Utica, NY (March 12, 2010) – Autism now affects one out of every 110 children. Autism Awareness Month is celebrated throughout April and the Kelberman Center will host its annual Walk for Autism on Saturday, April 10 at various sites across the Mohawk Valley and also on Saturday, April 24 in Boonville.
The walks take place at seven different locations including Cooperstown, New Hartford, Oneida, Utica, Rome, Northern Community at Holland Patent, and Boonville. Each walk site features music, refreshments, activities, prizes, and the opportunity to socialize with those united by this common cause.
The Walk for Autism is the initiative of a group of parents heightening autism awareness in local communities and raising needed funds that will remain in the Mohawk Valley. Family and friends are encouraged to join as parents, concerned citizens and advocates take steps towards increased awareness and more services for those with autism spectrum disorder.
Pre-registration for the walks takes place at Sangertown Square on Friday, March 26 and Saturday, March 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Participants will receive the Walk for Autism t-shirt with a $25 minimum pledge.
Last year, the 2009 Walk for Autism raised more than $80,000 for the Kelberman Center. Visit kelbermancenter.org to register for the walks, download pledge forms, or to create an online fundraising page. For more information on the Walk for Autism, contact the Kelberman Center at (315) 797-6241.
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The Kelberman Center at Upstate Cerebral Palsy is a regional center for excellence for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and related learning challenges. We are dedicated to excellence in service through: prompt evaluation and diagnosis; individualized education and services; social and life skills enhancement; innovative practices, training and research. We believe in the power of individuals, family, and community working together to maximize our collective potential.