FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – St. Lawrence NYSARC (, a private, non-profit organization committed to maximizing the potential of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is holding a walk to promote awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at the Village Green on Main Street in Canton, N.Y.  Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.  The event will be hosted by WWNY-TV’s Jeff Cole and Rose and Kiernan is the presenting sponsor. 


This year’s theme is “Super Hero” and there will be a costume contest open to everyone with a variety of great prizes available to win! The Autism Awareness Walk is a non-competitive walk to promote education and support services offered by St. Lawrence NYSARC for people on the Autism Spectrum.  There is no registration fee, but walkers who raise $50 or more will receive an Autism Awareness Walk t-shirt, while supplies last. The 2016 t-shirt features a design by Courtney Youngs of Canton, NY. View the t-shirt design, download the registration, and get full contest details at


The first 350 registered participants will get a free gift bag. This year’s event will also include a free bounce house provided by Friot’s Bounce House Rentals, other activities for kids, refreshments Grub Tub, face painting, a flag contest, and activities for children.  Radio station B 99.3 will broadcast live from the park!


Additional sponsors for St. Lawrence NYSARC’s Autism Awareness Walk include B99.3, Potsdam Elks Lodge #2074, WWNYTV, Friot’s Bounce House Rentals, Pepsi-Cola Ogdensburg Bottlers, Olympia Sports, Ogdensburg Command Performances, Kinney Drugs, The First Presbyterian Church on the Park in Canton, Misty Hollow, Children’s Home of Jefferson County, Verizon, St. Lawrence University, SUNY Canton, SUNY Potsdam, and Clarkson.


St. Lawrence NYSARC’s Children and Youth Program provides individualized services for people with developmental disabilities from three to 22 years old with a specialization in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Students participate in a variety of skill development activities addressing social, daily living, and academic skills using principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.  Additionally, services are offered in the child’s home, in the community, and occasionally in their local school district.  For more information on these programs, call (315) 379-9531.

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About St. Lawrence NYSARC:

St. Lawrence NYSARC exists as a non-profit membership association dedicated to full inclusion and integration for persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities within our communities. The Agency’s mission is to offer individuals and their families an opportunity to achieve self-determined goals and provide life-long learning opportunities.



Michelle Quinell-Gayle

Assistant Executive Director of Community Relations

St. Lawrence NYSARC

315-386-3529 or