The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence


      The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence

September 6, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – The Foundation of St. Lawrence NYSARC (, is holding a walk to promote awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2019 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.

This year’s theme is “Book Characters” 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 The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence for people on the Autism Spectrum. There is no registration fee, but walkers who raise $50 or more will receive the 2019 Autism Awareness Walk t-shirt, while supplies last. The t-shirt features art by Sapphire White and Alex Hynes. View the t-shirt design, download the registration, and get full details at

The first 350 registered participants will get a complimentary gift bag. This year’s event will also include free pizza from Little Italy in Canton and drinks from Pepsi-Cola Ogdensburg Bottlers. Activities will include games, a flag contest, entertainment, and a visit from Fitz the Puzzle Piece, as well as Elroy the Elk. Yes-FM 96.7’s Dave Merz of, “Merz in the Morning,” will broadcast live from the park!

Additional sponsors for Autism Awareness Walk include: WWNYTV; Haylor, Freyer, and Coon; Morgan Stanley, Potsdam Elks BPOE #2074, Olympia Sports, Stewarts Shops, Hillyard, Great Northern Printing, Kinney Drugs, The First Presbyterian Church on the Park in Canton, SUNY Canton, and Children’s Home of Jefferson County.

The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence 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 in their school. For more information on these programs, call (315) 379-9531.