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September 18, 2018

Task Force Gearing Up for April’s Autism Awareness Month


OSWEGO, NY – April is Autism Awareness Month and the Oswego County Autism Task Force is gearing up for a month full of activities.

Last year’s “Friend of Autism” award winner Larry Eason (left), with Alex Familo who nominated his bus driver, Larry, for the award.

Last year’s “Friend of Autism” award winner Larry Eason (left), with Alex Familo who nominated his bus driver, Larry, for the award.

It is the mission of the Task Force to provide information and engage in social activities that relate to enhancing the lives of those touched by Autism Spectrum Disorder in our community.

For the eighth year, nominations are being sought for people who have made a difference in the lives of those touched by Autism.

Award nominees must be:  Oswego County community member who works or lives in the county; may be an individual, group, agency or business; cannot be a current member of the OCATF.

Nominations can be submitted in a variety of forms:  write a letter; design a poster, create a power point, write a song, produce a video or complete our simple nomination form.

All nominees will be honored at an upcoming reception, where the winner will be announced.

The deadline for submissions is April 30.

Nominations should be sent to Parents of Special Children, Inc., 2 B Tower Drive, Fulton, 13069.

The Oswego County Autism Task Force is also sponsoring its ninth annual Family Fun Walk for Autism on April 25.

The family – friendly event will take place at Leighton School and Wilber Field and Track in Oswego, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

You may choose to participate 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.

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

There will also be a vendor area, where local businesses will have their items on display for sale and a raffle section for people to purchase tickets and take a chance on some amazing baskets.

The Giblin family enjoys last year’s Family Fun Walk for Autism. In back, from left are: Josh Giblin and Tim Giblin. In front from left are: Chloe Giblin, Sophia Giblin and Molly Giblin.

The Giblin family enjoys last year’s Family Fun Walk for Autism. In back, from left are: Josh Giblin and Tim Giblin. In front from left are: Chloe Giblin, Sophia Giblin and Molly Giblin.

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.

There will be prizes for those who wish to help fundraise for the many things that the Task Force supports, such as Scholarships for graduating seniors, mini grants that are awarded to agencies that provide activities for folks on the spectrum and workshops for families and professionals.

Water bottles will be awarded to those individuals who raise $25 and travel mugs will be awarded for individuals who raise $50.

This is event is free and open to the public.

To sign up your team or pre-order an OCATF T-shirt, send your registration / order form by April 9 to Parents of Special Children, Inc.

The Task Force will finish off the month by hosting an all-day workshop with support from SUPAC (Syracuse University Parent Assistance Center, Mid-State Education Parent Technical Assistance Center) on  April 29 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Oswego.

“Providing Autism Awareness and Creating Possibilities” will present a morning session with nationally-known autism spectrum speaker and author, William Stillman, on Autism and the 90 Percent Factor:  Building Authentic Relationships.

Dr. Schnorr, who coordinates graduate programs in special education at SUNY Oswego, will present the afternoon session on Literacy Considerations for Students with Autism.

A buffet lunch will be provided with your paid registration.

Seating is limited and registration is on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information regarding any of the Task Force’s upcoming events, please contact Theresa Familo at (315) 598-7672 or Tammy Thompson at (315) 349-3510.

One Response “Task Force Gearing Up for April’s Autism Awareness Month”

  1. CDP
    April 3, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Great Job Larry!- best bus driver in Oswego County!

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