Task Force Plans Activities for April’s Autism Awareness Month

The Oswego County Autism Task Force is in full swing with activities to promote autism awareness this month.

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.

Walkers participating in last year’s Family Fun Walk for Autism.
Walkers participating in last year’s Family Fun Walk for Autism.

For the sixth year in a row, the Task Force is seeking nominations for the “Friend of Autism” award.

A new twist to the nomination process this year is that award nominations can be submitted in any manner or form in which you choose.

Some examples are: writing a letter, designing a poster, creating a power-point, writing a song, producing a video / youtube.

There will be a booth available at the Family Fun Walk for those needing assistance with preparing a video.

Award nominees must be an Oswego County community member (individual or group, team or agency) who lives or works in the county, who has made a positive impact on those living with autism.

Nominees cannot be a current OCATF member.

All nominees will be honored at a reception in May, where the winner will be announced.

The deadline for submissions is May 8.

The eighth Annual Family Fun Walk for Autism will be held on May 3.

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

People of all ages can enjoy inflatables, face painting, crafts and a bubble area.

Several local agencies will also provide a variety of activities, along with an information area where people can learn about specific resources available in Oswego County.

This year, the task force is holding a Team Spirit Banner Contest during the event.

Show your team spirit by designing your own Autism Banner – be creative and have fun!

There will be a prize for the most creative banner.

This fun-filled day is a fundraiser for the Autism Task Force and will help off-set the costs of activities that the group puts on throughout the year.

It is a free event and open to the public.

In addition to reviewing award submissions and planning for the Family Fun Walk, the task force is offering the Brianna Cahill Scholarship to qualifying graduating seniors who are planning post-secondary education or vocational school this fall.

Scholarship winners must be a student in an Oswego County public high school, along with the following criteria:

Our application must be completed by the student.
The recipient must be accepted to a post-secondary or vocational school.
The recipient must be currently diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

All scholarship applications must be received by the OCATF by May 1 for final review.

For more information, please contact Theresa Familo at (315) 598-7672.

All submissions can be sent to Familo at Parents of Special Children, Inc., 2 B Tower Drive, Fulton, NY, 13069, by their stated deadlines.