Portland, Or. Last summer walkers hit the streets together for the annual Autism Walk, but this year’s fundraiser will be a virtual live-streamed event, according to the Autism Society of Oregon. The free event, for which participants can register online, will be held online at 1 P.M. on Sunday, August 23rd. “Patterns and routines help to make sense of the world for people on the autism spectrum – they’re incredibly important. When those patterns are disrupted, it completely disrupts everything.” Executive Director Tobi Rates provided some insight into life on the spectrum, noting the impact that the disruptions to school, work, and service provisions have had on people experiencing autism: “It’s been traumatic for a lot of people, and it’s an ongoing trauma because it doesn’t look like things are going back to normal anytime soon.”

Participants in this year’s Autism Walk can send videos and photos to ASO by July 14th

Those registered can send in videos and photos of themselves walking or running in their Autism Awareness/ Acceptance T-shirt by July 14th. These will then be featured during the virtual event in a compilation video. Viewers can expect recognitions and prize-giveaways for sponsors, as well as guest appearances from Star Wars characters and a Virtual Resource Fair.

Here is a video encapsulating the details of the event:

Adapting the Autism Walk – ASO’s largest fundraiser supporting Oregon and SW Washington programs – to a virtual setting is one of the many ways the organization has been able to maintain a sense of routine for its members during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Participants in last year’s walk sporting their awareness gear

Max’s support system celebrating at last year’s finish line

Whether participants choose to walk or run in this year’s event, they can expect the fun to be virtually limitless.

From Autism Society Oregon (ASO);

ASO will be Oregon’s leading organization providing resources, education, advocacy and support for individuals and families living with Autism.
Our Mission

Improving the lives of all affected by autism.

ASO is committed to achieving our vision through the following strategies:

• Education
• Support
• Resources
• Advocacy
• Collaboration
• Awareness
Our Values
At all times ASO builds community in a way that is ethical, respectful, safe, inclusive and welcomes all perspectives.

 

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