being home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks. Autism Speaks is North America's leading science and advocacy organisation.

To the northeast, Brantford, Ontario, Canada is also home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada...
Quote:This Brantford Community Walk for Autism is more than a fundraiser. The Walk provides an incredible opportunity for the Autism community to come together and make connections and [see] others who understand.

Register online, as a team or individual at http://www.ascwalk.ca/Brantford. Join a team or form your own team. ... \stick on tattoos, and much more for all the children...

Here is a link to photos from the Brantford Walk for Autism Speaks Canada from just over three years ago: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vani...0184735252

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11-07-2020 7:37 PM

The subject of a post from just over two weeks ago was Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is being home to an annual Autism Speaks Walk.

To the northeast, Easter Seals Ontario is a Toronto, Ontario, Canada-based nonprofit that provides programs and services to those affected with various challenges across Ontario. This includes children with Autism Spectrum Disorders...
Quote:The Toronto Maple Leafs Skate for [the nonprofit] took place on Sunday, January 5, 2020.
Thank you to all the sponsors, donors, and participants of the 2020 Toronto Maple Leafs Skate!
This year’s event raised $205,000 for [the nonprofit.]

Here is a link to photos from the Toronto Maple Leafs Skate for the nonprofit from over eight years ago: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vani...1973597722

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11-08-2020 6:52 PM

The subject of a post from just over four weeks ago was Ottawa, Ontario, Canada being home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks Canada. Autism Speaks is North America's leading 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 affected by Autism. This includes children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Nova Scotia...

Here is a link to photos from the Autism airport dress rehearsal event from Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Nova Scotia, Canada from about a year-and-a-half ago: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vani...2714056951

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11-09-2020 10:20 PM

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

To the southeast, Autism Delaware is a Newark, Delaware-based nonprofit for those affected with Autism. The this includes children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Delaware...
Quote:[Many individuals, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders] participated in Autism Delaware’s ...Walk for Autism this weekend.

Families formed teams and raised funds through sponsorships leading up to the event, which took place in Cape Henlopen State Park. Next week Autism Delaware will host a Walk for Autism in Wilmington. The annual walks are meant to raise awareness for autism and Autism Delaware's support programs.

Here is a link to photos from Autism Delaware's Wilmington Walk for Autism from about two-and-a-half years ago: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vani...9623282131

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11-12-2020 8:56 PM

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

To the northwest, Children's Autism Services of Edmonton is an Edmonton, Alberta, Canada-based nonprofit that has dedicated, dynamic and qualified professionals providing specialized services. The nonprofit provides a range of services for individuals affected by Autism, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders...
Quote:Meghan Gibas always wanted to be a part of a team.

Like many 14-year-old children, Meghan, who has autism, enjoys skating but hasn’t always had the opportunity to do that with others. At school, she said she doesn’t interact much with other students or have many chances to make new friends.

That all changed on Saturday when she was one of 24 children who took part in a volunteer-driven hockey program that helps children with [various challenges, including Autism Spectrum Disorders.]

Meghan said being a part of a team means she doesn’t have to feel lonely anymore.

“This is kind of emotional because I hardly get to be a part of groups or anything like that,” she said. “...This is a really good opportunity for me to make friends (with) people who understand me and I can understand them...”

The program, led by the Hockey Education Reaching Out Society and Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton, provides children with gear and a regular season of 25 games throughout the year. The hockey equipment was donated by Oilers player Connor McDavid through his endorsement deal with CCM and his affiliation with Jumpstart.

Clara Siniora said she was nervous but excited about putting her eight-year-old son John into the program but she felt this was a good opportunity because of who was hosting it.

“I think it’s going to open his eyes to something new,” she said. “I’m hoping it will give him more discipline and make him think about the actual game. There are instructions and all these things to follow. We’ll see how it goes.”

Melissa Malasheski, program co-ordinator for Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton, said hockey builds lifelong skills that can be translated into helping children look for employment or even go to post-secondary school.

Another important benefit, she said, is allowing children to feel like they belong somewhere.

...She said the hockey program will continue each year and there is already a waiting list for more children to participate.

The program runs from September to mid-March. Off-ice activities take place from April to July.

Here is a link to photos from the Edmonton Autism Speaks Canada Walk from five years ago: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vani...7925468194

[source: https://edmontonjournal.com/sports/hocke...lers-star]
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11-13-2020 6:57 PM

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

To the southwest, Columbus, Ohio is also home to an annual Walk for Autism Speaks...
Quote:[Many] took to the streets Sunday to celebrate all abilities and show support for loved ones with autism spectrum disorder.

The 12th annual Autism Speaks Walk started out at Columbus Commons, with hundreds of colorful teams walking 1.3 miles through the downtown streets.

“It feels like better than any Disney World I could ever go to,” said Jes Sullivan.

The Sullivan family started participating in the annual event almost a decade ago to support Jes and connect with other families and resources.

“It’s overwhelming almost to be surrounded by this much love and acceptance,” Jes’s mother Terry Sullivan said of the massive event.

“We wouldn’t miss this for the world,” Pat Sullivan, Jes’s father, added. “It can rain, it can do whatever. We’ll be there.”

[A] second team [was formed] for the 2019 walk in honor of Jes’s cousin Otto Reitter. The almost 3-year-old was diagnosed with autism earlier in the year and his family was relieved the early intervention allowed them to seek therapy and services for Otto at a young age.

“It’s not a bad diagnosis. I think it’s more of a help,” explained Otto’s mother Jessica Reitter. “You’ve got a diagnosis, now you’ve got a community to help you with whatever you need.”

Others navigating a new diagnosis described the resources and new friends they found at the Autism Speaks Walk as an extended family.

“When you’re a parent of a child with special needs or autism, you kind of feel secluded sometimes. So when you’re able to be around other parents and people who support you, you feel a lot less secluded and alone,” explained Maggie Dumit, the mother of two boys on the autism spectrum.

...As a spectrum disorder, every individual’s strengths and challenges vary drastically. The ways a person with autism learns, thinks and problem solves ranges from highly skilled to severely limited, but early detection can help any individual reach their maximum potential.

“If you think autism is such a blue color, it’s not. Because it’s what makes you, you,” Jes Sullivan explained of her diagnosis.

The 2019 Autism Speaks Walk set a fundraising goal of more than $450,000. The money helps families access the tools and resources necessary to help their loved ones live their best lives...

Here is a link to photos from the Columbus, Ohio Walk for Autism Speaks from just over a year ago: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vani...5898050080

[source: https://www.nbc4i.com/news/local-news/au...es-funds/]
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