Second annual autism walk in Orangeville this Sunday

September 28, 2018   ·   0 Comments

By Jasen Obermeyer

Autism Speaks Canada will be hosting their second annual walk in Orangeville this upcoming Sunday (Sept. 9), to raise much-needed funds for programs and services dealing with autism.

The local walk, one of 20 throughout the country, will take place at Fendley Park, at the corner of Riddell Road and Montgomery Blvd. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m., and the official walk kicks off at 11:00 a.m. There will also be vendors providing information on autism, a raffle table, karate, dance routines, face painting, music, and more.

Krista Clinch, the Orangeville walk organizer, described their first walk last year as “hugely successful,” since they raised $23’000. This year’s goal is $15’000, but has since been surpassed at over $20’000. “It’s very successful again this year.”

Since its inception in 2005, Autism Speaks Canada has been helping individuals and their families “by supporting and working with community partners; enhancing resources and services; increasing understanding,” along with accepting those with autism, and “advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. There are several types of autism, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences. Its most obvious signs tend to appear between two and three years of age, but in some cases can be diagnosed as early as 18 months.

Ms. Clinch said she started this event in town after doing walks in Toronto and Kitchener to support the cause, as her six-year old has autism. “We have an amazing community here, so why not bring it here, and that way we can support our own community.”

She says the walk has shown “how our community comes together so nicely,” and has helped in spreading support and awareness. “I think people are more aware of what autism is, or at least that it’s out there now.”

She added that “there’s definitely a need,” in the community for this walk, given how much money has been raised, and thanks her fellow community members who have helped out in making this walk an annual event.

To register for the event, or make a donation, visit

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