Walking the walk for autism returns to South Shore

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Autism South Shore Chapter's major fundraiser "Walk the Walk for Autism 2014" is coming back to Shipyard's Landing this weekend. 

“This event provides an opportunity to create awareness and educate the communities we walk in,” said Cynthia Carroll, Executive Director of Autism Nova Scotia. “The proceeds stay in the communities in which they are raised and support the growth of autism programs and services across Nova Scotia.”

Walk the Walk for Autism in Bridgewater takes place on Shipyards Landing, King Street and includes a BBQ, two bouncy castles, face painting and fun games for the whole family to enjoy. Registration opens at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10:50 a.m. All funds raised are allocated to a variety of programs devoted to Autism Spectrum Disorders in the South Shore community.

“We had nearly 2,000 participants province-wide in last year’s walk, and every year we keep growing,” says Carroll. “It’s incredible to see the enthusiasm our communities create when they join us in this event.”

Last year the walk raised over $6,000.

Registration is free online at www.walkthewalkforautism.ca to represent Bridgewater and the Autism Nova Scotia South Shore Chapter. It can also be done the morning of the walk, or with walk coordinator Debbie England at 90-543-2384.

 

About Autism Nova Scotia

Autism Nova Scotia, South Shore Chapter providing services and education to those with autism and creating a safe, respectful, supportive community

Today with 1 in 68 children being diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder there is no doubt that autism is directly and indirectly affecting more people than ever before.  This new statistic released to the press by the US Center for Disease Control on March 27, 2014 showed an increase from the previous statistic of 1 in 88 children.

Autism Nova Scotia South Shore Chapter's vision is "that people with Autism Spectrum Disorder achieve their potential and that they and their families have universal access to the resources they require.  Our role is to advance the personal development, equal opportunity and participation of people with ASD within a safe, respectful and supportive community.  We all have an important role to play if this is to be achieved and we welcome your support."

The reality for families, educators, caregivers and supporters of an individual with autism, is that autism is every day.

Thanks to funds raised by the annual fundraiser, Walk the Walk for Autism, many programs such as yoga, swimming and after school programs are offered at minimal or no cost to families. For more information, contact southshore@autism.ca

The Chapter offers education about autism and related topics through our Resource Lending Library and workshops and information seminars. The Lending Library is located at the Autism Centre in the Portable Classroom at Hebbville Academy.  The library includes many books on a variety of relevant topics. The Chapter Navigator, Katherine Lacey works at the Centre every Wednesday from 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

 

Organizations: Walk for Autism, Autism Nova Scotia South Shore Chapter, US Center Resource Lending Library Autism Centre Hebbville Academy

Geographic location: Nova Scotia South, South Shore, King Street

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