The Autism Society of Oregon (ASO) is hosting its 14th Annual Autism Walk on Sunday, April 17th at Oaks Park during Autism Awareness Month. This is the largest autism event held in Oregon. The Portland Autism Walk draws approximately 2,500 people from the Portland metro area, all over Oregon, Southwest Washington and beyond. The Walk raises autism awareness and appreciation, builds community ties, features community resources, and gives families the opportunity to have a day of fun celebrating their child on the autism spectrum.
The Autism Walk will be held at Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, in Portland. The Walk is approximately one-half (1/2) mile in length and fully accessible. There are also many family-friendly and autism-friendly activities, including face painters, Sensory Area, Crafts Area, raffles, Star Wars characters in movie-quality costumes, over 40 community resource exhibitors, gluten-free food samples, and a Quiet Area. Discount ride bracelets for Oaks Park are available for purchase. Timber Joey is making a special appearance!
Registration and fun begins at 9:00 a.m., the Walk starts at 10:45 a.m. and Oaks Park rides open at 11:30 a.m. Registration fees are $15 for adults and $12or children ages 3-12, and group discounts apply. Children ages 2 and under are free. Registration includes an event t-shirt, designed by a local member of the autism community. Attendees may also register at the event, or come by to show their support.
The Autism Society of Oregon was established in 1981 by parents with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), an uncommon diagnosis at the time with very few services and supports available. ASO has grown to be the leading autism organization in Oregon, providing resources, education, advocacy and support for people on the autism spectrum, their families and caregivers. All services are provided without cost, and there are no membership fees.
All proceeds from the Autism Walk remain in Oregon to fund programs in Oregon helping people on the autism spectrum, their families and caregivers. Programs include “Take a Break on ASO” which provides an evening out to parents, Workshops throughout the state of topics important to the autism community, a comprehensive and informative website at www.AutismSocietyOregon.org, Information and Referral Program, scholarship funds for summer camps for children and adults, and more.
For more information about the Autism Society of Oregon, visit www.AutismSocietyOregon.org or call 503-636-1676, or toll-free 1-888-AUTISM-1 (1-888-288-4761)