CANTON, NY – The Arc Jefferson – St. Lawrence Foundation, is holding a walk to promote awareness and acceptance of Autism Spectrum Disorders at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 10, 2022, at the Village Park on Main Street in Canton, N.Y. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. The event will be hosted by WWNY-TV’s Garrett Domblewski.
This year’s theme is “Video Game Characters” and there will be a costume contest and a flag contest open to everyone with a variety of great prizes available to win! The Autism Awareness Walk is a non-competitive walk to promote education and support services offered by The Arc Jefferson – St. Lawrence for people on the Autism Spectrum.
There is no registration fee, but walkers who raise $50 or more will receive the 2022 Autism Awareness Walk t-shirt, while supplies last. The t-shirt features art by Jeff Hewitt. View the t-shirt design, download the registration, and get full details at thearcjslc.org/autism-awareness-walk. Registrants who raise $25 or more will get a free Community Bank coffee mug.
The first 350 registered participants will get a complimentary gift bag. This year’s event will also include a coupon for a free pizza from Little Italy in Canton and drinks from Pepsi-Cola Ogdensburg Bottlers. Activities will include games, contests, auctions items, and a bounce house, as well as a visit from the mascot, Elroy the Elk. Yes-FM 96.7 will broadcast live from the park!
Additional sponsors for Autism Awareness Walk include: Benefits Services Group & Digital One; Caskinette Ford; Community Bank, Haylor, Freyer, and Coon; WWNYTV; United Food Services Group & Performance Food Service; EDF Renewables; Potsdam Elks BPOE #2074, Kinney Drugs, Alesco Advisors, Merkley Brothers Heating & Cooling; North Country Savings Bank; MVP Healthcare; The First Presbyterian Church on the Park in Canton; St. Lawrence University; and SUNY Potsdam’s Men’s Hockey Team.
The Arc Jefferson – St. Lawrence’s Bridges Program provides individualized services for people with developmental disabilities starting at three years old with a specialization in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Students participate in a variety of skill development activities addressing social, daily living, and academic skills using principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. Additionally, services are offered in the child’s home, in the community, and in their school. For more information on these programs, call (315) 386-3055.