5th Annual Autism Awareness Walk
April 21, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm| $15 – $25
The 5th annual Autism Awareness Walk will be held in Concord on Saturday April 21st from 9:30am – 12:00pm, rain or shine.
Walk with individuals with Autism and other community members to help raise awareness about the increasing prevalence of autism and the need for increased support services for individuals in our community.
This event is co-sponsored by the Adaptive Learning Center (ALC) and the Transition Options Program (TOPS) through Mt. Diablo Adult Education. Both organizations provide support and services for individuals Asperger’s, High Functioning Autism and related neurodevelopmental disabilities.
A $25 registration fee, $15 for individuals with disabilities, includes a custom t-shirt designed by an individual with autism. The route is just less than two miles and begins at the Loma Vista Adult Center, 1266 San Carlos Ave, Concord. It includes a mid-point stop for refreshments at the Adaptive Learning Center Community Garden.
For the past 30 years, ALC programs and support enable their client to live and work independently in the community through education, structured activities, vocational and independent living support.
Donna Feingold, Executive Director of ALC, commented, “Autism is so prevalent in our society that almost everyone is touched by it. The walk is a great way to create more awareness and celebrate the value and uniqueness of the individuals we serve.”
The Transition Options Program (TOPS) at Loma Vista Adult Center is a one-of-a-kind program providing education and support to adults with Asperger’s, High Functioning Autism and other related disorders. Students receive education and support in successfully navigating life’s ongoing transitions including higher education, independent living, employment and the establishment of fulfilling adult social relationships.
“The walk is such a great community event that not only increases awareness, but also provides inspiration and hope of individuals with autism and their families,” said Karen Lingenfelter-Carman, Program Coordinator of the TOPS program.