St. Lawrence NYSARC Hosts County's 6th Annual Autism Awareness Walk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – St. Lawrence NYSARC (, a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to working for and with 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 14, 2013 at the Canton Village Park on Main Street in Canton, N.Y. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. The event will be hosted by WWNYTV’s Jeff Cole and Rose and Kiernan is the presenting sponsor. Additional sponsors include 95.3 The Wolf, Pepsi Cola Ogdensburg Bottlers, Sullivan’s Office Supply/Season’s Gift Shop, nice n easy, St. Lawrence Supply, Stewart’s Shops, Olympia Sports, and Blevins Brothers, Inc.

The Autism Awareness Walk is a non-competitive walk to promote education about Autism and support services offered by St. Lawrence NYSARC for children and young adults with Autism. Walkers who raise $50 or more will receive a free Autism Awareness Walk t-shirt, while supplies last. The first 300 registered participants will get a free gift bag. To register for St. Lawrence NYSARC’s Autism Awareness Walk contact Senior Program Associate, Susan Freego Gibbons, at (315) 386-3529,, or visit

This year’s event will include bounce houses provided by Seaway Valley Jumpers, food from Mike’s Michigans, and a flag contest. Radio station 95.3 The Wolf will broadcast live from the park. There will be attendance from community organizations including the Potsdam Elks Lodge Drug Awareness Trailer. Pepsi Cola Ogdensburg Bottlers will be at the start and finish line with their donation of Pepsi products for walkers. North Country Dairy, LLC is donating yogurt for everyone, as well!

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 and procedures 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, contact Nancy Davis at (315) 379-9531 or email
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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

September 11, 2013