St. Lawrence NYSARC Holds 7th Annual Autism Awareness Walk

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 13, 2014 at the Village Park 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. Additional sponsors include 95.3 The Wolf, Pepsi-Cola Ogdensburg Bottlers, Sullivan’s Office Supply/Season’s Gift Shop, nice n easy, Olympia Sports, Ogdensburg Command Performances, The First Presbyterian Church on the Park in Canton, and Bella’s Bottles and Beverages.

The Autism Awareness Walk is a non-competitive walk to promote education about Autism and support services offered by St. Lawrence NYSARC for people on the Autism Spectrum. Walkers who raise $50 or more will receive a free Autism Awareness Walk t-shirt, while supplies last. The 2014 t-shirt features a design by artist, Selena St. John-Krywancyzk. The first 300 registered participants will get a free gift bag. Download the registration form at

This year’s event will include bounce houses provided by Friot’s Bounce House Rentals, refreshments, and a flag contest. The “Name the Puzzle Piece Mascot” contest winner will also be announced by host Jeff Cole. “Wolfman” Ray Knight from radio station 95.3 The Wolf will broadcast live from the park. There will be attendance from community organizations including the Sheriff Department’s Operation Safe Child program, ACR Health, GOAL Gallery, and The Children’s Home. 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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In the attached photo: St. Lawrence NYSARC’s Autism Awareness puzzle piece mascot, as portrayed by Megan MacDonald. A contest was held during the past year to “Name the Mascot.” The winner and name selected will be announced at the Walk on Saturday.

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 6, 2014