Autism Awareness Walk

Autism Walk 2021 LogoSaturday, September 11, 2021

Registration at 9:00am

Walk at 10:00am

Canton Village Park


2021 Social Media Donation Form:


About the Walk

The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence's Autism Awareness walk is a non-competitive walk to promote Autism Awareness, as well as raise funds to support the local programs for people with Autism. This year walk will be hosted by WWNY-TV news anchor Jeff Cole!

There is NO MINIMUM ENTRY FEE! Everyone is welcome to attend. However, t-shirts will be given to registrants who raise $50 or more, while supplies last.

Gift bags will be given to the first 350 to register at the walk!


See 2020 Autism Awareness Virtual Walk Ceremony here.

See 2019 Autism Awareness Walk Video here.


Be a Video Game Character - Enter the Costume Contest!

Please download the Costume Contest Form at the end of this page.

Entry Rules

  • Entrants: Must have this form filled out completely and register at the judging station at the Walk by 10:00 a.m.
  • G Rating: Costumes must be appropriate for all ages to qualify.
  • Judging: Winners will be announced after the walk.
  • For more info, please call (315) 386-3529.


A prize will also be awarded to the Best Overall Video Game Character(s) within each Entry Category and Age Group, based on the best fulfillment of the Judging Criteria.

Judging Criteria

  • Tying in Autism Awareness to Video Game Characters: How will you tie Autism Awareness into your costume – perhaps adding puzzle pieces to your costume?
  • Enthusiasm: Energy and intensity. Example - If your character is fun-loving, be bouncy and gleeful!
  • Imagination: Shows a non-traditional approach and uniqueness in design and theme.
  • Originality: Give a new, fresh, or unique perspective take on an existing Video Game Character.


Enter the 2021 Flag Contest!

Please download the Flag Contest Form at the end of this page.

Create an Autism awareness flag and bring it to the walk to help us raise support for community members with Autism.

Entry Rules

  • Size: min of 1’ x 2’ and max of 3’x 4’
  • Teams: Contest is open to teams of three or more people
  • Entry: One entry per team, please
  • Theme: Autism Awareness & Video Game Characters
  • The Back of Your Flag: Must include the this form filled out completely or Team Name, Team Leader’s Name, E-mail, and Phone Number
  • G Rating: Flags must contain appropriate language to qualify
  • To enter: Flags must be brought to the registration area by 10:00am
  • Judging: Will take place on location, and the winners will be announced after the walk
  • For more info, please call (315) 386-3529


A prize will be awarded for each of the following categories:

  • Best Overall: Based on the best fulfillment of the Judging Criteria
  • Most Original: New, Fresh, or a unique perspective
  • Most Creative: Shows a non-traditional approach and uniqueness in design and theme

Judging Criteria

  • Design: Composition, the artistic appeal of the flag
  • Clarity: How well/easily the message is understood
  • Enhances Public Awareness: Does the flag positively promote Autism Awareness in the community?


Check out the Autism Awareness Walk Facebook Event


About Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

  • ASD is a bio-neurological developmental disability that generally appears before the age of 3.
  • Autism impacts brain development in the areas of social interaction, communication skills, and cognitive function.
  • Individuals with autism typically have difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities.
  • Autism itself does not affect life expectancy, however research has shown that the mortality risk among individuals with autism is twice as high as the general population, in large part due to drowning and other accidents.
  • Currently there is no cure for autism, though with early intervention and treatment, the diverse symptoms related to autism can be greatly improved and in some cases completely overcome.

Find out about The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence's Children & Youth Services.