Autism Awareness Walk

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Registration at 9:00am at Canton Village Park.

Walk at 10:00am


About the Walk

St. Lawrence NYSARC'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 years 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!

Enter the 2018 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 Carnival 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 Disney: 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 a unique perspective or take on an existing Carnival Character.

Enter the 2018 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 and Carnival
  • 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: Shows a non-traditional approach and uniqueness in design and theme
  • Most Creative: New, Fresh, or a unique perspective

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?


About Autism Spectrum Disorder


  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior.
    • In the U.S. 1 in 189 girls and 1 in 42 boys are being diagnosed with ASD.
    • Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability.

    Find out about St. Lawrence NYSARC's Children & Youth Services.