Autism Speaks Canada Walk: Orangeville 2017
Congratulations and thank to our walkers, corporate partners, volunteers and supporters for making this year’s Walk a success!
The Orangeville Walk raised an amazing $22,500 and counting….exceeding its campaign goal of $5,000! (450% of goal)
Although the Walk has taken place, the website will remain open to accept donations. Everyone can still receive the Walk t-shirt when they raise $150 before Oct 31, 2017. All cash and cheques should be forwarded to Autism Speaks Canada 2450 Victoria Park Avenue, Toronto, ON, M2J 4A2
Local Walk Ambassador: Lucas
Lucas is a 10 year old boy that is happy, polite and friendly. He was diagnosed with autism about 3 and 1/2 years old. Lucas began Speech and Occupational therapy. He was non-verbal until the age of seven. With assistance, Lucas worked his way through sign language, pecs, to an iPad with Proloquo2Go to communicate. These assisted Lucas to learn how to speaking verbally. He did almost 4 years of Intensive Behavior therapy for 21 hours a week were he learned many skills that he was lagging in. Amazingly, Lucas has overcome so many challenges. Communication, fine and gross motor delays and his sensory issues are all areas that Lucas has gained much independence in. Lucas can now speak five different languages. (English, French, Spanish, Japanese and Sign Language).
Lucas is now going into grade five and dreams of being an actor as he loves to make people laugh and smile. Lucas also loves music, singing, playing WII, karate, swimming, watching Disney shows, collecting autographs from celebrities and the Montreal Canadiens. Lucas is learning how to self-regulate and has learned it is ok to wear head phones as long as you are getting out into the world that can be very scary and overwhelming.
Although Lucas struggles making new friends, he always tries his best and even started a pen-pal club called Lucas’ Letters to help kids not feel alone. He is proud to be involved in the first Autism Speaks Canada Walk and appreciates everyone’s support. When Lucas finishes a new goal he always says “I did it, I know it, I rocked it, I stomped it!”. He is excited to say this on Sunday, September 10th at the Orangeville Walk.
The Walk includes fun activities, performers and snacks, before and after the Walk. Arrive early to give yourself lots of time to visit and enjoy the event with your family and friends!
Upon arrival at your Walk, please proceed to Registration to submit your cash and cheque donations with your pledge form(s). Ensure that your pledge form is clearly labeled with your name and team name (if part of a team) to ensure that you and your team receive recognition for all donations collected.
Be sure to visit the Resource Fair area to learn more about the services and programs that are available in your community. Resource Fairs are a part of our signature Walks. Please contact your Regional Walk Manager for more information or to inquire about a Resource Fair at your Walk.
The Walk Now for Autism Speaks Canada event will commence with the opening ceremonies where all participants are invited to gather near the stage for presentations, stories, and fundraising updates. The Walk begins with an official countdown from the stage.
Orangeville Resource Fair:
Click here for a Resource Fair application form.