12th Annual Family Fun Walk for Autism Set May 5

Pictured are community members participating in last year’s walk.

Pictured are community members participating in last year’s walk.

OSWEGO – The 12th annual Family Fun Walk for Autism will take place on Saturday, May 5. This event is free and open to the public.

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Pictured are community members participating in last year’s walk.

Organized by the Oswego County Autism Task Force, the event is much more than just “a walk.”

It mixes a three-mile walk with a variety of fun activities while it aims to raise awareness about autism and the services that are offered locally and regionally.

The family friendly event will take place at Leighton School and Wilber Track and Field on Oswego’s west side, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Participants can join in the organized three-mile walk on Wilber Track, let the kids of all ages enjoy a variety of activities provided by local agencies and learn more about Autism and resources available in Oswego County.

There will be inflatables, face painting, crafts and a bubble area for all to enjoy throughout the afternoon.

There will also be a resource area to talk with service providers, local vendors to support and some great raffles to take a chance on.

Some of the raffles are gift certificates from: Blue Moon, Comic Shop, Bosco’s and Mimi’s.

There will also be a wide variety of themed baskets, including: sports, baking with kids, babies, arts and crafts.

This fun-filled day is a fundraiser for the Autism Task Force and will assist the organization with its mission to provide information and engage in social activities that relate to enhancing the lives of those touched by Autism Spectrum Disorder in Oswego County.

“Over the last decade here in the United States, the number of children diagnosed with autism has more than doubled. Statistics show one out of every 68 babies are born with some form of autism, and some 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder,” Senator Patty Ritchie said in announcing April as World Autism Awareness Month. “However, we are now more capable than ever when it comes to understanding and treating those on any level of the spectrum.”

New York State recently created the New York State Autism Advisory Board.

Its 19 members, including Stephanie Andrews of Mexico, work to advise the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities on the effectiveness of current services for those living with autism. The board also works with the state to identify changes that would help improve programs and services for those impacted by autism and their families.