The AUTISM WALK is the premier autism awareness event in Northwest Ohio and the primary fundraiser for the Autism Society of Northwest Ohio. Participants walk the inside perimeter of the Franklin Park Mall, approximately 1 mile (5K option). The walk features family-friendly activities including face painting and hand print art; free bungee bounces; access to local autism organizations through our Resource area; and so much more!
EVERY DOLLAR raised at the event stays in our community to help us provide support , education, and advocacy to individuals, families, and professionals affected by autism across the lifespan and the entire autism spectrum. Our service area includes: Lucas, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Wiliams, and Wood.
Day of registration and family-friendly activities begin at 9:00 am. The walk will begin promptly at 10:00 am.
Thank you to our sponsors!
My name is Brandy Duslak, I am here today to ask that you consider helping support a cause that is very important to my family. We are asking for sponsorship, donations, and walker in the Autism Walk 2020 benefitting the Autism Society of Northwest Ohio. The walk is Aug 30, 2020 at franklin park mall.
Our goal is to collect a team of at last 50 walker and to raise $2000 as Team Kota’s RAWR!!!! Any who cannot walk or are not local may register as a virtual walker to and will help us reach our goal.
A little background on why this cause is so important to our family. My son Dakota Grayson Duslak was diagnosed level 2 nonverbal on the autism spectrum a week before his 2nd birthday. We knew something was not right and had asked for interventions as he stopped hitting his milestones and started to regress in his abilities around 18 months. We went to his pediatrician and asked for speech therapy and she also referred us to Help Me Grow Lucas county. With the help and advice of the Help Me Grow we had Dakota tested for autism and we have started him many therapies and interventions. Dakota is receiving speech & OT therapy, and ABA therapy at Hopebridge.
Dakota is now 3 ½ years old and has made great progress in the past year. He has been saying a few sporadic words and off the chart on his problem-solving skills. Dakota can fly through his programs at Hopebridge. Dakota Received an iPad From ITAALK and the Autism Society of Northwest Ohio and it has been life changing for our family. Dakota can request items and wants, we are currently working on verbs exp. Running, blowing bubbles, ect. With the whole Covid pandemic I was very concerned about Dakota being out of “school” and had to do his therapies via zoom and got to experience a whole new side to ABA and the world of autism. We worked on “YES” questions for weeks then all of a sudden he got it!!! I had never been prouder then when Dakota hit the YES button on his AAC device. He is such a smart boy and the sky is the limit for him!!! While we still have a very long road ahead, I can truly say I am so thankful for all the help and guidance we have received. The Autism Society of Northwest Ohio has helped us tremendously and many families like ours. And therefore, it is so very important that we raise funds and participate in this walk to spread awareness.
If u are able to help by sponsoring, donating or walking with team Kota’s RAWR it will mean so much to us, if u are interested in walking with our team u can register at asno.org and clicking the autism walk of Northwest Ohio tab at the top of the page ( don’t forget to enter Kota’s RAWR as your team ).
Thank you for taking the time to read why this cause is so important to our family and I hope u can find it in your heart to help our team hit our goal!!! Again, thank you for your support in such an important cause.