Joann Titus and her grandson Matt will be participating in the Step Up for Autism walk. Matt receives supports from TRC.
The Resource Center, TRC Foundation and some local families are working together to hold an autism awareness and fund-raising walk September 25.
The event, called Step Up for Autism, will begin and end at TRC’s Administrative Offices at 200 Dunham Avenue, Jamestown. The walk will be about 2 miles in length, proceeding to the Lucille Ball Memorial Park in the Village of Celoron before returning to TRC for food, fun and games.
The idea for the event arose last year. A group of families lamented the fact that there was nowhere in Chautauqua County for children with autism to receive social skills training – the nearest place was Erie, PA. A successful autism walk was held in Jamestown several years ago, but it was a one-time event. So, TRC and the families decided to create another autism walk to benefit youth with autism and other development disabilities.
Some of the money raised will support a social skills group TRC started in July. The group, called SUCCESS (Supporting, Understanding, Changing, Coping, and Everyday Social Skills), currently is working with a handful of youths, and TRC would like to offer the program to other individuals.
Everyone is invited to participate in the Step Up for Autism walk – even if you don’t have a family member with autism, you can show support for others by walking with us.
The walk costs $20, and all paying participants will receive a T-shirt and goody bag. Click here for more information or to register online.
To encourage people to collect pledges in support of the Step Up for Autism walk, we are offering incentives. Those raising $50 will receive free admission to the walk. People raising at least $150 will receive a gift card to a store of their choosing. To create your own fund-raising web page, visit www.firstgiving.com.trcfoundation – you will find instructions on how to easily create your fund-raising web page and share it with your family members and friends, then track the pledges as they come in.
For more information about the Step Up for Autism walk, phone (716) 483-2344, e-mail email@example.com or go the the webpage at: