FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – St. Lawrence NYSARC (, a private, non-profit organization committed to maximizing the potential of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is holding a walk to promote awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 9, 2017 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 and Rose and Kiernan is the presenting sponsor.

This year’s theme is “Disney” 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 St. Lawrence NYSARC for people on the Autism Spectrum. There is no registration fee, but walkers who raise $25 get a “thank you” gift and donors who give $50 or more will receive an Autism Awareness Walk t-shirt, while supplies last. The 2017 t-shirt features art by Rhys Schmidt of Massena, NY and Greta Bellardini of Norwood, NY. View the t-shirt design, download the registration, and get full contest details at!

The first 350 registered participants will get a complimentary gift bag. This year’s event will also include a free bounce house provided by Friot’s Bounce House Rentals, refreshments, a flag contest, entertainment, and activities for children. Dave Merz of, “Merz in the Morning” will broadcast live from the park!

Additional sponsors for St. Lawrence NYSARC’s Autism Awareness Walk include WWNYTV, Stephen’s Media Group, Community Bank, Friot’s Bounce House Rentals, Pepsi-Cola Ogdensburg Bottlers, Olympia Sports, Stewarts Shops, Kinney Drugs, The First Presbyterian Church on the Park in Canton, Verizon, St. Lawrence University, SUNY Canton, SUNY Potsdam, and Clarkson University.

St. Lawrence NYSARC’s 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 local school district. For more information on these programs, call (315) 379-9531.

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About St. Lawrence NYSARC:
St. Lawrence NYSARC exists as a non-profit membership association dedicated to full inclusion and integration for persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities within our communities. The Agency’s mission is to offer individuals and their families an opportunity to achieve self-determined goals and provide life-long learning opportunities.

Michelle Quinell-Gayle
Assistant Executive Director of Community Relations
St. Lawrence NYSARC
315-386-3529 or